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Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence to star in ABC comedy series 'Melissa & Joey'

February 02, 2010|By city news service

A comedy called "Melissa & Joey," starring and produced by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, received a 10-episode order from ABC Family and will premiere this year.

Hart, who starred in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" from 1996 to 2003, will portray the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself and is forced to care for her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew after her sister is jailed and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits.

Lawrence will portray the family's nanny. He starred on the "Blossom" sitcom in the 1990s and appeared in "Brotherly Love" and "Half & Half." Hart and Lawrence co-starred in the 2009 ABC Family movie "My Fake Fiancé," and network President Paul Lee said the new series was developed with them in mind.

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