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ABC Family Renews 'Pretty Little Liars' For Third Season

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2011 6:00PM
Pretty Little Liars Season 3"A" will be back to wreak more havoc on the 'Pretty Little Liars' for another season. ABC Family has renewed the hit teen-skewing series for a third season.

After teasing fans with a Halloween prequel, Season 2 is set to continue on Mon., Jan. 2 at 8PM ET. The third season will likely launch this summer and be 24 episodes.

Series star Shay Mitchell broke the story on Twitter and Zap2It confirmed the news.

"Picked up for a third season of 'Pretty Little Liars' !! Congrats to all the cast & crew! I can't wait to see what 'A' has in store for us!"

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ABC Family Announces Midseason Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:50PM
Pretty Little Liars'Pretty Little Liars' fans, mark those calendars! The ABC Family hit will return on Mon., Jan. 2 at 8PM ET.

What can you expect when the girls return? More secrets!

'The Lying Game,' 'Switched at Birth' and new series 'Jane By Design' all debut this January.

In 'Jane By Design,' Erica Dasher stars as Jane Quimby, a quirky teen who gets a job at a hip fashion house. Not strange, right? The fashion house thinks she's an adult! Andie MacDowell also stars as Gray Chandler Murray, Jane's demanding and talented boss.

Check out the full schedule below!

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Burt Reynolds to Guest on 'Archer,' Queen Latifah Gets a Talk Show & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 6:30PM
Burt Reynolds ArcherBurt Reynolds is going to mess with 'Archer.'

The legendary actor will voice himself in 'The Man From Jupiter,' a January episode during Season 3 of the hit FX series. The episode title is a reference to Reynolds' home in Jupiter, Fla.

Look for Reynolds to date Agent Sterling Archer's mother and boss, Malory. Archer won't be very pleased.

"I think the only person on the planet who's a bigger fan of Burt Reynolds than me is Sterling Archer," Adam Reed, creator of 'Archer,' said in a statement. "Archer constantly tries to imitate Burt and always raves about Burt's movies and all-around awesomeness. So to have Burt recording voice-overs for the show was just amazing."

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'Pretty Little Liars' Goes Back to the Beginning for Halloween Prequel (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2011 7:15AM
'Pretty Little Liars' - 'The First Secret'Alison's still alive and A is just getting started. That's the Halloween special we were treated to this week as 'Pretty Little Liars' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC Family). We got to see Alison in action, and lots of clues pointing to Lucas as a possible A. He even said, at one point, that she'll get what's coming to her.

When Alison set up a prank for her friends at the scary abandoned house, everything went off perfectly, except for one minor detail. Her boyfriend was still at the party, meaning the big dude tussling with her in the hall wasn't her boyfriend, so was he really trying to kill her?

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ABC Family Renews 'Make It or Break It,' Cancels 'State of Georgia' & Orders 4 Pilots

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2011 3:30PM
Make it or Break itUPDATE: The network has canceled 'State of Georgia.'

After canceling 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King,' ABC Family has spared 'Make It Or Break It.' The show will return for a third season along with dramas 'The Lying Game' and 'Switched at Birth.'

On the development front, ABC Family has ordered four pilots: 'Village People,' 'Baby Daddy,' 'Intercept' and Amy Sherman-Palladino's 'Bunheads.'

"We are thrilled about our returning originals, the hugely successful summer and the exciting new pilots that will continue to deliver on our promise to offer our viewers programming that is engaging, optimistic and relatable," Kate Juergens, executive vice president of original programming and development at ABC Family, said in a statement. "Our line-up continues to resonate with our audience and we believe that the shows in development will become strong additions to our slate as well."

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ABC Family Cancels 'Nine Lives of Chloe King', Preps New Pilot from 'Gilmore Girls' Creator

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 16th 2011 6:00AM
'Nine Lives of Chloe King'Chloe King's cat-like superpowers weren't enough to save her from the scheduling ax: Just as the Fall 2012 Season is getting underway, ABC Family has canceled 'Nine Lives of Chloe King.'

