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ABC Family Renews 10 Things I Hate About You

Ethan Peck, 10 Things I Hate About You ABC Family/Vivan Zink

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ABC Family confirms to us exclusively that the network has picked up the back 10 episodes of 10 Things I Hate About You's first season! According to show runner Carter Covington, those episodes are likely to premiere beginning in January 2010.

10 Things, based on the 1999 movie of the same name and on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, follows the Stratford sisters (Lindsey Shaw and Meaghan Martin) as they navigate high school and young romance. Gregory Peck's grandson Ethan Peck plays Kat's love interest, sexy motorcycle-riding loner Patrick Verona.

But what's to come in those 10 eps? Here's what we're hearing...

10 Things is the most socially conscious of ABC Family's stable of critical and commercial hits—which now includes Greek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Make It or Break It—but Covington says the second half of 10 Things' first season is going to get even more sophisticated as the rivalry between Bianca and best frenemy Chastity (Dana Davis) turns openly political.

As for you fans of Kat's "friend with the disturbingly deep voice who looks much older than 17," show runner Covington says we'll get an "unexpected history of Patrick Verona" in the episodes to come.

Are you as delighted as we are that there will be more 10 Things? Share your joy in the comments!

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