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Burn motherfu–er, burn! I’d like to take a moment of silence for the Cavanaugh house, which went up in flames this week due to a “natural gas leak.” And by natural gas leak we mean, A’s epic return to Rosewood. Spencer had a point, A never left. He just took a nap and woke up when it was convenient to start messing with their lives again. So what happens now that the peace and quiet (yeah right, like there ever was any) is gone? Well… we go back to trying to figure out who the hell A is while piecing together limited information about Bethany Young, Mrs. D and Shawna. Let’s get to it!

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 With A alive, they know that it’s only a matter of time before certain secrets get exposed. Aria is literally freaking out about killing Shawna, especially now that she know’s she wasn’t A, and is just waiting for the moment that A gives police the picture from the theater. At first I was super annoyed with the whole “panic” surrounding Shawna only because I don’t think that moment was jaw-dropping to begin with. But now that the detectives and liuetenant’s are getting involved- and actually asking really legit questions- I can’t help but feel joy. Obviously the girls need a good alibi for the night that Shawna died. Ali said she was in Philly with the girls, but where specifically. Holding up a fake story between five people is pretty impossible and one of them will slip up. Then there’s also the officer questioning Ezra, whose already made the connection that he was shot the night before Shawna was murdered and since they found gun powder on her hoodie, the pieces kind of fit. Yet, Ezra will do everything to protect Aria, and at this point himself, and is going along with his mugger story. I don’t think the detective even buys it considering Shawna’s body was found at the Fitzgerald Theater, which belongs to Ezra’s family. Coincidence? Ain’t no such thing! Oh and let’s not forget that she spotted Aria’s purse and sweater at Ezra’s apartment while she was questioning him. She really shouldn’t show up uninvited. At this time the last thing Aria needs is her teacher-student affair to go public. And if the cops knew Ezra was involved with Aria, they’d definitely make the connection to Shawna.

Bethany Young was also on everyones mind this week as the need for answers was bugging everyone. Who was this 17-year-old? Why did she escape Radley? Why was she in Radley? Did she know Mrs. DiLaurentis? Thankfully, we have the answer to one of those questions. Yes, she did know Mrs. D. How? Well, we don’t have all that information. Spencer took it upon herself to visit her favorite Radley worker Eddy, who told her he wasn’t allowed to disclose any patient information with her. Bummer. But, Eddy did want to help Ezra because he left him an envelope with a picture drawn by Bethany while she was in Radley. The picture was creepy for sure, showing Mrs. D doing what she did best– gardening, while a huge serpent monster was trying to kill her with a spear. No really, what? But now that we know they knew each other, the question is how and why did Bethany hate Mrs. D? It’s safe to say whoever “escaped” from Radley the night Ali was “murdered” was Bethany, but once again why? And why did she come after Ali? Did she only know Mrs. D because she was on the board at Radley? Why did Mrs. D protect her? And finally, if she allegedly killed Ali, then who killed Bethany? And then Mrs. D? They were both buried in the same place, which technically points back to A and once again we’ve come full circle. Who the hell is A?! There’s also more evidence that A did it because he/she practically confessed by sending Ali that creepy and morbid photo of her dead mother being buried alive with the text, “I buried her just like she buried you! -A”. Classy confession for sure. Way to mess with a young girls mind. .

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I know that the fact that Ezra based his whole relationship with Aria on a lie was bad, but I really think we need to look at the bright side. The fact that he did all this research and interviewed all these people for his book can really be useful to the girls. He said that during his interviews with staff at Radley, he had come across the name Bethany Young. Maybe in his research, he has some huge clue that could answer all of our pending questions. I know for a fact I’m thinking Alison has a twin who for some reason had a different name and was a little cuckoo. So Mrs. D put her at Radley secretly, and well, the rest in history. Or Spencer had a twin? This would definitely make sense considering Mr. Hasting’s has been heavily involved and considered a top suspect until today. 

When Spencer finally confronted her father about the pills and possibly being the person that killed Mrs. D, he completely denied it. Sure, he wanted to protect Spencer but he wouldn’t go as far as killing a woman to do it. Therefore, Mrs. Hasting’s was a little wrong about her husband. Or was she? Can we automatically assume he’s telling the truth? And while we’re here what about Spencer’s mom? Maybe this whole “I’m divorcing your dad” ploy was organized to cover up her involvement? Although I really want to believe that she’s innocent. Mr. Hasting’s offered up the alibi that him and Melissa were at a lake talking the night Mrs. D was murdered and buried alive, but what were they talking about? Mr. Hasting’s might be cleared from the murder of Mrs. D, but he’s still withholding a huge secret about Melissa. After piecing together all the brief convo’s involving Melissa this season it’s clear she’s upset about one thing– the girl that died and was put in Ali’s coffin. Was she behind it? Did she know who it was before the news revealed it? 

