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After this weeks Pretty Little Liars, it’s same to say Mike’s either working for A or he’s helping Alison out. Either way, it begs the question: why? After growing eerily suspicious of Mike last week, the liars figured it was time to pay closer attention to Aria’s younger brother. While Aria wasn’t really feeling this idea, she couldn’t avoid the facts. The first red flag, Mike sneaking in behind the blood drives restricted area to steal blood samples. The fact that he was so clumsy about it means that he either wanted to get caught or was forced into doing something he wasn’t comfortable with. Second, Mike received a blocked phone call from Ali’s police station from a man named Hank. When Aria confronted him about it, he flipped out on her. Then, Emily sees him withdraw 400 dollars out of his 18 thousand dollar bank account. Ok one, why would Mike be stupid enough to leave the ATM without his stub…. that showed all of his information? Two, how did Mike get that much money. Emily makes a valid point, A always has accounts filled with cash.

Emily interrupts Aria’s study sesh with Andrew to let her know about the money, when they see Mike driving away. Desperate to know what he’s up to, they ask to borrow Andrew’s car. “Can either of you drive stick,” he asks. Obviously not. So Andrew turns into their chauffer instead as they tail Mike who Emily says “has a drug problem.” Hey, its a valid point. Mike didn’t get that buff without abusing some protein drinks and steroids I’m sure. That’s a whole other story however. Why is Mike trying to get so strong and swole? Does he think it will offer him protection from somebody?

Mike goes inside some dive bar where he meets Cyrus, Ali’s friend and alleged “kidnapper.” He hands him over an envelope and there’s only two things that could be inside. Money or their blood samples. As they watch the two from afar, they get distracted talking about their relationships… all which are falling apart. You know, typical girl stuff that causes them to lose both Mike and Cyrus. The latter corners them inside a street but Andrew comes to their rescue, looking curious as to what trouble the liars have gotten into this time. I really hope their not trying to make Andrew Aria’s new love interest now that she and Fitz are sort of not on speaking terms. Before their night is over, they get a text from A with a picture of all of their blood samples, with a “thanks for getting me out of jail” message.

Hannah remained out of the action for the most part this week, dealing mainly with all her acceptances to college. I guess it’s a shocker to everyone that Hannah even got in anywhere, including her dad. According to the applications, her mother won’t be able to help her pay for college, but her dad sure has enough money to fund her. When she goes to his office to ask for his help, he basically blows her off saying he had an agreement to pay 10 thousand a year. Oh big baller over here, considering some of these schools are like 40 grand a semester. To make matters worse, he blames it on Hannah for not letting him know she was considering. Now it’s too late since he’s basically paying for Kate’s whole education. I was fuming when I heard him pick his “step daughter” over his own blood. What kind of father. Good riddance.

ASHLEY BENSON, IAN HARDING

Surprisingly, Ezra gave Hannah some much needed advice on the topic. After all, he was a teacher so he knows a thing or two about college. While it might not have been the advice she wanted to hear, he did tell her how his parents believed he would amount to nothing. So he got any job he could, took out a bunch of loans, and paid his own way through college. Hard to believe a man who comes from a rich family would have to struggle so, but his mom is a bee so. I definitely like the idea of Hannah, of all people, being so passionate about going to school she does it without anyones help. Her temporary solution? A beauty pageant offering a 20-thousand dollar scholarship.

On the relationship front, Spencer got much closer to Johnny, even vandalizing Hollis property with him, unknowingly of course. He may be a bad influence, but he sure knows how to get Spencer out of her comfort zone to have a little fun. Anyone else watch some of these scenes and wonder, where is Toby? Also, why does Johnny have full time access to the Hasting’s household. That’s just creepy considering I don’t really trust the guy because I think he’s Bethany’s brother!

Emily also bonded with Talia during a bike ride before finding out she was actually married… to a man! But as horrible as that sounded in the beginning, there was actually a very logical explanation. She married Eric when she was really young and she doesn’t want to divorce him because he’s her best friend. They still love each other but their not in love because he knows she’s attracted to women. I really, really want to believe Talia on this one, but for some reason I just can’t. I guess its me just being weary of any new people in Rosewood!

