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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

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We’re at the end of the road with Pretty Little Liars and believe it or not, it’s more frustrating than ever. If there’s one thing this show does, it’s making me wonder “what absurd thing will happen next” over and over again. I just can’t seem to crack it.

This final season premiere had me feeling like I was watching a modern day Jumanji. We knew Uber A or A.D or whatever is tech savvy but come on, a board game that’s being controlled by him that the girls just have to play along? Alright whatever, I’ll go with it. This isn’t the craziest thing we’ve ever had to deal with.

The board game, which consisted of a an exact mini replica of Rosewood and character pieces of all the liars, was a literal representation of what the girls have been going through for 7 seasons… playing A’s little game. It’s a nice touch really… at this point, A.D is just taunting them and they’re taking the bait because you know what happens if they don’t – heads will roll, cars will crash, people get shot, etc. etc. etc.

Hanna summed it up best honestly – he wants to play with us. And in order to have even a slight chance at winning, they have to play back. The first one to play though is surprisingly Spencer, as the episode centered heavily around her. It’s definitely understandable she’d be more inclined than the other girls, considering her mother Veronica – who came back a WEEK after her daughter was shot mind you – confirmed that Mary Drake was in fact her mother. Mary might be crazy but she didn’t lie to her.

Story goes like this: Mary seduced Peter, Spencer’s father, into thinking that he was sleeping with Jessica. Apparently, he didn’t learn the first time after sleeping with the neighbor and fathering Jason. When Mary became pregnant, she informed Jessica, who reached out to Veronica, who just knew she couldn’t abandon this baby. She reached out to Judge Kahn, which is the Noel connection, and formalized everything, therefore, legally becoming Spencer’s mother. Understandably, Spencer needs some time to process everything, including the fact that her dad is pretty much the biggest tool we’ve ever seen.

Also, there was mention of Mary having a second baby but Veronica admitted they didn’t know who the father was. The baby she’s most likely referring to is Charlotte…. at least I hope so. See how twisted sleeping with other people’s husbands becomes?

After all that, Spencer plays the game and it/he dares her to visit a “sick friend” so she mans up and checks up on Toby, who is okay after his accident. His fiancee Yvonne on the other hand is in a medically induced coma aka she’s seen better days. When Ezra said that Toby and Yvonne were almost killed because of a deer, I burst out laughing. Even Toby knows that this happened because he wanted to finally leave town and A.D isn’t fond of his little minions running away. And while we all know it’s true, Spencer tries to cheer him up by promising they’ll all get out unscathed one day. Yeah okay…. It’s too bad Yvonne became collateral damage in A.D’s little game.

As a prize for completing the “dare,” the board game (so fancy) spits out a letter that Mary wrote to Spencer when she was at Radley. “You came out of a hateful act, but that doesn’t make you hateful” the note reads, asking Spencer for forgiveness “someday.”

Back at the high school, Alison has reverted to her mean girl ways because that’s what she does best. I’d give her the benefit of the doubt considering she’s pregnant, broke and just conned by a man she never even knew but as Paige explained, some people love to play the victim. Alison is one of those girls. Although if we’re being honest, I still like Alison more than I like Paige.

Regardless, Alison’s actions were completely out of line during their teacher meeting. They may be in high school but they’re no longer students. The tension continued to affect Emily and Ali’s personal relationship at home especially when Ali told her she didn’t know how why she kissed her the night before. “Please don’t kiss me again,” Emily told her. “Not until you know.” Rocky road for these two – will they figure it out?

Haleb were finally in a happy place which allowed Hanna to focus on her fashion line. How does anyone have time to design clothes while being tormented by A.D? I’ll never know. Hanna and Mona teamed up, not to kidnap an ex-boyfriend, but to get Hanna’s designs some primetime exposure. Mona phoned in a favor with the daughter of New York senator who agreed to rock one of Han’s dresses. Of course, when she realized that Katie though Hanna worked for Mona, she freaked out but Mona swore she was doing it strictly to help a friend out. Can we believe her? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Aria and Ezra’s relationship was a bit rocky after it became clear that Nicole was actually still alive. Aria was doubting going through with the wedding but Hanna convinced her assuring her that Ezra would say goodbye to Nicole once and for all. That seems more like wishful thinking on her part, especially since she just got her Caleb back. So Aria goes on to look for a venue alone and bumps into Holden, who is working at his sister’s business. He immediately senses that somethings up, especially when they run into Ezra, who is on his way to be with Nicole in New York. “Who is Nicole,” he asks as Aria awkwardly chuckles. At least that’s better than his “who said high school sweethearts don’t last.” Ugh, so much cringing, so little time.

Honestly, the whole lack of communication between Ezra and Aria is annoying and considering they’re both writers, a little out of left field. Are they going to keep stringing each other along? Is he going to make a decision – you can’t have your cake and eat it too Ezra.

The end scene shows Jenna who is still “temporarily unaccounted for” but a suspect in Spencer’s shooting. At least one of them – Marco did say there were most likely two shooters and the gun that shot Spencer is still missing. Jenna is sitting in a black room sipping on tea. Someone with medical gloves (Radley?) gives her a book in braille to explain everything. “Endgame,” she says and smiles mischieviously. Wait… so IS she involved?

We’re down to 9 episodes now and we still have SO many unanswered questions and open story-lines. Who is A.D? What’s his motive with messing with the Liars for so long? How does Mary Drake fit in? Who killed Charlotte?

 


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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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