'Deadline' reports that the drama has been killed off after just one season, but that as ABC Family takes with one hand, it gives with the other.

Fellow newbie 'The Lying Game' has received a 12-episode back order from the network, meaning that it will now air for an entire season.

It's also been reported that ABC Family's already looking ahead by preparing to order pilot episodes of 'Strut' from 'Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and action drama 'Intercept.'

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Whoa! Our EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek of the 'Melissa & Joey' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2011 9:00AM
Melissa & JoeyJoey Lawrence does not play himself on 'Melissa & Joey,' nor does he play his 'Blossom' character Joey Russo. Here, he's just Joe, but in tonight's season finale (Wed., Sept. 14, 8PM ET on ABC Family), he does give fans a little blast from his past.

That's right -- get ready for a big "whoa" from Joe in our exclusive sneak peek. Just don't get too discouraged if it doesn't sound exactly right the first time around (as he remarks, "It's been a long time since I've said that") because he says it again, with feeling. And just like that all our best 'Blossom' memories come flooding back.

So what's his old catchphrase in response to now? Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) has a fancy event to attend, and she asks Joe to be her plus one. Guess she thought that since he's not really going to be her nanny for much longer, maybe it wouldn't be awkward?

When Joe accepts her invitation, it gets even weirder: "Now I'm gonna take my clothes off," Mel replies. Yeah, how's she gonna explain that one?

Watch and see as the fumbling sexual tension between these two hits new heights.

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ABC Buys Western From Ron Moore, ABC Family Eyes Musical Series & More Development News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:30PM
Ron MooreCan Ron Moore revive the TV western?

Moore, who has become a cult figure thanks to his work re-imagining 'Battlestar Galactica,' has sold a western pitch to ABC.

According Deadline, 'Hangtown' is described as a western procedural. The show is set in the early 1900s and centers on three characters: a marshal who solves crimes by instinct, a doctor who explores forensics to solve mysteries and a young female writer who is trying to sell dime novels about crime.

The pitch for 'Hangtown' sees the three characters coming together each week to solve a crime. The marshal's detective skills, the doctor's science and the young woman's desire to write good crime story all come into play.

Last year, Moore was said to be working on a 'Wild Wild West' reboot for CBS. NBC produced Moore's '17th Precinct' pilot that featured many 'BSG' actors, but never ordered it to series.

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GLAAD Praises ABC Family, 'Pretty Little Liars' For LGBT Characters

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 3:00PM
Pretty Little LiarsThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has given ABC Family an "Excellent" rating in its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index, a report on LGBT people on TV.

GLAAD evaluated the primetime programming on the five broadcast networks and 10 cable networks.

According to GLAAD, of ABC Family's 103 hours of original programming, 55 percent included "LGBT-inclusive images which also reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community."

"As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share on the screen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing," Mike Thompson, acting president of GLAAD, said in a statement. "Inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine's romance on 'Glee' or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on 'Grey's Anatomy.'"

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Toby Uncovers the Possible Murder Weapon on 'Pretty Little Liars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 12:24AM
'Pretty Little Liars' - 'Surface Tension'Toby uncovered physical evidence of something on 'Pretty Little Liars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). But was the hockey stick he discovered buried on Spencer's property just a broken piece of sports equipment, or was it something more?

He talked to Spencer about it. "It was snapped off at the handle and the blade was splintered like somebody used it to hit something hard."

Spencer's father showed up when Toby first found the hockey stick. As he told Spencer, "At first I thought he was angry. Now I think he might have been scared."

Spencer confronted her father about it, but he blew her off completely. "It doesn't mean anything. It's nothing," he told her, and then to prove his point he threw the hockey stick into the fire. But was he burning evidence, or just getting rid of trash?

