"SECRET LIFE" TO END IN SPRING 2013 WITH SHORT FIFTH SEASON: After five years and more than 100 episodes, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" will end its run with a 12-episode fifth season starting in March 2013. The series, which included a public service announcement in each episode aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy, began to sink in the ratings this year. The final season will include a proposal, a wedding and the resolution of several relationships. Guest stars Chaz Bono and Danica McKellar will play themselves.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Nov. 19, "Secret Life" will air a special holiday episode called "Hedy's Happy Holiday House."
Denise Richards has been cast as Karen Ryder, mother of a young confessed killer, on the ABC Family Channel pilot "Socio," a drama focusing on whether young Danny Ryder is a serial slayer or a victim. Richards has guest-starred on "Spin City," "Melrose Place" and "Two and a Half Men."
Jess Walton has resumed her role as Jill on "Young and Restless" for at least a month.
ABC and independent Nashville-based label Big Machine Records have collaborated to release songs from the new nighttime soap, "Nashville." Several tunes are available for purchase on iTunes or http://abc.go.com/music-lounge. Cast members Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson are among the featured performers.
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