Monday, August 29, 2016

Freeform's 'Pretty Little Liars' to End After 7 Seasons

After months of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that the current seventh season of Pretty Little Liars will be its final one on Freeform. Following tomorrow night's summer finale, the show will return for its final 10 episodes in April 2017. 

Series creator I. Marlene King made the announcement during a Facebook live chat today accompanied by series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse.

The news today means two long-running series at Freeform will wrap up their runs in 2017. Pretty Little Liars joins Switched at Birth in that regard - which returns for its final season on January 24, 2017. The network has also confirmed today that the final run of Pretty Little Liars will be used to launch King's new drama Famous in Love starring Bella Thorne.

The drama is executive produced by King, Charlie Craig, Joseph Dougherty, Oliver Goldstick and Leslie Morgenstein. Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television produce.

"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 of 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," said King. "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."