Other Memorable Moments

  • Ashley finally told Ted that she wanted to marry him, but also that she slept with Jason. He seemed disgusted but told her he needed some time to process the information. Unfortunately he never called which prompted Hannah to talk her mother into fighting for the man she loves. Question is, does she really love Ted?
  • Bad news: Ezra didn’t know Aria got into Savannah College of the Arts. Good news: Aria got into Savannah College of the Arts.
  • She’s also really bad at math… and practically every other subject because she spends most of her time dealing with A. This means, she needs a tutor instead of a cheating buddy and Andrew is too happy to offer his services. Why?
  • Why don’t these girls just show the police the threatening texts from A and be done with it? I know the police isn’t helpful at all, but maybe they should just try!
  • Last scene shows A is planting all of the girls’ blood on Mona’s bloody things. Yep, their definitely going to jail!
  • Does anyone think it’s weird that Emily wasn’t able to donate blood? That simple decision might have saved her from prison life… and those horrid orange jumpsuits.
  • Is Cyrus A? He was wearing all black. It’s definitely a huge possibility! Maybe he promises to tell Mike where Mona’s body is in exchange for help?
  • Also just found out, Cody Christian who plays Mike is going to play a wolf on MTV’s Teen Wolf so maybe this is them trying to kill him off?

What do you think Mike is up to? Is he being forced to help A? Is he on Ali’s team? Why isn’t he trusting Aria with whatever he knows? 

 

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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF

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WATCH: The New 'Pretty Little Liars' Is Dark AF

‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.

If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series. 

The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.

A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer. 

Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.


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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off. 

Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all. 

And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.

“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLLthe finale was a sign that the madness was officially over. 

The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense. 

We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “PlAytime” – After Noel Kahn’s abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in “Playtime,” the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation. 

Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college. 

It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.

One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars. 

I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline. 

Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL. 

How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.

Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion. 

There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for. 

Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”

“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.  

Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy. 

We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.

PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right. 

And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably. 

If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?

Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.

One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.

He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again. 

As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW. 

I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.

Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot. 

The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.

Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL

There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.

Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”

I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet. 

If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.


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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Reunites for a Podcast that Involves Drinking and Rewatching Episodes!

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Pretty Little Liars Cast Including the Moms Reunite for Podcast

The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!

Go mamas! 

All jokes aside, Holly Marie Comb (Aria’s mom Ella), Lesley Fera (Spencer’s mom Veronica) and Nia Peeples (Emily’s mom Pam) are reuniting to rewatch episodes together and offer some commentary. 

Honestly, I’ve always wanted to know what the moms of Rosewood thought about what their daughters were up to/involved in, especially since half the time, it didn’t seem like the liars even had parents! 

The podcast, titled “Pretty Little Wine Moms” (yes, ladies!) means that they will be sitting down with their favorite drinks and breaking down one episode at a time. Since they were a part of the production, they’ll be able to add in behind-the-scene tidbits. 

Here’s where things get super fun — each week’s episode will have a new special guest that joins in for the chat. 

According to Digital Spy, guests will range from other cast members, writers, directors, and producers. 

This month alone the podcast will feature Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Brant Daugherty (heads-will-roll Noel Kahn), and Torrey DeVitto (Melissa Hastings). 

In September, the lineup includes costume designer Mandi Line, writer/producer Bryan M. Holdman, Ashley Benson (Hannah Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers). 

I love how much support the moms are getting from the cast and that the cast is finding new ways to keep this fun and twisted show alive! 

Of course, we cannot wait for the mom-circle to be completed with a guest appearance by Laura Leighton (Hannah’s mom Ashley)!

The idea for the podcast came to Lesley where she was bored at home during COVID. She invited her co-stars to appear on her podcast with her husband, Ned Mochel, and fans were so thrilled that the moms were back together again, they figured why not roll with it?

We’re so glad they did. 

And we cannot wait for the mom’s to spill some tea! Maybe they’ll finally tell us how they got out of that basement…

Here’s a snippet of how I envision this podcast in my mind: 

 


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