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A’s biggest move of the week was trying to kill Ali. Up until now A never really tried to physically hurt the girls. Sure, there’s been threatening texts, set up’s, pranks, traps, you name it, it’s happened. But for A to physically try to strangle one of the girls, this had to be the first. After realizing A was still alive, Ali realized coming to Rosewood was the biggest mistake she ever made. She wasn’t safe here and she had to get out of town as soon as possible. But really, would she be safe anywhere? Like the liars told her, her return from death was basically worldwide news. Anywhere she would go people would notice her and with the FBI watching her every move, it would be pretty difficult. Regardless, Ali was set on skipping town and disappearing, just like last time. Old habits die hard. Initially Hannah tried to stop Ali, but ultimately decided to help her for her own selfish reasons. Ali’s return has affected a lot of people.. especially the liars. Since the first episode, Hannah has been having trouble figuring out who she really is. The Hannah she’s known this whole time was a wannabe Ali and she didn’t want to be that person. Running Ali out of town made is easy for Hannah to accept who she was without always feeling like she was being judged. Her plan didn’t work because Emily is a too smart and caught on after seeing the train ticket, wad of cash and duffel bag. She drove to Ali’s house to stop her from making a huge mistake and thank god that she did. Ali came home to say goodbye to her dad but realized he was working late. That’s when she got attacked by A, who basically tried to choke her with her yellow scarf. Huh, I guess my old boss was right.. never wear scarves or ponytails. They make you easy targets! Emily bravely came to Ali’s defense and scared A off, but the damage had already been done. Obviously a text followed right after stating, “You see how easy it is to kill you. Skip town and I will.” 

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So what does this really mean! A has been hunting Ali down for two-years. All of a sudden he has the opportunity to kill her but he doesn’t. He scares her into staying in town, which is the opposite of what everyone really wants. Why? As Spencer put it, “what’s worse then death?” Being bullied by A definitely seems to top that list. But what is A’s end-all game? Why is he tormenting the girls? Why is he not trying to kill them? He’s had so many chances, even with blowing up the Cavanaugh house. In reality, A doesn’t want the girls or Ali dead, he just wants them to be prisoners in his own little sick game. He’s saving them for the perfect moment but what is it? I know I’ve been referring to A as “he” and honestly, I just don’t feel like saying it or he/she. I’m not sure what the gender of A is. Or if A is even one person. Do I think A is Mona? No. And after today’s ending A scene, I don’t think the A we’re referring to is always the same person. I do think Mona, Melissa, Jenna, Lucas are all on the A-team but are they pulling the strings? Definitely not. I really can’t figure out Mona’s little army and the fact that Paige went against them by telling Emily who was on the Mona team and then getting a dead rat in her locker makes me think their way involved with A. How else would they know Paige told unless their working with A who hears all?

And speaking of that last scene, there’s further confirmation that A played a role in Bethany’s death. In this moment, A was the black widow and a woman. In the Ali strangling scene, A was a guy. The black widow could be the new girl Sydney or it could very well be Mona’s mother. Rumor has it she’s making her way to Rosewood and who say’s she hasn’t been in the shadows all along?

In other news, Aria and Ezra decided to hold off on their relationship despite last weeks slip up that just felt so “right”. Aria has also decided to volunteer at Radley in order to get closer to the facility and try to get some intel on Mrs. D and Bethany. Meanwhile, Hannah continues on a downward spiral into a dark phase of unknown. She’s been brushing off Travis and saying it’s because she’s helping Ali, but we all know it’s because Caleb is back in town. Travis may or may not have broken up with her by the end of the episode, but I don’t think she even has time to worry about that. I feel bad for Travis. He’s a really nice guy, who saved her mom from jail, was briefly involved with A and a nice guy who hasn’t been looped in into all of the craziness yet. And if your going to be with the liars at this point in time, you need to be looped in. Which is what makes Caleb so perfect. And speaking of Caleb,  she does need to get together with Caleb before he leaves for California and needs to find out what really happened in Ravenswood. I need some closure and I’m sure she does too. Meanwhile, Spencer played matchmaker with her parents which had negative results, as it should. The news that her parents are separating really got to her though. And asides from almost dying (again) Ali and Emily spent the night together (again) but this time without the hanky panky. Ali didn’t want to sleep alone and Emily didn’t want to sleep at all!

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In other news, Aria and Ezra decided to hold off on their relationship despite last weeks slip up that just felt so “right”. Aria has also decided to volunteer at Radley in order to get closer to the facility and try to get some intel on Mrs. D and Bethany. Meanwhile, Hannah continues on a downward spiral into a dark phase of unknown. She’s been brushing off Travis and saying it’s because she’s helping Ali, but we all know it’s because Caleb is back in town. Travis may or may not have broken up with her by the end of the episode, but I don’t think she even has time to worry about that. I feel bad for Travis. He’s a really nice guy, who saved her mom from jail, was briefly involved with A and a nice guy who hasn’t been looped in into all of the craziness yet. And if your going to be with the liars at this point in time, you need to be looped in. Which is what makes Caleb so perfect. And speaking of Caleb,  she does need to get together with Caleb before he leaves for California and needs to find out what really happened in Ravenswood. I need some closure and I’m sure she does too. Meanwhile, Spencer played matchmaker with her parents which had negative results, as it should. The news that her parents are separating really got to her though. And asides from almost dying (again) Ali and Emily spent the night together (again) but this time without the hanky panky. Ali didn’t want to sleep alone and Emily didn’t want to sleep at all! 

What did you think of this weeks episode? Seeing Ali almost die and the girls deal with the harsh realization that A is still out there had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I very rarely praise a PLL episode because most of them don’t have much momentum and drag out the same thing for as long as they can, but this one really had me all in. 5 stars! Till next week my little liars! 


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

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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. 

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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)
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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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