PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Recap: What Secret Is Aria Hiding?

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS surprised fans by letting Charlotte go free and then killing her as the show time jumped five years into the future. Now the girls back in a familiar position: murder suspects. And so we pick up this episode soon after the events of last week, with the girls reeling from the murder and discussing it in the lobby of the Radley hotel.

Aria is eager to leave Rosewood, but the others caution her to stay. She’s insistent, however, saying that she can’t afford to lose her job. But before she heads off to the airport Hanna drops a bomb: she knows Aria left the hotel room the night before. Where did she go? Aria played the situation off, but it’s clear she’s hiding a secret. Later, she visits Ezra to tell him he needs to lie about them seeing each other the night Charlotte died.

Meanwhile, it’s clear that Charlotte’s death could be a problem for the Hastings family. Mrs. Hastings is convinced that her opponent is using Spencer’s connection to Charlotte to smear her family and her campaign. Spencer’s concerned that her presence in the campaign could hurt her mother’s chances, so she volunteers to miss her next interview. Back at the hotel, Hanna gets a nice surprise in the form of Jordan, her fiancé. He’s arrived bearing food from New York and the offer of a lawyer for Hanna’s next police interview.

At the police station, Lorenzo is telling Allison that Sara Harvey’s hand burns means she could not have committed the murder. Ali is disbelieving, but she tells Lorenzo that she doesn’t believe her friends killed Charlotte. Of course, things get strange when Spencer later tells Caleb that she wrote a paper from a criminology class that closely resembles Charlotte’s death. Is someone once again looking to frame the girls?

The next morning, Emily is undergoing some mysterious treatments at a doctor’s office. While she’s busy with that, Hanna and Spencer are meeting with Ali to discuss Charlotte’s death, Sara being removed from the suspect list and Aria bailing from Rosewood. And back at work, Aria reunites with her boyfriend/co-worker, Liam. But her boss is concerned about Ezra taking a break from writing and not delivering on his next book. Aria insists that she can get Ezra to start writing again and tells her boss not to send Liam to talk to Ezra instead of her.

Later that night, Ali hosts the remaining PLLs, Caleb and Jordan for dinner. Lorenzo calls Ali with news of Charlotte’s time of death and Ali recites a prayer for grace that clearly insinuates one of her friends may be guilty and the others may be covering for her. As a result, Hanna secretly tells Emily that Aria left the hotel the night of the death. And Aria isn’t the only PLL who is lying — Emily is covering up her medical appointments, lying to her friends about still being in school, and lying to her mother about her current job.

Enter Aria, who has returned to Rosewood to talk to Ezra about his second book. He hands over a USB stick with the book (which we later learn also contains information about Nicole’s disappearance) and she asks him where he went after they saw each other the night of Charlotte’s death. He tells her he went home, but it’s clear that she’s suspicious. At the hotel, Hanna, Emily and Spencer have dug up the security footage of Aria seeing Ezra the night Charlotte died. Since Aria got back after Charlotte’s murder her friends were suspicious. And when the girls confront Aria about that night, we get a flashback with Aria and Ezra. Apparently Aria had called Ezra to talk about the hearing and Charlotte’s release and as they roamed the streets they spotted Charlotte enter the church. Ezra seemed particularly upset about Charlotte walking free as Aria headed back to the hotel. Back in the present, Aria was forthcoming to her friends and told them she suspected Ezra was the killer.

The girls are concerned that Aria could be implicated in Charlotte’s death if Ezra was named a suspect, so Aria insists that they get rid of that security footage. Later, Emily visits her father’s grave to tell him about losing her scholarship and leaving school, but Sara Harvey stops by the cemetery and Emily bails.

In the end, Hanna deletes the security footage, while Ali calls Lorenzo to her house to tell him she suspects her friends could be responsible for Charlotte’s murder.

Don’t miss the next new episode of PRETTY LITTIE LIARS on January 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Winter Premiere Recap: Back to Rosewood for a New Mystery

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“A” was unmasked on the last summer finale of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. And as one mystery came to a close, the girls left high school and Rosewood behind. Now, five years later, Alison is a teacher at her old school and she’s reaching out to her fellow PLLs to ask them for help with Charlotte. The girls are all returning to Rosewood to speak at Charlotte’s parole hearing, but are they willing to hear Ali out and speak in favor of her sister?

