We finally have a premiere date for the fifth and final season of Switched at Birth!
Creator Lizzy Weiss announced the date on Twitter on Thursday (August 4), writing, “I HAVE NEWS! The 5th & final season of #SwitchedatBirth – including our 100th episode – airs Tuesday, January 24th!”
Fans were left stunned after Freeform announced that the fifth season would be the show’s last and even more stunned after it was revealed that it wouldn’t be returning until 2017.
We’re so glad there’s a premiere date now!
We don’t really want to make you cry this morning, but it’s inevitable when you hear that Switched at Birth has wrapped production on their final scene.
The big moment happened on Friday night (April 22) and creator Lizzy Weiss wrote a sweet note to all the fans on Twitter:
“Last night, we completed filming Switched at Birth forever. We shot the final scene of the series as the actual final scene of the series in the same place we shot the first scene of the pilot, five and a half years ago. The weather was perfect. The house was stunning against the night sky. All my writers drove in for the final shot. Cast who weren’t in the scene or even the episode came in to be part of the moment. Everyone’s family came by. There were flowers, bottles of wines, homemade necklaces and lovely thank you cards handed out.
“Crew who worked together thousands of hours hugged and teared up and took selfies. We all stood on the magnificent front lawn of the iconic Kennish house clapping and marveling at the once in a lifetime experience this was for all of us. There may be shows that had bigger budgets or higher ratings, but there is no show with more love and warmth and camaraderie behind the cameras than this one.
“The episodes will air in 2017 and you will see our final 10 stories and how we send off these characters. As for the people who made it all happen, I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect ending than last night. it was just a little piece of magic.”
Switched at Birth stars Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Lucas Grabeel, Lea Thompson, D.W. Moffett, Sean Berdy, Marlee Matlin, Ryan Lane and Constance Marie.
Grab the tissues – Switched at Birth has officially wrapped filming.
Katie Leclerc took to Instagram to share a sweet group photo with her co-stars Vanessa Marano, Ryan Lane, Rachel Shenton, Lucas Grabeel, D.W. Moffett, and Constance Marie.
“These are my favorite people on our final day of filming. #switchedatbirth #family #love,” Katie captioned it.
D.W. also posted a photo, writing, “Last day at #switchedatbirth base camp. My hair is experiencing the winds of change. Big time. #lovedmyjob #farewell”
Check out more final Switched at Birth filming photos below!
Katie Leclerc is offering words of comfort to fans after it was announced that Switched at Birth has not only been cancelled, but will be back in 2017.
The 29-year-old actress, who plays Daphne on the show, took to Twitter after the news broke online about the delay in the premiere.
“When you get crappy news, process it. Really embrace what you’re feeling. Go through it. On the other side of it you realize your strength,” she wrote. “We are SO LUCKY to have had this amazing experience. To be involved in a show that touched people for 103 episodes IS my dream come true!”
Katie continued, “To the cast and crew, to the fans, and my family. We finish this month strong, and silly, and probably dancing. Yes! There has been a crazy amount of love and support sent to the #SwitchedatBirth cast in the last couple of days. I want to thank you so much!”
Creator Lizzy Weiss added, “It’s a bummer but it is what it is. I was a fan of Mad Men and I waited forever for its final season. True fans will wait. It’s worth it.”
We are not hiding our tears about this Switched at Birth news.
Creator Lizzy Weiss shared even more heartbreaking news on Twitter on Friday (March 18) that just makes us want to curl up in bed and cry the day away — the show won’t return until 2017.
“I’ll tweet this on a Friday night when no one is listening. We won’t be back til 2017, I’m not sure exactly when. BUT WAIT FOR US,” she wrote.
Freeform and Lizzy announced earlier this month that this season of Switched at Birth would be it’s last earlier in the month.
With Gilles Marini back on the Switched at Birth set, it called for some major Kennish-Vasquez family pics!
“Life is good :) #SwitchedatBirth @vanessamarano @mrgrabeel @dwmoffett @katieleclerc @goconstance directed by @leakthompson . Good to be back #hedeadtho #angelosorento is back,” Gilles wrote on Instagram with one family shot.
Katie Leclerc shared another, writing, “I FREAKING LOVE THESE PEOPLE!! ???? episodes later and we’re still out of control with no plans to change!! #SwitchedatBirth #100thepisode.”
Earlier, Gilles wrote the sweetest thing about reuniting with Katie on set: “Reunited with my baby girl. So happy to work again with @katieleclerc . She’s been such an inspiration for me and at the rate she’s going in life, I think she will never stop making all of us happy and better. #SwitchedatBirth #love.”
Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Marano, Lea Thompson, D.W. Moffett, Constance Marie and creator Lizzy Weiss are also pictured.
Excuse us while we cry ugly tears…
Switched at Birth is ending after five seasons.
Creator Lizzy Weiss reported the news on Twitter, writing, “This season of #SwitchedatBirth will be our final one. We are ending the show after an amazing 103 episodes with pride, love, and gratitude.”
Starring Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy, Constance Marie, Lea Thompson and D.W. Moffett, the cast is currently filming their 100th episode with Gilles Marini.
UPDATE: TVLine reports that this final season will be 10 episodes long, with the last being a 90-minute episode.
WHAT DO YOU THINK about Switched at Birth ending?
The cast of Switched at Birth gathers for a group shot after their table read for the 100th episode of the hit series.
Creator Lizzy Weiss shared the pic on Twitter earlier this week, writing, “The 100th #SwitchedatBirth TABLE READ. Yes, we are just gonna keep celebrating this – right up through air.”
JJJ recently spoke with Vanessa Marano, who plays Bay, about what we can expect for the entire season coming up.
“This entire season has a lot of returning story lines actually,” she told us exclusively. “We left a lot of loose ends open last season so now we’re tying everything together. There’s a lot of…it’s very much like a new year because so much time has passed and the girls are at these new places in their lives.”
Vanessa added, “You have to revisit stuff to just show how much time has actually passed.”