FAMOUS IN LOVE Sneak Peek: The Audition

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I. Marlene King (the Executive Producer of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) is bringing another famous young adult book to the small screen with FAMOUS IN LOVE, which will air after the spring premiere of PLL.

FAMOUS IN LOVE revolves around ordinary college student Paige, who goes on an audition for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster (also based on a popular book). The clip below features the audition between Paige and Rainer, a popular actor who is set to be her co-star if she lands the role. And it looks like the pair get a little steamy during the audition.

Later, Paige does land the role, which means her ordinary life is no more because she’s about to star in Hollywood’s next big film. Her chemistry with Rainer will also continue to grow, which could lead to a relationship in the public eye. But her new life — balancing Hollywood and her college workload — strains her relationship with her two best friends – particularly Jake, who may be more than just her friend.

FAMOUS IN LOVE stars Bella Thorne as Paige Townsend, Carter Jenkins as Rainer Devon, Charlie Depew as Jake Salt, Georgie Flores as Cassandra Perkins, Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn, Pepi Sonuga as Tangey Turner, Keith Powers as Jordan Wilder and Perrey Reeves as Nina Devon.

FAMOUS IN LOVE will premiere on April 18 on Freeform.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 7B Sneak Peek: The Girls Get an Unexpected Gift

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is coming to an end. The final batch of episodes of the long-running show will be airing this spring and now Freeform has released the first sneak peek for the April premiere.

The clip — which you can view below — shows the girls getting a belated Christmas present from their stalker, but it leads them to suspect that Noel and Jenna aren’t actually A.D. like they had suspected. During the TCA panel today for the show’s final season, the producers revealed that what’s inside the box is a deadly game — one that could shatter the girls’ bond forever.

The producers also teased that the final 10 episodes will reveal A.D.’s identity and will also include a musical number and another time jump — but this time it will be a one-year jump.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns for its final 10 episodes on April 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

Freeform Renews BEYOND for a Second Season

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Earlier today Freeform announced that it was renewing THE FOSTERS for a fifth season and now the cable channel has announced that it’s renewing freshmen drama BEYOND for a second season.

”Our goal for launching BEYOND was to give the audience outstanding content in the way they want to watch it,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. “The response has far exceeded our greatest expectations, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and we can’t wait to bring more ‘Beyond’ to its growing fan base.”

BEYOND launched on January 2, and in a network first, Freeform made every episode available across key digital platforms. In its first week alone, BEYOND has already amassed over 14 million views, including 7.0 million across digital platforms and reaching an additional 7.2 million Total Viewers on linear TV.

Freeform Announces Series Pick-Ups and Premiere Dates; Renews THE FOSTERS for a Fifth Season

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Freeform made some announcements today at TCA for its 2017 schedule with the series pickup of THE BOLD TYPE (formerly ISSUES); THE BACHELOR spin-off HAPPILY EVER AFTER? franchise returns and will feature fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, premiering March 20; and a fifth season order for THE FOSTERS. It was also announced that Freeform’s original comedies YOUNG & HUNGRY and BABY DADDY will return with all-new episodes in March.

Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, the pilot THE BOLD TYPE has been picked up to series and is set to premiere in summer 2017. The show “reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the global women’s magazine Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women leans on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.”

THE BACHELOR’s spin-off HAPPILY EVER AFTER? franchise will continue with a new unscripted series, titled THE TWINS: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? and will follow the fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson from Season 20 of THE BACHELOR and Season 3 of BACHELOR IN PARADISE.

Related: Freeform releases the first clip from season 7B of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

In addition, Freeform’s family drama THE FOSTERS has been greenlit for a fifth season, which will bring the series to the momentous 100-episode mark. The network will premiere all-new episodes from the fourth season on Tuesday, January 31, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

YOUNG & HUNGRY will premiere season five on Monday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. In the fourth season finale, “Gabi and Josh decided to be ‘friends with benefits,’ much to the group’s chagrin, after their previous attempts at a relationship went awry. During the new season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won’t let feelings get in the way of their new arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with his estranged father.”