The four PLLs reunite at the local coffee house to catch up and drink lattes, gushing about Hanna’s impending wedding. Emily is lying about her current school status, but the conversation quickly turns to the upcoming hearing. Then Emily returns home (and we learn her father has passed away), while Hanna goes to visit her mother at Radley Sanitarium — which is now a restaurant, lounge and hotel managed by Ashley Marin.

At the Montgomery house, Aria’s father warns her that Ezra is back home and they discuss a mystery girl named Nicole. It sounds like Nicole — who was clearly close to Ezra — went missing (and possibly presumed dead) during a house-building mission in South America. Over at the Hastings’, Veronica is running for the Senate and we learn that she and her husband are still together.

Aria reunites with Ezra and they discuss Nicole, as well as his second book, which is supposed to be published by the publishing house Aria now works for. The reunions continue when Toby and Spencer meet up again (as he tries his hand at building a house). They discuss Charlotte’s hearing and he offers to buy her dinner before she leaves town — and she accepts. The girls finally reunite with Alison at the school and she’s trying to convince them that Charlotte has changed. But the girls can’t forget what “A”/Charlotte did and don’t seem eager to help Ali.

During a press conference for Veronica, Mona makes an appearance and we learn that she’s in Washington D.C. as well. Back at the Fields house, Emily and Toby are sharing a beer on the porch. He tells her that he was recently passed over for promotion and she reveals that college wasn’t what she thought it would be after her father’s death.

The next day, the girls and Ali are speaking to a judge about Charlotte’s release. Spencer is the first to give in to Ali’s wishes and say that Charlotte poses no threat to her and the other girls follow suit. Aria is slightly thrown off by Ezra’s appearance and she’s the first to break. Flashing back to everything “A” put them through, she tells the judge that she wouldn’t feel safe if Charlotte is released. Shockingly, though, Mona speaks in favor of Charlotte and asks the judge to let her go free.

Later, the girls reunite again at the Radley lounge and learn about Charlotte’s release. As they turn off their phones, they reminisce and discuss future plans. But Emily suggests they leave Charlotte and the past behind and move on. Of course, that’s all easier said than done as the camera ominously zooms in on a security camera trained on the girls.

The next morning, the girls are sleeping off their night of drinking in Hanna’s hotel suite. Ali calls in a panic and we get a quick flash at a variety of prescription drugs that Emily is hiding in her purse. Apparently Charlotte returned to the DiLaurentis house last night but now she’s gone. Alison asks if the PLLs can head over.

And here’s the shocker: Charlotte is dead! Her body was found in front of the church and it looks like she may have killed herself (although PRETTY LITTIE LIARS fans obviously know better). At the DiLaurentis house, Emily comforts a grieving Ali, while Caleb visits Hanna at her hotel room and reveals he may start working with Spencer’s company. He also tells her that he’ll be staying in Spencer’s barn, which makes Hanna feel awkward.

Charlotte’s funeral is a strange affair, made all the stranger with the appearance of Sara Harvey, who clearly makes the girls uncomfortable. After Sara departs, Lorenzo approaches the girls and asks if they’ll be staying in Rosewood. He reveals that Charlotte was dead when she was thrown from the bell tower and it’s clear that the girls are persons of interest in her murder.

Thus begins a new Rosewood mystery: who killed Charlotte? And who is targeting the PLLs now?

Don’t miss the next new episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS on January 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Photos: Aria Gets a New Boyfriend

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The second episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’ 2016 return will show us Aria’s new boyfriend: her colleague, Liam (played by Roberto Aguire). You can also spot Hanna’s new beau setting up a table with Caleb in the photos below.

The episode, titled “Charlotte’s Web”, opens with the girls being forced to stay in Rosewood as questions about their new mystery surfaces. “A restless Aria starts to look suspicious as she heads back to Boston a little too quickly. But could Aria really be the one behind this? As Spencer, Emily and Hanna find themselves back in familiar territory, they aren’t happy with going about solving this puzzle “the old way.” Meanwhile, Emily continues to lie about her life in California and Alison keeps a close eye on her friends.”

Don’t miss this all new episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS on January 19 on ABC Family/Freeform.

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS PHOTOS: Vamping It Up In Rosewood

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The girls are returning to Rosewood in the winter premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. After a five year time jump, the girls have been “A”-free. But all of that is going to change as they go back home to find a new villain has emerged to torment them.

Alison — now a teacher — has called her friends back home to testify at Charlotte’s parole hearing after getting to know her sister over the last five years. But are the girls eager to forgive and forget? And who is this new mystery person that is targeting the girls (watch a preview)?

