October 12, 2011 2:09pm PT by Jethro Nededog
Joey Lawrence Directing an Episode of 'Melissa & Joey' (Exclusive)
Joey Lawrence, the star and an executive producer on the ABC Family comedy series, Melissa & Joey, will be directing an episode of the show for the upcoming Season 2.
"It will be nice to sink my teeth back into the behind the camera responsibilities,” Lawrence tells The Hollywood Reporter.
This marks the first time Lawrence will be directing for the series and his first time directing since 1997 on his series Brotherly Love for NBC, which later moved to The WB.
“It feels like a natural progression for actors to direct at some point,” he says “And I'm pleased that my network is confident in my abilities and is giving me the opportunity."
Lawrence begins his directing stint on Oct. 24 on Episode 8 currently titled, "Wherefore Art Thou Lennox." In the episode, his character carries on a long distance flirtation before the exotic beauty suddenly pays him a visit. And Melissa faces off with a veteran member of the city council.
Lawrence’s co-star and series EP, Melissa Joan Hart, will also direct an episode of the series for next season. While she has directed before, Hart will be the first female to direct on the series.
Melissa & Joey was ABC Family's top comedy launch in the key ad-preferred demographics when it was renewed in July. Season 2 is currently in production and will air in 2012.
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