Finally, the season six premiere of BABY DADDY will air on Monday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The premiere “picks up three months after the finale, and Ben is still enthusiastically searching for the mysterious Elle. Danny and Riley are hunting for a good doctor to help with the pregnancy, and Bonnie desperately wants to be involved. Tucker is back from Los Angeles, but refuses to tell anyone what happened while he was there.”

Later in the day Freeform also renewed BEYOND for a second season.

BEYOND Sneak Peek: A Boy Awakens From a Coma With Strange New Powers

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A middle school-aged Holden Matthews is headed out to meet his friend Kevin and watch a meteor shower when BEYOND begins. Soon a fight with some older boys leads to a chase and Holden crashing in the woods. And something strange happens there before a white light causes Holden to black out and then fall into a coma.

Twelve years later he wakes up in the hospital and his parents (Tom and Diane) are overjoyed to really see him again. But he’s shocked to learn he’s been out so long and the doctors are baffled at how healthy his body is after his long coma. His family is also being inundated with phone calls from the press after his miraculous recovery.

It’s not long after that Holden starts having strange dreams of a mysterious man reaching for him and a woman’s voice saying “see you soon”. And each morning he’s waking up in the woods where he was injured all those years ago without any knowledge of how he got there.

Soon after his doctor’s office at the hospital is being broken into and a young woman Holden meets (Willa) at a department store warns him that he’s in danger and he should trust no one. His strange new abilities become terrifyingly clear when he goes for an MRI, sees that strange dream man again (who is telling not not to “hold back”), and then seems to fritz the MRI machine and cause a fire in the lab.

Something is clearly happening to — and around — Holden. A mysterious voice on the phone is making plans for Holden and not everyone in his life can be trusted. When a man attacks Holden claiming he knows about his powers, Holden is faced with the prospect of uncovering what happened to him.

In the second hour of the premiere, Holden tries to forget about his recent bizarre encounters and lead a “normal” life. His brother Luke tries to help Holden acclimate to his new surroundings and brings him along to a college party. Holden hits it off with a friendly co-ed, but strange memories of Willa lead to disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, Diane and Tom try to bond with Holden as an adult.

The two-hour series premiere of BEYOND airs on Monday, January 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. All ten episodes of BEYOND will be available via digital platforms, including the Freeform App, Freeform.com, On Demand and Hulu, simultaneous with the premiere.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Freeform to Air Tell-All Special After Series Finale

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Immediately following the two-hour series finale, PRETTY LITTIE LIARS stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer I. Marlene King, will sit down for an hour long unbarred and uncensored tell-all after show to discuss all of the series’ tightly held secrets, behind-the-scenes insights, and top moments, Freeform announced today.

The tell-all, which will premiere immediately after the two-hour series finale, will allow viewers the
chance to digest all the drama that happened in the finale alongside the main cast and I. Marlene
King. Burning fan questions will be asked and answered, and the audience will get the all the scoop
on the ins and outs of A.D. and the #PLLEndGame. The after show will serve as a retrospective
celebration of the past seven seasons and as a way for the fans to say goodbye to the show.

The final 10 episodes of PRETTY LITTIE LIARS will air beginning in April 2017. Season seven will continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions, bringing back old characters as it has already done in the first half of the season, including Wren Kingston (Julian Morris), Pastor Ted Wilson (Edward Kerr), Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) and Sydney

Freeform Announces Premiere Dates for SWITCHED AT BIRTH and THE FOSTERS

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Today Freeform announced the premiere dates for two returning drama series: SWITCHED AT BIRTH and THE FOSTERS.

THE FOSTERS returns with new episodes on Tuesday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. EST. As the fourth season of THE FOSTERS continues, the show picks up from the summer cliffhanger finale that left several family members in peril.

The fifth and final season of SWITCHED AT BIRTH premieres on Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The final season will include the topical issue of campus race relations — culminating with an episode told from the perspective of several African-American characters — and the milestone 100 th episode of the series.

Here’s a summary of Freeform’s winter schedule:

Monday, January 2, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST – Season two premiere of SHADOWHUNTERS
Monday, January 2, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST – Special two-hour series premiere of BEYOND
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST – Winter premiere of THE FOSTERS
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST – Season five premiere of SWITCHED AT BIRTH

Freeform to Bring SHADOWHUNTERS and New Series BEYOND to New York Comic Con

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Today Freeform announced that it’s bringing two of its shows — SHADOWHUNTERS and BEYOND — to New York Comic Con on October 7-8.

