Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence spent several years playing the title characters on Melissa & Joey. The ABC family show was canceled after four seasons, much to the chagrin of fans. During its run, fans learned a lot about Mel Burke and her nanny turned love interest, Joe Longo. Still, it took writers almost three full seasons to reveal that Mel was not actually named after the actor who portrayed her.
What was ‘Melissa & Joey’ about?
Melissa & Joey followed city councilwoman Mel Burke as she navigated life as a public figure. Mel’s life is complicated when her sister and brother-in-law are arrested for their involvement in a Ponzi scheme. The arrest leaves their two children, Lennox and Ryder Scanlon, with no place to go. Mel takes in the two teens who are still grappling with having their world completely flipped upside down.