“This Has to Do With Me” (02/07/17) – After a photo of Daphne and Mingo dressed up as their favorite singers at a college costume party goes viral, the pair find themselves caught up in a controversy that escalates into a discussion of race relations and free speech. Bay seeks a job at the tattoo parlor in town. Kathryn and John court a new shortstop for the UMKC baseball team, while Regina and Luca work on a class project together.
“This Has to Do With Me” was written by William H. Brown & Liz Sczudlo and directed by D.W. Moffett.
“Switched at Birth” tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Despite overwhelming socio-economic and ethnic differences, both families must learn to co-exist as parents and blend their lives into one for the sake of their daughters.
The Peabody Award-winning drama series begins its fourth season on a new night:Tuesday, January 6, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. The season picks up right after graduation with the family and Emmett discovering Bay’s impulsive decision — and no one is happy about it. Meanwhile, Daphne is determined to prove herself worthy of her switchster’s sacrifice while also dealing with the challenges of a whole new world of college. Bess Armstrong (“My So-Called Life”) and Max Adler (“Glee”) will recur throughout the season.
“Switched at Birth” has been honored with a Peabody Award as well as a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program. The series has also won AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene “Crystal Award®,” the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award and a Gracie Award.
“Switched at Birth”isexecutive-produced byLizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Make It or Break It”), and Linda Gase (“ER,” “Army Wives”). The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish, Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish, Lea Thompson (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish, Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish, and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe with guest star Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”).