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...
We can't tell you who's in it yet.Like Rosewood, Ravenswood has dark secrets.#Ravenswood— I. Marlene King(@imarleneking) March 26, 2013
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?