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Pretty Little Liars – Exes and OMGs (7×08)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "Exes and OMGs" - Emily's ex Paige unexpectedly returns to Rosewood, as does the ominous Mrs. Grunwald, in "Exes and OMGs," an all-new episode of Freeform's hit original series "Pretty Little Liars," airing TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT), the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Byron Cohen) TROIAN BELLISARIO, LUCY HALE

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Paige returned to Rosewood, the liars located Mary Drake’s doctor and Ms. Grunwald returned to warn the girls of an impending darkness. Uh…. yah, we know “green eyes.”

The episode of Pretty Little Liars kicks off with what was thankfully just a bad dream. Hanna is trying to convince the liars that Noel Kahn is definitely A.D – he has to be. When Caleb won’t believe her, she throws a hissy fit as a car comes speeding down, hitting Caleb. And of course, Noel was behind the wheel. The dream leaves her on edge for the rest of the episode and eventually, she kind of looses it and goes “dark.”

But not before she gets a visit from Grunwald aka the psychic who saved Ali after she was buried alive and the lady that communicated with the dead when Caleb made a temporary move to Ravenswood. Who can forget that? Hanna is just as shocked about her visit especially because Grunwald too had a bad dream and came there to warn them. As much as I want to believe Grunwald is this dope psychic, I cannot help but laugh because clearly, have these girls ever NOT been in danger? Anyways, she senses a “darkness” around her and Caleb and none other than Noel is around them. For some reason, he decides that it’s the perfect moment to interrupt Hanna’s convo and ask her if she’s been in the corn fields, clearly alluding to that time she was kidnapped. At this point, Grunwald grabs Hanna and starts seeing her torturous kidnapping and pulls a Bonnie Bennet as blood starts dripping from her nose. Safe to say, we’re 1000% sure Noel is up to know good. But is he a red herring?

All this Noel Kahn talk convinces Hanna that something must be done so she runs out of Lucas’s house, makes a cryptic call to someone about money, keys and forgetting her name. Really, as much as I’d love to guess what Hanna is doing, I cannot. Especially cause we’ve never seen her go rogue before. I mean, home girl was covering up windows with newspapers and duck tape. That is not New York, which is what she told Caleb in her goodbye, which led to a really nice hug and *almost* a kiss.

Alison finally returns to teaching and not because she was mentally ready but because she was broke. Let’s not forget Archer Dunhill cleared out all of her bank accounts. And speaking of, are we still on the look out for him? We know he’s dead but the police don’t right? There seemed to be no mention of him aside from the fact that all of Ali’s students played a mean prank on their teacher and wore black hoodies to class, which led her to some severe vomiting in the bathroom. Not cool kids. I forget how mean high schoolers can be. But Ali is a tough cookie – she was buried alive after all – so instead, she focused on breaking into the principal’s office and stealing Noel Kahn’s file. Of course, AD beat her to it and all she found was a “I told you to stop looking note.” Dead = end.

Not a dead end was Dr. Cochran, the doctor Noel Kahn was trying to get in touch last week and the doctor that they also found in Mary Drake’s files. Aria and Spencer  (Team Sparia!!!) visit the office only to find out that the original Cochran was suspended of his license after working in Radley. His daughter warns the girls not to look for him but gives up his address after her office is ransacked, presumably by Noel.

The girls make their way to the home equipped with whiskey so Cochran will talk. The creepy old dude tells the girls he remembers delivering both Drake babies in Radley. The first was a boy, which we know is Charlotte and the second, he couldn’t quite remember the sex. All he did know is that the baby was given up to child protective services shortly after.

While Marlene King wants us to believe that Noel Kahn is that baby, I think it is definitely Spencer Hastings. Think about it, she kind of looks like Mary Drake. Mary came to her house just to “see” how she’s doing. Spencer’s always had a weird rooted connection to Radley. Cochran also made a comment to her about how you “always go back to family” and in the end, Spencer seemed to have an epiphany while looking through her baby pictures. We already know Jason is Spencer and Ali’s half brother, but what if Spencer is Ali’s cousin and Charlotte’s biological sister? That would be WILLL! But then we wouldn’t actually have found AD’s identity because at this point, I don’t think ANY of the liars are torturing themselves. These secret babies and hooded figures are getting really hard to keep track of.

Aria had a lot going on this week considering the news that Nicole, Ezra’s presumed dead GF might actually be alive. Ezra was not on Team Aria after finding out that she picked up a call from Nicole and deleted it off of his phone. I understand Ezra is going through a lot right now but how could you be mad at someone for thinking a dead person calling might just be a prank? Aria however made it up to him by trading in their Italy vacation tickets and getting him a trip to Colombia to help in the rescue mission. I’m betting that Nicole is alive because if she was dead, what fun would any of this be? So what does that mean for their relationship? Aria basically returned her fiancee this week and that was not easy to do. Seeing her pack up her wedding dress really made me sad. Hey, at least she didn’t tell her parents about the engagement yet you know?

Emily dealt with exes this week after she ran into Paige while going to interview for a position as high school swim coach. During a little date night, we finally got the back story on what happened with these two and it turns out they actually dated after Paige left to California. In fact, they even lived together but Emily claims her inability to cope with her father’s death was the reason for their breakup. Paige also explained that her dreams of competing at the Olympics were shattered after a car accident. Of course Paige, who was giving off vibes to Ems, was upset to see that Emily moved on with Savannah. And lets not mention #Emison – those two are getting pretty close.

So, who do you think is Mary Drake’s mystery child? Why is Noel Kahn back? Who is AD? Who killed Charlotte? Is Nicole alive? Will Ezra and Aria last? Where did Hanna go, who did she meet and what is she doing?

 


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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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The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details

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This isn’t a secret, Rosewood’s finest are coming together again for a good cause. 

The cast of Pretty Little Liars will be reuniting for a virtual reunion. 

All your favorites will be tapping in including Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hannah Marni), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers) and creator I. Marlene King.

So, what’s on tap for the live event?

A panel with the cast likely catching up on what’s happened since the show went off air three years ago and reminiscing about best moments. There will also be a fan Q+A portion and one-on-one video chats with each cast member and King. 

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Those who wish to join in on the fun can do so by purchasing a ticket for $15.

All one-one-one chats with the cast are currently sold out. A chat with King costs $95. Tickets can be purchased at Cast4Good’s website.

All proceeds benefit Feeding America. The reunion will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12pm ET and can be watched on the Looped app. It’s being led by Cast4Good, a fundraising platform, which aims to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

So, grab your black hoodie and pretend its 2017 all over again. 


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