Freeform is not ready to let the dead stay buried.
In the wake of one of its longest-running, most-watched shows finally being laid to rest after seven seasons, Freeform has decided to resurrect Pretty Little Liars with a spin-off called Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Not only is the PLL world coming back, but so are two of the original cast members of the show, Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish alongside showrunner I. Marlene King, who wrote the pilot and executive produced the pilot as well.
The pilot is based on the novel “The Perfectionists,” written by Sara Shepard, the writer behind the novel I. Marlene King and Freeform based the first Pretty Little Liars series on, too.
Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, who played Alison and Mona, respectively, in the original series is set to reprise their roles for the pilot episode, though it’s not clear if they’ll stick around through the rest of the series, assuming Freeform gives the order for more episodes. Though two of the characters are ones we knew in the town of Rosewood, somehow Alison and Mona will find themselves in the town of Beacon Heights, which — much like Rosewood — is full of secrets and lies. There was no mention if any of the other original cast members of Pretty Little Lies will be involved with possible future episodes.
Freeform has found quite a bit of success with shows centering around 20-something females. Following the end of PLL was the freshman drama The Bold Type which has yet to earn a well-deserved season two renewal — a series that has helped fill the giant hole the Liars left in the network’s programming line up — something they’ve been trying to fill since before the Liars went away for good.
Recently, the network announced it was canceling Stitchers after only three seasons.