Pretty Little Liars, which has been one of Freeform’s top-rated and most social series, will end its run in April 2017 after seven seasons, the network said Monday. The show’s series finale will be immediately followed by the series premiere of a new show from Pretty Little Liars’ series creator I. Marlene King, Famous in Love.
The network made the announcement via a Facebook Live interview with King and with cast members Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse.
“It’s been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years. We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change. I’m excited for fans to finally have all of their questions answered, and I believe they will be satisfied with the wild ride that is our last 10 episodes,” said King in a statement. “I am also thrilled to embark on my next endeavor Famous In Love with Bella Thorne and for PLL fans to get wrapped up in Paige’s rise to stardom and the pitfalls of Hollywood.”
Here’s the first trailer for Famous in Love, via Twitter:
Pretty Little Liars, aimed squarely at millennials, particularly shines on social media. The show has more than 14 million followers on Facebook, 3.7 million followers on Twitter and 5.8 million followers on Instagram, ranking it as the most social scripted TV show of the season with more than 214 million engagements, according to ListenFirst. “Through brilliant storytelling, compelling characters and social media phenomena, Pretty Little Liars paved the way for television shows, writers and cast to interact and engage with audiences on a national and global scale like never before, which led the series to unparalleled success,“ said Karey Burke, Freeform executive vice president, programming and development, in a statement.
Season six of the series will conclude on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. ET, said Freeform, formerly ABC Family.
In other cancellation news, NBC also said Monday that its Friday-night drama, Grimm, would wrap after six seasons. The series will return Friday, Jan. 6, and run for a shortened season of 13 episodes before concluding.
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