When ABC Family announced that they would be renewing hit TV show Pretty Little Liars for two additional seasons – the network’s first ever multi-season pickup – I think it’s safe to say that we all screamed in delight. And anger. And happiness. And rage. Regardless of the emotional rollercoaster you may or may not have experienced upon the release of this shocking news, it’s important for us to weigh the pros and cons of Pretty Little Liars’ extended lifeline. Continue reading
RJ Mitte may be best known for his role as Walter White Jr. in AMC’s much lauded series Breaking Bad, but this handsome young up-and-comer has already landed a new role on the ABC Family hit drama Switched at Birth and it’s obvious you’ll be seeing much more of him in the future. The Daily Quirk sat down with RJ Mitte at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, where he appeared to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and take part in the general C2E2 awesomeness, for an exclusive interview where we discussed Breaking Bad, Switched at Birth, C2E2 and much more! Watch the exclusive interview below! Continue reading
When I first heard about ABC Family’s Ravenswood, I was a bit confused about what it was. Was it a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars? Or was it a completely separate show that stemmed from the same world as my beloved Liars, but had nothing to do with them?
As I started to hear more about the show, I became even more intrigued. The writers kept the details tightly under wraps, but when I saw the first posters of the cast I became excited. It turns out the show was going to be a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, starring none other than Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn). Continue reading
Have you ever been watching your favorite television shows and said to yourself, “Wow, I’d love to have that person’s style! It’s amazing!” Well, now you can thanks to Disney Consumer Products, Wet Seal and ABC Family.
On Nov. 3, Wet Seal debuted Crush, a clothing line that brings the styles of some of your favorite ABC Family characters to your closet. This collaboration is the first of it’s kind for Wet Seal, and it aims to make trendy, fashion forward clothes accessible to the average person.
After months of speculation, this week ABC Family finally announced the cancelation of Bunheads, its quirky ballet dramedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), after only one 18 episode season. The official word is that the network was waiting to see how new shows The Fosters and Twisted would perform before making a decision on Bunheads, and for fans like me, the news isn’t good. Continue reading
Good news for fans of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars! The network recently announced a new PLL spin-off series, Ravenswood, which will debut in October. The show will share a production team with Pretty Little Liars, and while it’s being labeled a spin-off, it sounds like Ravenswood will be more of a companion show, featuring a similar attitude and theme as PLL but without much crossover.
Ravenswood is titled after the town where it takes place, which is near the PLL home base of Rosewood, PA. While there’s certainly plenty of drama in Rosewood, it sounds like residents of Ravenswood might have even more to worry about. The town is cursed, and it’s not just any old curse – it’s a fatal curse. Five teens are brought together to investigate the town’s past in an attempt to stay alive.
ABC Family has released descriptions for three of the main characters on the show: Miranda, an independent foster child with a chip on her shoulder; Abel, a textbook mysterious loner dude; and Olivia, Abel’s twin sister who has recently lost her position as queen bee. ABC Family just announced their casting choices for Abel and Olivia – Abel will be played by L.A. Complex’s Brett Dier and Olivia will be played by model Elizabeth Whitson. No other casting decisions have been announced as of yet.
What else can we expect from Ravenswood? It will likely have a similar style and tone as Pretty Little Liars, balancing mystery and danger with the day-to-day lives of its main characters. And, hopefully, it will be just as addictive. It also sounds like there might be a Breakfast Club vibe with the core group of main characters, as the ABC Family release describes them as “Five strangers [who] suddenly find themselves connected.”
ABC Family is certainly hoping that the social media power of Pretty Little Liars will help draw attention to the new show. As I mentioned before, Ravenswood doesn’t appear to have any major crossover with Pretty Little Liars, although ABC Family did recently announce that Tyler Blackburn, who plays Caleb on PLL, will be appearing on Ravenswood and will apparently be an integral part of the show. The network seems to be playing up the connection between the shows (and recruiting fan favorite Blackburn) in order to capitalize on the marketing opportunity.
But you never know – a familiar face or location might pop up on Ravenswood from time to time, and there’s a possibility of crossover storylines with the 5th season of PLL. And ultimately, it’s probably a good thing for Ravenswood to set itself apart, giving the show a chance to draw its own fans in addition to the core group of PLL fans who decide to tune in.
Pretty Little Liars fans – what do you think about Ravenswood? Will you be watching?
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With the Pretty Little Liars summer finale quickly approaching on August 28th and the fact that we know someone is going to commit the ultimate betrayal, we can’t help but wonder if Ezra Fitz is going to be the one committing the shocking betrayal that the show is so seriously hyping. Could Ezra be revealed as part of “Team A”? Perhaps the high school girlfriend business will be coming back to bite him in his perfect tush? Or is Ezra an obvious red herring? Let us know what you think! Continue reading