New cast photos for the January return spotlight the five liars and the secrets they’re still carrying, along with new grown-up looks.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with all new episodes on January 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform (the new name for ABC Family).

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Photos: The Girls Are Back in Town

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“A” was unmasked on the summer finale of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and now the show is employing a time jump to move our characters through college and in to the adult world before it returns in January. We got a hint of what’s to come at the end of the summer finale, but when we return to Rosewood we’ll see that Charlotte could be released and Ali is asking her friends to help her get her sister out of the institution. But are the girls prepared to accept their old friend’s plea and forgive Charlotte for the years of torment she put them through?

New photos from the January premiere show us the girls testifying at Charlotte’s parole hearing, as well as catching up after they all return to town. But soon a terrifying new mystery will haunt them….

Meanwhile, if you want to get a sneak peek at what’s to come on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, tune in to the “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Five Years Forward” special airing on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family. According to the network, “the special episode will reveal what the Liars have been up to inside and outside of Rosewood over the past five years. In addition to featuring conversations surrounding new careers and love interests, the episode will feature interviews with the team behind the Liars’ new looks. Fans will also be offered a glimpse at brand-new PLL sets and two new scenes that won’t be seen anywhere else. Plus, the PLL moms speculate about what happened to their characters after getting locked in the basement.”

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with all new episodes on January 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform (the new name for ABC Family).

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Preview: It’s Happening Again

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It took 130 episodes for “A” to be unmasked, but PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is far from over. When the show returns from its hiatus in January, we’re jumping ahead five years.

Based on glimpses into the “5 years forward” return, we know that the girls are being called back to Rosewood as Charlotte is up for release. Alison — now a teacher — is writing to each of her friends to ask them to be sympathetic to Charlotte, as she has become close to her sister in the last five years. But are the girls prepared to forgive Charlotte/”A” after all of the torment she put them through? And what about everything the girls have been up to in the meantime? “A lot has happened — good, bad, and ugly, but all of it was uncontaminated by ‘A’” teases Troian Bellisario.

New previews for the show’s return reveals that something new and even more twisted will be haunting the girls as they return to Rosewood. “This season’s just going to take everybody on a whole new ride. There’s a whole new set of problems that the girls are having to deal with,” says Shay Mitchell.

Don’t miss the winter premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS on January 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family (which will then be called Freeform).


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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ABC Family Announces January Premiere Date

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ABC Family has announced the January return date for PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The network will also be airing PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: 5 Years Forward, a one-hour behind-the-scenes glimpse at the series time jump on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The network has announced that PRETTY LITTLE LIARS will return in the new year with this winter with “a new look, secrets and new lies. Picking up five years after we last saw the Liars, the girls are not the same people they were when they left Rosewood. Having pursued their own paths and adjusting to a life without “A,” how will they be able to cope when something happens in Rosewood that forces them to go back to where it all started? Torn between their old habits and their new lives, the Liars must stick around, and together, as relationships are once again put to the test and new secrets are revealed.”

The November special will Forward,” will offer show fans what the characters have been up to inside and outside of Rosewood for the past five years. The episode will also air never-before-seen scenes, tours of the new PRETTY LITTLE LIARS sets and interviews with the cast and crew about the time jump.

Was Last Night’s PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season Finale Satisfying?

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS finally revealed who A is last night after years and years of build up. Now, the question has to be asked if we are all satisfied with the reveal. I for one am pretty satisfied although I was hoping Wren would be the ultimate big bad. CeCe Drake was revealed as A or Charles as we have been calling him this whole season. Charles, the lost DiLaurentis sibling, was a transgendered child and transition to Charlotte in her teens and Charlotte later created the identity of CeCe. I didn’t see this plot twist coming and for that I’m a fan of it. PLL has for so long been somewhat predictable so a plot development catching me off guard was fun. [Read more...]

PaleyFest 2014: Stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Toroian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, Keegan Allen and Janel Parrish Preview the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 4 Finale

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With the big Season 4 finale looming, it was fun to catch up with the cast of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS at this year’s PaleyFest to find out what is coming up in the love lives of the “little liars” and how insane this season’s finale is going to be.

Troian Bellisario mentioned her favorite couple is still Spencer and Toby right now, especially since they seem to be the only couple still together, as one has been on the rocks for Aria and Ezra, Hanna and Caleb, and Emily and Paige. [Read more...]