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ABC Family Cancels 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' After Five Seasons

October 10, 2012 (2:12 am) GMT
The Shailene Woodley-starring teen drama series will premiere its final 12 episodes in March 2013, after airing a holiday-themed outing in November.

The current fifth season of "" will be the last for the show. ABC Family announces that it has decided to pull the plug on the teen drama series, which was created by Brenda Hampton ("7th Heaven").

Seemingly reacting to the cancellation, who plays Ricky wrote on his Twitter, "It is what it is," after Hampton informed the cast members of the news. The show, which has been on hiatus since late August, will air a holiday-themed episode in November before returning with the last 12 episodes in March 2013.

Premiering in 2008, "The Secret Life" was a breakout hit for ABC Family as it generated an average of 3.51 million viewers in its first season. The ratings grew during the third installment, but dropped to an average of 2.14 million viewers by the end of its fourth chapter.

"The Secret Life" helped its lead actress rise to fame. The Amy Juergens depicter nabbed a role opposite in "" during the show's run, earning critical acclaims and a Golden Globe nomination through her portrayal of Alexandra King in the 2011 movie.

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