'Pretty Little Liars' Renewed for Fifth Season; 'Ravenswood' Spin-Off Announced

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March 26th, 2013


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BURBANK, CA -- March 26, 2013 – ABC Family has greenlit the original one-hour drama series “Ravenswood,” a spin-off of their number one- rated series “Pretty Little Liars.” “Pretty Little Liars” has also been picked up for a fifth season it was announced today by Michael Riley, President ABC Family. Both series will be produced by Warner Horizon Television.


Leveraging the strength of the social media phenomenon that “Pretty Little Liars” maintains as the #1 social show on television, the announcement was first pushed exclusively across all “Pretty Little Liars” social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, GetGlue, Instagram, YouTube.com and ABCFamily.com. Content unique to each platform was created to build excitement and reveal clues about the new series to its most likely and influential fan base. New “Ravenswood” Facebook and Twitter pages were also created as a place for new fans to go.


From “Pretty Little Liars” executive producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty and Leslie Morgenstein, “Ravenswood” will center on a town, not far from Rosewood, PA (the home base of “Pretty Little Liars”), which has suffered under a deadly curse for generations. Five strangers 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 series will premiere on ABC Family following the annual “Pretty Little Liars” special Halloween episode in October 2013.


“’Pretty Little Liars’ is brand-defining and demo-defining for ABC Family. We are proud to be able to grow the ‘PLL’ franchise in two ways – both by adding additional seasons of the original and by extending the storytelling into a spin-off. ‘Ravenswood’ will become another ‘must-tweet-TV’ series for us,” said Riley. Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family added, “’Pretty Little Liars’ has maintained the #1 spot in its cable time period in all core women demos since its premiere in 2010 with fans who are passionate, loyal, social and mobile. ‘Ravenswood’ will have plenty of mystery, drama, friendships and suspense that will inspire the same dedication from its fans. We are very excited about both series.”


“Our viewers have an incredible ability to amplify messages and create buzz around things that interest them, including our shows and talent,” said Riley. “In fact, during the season three finale, our viewers made ‘Pretty Little Liars’ the first series episode to amass over 1 million Total airtime Tweets in TV history, accounting for one-third of all Twitter activity in the hour. Many of them also became fans of our new summer drama ‘Twisted,’ which aired as a special sneak peek after the spring finale of ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ With this in mind, we felt it best to announce directly to our passionate and loyal fan base with content unique to the social platforms they visit and let them do what they do best -- which is to amplify and engage with our news.”


The social platforms can be found at:


The recent season 3 finale (airdate 3/19/13) of the award-winning “Pretty Little Liars” ranked as Tuesday’s #1 TV telecast for the 11th consecutive week in Females 12-34 (1.76 million/3.8 rating), Teens 12-17 (909,000/3.8 rating – season high) and Female Teens (807,000/6.9 rating) – each week since its January 8 season premiere and was also the #1 TV telecast in Viewers 12-34 (2.08 million/2.3 rating) and the #1 cable TV telecast in Women 18-34 (951,000/2.8 rating) and Women 18-49 (1.21 million/1.9 rating).


Season 4 of “Pretty Little Liars” will premiere Tuesday, June 11, on ABC Family, as the Liars strive to make sense of the mysterious “Red Coat” and what plans he or she may have in store for them. For more information on the hit series “Pretty Little Liars,” Janel Parrish (Mona) and Keegan Allen (Toby) discuss the much-anticipated fourth season in the ABCFamily.com web series Inside ABC Family.  http://abcfam.ly/PLLspoilers


“Pretty Little Liars” revolves around four teenage girlfriends who lost touch with one another after the mysterious death of a friend, Alison. The girls are suddenly reunited when they each begin receiving messages suggesting Alison is actually alive – and watching them. Based upon the book series by Sara Shepard, “Pretty Little Liars” stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse. Recurring guest stars Holly Marie Combs and Chad Lowe will also appear.


“Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood” are produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Leslie Morgenstein and Joseph Dougherty.


Clips of the season 3 finale of “Pretty Little Liars” are available at www.abcfamilymedianet.com, as well as new assets for “Ravenswood.”


Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(r) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

  • John A

    A spinoff is a good idea. It will sure be a hit and they need it.

  • Same

    Will this be another online show like pretty dirty secrets or a one hour drama ?

  • Charmed

    Ravenswood doesn’t sound like a spin off?

  • Alan B.

    Please don’t cancel TLG…its a great show and the last few episodes of the season just finished moved along at a good pace and kept viewers guessing on the twists and turns.As much as I love PLL…you can only strech a piece of elastic before it snaps…We’ll only find out the mystery of “A” when the show is on the slide and only then can they wrap it all up to a conclusion.

