Just yesterday, PLL aired one of its biggest story arcs to date. Ezra (Ian Harding) and Aria’s (Lucy Hale) relationship hit a dead end when Aria found out that Ezra has been lying to her throughout their whole relationship about knowing Ali. Ian, Lucy and writer Marlene King talked to Buzzfeed about the future of the show and Ezria’s relationship.
On the Feb 18 episode we found out Ezra isn’t A. His interest in Ali and the girls stems from his true crime novel, which involved detective work to get to the bottom of what really happened to Alison DiLaurentis. Well that’s a relief… I guess.
But how did this storyline even get created?? “We play ‘What If?’ a lot in the writers room. I always thought it was fascinating that when Ezra meets Aria in the pilot, she’s staring at Ali’s missing poster. That became the perfect opportunity to explore the questions: What if Ezra knew about Alison? What if Ezra knew Aria was friends with Alison? What if that’s why Ezra started talking to Aria?” executive producer Marlene King explained to Buzzfeed.
But before going through with the story, King admits they had to answer one huge question. Can Ezra’s character be redeemed after this revelation? Honestly. Why not?!? This is Rosewood for crying out loud. We’ve dealt with crazier things. Like Mona. And Toby. And Jenna. And Garett. And Melissa. And CeCe. And Detective Wilden. I mean, I think we can handle it. Although the relationship might never be the same between the two ex-lovers.
“I don’t see that their relationship could be what it was before, but then again, with every true love relationship, you experience extreme pain and hardship that come from the other person. If you look at it through that lens, this has the potential to make them stronger, make them into something entirely different and, perhaps, more unstoppable,” Harding admits.
While the duo might not be in a romantic relationship on the show anytime soon, King admits that their relationship is fundamental to the show. “By the end of this season, there’s a whole other set emotions that tip their relationship in yet another direction,” warned King. Ummmm, so there’s really more coming? How much more? I’m not sure I can really take this. Although there are many unanswered questions about Ezra now that we know his real motives.
Hale admits that when she first read the script she felt pretty confused, curious and relieved. “She’s confused about how she missed the signs and how she could fall for someone who was hiding a whole other life,” said Hale. “She feels used.” Aria definitely wont be the same after this heart breaking experience.
The feedback was definitely better from Harding who has played a very likeable character for four seasons despite being a teacher whose having a relationship with a student. Throughout the seasons he was never directly involved with the Ali/A drama until now.
“There’s this phrase I’ve heard: ‘You don’t truly know somebody until you know what they want.’ Over the last few years I’ve come up with my own justifications for scenes, but now knowing what Ezra wants, and has wanted, kick-started the character for me again. I like the fact he’s had this skeleton in his closet the whole time. So it changes a lot about how I perceive him and how I play him,” said Harding.
Most of this season we were led to believe that Ezra was A. We believed the same about Mona and Toby once before. You know what they say ‘fool me once, shame on you, but fool me three times, shame on me!’ Well, we’ve been fooled. But if Ezra isn’t A, than who the hell is?!?!
“Aria finding out about Ezra is a huge, dramatic moment. Our hearts will break for her, but at the same time, the end result is a new ‘A’ suspect and the mission to figure out if this person really is ‘A’ propels us toward the end of the season,” King admits. The next couple of episodes will be really important as they set the scene asking bigger questions than ‘who is A’ and offering even bigger answers. (We’re holding you to this statement Marlene!)
And you can bet that Ian Harding is now one of the only main male characters on PLL. “Ezra knows so much and that information can help the girls. I think he holds the key to bringing this journey to a close. In what capacity he’s going to help the girls next season is up for grabs, because some things happen at the end of this season that throw that possibility into question. But I’m personally excited to see if he becomes part of the investigation team,” teased Harding.
King justified his answer by teasing that Ezra holds the key to helping the girls un-mask A. While they’ve been on A’s radar, Ezra’s been able to do a lot of research that the girls will need to piece the puzzle together. Maybe that will be redemption for their relationship?? Although as much as I believe Ezra will help the girls, I think its at the cost of the relationship. In order to get info, you need to be in the loop. A.k.a on the A team. Ah, this mystery will never end.
Credit to Buzzfeed for the quotes.
Photos: ABC Family/ Pretty Little Liars
CW Spring Schedule—’Walker’ Premiere Date Announced, But Where Is ‘Superman & Lois’?
The CW is gearing up for its spring TV season—and April showers are clearly going to be bringing back many highly-anticipated shows by fans.
With plenty of CW originals going on the chopping block last year, two survivors, Walker and All American, finally have airdates for what will likely be their final seasons.
All American Season 6 will be gracing TV screens on Monday, April 1 at 8/7c (no, this isn’t an April Fools joke), as Walker returns with Season 4 on Wednesday, April 3!
