ABC Family Orders Pretty Little Liars Spin-Off Ravenswood, Renews the Drama for Season 5

Pretty Little Liars Spinoff RavenswoodABC Family on Tuesday announced a Pretty Little Liars spin-off, titled Ravenswood.

From Liars co-showrunners I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and exec producer Joseph Dougherty, the offshoot is set in Ravenswood, a town near PLL‘s own Rosewood. The series finds five strangers suddenly connected by a fatal curse that haunts the city, prompting them to dig into their hometown’s mysterious past before it’s too late.

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The all-new series is slated to bow in October following Liars’ third annual Halloween special, which, per Deadline, will introduce the spin-off’s titular city and its inhabitants.

Pretty Little Liars, meanwhile, has been renewed for a fifth season.

Following the announcement, the always tight-lipped King took to Twitter with her own vague spin-off tease, stating: “We can’t tell you who’s in it yet. Like Rosewood, Ravenswood has dark secrets.”

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  1. Maki says:

    Hmmmm! wOw! Interesting! About who could this be!? Mona!? Jenna!? Jason!? CeCe!?

    • RockStarz says:

      I don’t think it would be about Jason. Drew von Acker is one the Devious Maids regulars, so I don’t think he would have time for it.

    • Andrea Cowan says:

      By the statement saying Ezera sad fate makes me think some one like A or the NAT club are trying to permanently kill Ezera or is just the sad fact that he can’t have a relationship with Aria.

  2. cassey says:

    How? They had better not mess with the original for the sake of the spin off!

  3. Seth says:

    What does this mean for Bunheads? (Which is clearly what everyone wants to know ;))

  4. Beth says:

    Some extra details here: Not really clear why this is a PPL “spin-off” from the description, except that Ravenswood is apparently near Rosewood and both series are creepy. Premise/vibe reminds me a bit of The Secret Circle.

  5. George says:

    Raven Symone HAS to be cast. Right?

  6. Elyse says:

    I just got really excited and then it was like a letdown when I read the plot for Ravenswood someone was putting all over Facebook and it sounded like it has no ties to PLL or the characters on pretty little liars. can we get a plot summary up in here?!? lol

  7. Beth says:

    Sounds like they’re using the PPL Halloween special this year as a backdoor pilot. Still kind of lame to call it a spin-off if the characters have never been around before and are being introduced solely to set up Ravenswood.

    • Elyse says:

      someone posted something on the PLL Facebook page that said Ravenswood is going to be a “supernatural thriller” which has nothing to do with PLL. I’m so confused! I need someone to clarify all of this for me lol

    • Sara says:

      What do you think a spin-off is? A spin-off usually takes a character or a few characters from the parent show and move them to a new location with mostly new characters to have a new storyline and a new show. Why wouldn’t there be character that have never been seen before? That’s how spin-offs work. If you want to watch all the characters from the parent show, then just go watch PLL. Idiot.

  8. Aimee says:

    So… shows about lying and teens are to ABC Family what police procedurals are to CBS and NBC. Pretty Little Liars: Fashion Victims Unit.

  9. kavyn says:

    So ABC Family now has four shows that follow a bunch of teenage girls and their killer drama: PLL, Lying Game, Twisted and now Ravenswood.

    I can easily see Twisted getting cancelled by the end of its season. Considering how quick paced TLG is going it wouldn’t surprise me if they got their season 2b and then ended the series right there.

  10. Justin says:

    I read the Ravenswood/PLL release (which gives a short summary of Ravenswood) and it sounds like a supernatural teen thriller. It talks about curses and town secrets. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds like an interesting idea but its clear this “spin-off” is just tagged to PLL so that it could draw the same fan base. How could PLL’s Rosewood, with no supernatural elements, be beside a town that deals with a curse?

    Also, still no news on The Lying Game?

    • Nate says:

      Yes, because an all-knowing, all-seeing, omniscient presence that now is appearing in the guise of a dead friend is totally grounded in reality. Yeah, nothing supernatural or out of the bounds of human possibility is going on in Rosewood. All-powerful ghost ninja cyberbullies are totes normal and every day. Or, Ravenswood will pull a Scooby Doo and it’ll have been Old Man Jenkins making the abandoned amusement park SEEM cursed the whole time.

      I’m just saying, if you’re looking for either of these shows to have distinct ties to reality, you’re probably looking in the wrong place. This is ABCFamily we’re talking about, home to multiple of TV’s most endearing peodphilic relationships. They don’t exactly have the strongest ties to what real life is like.

    • iMember says:

      But, PLL is totally a supernatural teen drama. Remember the little girl that appeared as a ghost to Ashley in the last Halloween episode? Haha!

