ABC Family comedy Melissa & Joey, the network’s first successful sitcom, will end its run after four seasons. “Melissa & Joey will be wrapping production on its final season this week,” ABCF said in a statement. “The comedy will conclude its storyline at the end of the fourth season, to air later this summer.”
The decision was made under ABC Family’s new EVP, Programming and Development Karey Burke who has strong background in comedy. In a statement, she stressed Melissa & Joey’s accomplishments. “We are proud of the milestones Melissa & Joey has achieved, being the network’s first sitcom to reach 100 episodes and the network’s first comedy to win a People’s Choice Award,” she said. “Now that the kids are grown and Mel and Joe have married and are looking towards starting a family, it seemed like a natural time to bring the series to a close.
We are grateful to Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, and the whole cast and crew who worked so hard on this successful show.”
The Hart-Lawrence starrer Melissa & Joey, which was ABC Family’s highest rated comedy and helped launch Baby Daddy, is airing new episodes Wednesdays. The 100th episode will air as the mid-season finale on March 18.