Two surviving shows that are visibly absent from the lineup, however, are All American: Homecoming and Superman & Lois.
It’s unclear why the shows are being held back, but the hope is that they will now mark the network’s fall TV season.
As for new shows, Walker will be joined by crime drama Sight Unseen starring The Originals‘ Daniel Gillies.
There’s also no word on a second season for The CW’s Sullivan’s Crossing starring Chad Michael Murray, Scott Patterson and Morgan Kohan, though it seems the series will be debuting in April in Canada, so fingers cross a fall return is possibly stateside.
Here’s the full lineup for The CW spring 2024:
MONDAY, APRIL 1
8 pm All American (Season 6 premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
8 pm Walker (Season 4 premiere)
9 pm Sight Unseen (series premiere)
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
8 pm Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (series premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere encore/time slot premiere)
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 pm 100 Days to Indy (Season 2 premiere)
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
8 pm Police 24/7 (series premiere)
9 pm Hostage Rescue (series premiere)
It’s Happening—’Wizards of Waverly Place’ Is Getting a Sequel With Selena Gomez
In the words of the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song—yes, please.
Deadline exclusively reported that Disney is reviving its hit series, starring Selena Gomez. The network has ordered a pilot for a sequel to the teen show that ran from 2007 to 2012 on Disney Channel.
And there’s definitely something to be more excited about because it’s set to be executive-produced by original stars Gomez and on-screen brother David Henrie.
That’s not all! Gomez will reportedly guest star the pilot episode to reprise her iconic role as Alex Russo, while Henrie will be a series regular in the role of Justin Russo.
Rounding out the new cast will be Janice LeAnn Brown (Billie), Alkalio Thiele (Roman Russo), and Mimi Gianopulos (Giada) who will play Justin’s wife and kids.
The series, hailing from the writers and producers of Raven’s Home (another spinoff of an early Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, that found a second life) Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, will kick off with a mysterious incident as WizTech, where Justin works after surrendering his wizard powers to lead a human life.
However, Billie soon arrives as a powerful young wizard seeking training and guidance, forcing Justin to get back to magic to save the Wizard World.
Henrie confirmed the news on social media, sharing a photo of the pilot episode and captioning it, “The Russo’s are excited to become a part of your family, once again, but we’ve grown 😊 2024, the year magic comes back! 🪄”
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Gomez also took to her Instagram Story to share a throwback photo with Henrie, writing, “We’re back.”
It’s unclear if other members of the original cast who played Justin’s parents and brother—Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, and Jake T. Austin—along with Alex’s bestie Jennifer Stone will reprise their roles.
But this is something worthy of celebration for all the millennials who grew up with the Russo family!
‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Star Jeanine Mason Shares Sweet Update From Wedding
Jeanine Mason is officially off the market!
The Roswell, New Mexico star, who announced her engagement back in March 2023, shared sweet wedding photos from her recent nuptials.
The So You Think You Can Dance champion is said to have married husband Nicholas late last year.
She shared two intimate photos on Instagram, one of the duo kissing after they seemingly exchanged “I do’s” as their guests looked on, along with a second shot of the two cozying up to each other on the subway.
“So many thank yous to come. But for now, just one to this unbelievable man. I love you husband,” the Upload actress captioned the post, which you can see right here.
Brides got more of the scoop on the newlyweds and their big day, noting that she and Nicholas met on a dating app and later exhaling vows on the stoop of their New York City home, which is also where he proposed.
“We thought, how fun would it be to bring our favorite people along for a weekend in our lives here in New York City and to fill all our neighborhood spots with our families and friends,” she told the outlet. “We imagined, ‘What would our ideal weekend be with our favorite people?’ and then, ‘How do we want to be married?’ We really threw tradition or answering to any standard out the window.”
With that said, they told guests to go all out with their outfits, telling them to “do the MOST.”
Nicholas serves a major in the Army Reserves following years of active duty, so he opted for his military dress uniform.
They also used the day as an opportunity to hire as many artists as they possibly could, including a violinist to perform during the ceremony, local artists for illustrations, and florists for flowers and arches.
As for the public transit choice—that’s how everyone got to the reception!
“We always knew we’d take the subway to the reception but this was the perfect way to start the party,” she said.
Since Mason is Cuban, there was also plenty of music and dancing on a “large dance floor,” and she even danced the salsa with her dad as it’s a “huge part of our culture and the way we celebrate. I think we made the Cubans proud.”
Her co-stars immediately jumped into the comment section to share their congratulations—warming the hearts of The CW fans all around—as Michael Vlamis wrote “VLAMIS GOT MARRIED!!!!” Tyler Blackburn shared a series of heart emojis, Heather Hemmens wrote “So beautiful! Congrats you two!” and Lily Cowles added, “So gorgeous! Felicitaciones mi amor.”
Congrats to the happy couple—we wish you all the best on this new journey!
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