    • Siera says:

      Actually, at the end of the last episode a hand came out of the ground, like someone dead coming back alive like a zombie. That’s pretty supernatural.

  11. Mandy says:

    This is msk

  12. Olivia says:

    ABC Family, renew the lying game please!!!

  13. Esaul says:

    Either The Lying Game or Bunheads will get cancelled. I love both, but prefer Lying Game over Bunheads to receive the ax.

  14. Cory says:

    I love PLL but it’s so out there with its gothic-type mysteries that I could believe a spin-off involving supernatural elements.

  15. Belle says:

    Lying Game can’t end…come on, it’s a great show in it’s own right too! Bunheads did get better in the second half of season 1…but I really miss Jane by Design and wish they’d just bring it back and not cancel anything pair them up again as a foursome. Seriously with Secret Life ending maybe nothing will get canceled??? Here’s hoping :)

  16. ha says:

    Can we have questions answered if they are going to cancel The Lying Game? I hate it when ABCF cancels on a cliffhanger.

  17. scorpo says:

    Wow, season 4 hasn’t even aired yet and they already picked it up for season 5? Let it die already! lol

  18. Jenna says:

    REALLY? I love PLL, but as if renew it for s5 when 4 hasnt even started airing without giving us a back 10 of the lying game :(

    • Kiki says:

      SERIOUSLY ABC Family! You’re killing us…all these new shows, renewing PLL a whole season ahead…but no Lying Game back 10/season 3!!! SMH

  19. moonbunny28 says:

    Don’t care about either show GIVE ME THE LYING GAME NOW.

  20. Brandy says:

    Ill check out Ravenswood as it sounds interesting but cant promise ill watch after the pilot.It sounds like a mash up of Once Upon a Time(the curse),Vampire Diaries,Secret Circl(teens, magic,supernatrual stuff happening in a small town(.Im glad PLL got season five.

  21. Jared says:

    Maybe Emma and Sutton can move to Ravenswood?

  22. Jared says:

    With Twisted airing over the Summer and this new series premiering in October this doesn’t sound good for The Lying Game. If ABCF is gonna wait another 10 months to air new episodes they might as well just cancel it at this point.

  23. Why not make it a crossover episode between PLL and its spin-off?

  24. cpo says:

    hmm..mysterious, supernatural teenagers, kind of sounds like, ‘the secret circle’; which I personally enjoyed, after the plot started to pick up half way through the season. pity it was cancelled, especially since they had set up a good storyline for season 2 in the finale.

  25. Not interested says:

    sounds a lot like Pretty Little Liars, so I will have to pass

  26. A says:

    OK, Seriously? A fifth season? PLL is not the kind of show that should get/deserves advanced season renewals because all that would mean is that they plan to drag out the plot for another two seasons without any “real” progression. More dumb questions being brought up and tiptoeing around everything. They should at least wait to see how the first half of the 4th season goes. I mean the girls are already in their senior of high school. What are they gonna do? Split up the two seasons with both of them taking place in high school? Or worse is it going to continue to after they graduate. I personally think this should be the final season as I am ready for the truth and the story to wrap up. It can only go on for so long before it becomes more ridiculous than a lot of it already is.

    Also, definitely gonna pass on this spinoff. Sounds EXACTLY like PLL and definitely not interested in sitting through that again and watching the show’s creators drag out the plot for like 5 seasons.

    • Jillian says:

      Considering PLL is ABC Family’s most popular show, you shouldn’t really be too surprised. PLL not only pulls in high ratings for ABC Family, but it also rules social media on Tuesday nights. There is not a single show on television that has more buzz on Twitter and Facebook than PLL does– the night of the season 3 finale, every single trending topic on twitter was about PLL. ABC Family wants to lock in their top show which is completely understandable.

      • A says:

        It’s understandable, but it still sucks. They are going to drag out the plot so much to the point that I don’t even think they will even know how to answer their questions. To be honest, I don’t think they have a clue where they are going with this show. They probably have no idea who A is. All they want to do is keep making the supposedly “shocking” twists and turns. I would quit it but I really wanna know the truth and how it ends, so I guess I’ll just have to endure.

  27. mia says:


  28. victoria wacera says:

    wow this will be interesting cant wait to watch…just hop my four preety liars wil be in it…:-)

  29. victoria wacera says:

    :-)…….i looooooveeeeee pll….its just the best

  30. Maryse_once says:

    Well, I wonder what that means for Bunheads???? Is it going to be canceled now that a new show is in the works?

  31. Pauline says:

    Interesed in the spinoff but am still vying for lying game to be renewed for season 3. Pll will stay my all time favorite:-)

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  33. Kc says:

    Really??? They cancel secret life and make a copy of this show so they can waste twice as much airtime?

    This show is crap. So done with abcfam.