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Twitter's Year in Review: Which TV Stars and Shows Were 'Hot Topics' in 2011?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 8:25AM
It's that time of year again, when everyone starts looking back over the past year and compiles 'Best of' and 'Worst of' lists. Twitter's been unveiling its annual 'Year in Review' since Thursday and has just published its 'Hot Topics' lists.

Uber-Twitter user Charlie Sheen's clearly still winning online: Last week AOL announced that Sheen was our most searched-for celebrity in 2011, and now he's claimed the top spot in the Twitter "Actor" Hot Topic.

Plus, one of his stranger obsessions -- #tigerblood -- came in at Number 2 in the "Hashtags" category (just behind #egypt).

Check out who and what else made the cut after the jump.

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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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'The Muppets' Spoof 'Pretty Little Liars'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 12th 2011 11:25AM
the muppets spoof pretty little liarsIn a new promo for 'The Muppets' Miss Piggy starts receiving some mysterious text messages from someone called 'A.' Sound familiar? In their new viral spoof, 'The Muppets' are taking on ABC Family's hit show, 'Pretty Little Liars.'

Who's 'A,' and what does he or she want? And more importantly, what do those mysterious text messages mean?

We think Miss Piggy would be a perfect fit for Rosewood. After all, her hair looks perfect, and we all know that Piggy can kick some serious 'A' when she needs too.

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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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'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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What To Watch: TV Picks for October 17-23

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 16th 2011 3:00PM
Harry BelafonteMONDAY, OCTOBER 17

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)

When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, the camp is at odds over whether they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
As Bluebell is hit by an intense heat wave, Zoe discovers that the hot weather makes everyone act differently and with a lot less inhibition. In fact, it takes all of Zoe's strength to ignore her heat-induced attraction to Wade until it gets the best of her. Meanwhile, Lemon prepares for the arrival of George's family, determined to win them over, but her emotions get the best of her when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi. (Shirtless Wilson Bethel alert!)

'Sing Your Song' (10PM ET, HBO) special presentation
Filmmaker Susanne Rostock tells the rich life story of artist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte in this feature-length documentary. Though the film touches on Belafonte's musical career, 'Sing Your Song' focuses much of its time on Belafonte's social activism, as he worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth. Those interviewed include Tonny Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as Belafonte's family and the artist himself.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 29 - September 4

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 28th 2011 7:20PM
Basketball Wives LAMONDAY, AUGUST 29

'Basketball Wives LA' (8PM ET, VH1)
series premiere
A Los Angeles-based spin-off from the Miami original, this drama-filled reality show features the wives, girlfriends and exes of some of basketball's most prominent players, including Imani Showalter, Drayla Michele, Laura and Gloria Govan, Kimsha Artest, Malaysia Pargo and Jackie Christie.

'Hell's Kitchen' (9PM ET, Fox) new timeslot
The culinary challenge show switches timeslots as six chefs compete to make it into the final five.

'Hoarders' (9PM ET, A&E) season finale
A follow-up to check the progress of five people who were profiled last season, including a woman with a house full of cats, a man whose property was condemned, and a woman whose hoarding was so bad that her husband had to sleep in the car.

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Jason Alexander Heads to 'Harry's Law,' Heather Graham Joins Comedy & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 25th 2011 12:30PM
Jason AlexanderJason Alexander is heading back to NBC. The 'Seinfeld' veteran will appear on the fifth episode of 'Harry's Law' Season 2.

According to TV Guide, Alexander will play Richard, a public school teacher who's suspended after he fails a student. The reason the character handed out an F? The student, Zack, called Darwinism "a crock."

Kathy Bates' Harriet Korn takes the case to court.

Alexander recently made a guest appearance on TNT's 'Franklin & Bash.'

'Harry's Law' premieres Sept. 21 at 9PM on NBC.

In other casting news ...

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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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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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Aria and Ezra Kiss in the Open on His Last Day on 'Pretty Little Liars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 4:47AM
'Pretty Little Liars'The relationship -- or was it? -- between Aria and Ezra reached a climax this week on 'Pretty Little Liars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). Throughout the episode, circumstances kept them from being able to truly talk about what was happening emotionally between them, so Ezra decided to do so in his closing remarks to the entire class.

"I didn't expect to connect with you the way that I have. I never expected to feel this kind of loss over leaving you," he told the class, but really Aria.

She nearly let him walk out of her life with those closing remarks, but decides she can't leave things like that. Luckily, she catches him just before he leaves campus and, throwing caution to the wind, plants a huge kiss on him right there in the parking lot.

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'Pretty Little Liars' Season Premiere: Hanna Rejects Caleb (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2011 6:48AM
'Pretty Little Liars' S02/E01The Season 2 premiere of 'Pretty Little Liars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) was packed full of revelations and even more mysteries. Like, OMG, where's Ian's body?

Much to Hanna's surprise, Lucas arranges for Caleb to come back to town. However, although Hanna may forgive Caleb for using her, she'll never forget, and so he faces an uphill battle to win her trust.

Caleb bears his soul to the skeptical Hanna, saying that he'd never told her of his true feelings because "I didn't feel like I could say those things without making a complete a** of myself. So I wrote you a letter."

Letter? What letter? Hanna never got a letter. She's been mad at him for skipping town without bothering to say good-bye. So when Caleb says, "I gave it to Mona. Didn't she give it to you?" Hanna discovers that yet another friend is unworthy of her trust.

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