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

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March 26th, 2013


via press release:







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.

  • Nerdbot

    Season 5 already? I never saw that coming (at least not that fast).

    IMO, Season 3 was a little bit boring and predictable with too many unbeliavable twists and stuff, in fact, I could say that there were only two or three good episodes, including the finale.

    Talking about Ravenswood, I don’t think this will actually work, no matter if it’s a PLL spin-off. After all, The Lying Game was from the same creator and it barely reaches .5 in the demo. For me, Switched at Birth is the only really good show on ABC Family and I can’t wait to see the news about its renewal and considering that it’s the second highest rated show on the network it should happen sooner than later.

  • Rachel

    I don’t think Ravenswood will work out either. Especially when none of the PLL characters look to be in it. You can’t call that a spinoff.

  • John A

    Anyone cast in the spinoff yet?

  • Martine

    LOved the finally!!!! Fave season of PLL. I am quite sure it will be on for a loong time. I really don’t need to know everything in the A camp just now.

  • Martine

    The thing is that the lying game has that whole twins thing that people seem to hate.

  • Tom

    ABCF is driving me nuts!!! Either renew Bunheads or say its cancelled. But, say something!!! Please, guys. The suspense is unbearable!!!

  • david

    Great news for PLL. That is twice in less than a week that ABC Family renewed 2 shows before the next season. Ravenswood sounds like it could be good. I am not sure what to think yet.

  • Alan

    I guess they already found a replacement for Twisted and it hasn’t even started!. They will air it after PLL just like CW will do with TVD and The Originals

  • alex

    boo, cancel it.It hasn’t been that good since season 1,It’s boring and silly and the ratings have been way down. I guess ABC Family hasn’t have luck with the new shows, so keep Pll, please start all over and create shows people actually watch and not tweet about.

  • tws1978

    I think the early renewall means they started to negotiate with the actresses early so they don´t jump the ship. Their popularity is rising and some of them are very clear the fifth season could be the last for them. Maybe they will eventually convince them to do a sixth, but they very likely wanted to secure them atleast for the fifth ASAP.

    I wonder if Alison lives in Ravenswood. Sasha Peters is only 17 and hugely popular, it would make perfect sense to make her one of the leads of the spinoff. Especially if she is finally confirmed to be truly alive in season 4.

    I don´t think this is the same case as Lying game, because that show is done by a different producer, it´s only based on the books from the same author (which honestly isn´t anything to brag about). Ravenswood will be produced and written by the same team as PLL, it´s a direct spinoff. It´s like VD and Originals or StarGate and StarGate Atlantis.

  • rob60990

    “It’s boring and silly and the ratings have been way down.”

    Way down? This was the highest rated season you idiot.

  • alex

    yeah right, last season winter ratings were better,they couldn’t pull a 3.0, for the season finale or for the whole season 3 and they couldn’t keep their audience watching each week, even without competition,their ratings were average they finally got 3.2 and then lose the majority of their audience by the second episode 2.4 They got betterbut it wasn’t better then last winter.The ratings in the first season were better they averarged 3.0and ended with a 4.4, They cant beat synicated shows or get lots of viewers on a tuesday without competition,there was No Voice, No Dancing with the Stars,No American Idol and now that these shows are on they now are on hitaius because they know they would lose more of there audience, by the time the summer comes.Thier ratings will be worse and this winter they will have competition lets see what happens then, they are struggling and they will hit the bottom, by the time Season 5, look at The Secret Life. If you get all those tweets you should average a 3.0, they havenot walking dead pawn stars and other shows do better with competition 2 mill to me is nothing I can watch spongebob square pants and see better ratings.

  • Stan

    I think ABCF is going to wait and see how Twisted performs with PLL as a lead-in. The sneak preview of Twisted that aired last week was pathetic. Which gives good hopes for The Lying Game considering that it gets better ratings. I think Bunheads is a goner though.

  • grossePouffe

    If the show, as was hinted several times in the latest episodes, is really going with ” Oh and by the way, Alison is not dead. She’s actually very much alive..” that would be a jumping of Mega Sharkosorus proportion; SyFy would be proud.

  • Karina

    The Lying Game isn’t a PLL spin-off – the only relation is that their book series were written by the same author. The cast and crew are completely separate and I think it’s a much better show. PLL has been a drag this season and four seasons with little answers is a bit much. At least let TLG finish with like, eight episodes.

  • Glue

    I can’t wait for this! Can’t wait for Ravenswood either :D

  • Louis

    @halloween..I so much agree with you…I said the same thing…

  • Jenna

    For all of you complaining about the show being one long drawn out mystery… there are 12 (yep, 12) books. Books 1-4 who is A? Books 5-8 who is the new A? Books 9-12 oh no, guess what, there is a new A… It’s never ending. This show can literally drag on forever. Because for every A they unmask, there is another one waiting in the wings (apparently everyone is out to get these girls). I stopped watching after Season 2.

  • Five


    Obviously you never read the books.

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