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The second season premiere of "Ripper Street" on BBC One pulled in five million viewers, down one million from last year's season premiere but right on par with the entire first season average audience.
That's also better than the 3.8 million average audience for the network's 9pm Monday time slot for the past year. [Source: THR]
With Live+3 Day ratings in, last Friday's "Dracula" premiere on NBC pulled in a 2.79 rating and a total of 7.6 million viewers.
The third season premiere of "Grimm" the hour before pulled in a 2.8 rating and 8.8 million viewers. Both were easily the #1 & #2 shows on Friday night. [Source: TV By the Numbers]
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- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Sara Shepard’s best selling young adult book series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game were turned into TV shows by ABC Family. Now the author’s new book series, The Perfectionists, is headed to the CW as a drama series project from Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Written/executive produced by Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) and exec produced by Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Cheryl Dolins, The Perfectionists is a murder mystery drama. While The Lying Game lasted for two seasons, Pretty Little Liars has become ABC Family’s flagship drama series and spawned a spinoff series. Alloy and Warner Bros. recently set an adaptation of another upcoming Sara Shepard book series, Heiresses, at Bravo. Mittman is with Wme. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Even though trick-or-treating won't happen until next week, ABC Family is getting its ghoul on early on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a Halloween-themed episode of its teen mystery drama "Pretty Little Liars" and the premiere of its spinoff series, "Ravenswood."
Loosely based on Sara Shepard's popular series of novels, "Pretty Little Liars" stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish and Shay Mitchell as Spencer, Hanna, Aria, Mona and Emily, respectively, high-school pals in Rosewood, Pa., probing the disappearance and supposed death of school "Queen Bee" Alison (Sasha Pieterse) after receiving messages from the mysterious "A" (later revealed to maybe be teacher Ezra Fitz, played by Ian Harding), who threatens to expose their secrets.
Earlier in the current Season 4, the nearby college town of Ravenswood was introduced as a place where strange things happen.
In "Grave New World," Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Aria -- decked out in World War »
By Rachel Bennett
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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”
Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.
Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.
Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »
- Rachel Bennett
Based on the series of novels written by author Sara Shepard and developed by Marlene King, the show is seet in the town of 'Rosewood', Pennsylvania, following 'Spencer Hastings' (Troian Bellisario), 'Hanna Marin' (Ashley Benson), 'Emily Fields' (Shay Mitchell), and 'Aria Montgomery' (Lucy Hale), whose clique falls apart after the sudden disappearance of their 'queen bee', 'Alison Dilaurentis' (Sasha Pieterse).
One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name 'A', who threatens to expose the girls' secrets. At first, they think it's Alison herself, but after her body is found, the girls realize that someone else knows their secrets—including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.
"...'Mona' is reluctant to cooperate when asked about her emotional response, »
- Michael Stevens
Network: ABC Family
Episodes: 30 (hour)
TV show dates: August 15, 2011 -- March 12, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins are reunited as teenagers, they keep it a secret. After finally meeting face to face, Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while the real Sutton tires to find their biological parents in Los Angeles. But when Sutton doesn't return when promised, »
ABC Family has pulled the plug on The Lying Game, star Alexandra Chando has tweeted: “Sad news @abcfLyingGame was cancelled!” Back in April, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported it had been more than a month since Lying Game aired its second-season finale and six months since the series wrapped production. But ABC Family had yet to make a decision on the future of the show based of Sara Shepard’s books about a foster child who learns she has an identical twin sister who was adopted by a wealthy couple. The Disney-owned cable network execs asked producer Warner Horizon to extend the options on cast so it could see how its summer series launched before making a decision on The Lying Game. A deadline date was set — that date was today. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
When Pretty Little Liars’ fourth season kicks off Tuesday, June 11, we will find the Liars right where we left them — looking shocked at whatever they’ve discovered in Wilden’s trunk. Along with that, the season premiere will also feature the reveal of the Queen of Hearts’ identity. And from there, the rest of the season is shaping up to be full of twists, turns, and threatening text messages. But one thing we can promise for season 4 is a deeper look into Toby’s past. After disappearing for much of the second half of last season, Toby is back and, »
- Samantha Highfill
Pretty Little Liars has now aired three seasons and fans just can’t get enough of the hit teen drama. ABC Family, the network responsible for bringing your favorite Liars to the silver screen, has announced a fifth season plus, a spin-off series set to premiere in October along with the third annual Halloween episode of Pll.