New original series BEYOND will present its first episode in its entirety to the crowd, while SHADOWHUNTERS will debut exclusive footage from the upcoming second season. The full details can be found below.

Friday, October 7 – BEYOND
Panel from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Room 1A06 at the Javits Center

BEYOND is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him? BEYOND” will premiere on Freeform in January 2017.

The panel will include a screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A with executive producers
Tim Kring, David Eick and Adam Nussdorf, along with series star Burkely Duffield (“Holden”). The
panel will be moderated by TV Guide Magazine’s senior writer Damian Holbrook. Panel attendees will receive exclusive show-branded souvenirs.

Saturday, October 8 – SHADOWHUNTERS
Panel from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Autograph Signing from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Table 20 in Autographing Area (Hall 1-B)

The second season of SHADOWHUNTERS returns with the Shadow world in upheaval as Valentine and The Circle continue to grow stronger by the minute and our Shadowhunter team quickly becoming disillusioned with The Clave and their reaction to the recent events. Loyalties will be tested, unlikely bonds will be made and relationships will be pushed to the limit as the Shadowhunters and their Downworlder friends are making their own way in a new world. The new season of SHADOWHUNTERS is set to premiere in January 2017 on Freeform.

The panel will include exclusive footage of the new season and a Q&A with executive producers, McG, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, and cast. Panel attendees will receive exclusive show-branded t-shirts featuring their favorite couples from the series.

FAMOUS IN LOVE Preview: Bella Thorne Stars in a New Drama from I. Marlene King

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FAMOUS IN LOVE is a classic example of “be careful what you wish for”. Based on the book of the same name, the new series was created by PRETTY LITTLE LIARS producer I. Marlene King and stars Bella Thorne.

Thorne stars as Paige, an ordinary college student who decides to try out for a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster on a bit of a whim. But when she actually gets the part, she must learn to navigate her new star-studded life, as well as her chemistry with her two co-leads. Rainer (played by Carter Jenkins), the son of Hollywood royalty, is one of Paige’s costars in the movie, as is Jordan (played by Keith Powers), who is described as “a Hollywood bad boy”. He also happens to have a complicated history with Rainer. The other faces we’ll get to meet in the pilot are:

  • Jake (played by Jesse Henderson) is Paige’s best friend who becomes jealous when Paige starts hanging out with Rainer
  • Alexis (played by Niki Koss) is one of Rainer’s old friends, who competes with Paige for the same role, and like most people on the show, has a secret
  • Cassandra (played by Georgie Flores) is Paige’s roommate and close friend, who is straightforward and a good friend
  • Nina (played by Perrey Reeves) is Rainer’s smart and cunning mother, who is half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples. Confident and manipulative, she does whatever it takes to make sure things go her son’s way
  • Tangey (played by Pepi Sonuga) is a beautiful pop star who mysteriously disappeared from the public eye, and was previously involved with both Rainer and Jordan
  • Grant Devon (played by Mark Valley) is Grant Devon, Rainer’s father who is also a major figure in Hollywood

FAMOUS IN LOVE will premiere after the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS spring premiere in April 2017 on Freeform.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS to End With Season 7

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Freeform has confirmed that the current season of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS will be the final one. The final 10 episodes of season 7 will premiere in April 2017 and will culminate in a two-hour series finale. The current summer finale will air on Tuesday, August 30.

“The final season will continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions, bringing back old characters as it has already done in the first half of the season, including Wren Kingston (Julian Morris), Pastor Ted Wilson (Edward Kerr), Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) and Sydney Driscoll (Chloe Bridges). A #PLLWedding for one of the Liars is also in store for the latter half of the season. To conclude the series, the season seven finale will be a two-hour, drama-filled television event.”

“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, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform.

“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 ten episodes,” remarked I. Marlene King.

I. Marlene King’s new series FAMOUS IN LOVE will premiere following the spring premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.