'Teenager' drama: ABC Family orders 13 more episodes


ABC Family wants to know more about "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

Network president Paul Lee is expected to announce today at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour that the drama series from Brenda Hampton has been picked up for 13 additional episodes three weeks into its run.

The order for the show, starring Shailene Woodley as a pregnant teen and Molly Ringwald as her mother, brings the total number of episodes to 23. One of the new segments will be added to the series' initial 10-episode run, which concludes Sept. 9. The remaining 12 episodes are tentatively scheduled to air starting in January.

"Teenager" ranks as ABC Family's most-watched original series ever among total viewers (2.7 million), adults 18-34 (821,000), adults 18-49 (1.2 million) and viewers 12-34 (1.8 million).

ABC Family also will launch an online series starring the Plain White T's on July 30. (partialdiff)