Pretty Little Liars Is Getting a Fifth Season AND a Spin-off

By Jen Trolio

Mar 26, 2013

ABC Family's preeminent attractive-and-petite fibbers will keep on being attractive and petite and also fibbing well into the foreseeable future: Pretty Little Liars has been renewed for a fifth season, just a week after the conclusion of Season 3 (Season 4 is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, June 11). The network's official press release didn't mention a Season 5 episode count, but it's reasonably safe to assume that the series will stick to its current formula of airing 20+ episodes (and a Halloween special) each season, with each season split into two halves. If I've done my math correctly, that would give Season 5 an approximate premiere date of June 2014. 

But this news likely surprises no one—Pretty Little Liars is one of ABC Family's top-performing shows. So in an effort to extend that success, the network has also announced a PLL spin-off series, Ravenswood, that will debut this October after PLL's annual Halloween special.  Details on the new show are scarce, but here's what we know so far: Ravenswood is a one-hour drama about a town of the same name that has "suffered under a deadly curse for generations." When five strangers find themselves connected by this "fatal" (but otherwise vague) affliction, they set out to "dig into the town's mysterious and terrible history before it's too late for each of them." 

So how is Ravenswood connected to Pretty Little Liars, you might ask? The titular town is apparently located "not far" from Rosewood, PA (which the also titular Pretty Little Liars call home). Oh, and it comes from PLL executive producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Joseph Dougherty, and Leslie Morgenstein. Based on Ravenswood's logline, it seems unlikely that the two will share anything other than a home state, but that could change dramatically as more specifics are released (Deadline suggests that Ravenswood's launchpad, the aforementioned PLL Halloween special, will introduce the town and its residents). Whether there will be any character crossover remains to be seen... 

For now, all I can read into Ravenswood so far are tenuous "other show" vibes, from Eureka (It's a show named after a small town with weird goings-on, minus the scientists!) to The Secret Circle (It's a show about a group of people who have to work together to unlock the full extent of their... town history!). However, I am reasonably certain that the cast will feature beautiful young people. 

Do you think Pretty Little Liars has enough story left to fill two more seasons? And does Ravenswood sound like something you'll watch? 

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  • ArielleGenaeCooper Jan 05, 2014

    yes pretty little liars could do a 5th and 6th season yes I watched ravenswood ever since it came on and I can't wait 2 days until they both have their winter premiere

  • kirstenscott9 Jun 11, 2013

    I love pretty little liars but I seriously think that if your getting tired of the show then don't watch it!!! I think they should put a season 5 and the spinoff!! I would love for the show to continue!!!

  • Autumneedz559 Jun 10, 2013

    I think that one more season should be the end of it. It's always the same things over and over I LOVE the show but also don't want to see it get ruined by them doing to much for instants the "scary movie trilogy" the first too were good then they milked it for what it's worth now it's tiresome. I think after the 4th season should be the end but too late for that! Fingers crossed the 5 will end the show so that they don't ruin the story line. The spin off sounds great!

  • doctorwho747 Apr 02, 2013

    A fourth season I could understand, in fact a while back i read that the show was supposed to be a total of four seasons. With all the things that have been answered and the mysteries becoming obvious especially red coat I thought one more season with their second half of senior year should be the end, in fact the way season 3 was going it seemed like they could have ended it and I would have been happy with that. As I said in another post I would rather they do one more shorter season to conclude the story on their own terms and not let it go on so long it becomes just too rediculous, some people already think that apparently. I haven't read the books but being that I only started watching the show when the second half of season 2 was airing. I hadn't heard of it but I read a description of it and made the mistake of watching a trailer for it on youtube only to scroll down and see "In the books Mona is A" just like that, and when asking this asshole why they would write that the response was "Well you are gonna find out anyway" What I have like about season 3 was since the reveal had happened and apparently went down differently in the books, from there on the whole season has been nothing that can be spoiled like the whole Maya thing. I have figured out on my own who A leader red coat is on my own and have been avoiding spoilers on youtube like the plague.
    In fact there are so many assholes who write spoilers on youtube videos on things based on books or graphic novels like Game of Thrones and The Walking dead. At a different time in the case of Game of Thrones I had already read the second book when season 2 was airing, and all I wrote was that I felt that the adaptations from book to show has been well done so far, and someone decided to email me "Yeah this character is well done, and dies in book 5" again "What? you are reading the books you are gonna find out anyway" Now TWD I have long since been up to date on the comics, but still i see assholes writing spoilers.
    As for the spinoff it sounds kind of like the same premise, except with a supernatural element to it kind of like Twin Peaks, which I am all for. Plus the fact that there are no books there can be no spoilers. Twin Peaks really started the trend of small towns that seem filled with good people, but what lies underneath nothing is what it seems. The tag line for Twin Peaks, which had a cast of 20 to 30 characters was "In a town like Twin Peaks, nobody is innocent" I hear that there is a 13 episode direct to Netflix show which has the small town supernatural mystery theme called "Hemlock Grove" coming on and they will release all 13 episodes at once instead of week by week, I also hear that Alexsander Skarsgard "Eric" from True Blood's younger brother is one of the stars. So yeah for the spin off, not so sure bout PLL season 5

  • itsmemadie01 Mar 28, 2013

    I love PLL and I've stick with it from season 1 episode 1 as much as I love it and want to keep it on air but there's not a lot of story left to go on for 2 more seasons. I mean the whole who killed Ali is tiresome though season 3 is a good one. The show is spreading itself too thinly with subplots like Ezra family drama like we care? Instead of introducing new characters try exploring old one with real beef with the Liars Jenna, Melissa, Paige and Wilden.

  • bkyle2429 Mar 28, 2013

    Yes they have plenty story for 2 plus seasons PLL keeps getting better and better, as for Ravenswood its a YES big time!!

  • Anonymous_A Mar 28, 2013

    I think Ravenswood would fare better if it was on The CW rather than ABC Family since there's some high-quality genre shows on there (such as TVD, SPN, Arrow and Nikita).

  • bkyle2429 Mar 28, 2013

    I have been saying that a lot of the shows on ABCF could easily be on the major networks!! basically do not cut ABCF short here, I actually watch more shows on ABCF than FOX and NBC

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  • Arkano1317 Mar 27, 2013

    Oh my god no XD I really feel like in season 3 nothing actually happened... I'm beginning to get really frustrated!

  • inbar777 Mar 27, 2013

    season five is a must!!! the girls will finally be done with high school and I can't wait to see how their life is going to change, I am very much intrigued of how the A team torment will continue after that , if they are all going to go to the same collage I'll be really upset.

  • riot Mar 27, 2013

    also there are 13 books, so far. wtf?
    i know they aren't strictly following the books, and i haven't read any of the books.
    but i read sometime ago that the beginning of season 3 was similar to book 5. so i'm guessing it's kinda basing each season of 2 books? i'm seriously beginning to wonder how long they can drag this out or if the tv show will go completely different way and just keep with characters kinda how true blood followed the books and is not something totally different with just the same characters.
    maybe they'll just wrap it all up in a movie dragging it out until people give up and it gets canceled in a couple of seasons.

  • doctorwho747 Apr 02, 2013

    I thought the same way, inmy post above I wrote that I think that they should do only one more season otherwise it will get dragged out, if the keep milking it saying oh now we will have seven seasons, the show will go downhill and get canceled and without ever knowing the conclusion

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