Even though the show is unorthodoxly aired in 3-parts - seasons start in June, run 12 episodes before going on hiatus, then air a single Halloween episode in October before picking back up in January and airing the remaining 11 episodes – fans remain hooked on the series, which is loosely based on the Ya books by Sara Shepard.
The show’s latest run conquered the Neilsen charts 10 weeks in a row, making it the #1 Tuesday night show among women ages 12-34. This season pulled in the highest numbers yet and the series shows no signs of slowing down. »
- Lindsay Sperling
Seattle—(Nasdaq: Amzn)—May 22, 2013—Today, Amazon Publishing announces Kindle Worlds, the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith; and plans to announce more licenses soon. Through these licenses, Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by these popular Worlds and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store. Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the rights holders of the Worlds and the author. The standard author’s royalty rate (for works of at least 10,000 words) will be 35% of net revenue. As »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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While the actors who portray our favorite characters get the majority of fan adoration, more and more, writers and show runners are rightfully getting their place in the spotlight. Sure, Ali Liebert brings Betty’s swagger on Bomb Girls, but writers dream up the lines that cut through us like a warm knife through maple butter. Paige McCullers would be just a footnote — a field hockey penalty — if Pretty Little Liars’ show runner hadn’t seen her potential and gone with her gut. So here’s to the writers who inspire us, and the women and men who run the show. (Thank you to all of you who tweeted me your favorites.)
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It’s been more than a month since The Lying Game aired its second season finale and six months since the series wrapped production. But ABC Family is yet to make a decision on the future of the show based of Sara Shepard’s books. Complicating things is the fact that the options on the cast are up this week. I hear ABC Family asked The Lying Game producer Warner Horizon to extend the options on cast as the cable network wants to see how its summer series launch before making a decision on The Lying Game. That is easier said than done as the extension process involves a slew of actors with virtually no assurances that the extra hold will lead to a renewal. I hear all actors passed on Warner Horizon’s initial offer. I hear the efforts focused on the leads, with Alexandra Chando, now signed, and Blair Redford, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Pretty Little Liars" is getting a spinoff and a fifth season!
"Ravenswood" -- which comes from "Pretty Little Liars" executive producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty and Leslie Morgenstein -- will center on a town near "Pll's" Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Ravenswood "has suffered under a deadly curse for generations" and the spinoff will follow "five strangers who suddenly find themselves connected by this fatal curse and need to dig into the town's mysterious and terrible history before it's too late for each of them."
The "Pretty Little Liars" Halloween special is expected to introduce some of the "Ravenswood" characters.
- Jaimie Etkin
Spencer comes face to face with the mysterious hooded lady in this just-released pic — but who is she?
Remember when the identity of “A” was the biggest mystery on Pretty Little Liars? One more “A,” a Black Swan and a Queen of Hearts later, there’s a new mystery in Rosewood: Who is the girl in the red coat?! If this new shot from the March 19 season finale isn’t misleading — and, let’s be fair, it could be — then Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is about to find out!
The look of shock on Spencer’s face implies she’s surprised by the girl’s identity, so let’s start guessing who she could be:
Is Alison The Girl In The Red Coat?
Alison (Sasha Pieterse) may have been buried — several times, actually — but because anything is possible in Rosewood, I could totally see Ali still being alive.
Is CeCe The Girl In The Red Coat? »
- Andy Swift
14 items from 2013
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