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Marvel Reveals New TV Project Details, Announces 'Mockingbird' Development

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 25th 2011 2:00PM
Jeph LoebMarvel Comics is having a superb summer at the box office, but that hasn't kept them from aggressively continuing TV development.

At Comic-Con 2011, Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel's TV division, revealed new details about 'AKA Jessica Jones' and 'Cloak & Dagger,' and announced 'Mockingbird' for ABC Family. As we previously reported, Marvel and Disney are working on a bevy of projects for both ABC and ABC Family.

According to Comic Book Resources, ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones' will feature Marvel superheros Luke Cage and Carol Danvers alongside Jessica Jones. The show, based on Brian Michael Bendis's 'Alias' comic book about a superhero-turned private eye, is still in development at ABC.

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Emily Uncovers the Truth Behind Ian's Suicide Note on 'Pretty Little Liars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 13th 2011 12:29AM
'Pretty Little Liars' - 'The Devil You Know'You didn't really think Ian's suicide was everything it appeared to be? In fact, on the latest 'Pretty Little Liars' (8PM ET on ABC Family) we learned that everything we thought we knew about Ali and Ian wasn't even true.

Ali being dead in that video at the rock was just a game she and Ian played. She was alive when he left her there, meaning he didn't kill her. He didn't write the suicide note either, as Emily deduced. Or even commit suicide.

"When I read it again," Emily said of the note, "A couple of words stuck out to me. On a hunch I checked out my old text messages."

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A Shocking Suicide Could Change Everything on 'Pretty Little Liars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 2:41AM
'Pretty Little Liars' - 'Blind Dates'Unless 'Pretty Little Liars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) is going to pull a classic mystery staple of having the killer pretend to be dead to remove suspicion, we can rule out one potential "A." And in doing so, they wrapped this particular episode with a genuine surprise. Maybe that's why they lingered on it for nearly a solid awkward minute.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Seriously, it seemed like we were about to hear the elimination verdict in a reality show, as the camera panned over all the girls one by one in slow motion. Oh, it also cut liberally back to the fresh corpse and the suicide note sitting next to it.

This is the second time Ian has died in the series, but this time at least looks more permanent. According to the suicide note, Ian confessed to Alison's murder, but can even that be believed? This is 'Pretty Little Liars' and a suicide note can be a lie. Hell, the whole suicide could be a lie.

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'Pretty Little Liars' Touching Moment Alert: Emily and Her Mom Have a Heart-to-Heart (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:50PM
Pretty Little Liars'Pretty Little Liars' (Tuesdays, 8PM, ABC Family) might be a frothy, fun summer show, but don't discredit the ABC Family series. It also tackles real topics in a sensitive way -- none more touching than Emily's coming out story.

The teen struggled with her sexuality before coming out to her mom and tough military dad last season, and things didn't go as perfectly as you'd expect from a guilty pleasure show. Emily's mom in particular had a hard time coming to terms with her daughter being gay, but has since come around.

Tuesday's episode featured a touching scene between the two women, with Emily's mom telling her daughter that she knew how difficult it was to come out to her, and how she loves her no matter what.

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Michelle Trachtenberg to Cause Trouble on 'Weeds,' G4 Schedules Ryan Dunn's 'Proving Ground' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 27th 2011 6:30PM
Michelle TrachtenbergEveryone's favorite TV troublemaker, Michelle Trachtenberg, is set to cause some serious trouble for Nancy Botwin on 'Weeds' this season.

Like Mary Kate Olsen before her, Trachtenberg will play a pot dealer on the Showtime series -- but her character will be one of Nancy's rivals, not one of her coworkers. Look for the actress also known as Georgina Sparks to pop up in two episodes this season.

'Weeds'' seventh season premieres tonight at 10PM. Check out AOL TV's interview with star Justin Kirk, then figure out which quirky Showtime woman you're most like in our handy flowchart.

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