The Lying Game: 4 Truths About ABC Family's Twin-triguing New Drama

If Pretty Little Liars and The Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan version) ever had a lovechild, ABC Family’s The Lying Game would definitely be it.

Making its much-anticipated debut this Monday at 9/8c, Lying Game stars Alexandra Chando (As the World Turns) as Emma, a teen who discovers her long-lost twin Sutton — and then suddenly finds herself living said sister’s life. Crazy stuff, sure, but is this dark drama your cup of tea? Here, TVLine lays out four fun facts you should know before tuning in, including — but certainly not limited to — the appearance of a beloved Hero and that darn Ringer comparison

This Is Not Ringer | Two shows. Two sets of estranged twins. Two disappearances. By those standards, you’d think The Lying Game and The CW’s new fall thriller Ringer were one and the same. But truly, these shows aren’t as similar as they sound. “Essentially our show is very different,” Lying Game showrunner Charles Pratt Jr. explains. “While we have the mystery elements, we appeal to the romantic side of things; the teenager, the concept of friends, the concept of your search for your biological parents.” All of which, Pratt says, make this show “specific to ABC Family and that audience.”

There’s a Major Suds Connection | Besides the fact that Chando was once featured on the now-defunct As the World Turns, Lying Game has major soap ties — especially of the ABC Daytime variety. Tyler Christopher (who was recently dismissed from his longtime duties as General Hospital‘s wayward prince Nikolas Cassadine) will recur in at least five episodes as a cop suspicious of Sutton/Emma (and the brother of Blair Redford’s troubled Ethan). Additionally, helmer Pratt is a former head headwriter on soaps such as All My Children and GH.

A Hero Is on the Way | If you love Heroes/Castle alum Adrian Pasdar (and I know you do), you’ve got to give Lying Game a look beyond its first outing because his mysterious character doesn’t appear until Episode 2. “He’s the father of two of the kids in the show, [and] the district attorney in Scottsdale,” Pasdar previews. “There’s a good deal of deception and non-truth present in his daily existence and in interactions with his goddaughter Sutton, his daughter Mads (played by Alice Greczyn), and his son Thayer (Christian Alexander). And I can’t tell you any more than that because Chuck Pratt will kill me.”

Be Sure to Stay Tuned | Pratt promises that not unlike its ABC Family sister show PLL, Lying Game “will probably have a cliffhanger in every episode.” So, really, you’ll just have to tune in each and every Monday, right? “There’s only one requirement to be [a character] on this show,” he adds. “You have to be part of the central mystery, which we have percolating just below the surface throughout each of the episodes.”

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  1. Dominique says:

    Alex Chando and Christian Alexander are in it, so I was gonna watch it anyway, but these little sneek peeks make me even more excited! :D

  2. LAla says:

    All i know is If its anything like PLL, I’ll be watching

  3. Jessica says:

    What scares me the most about this show is that Charles Pratt Jr. is at the helm. He completely destroyed ‘All My Children’ when he was head writer.

    • Eli says:

      I’m boycotting anything with the Chucky “Soap-Destroyer” Pratt label on it! In all cases, given his track record, it won’t be nay good. This guy does not write for “characters”, he rather writes stuff with cliffhangery events for shock value, no more. And what would draw you back to a show if you didn’t care about the characters. I won’t be missing much, I’m sure.

  4. Jaden says:

    i am sooo looking forward to seeing how good The Lying Game is gonna be. i love PLL and i think from seeing the sneak peeks and reading these sneak peeks that im going to like The Lying Game. i should sooooo read the books

  5. Matt says:

    I agree with Jessica’s comment. Why Charles Pratt Jr. is still employed by The Walt Disney Company in any capacity is something I will never understand. After completely decimating All My Children and its 40-year history, he should not be running another show at any network, especially not one owned by Disney. However, I guess conspiracy theorists may be correct. Pratt was actually hired by Brian Frons and ABC Daytime to do just what he did to AMC; destroy it. Therefore, Disney still employs him because he did exactly what was asked of him.

  6. Sarah says:

    Twin who suddenly begins living her twin’s life….aren’t they already doing that on CW with Ringer?

  7. lorna says:

    Glad Pascar is in it. I’ve only read the first book. Interesting. The pilot tonight was OK. Then again, with PLL I didn’t like most of who was casted, and I adjusted. We shall see.

  8. Angelia says:

    Waw Adrian Pasdar looks different in this. What’s he changed?

  9. Liz says:

    If Charles Pratt Jr. has anything to do with the writing, this show won’t last very long. He wrote for both AMC and GH, and during his tenure both shows dropped in the ratings (not as badly as when Guza was head writer for GH, but there was still a drop).

  10. sam says:

    so basically it’s THE RINGER for a tweenie-bopper audience? cool, I’ll probably still watch it.