  • s0303

    i love the lying game, but i would be pretty surprised if it got renewed…

  • Rachel

    really abc family? how about you focus on the shows you already have. plus, they need to stop with the pll rip-offs. the lying game flopped and the ordering of this spinoff doesn’t seem like they have much hope for twisted.

  • christie shannon

    I hope they put Maya St. Germain on PLL S4 & 5 and I want to see Bianca Lawson on Ravenswood too. I’m so very excited:)

  • Same

    Kinda worried for The lying game now since summer pll will be paired with twisted, now fall with raven wood , and Mondays switch will be with the fosters so where does the lying game fit in the schedule ?

  • Matt

    Getting a spin off has nothing to do with twisted… ABC family works different than other networks… Twisted being a summer show wouldnt return until winter spring just like PLL… Same could be said though for the fosters… Also for those saying PLL is getting to be too long of a show remember it is based on books and the book series hasnt even been finished yet so I say that a fifth season could be the final season but think a sixth season will be good ending… SPOILER: There is a third A. so 6 seasons would give 2 seasons for each A. sounds good to me :)

  • Gaius Bolling

    i don’t watch this show but i’m intrigued. i have friends that love it. even friends i wouldn’t think would like it haha. i may started netflixing it. this and the lying game, which i hear is also making gains

  • Dillan

    I don’t think TLG fans have anything to worry about. If this show is airing in October, that means it will be finished by January?

  • jimmers

    awesome news!!!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The spinoff is obviously an attempt to reproduce the ambiance of PLL, without actually using the same characters, although I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some crossovers at some point.

    This season of PLL was a bit more complicated than earlier seasons but it’s still been really good. The last few episodes focusing on Spencer were excellent entirely due to Troian Bellisario’s acting.

    The finale was OK if a bit confusing. It would have been much better if Mona had been taken out – preferably by Spencer – and Toby should have stayed dead. But it was OK as it was.

    I think there will be no problem going five seasons depending on how the story goes. A sixth would be quite possible.

    Three “A”‘s? Based on what’s going on so far, my guess is there’s a whole town full of them! :-) The show will probably end up like one of those movies where the detective gets everyone involved in the murder in the living room and proves they ALL did it! :-) And I STILL say Ezra is one of them! :-)

  • Cervasio

    Good for PLL but the show is more about having fun bashing the show and characters at this point its lost its quality side creatively but maybe things will turn around in season 4.

    I’m happy about the Ravenswood spin-off as it better be good. So far Twisted is already better than PLL at this point so that one is looking good.

    Hopefully The Lying Game gets a third season that show is amazing and heavily overlooked.

  • Five


    Yeah, that probably isn’t going to happen …

  • Gus

    Pretty Little Liars has been a grand success for ABC Family but the show’s producers must have an end game for this show. Do not overcook this golden goose and end the show on your terms before the fans begin bailing out when non interest settles in. Guess they are trying to capture some of PLL’s popularity with the spin off. We’ll see.

  • tasha

    this spinoff already sounds like crap. pll sucks.

  • Tahashin

    I can’t freaking wait OMG OMG OMG OMG! I’m a mega PLL fan and I love the show! Now I hear there’s gonna be a spinoff of the show! The twitter page already has like 15000 followers!!!!! I just can’t wait! And season 4 is gonna blow my freaking mind! Kill me!!!!!! I LOVE PLL and now I’m definitely going to watch Ravenswood. Hands down. No questions asked! PLL all the freaking way!

  • tv#1

    Great news! I am happy to hear that PLL is renewed, and that there will be a spinoff.

  • Bumblebee

    @Cervasio, it’s pretty pointless to say Twisted is better than PLL when one is so far an intriguing pilot and the other a 70 episode maze, at this point there’s no comparison, lets at least wait and see if Twisted maintains its mystery for 10 eps let alone 3 seasons.

    That said whilst I’m glad PLL has been renewed I hope there’s an end date in sight they can’t spin everything out indefinitely and despite the producers promises almost nothing was actually revealed in the finale.

    Ravenswood sounds ok so far, and I’m not surprised they’re trying to spin it off – they’ll have the teen murder mystery style in Twisted and the creepy town in this- but I’m not sure I want actual magic in the PLL Universe. I guess like in PLL the casting of the 5 teens will be the key.

    This probably isn’t good news for Bunheads and maybe TLG, though maybe they’ll pair up Ravenswood and TLG in late fall/January.

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