Last summer saw the debut of ABC Family’s hilarious new series “Melissa & Joey” starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. As a family show, the series focus on the challenges of a fun-loving politician who, after taking in her teenage niece and nephew after their parents are caught up in an criminal scandal, hires a manny to help out — a former business executive and money manager who just happened to be one of the victims of ponzi-scheme scandal. The daily travails and conflicts of this make-shift family leads to much comedic tension and provides a light family drama as they all attempt to navigate the tenuous familial life created out of the most absurd circumstances. At a special event hosted by ABC at its Los Angeles studio, press were invited to talk with the cast of the ABC Family comedy series “Melissa & Joey” and provided a chance to preview the DVD of the first half of the show’s first season.
As fans of “My Fake Fiance” already know, the chemistry between Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence is dazzling. Whenever they are on screen together, they are riveting. While the show does not overtly focus on the will-they-or-wont-they kind of romantic entanglement, seeing Melissa and Joey’s characters dance around each other as they simultaneously strive to provide parental guidance to Ryder (Nick Robinson) and Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) — it is clear that they are not only role models for them, but they are the bookends for their lives in this mixed-up world of comedy laced with a golden heart.
In a special catch-up opportunity, the first half of “Melissa & Joey’s” first season will be released on DVD by Shout! Factory on May 24th. The 12 episode set features not only full episodes, but behind-the-scenes bloopers, featurettes and a sneak peek at where the remainder of the season picks up. For those who missed seeing this fun show previously, this is the perfect chance to check it out and find out why it has enchanted families from around the world.
“Melissa & Joey” is about family in the most unusual of circumstances and how love grows in the midst of comedic, and yet perhaps predestined relationships. Family is not something that you have to be born into — it is the people that love you and care for you no matter what the circumstances.
Be sure to tune into “Melissa & Joey’s” second half of their first season when it returns on Wednesday, June 29th at 8 pm on ABC Family Channel.
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