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Ellen Pompeo to produce financial meltdown drama for ABC Family

After years in front of the camera, it looks like Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is ready to go behind the scenes.

The actress will executive produce Debt, a satire of the 2008 financial meltdown in New York based on Rachel Carey’s 2013 novel of the same name. The project for ABC Family begins a new trend under recently appointed head Tom Ascheim: programs targeted toward older women. The story follows a young woman in her 20s who works as an SAT tutor to pay off her college loans and discovers that everyone she knows is in somebody’s “debt.” Currently in development, the series has not yet hired a writer. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

Pompeo, who recently signed a deal that will keep her on the popular ABC medical drama through its 12th season, first tried her hand at producing with her company Calamity Jane, but was unable to follow through on a script sold to ABC.

Five things we learned on the set of 'Pretty Little Liars' 100th episode

Just 99 episodes ago, Pretty Little Liars fans were introduced to the world of Alison DiLaurentis and the four Liars she left behind when she “died.” Five seasons later, we’ve followed those Liars through journeys of love, loss, betrayal, and lots of confusion, all of which peaked when Alison came back from the dead in season four.

However, Ali’s transition back to life in Rosewood has been anything but smooth. Aria accidentally killed Shana, someone murdered Mrs. D, and we still have no idea who’s in Alison’s grave. So with a number of mysteries left to solve, what will the show’s 100th episode hold for viewers? Well, we can promise a few familiar faces, at least one familiar place, and of course, another Twitter-worthy reveal.

EW was on set for the shooting of the 100th episode, and we sat down with the cast and executive producers to talk about what viewers can expect from the show’s 100th hour. READ FULL STORY

Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth reunite for 'Mystery Girls' (and jokes about nipple reconstruction and weed)

Ab Fab meets Scooby-Doo“—that’s how Tori Spelling pitched ABC Family on Mystery Girls, which premieres June 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET and finds her and fellow Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth playing former costars of a popular ’90s detective series (also called Mystery Girls) who decide to solve crimes in real life. “That part comes from my love of old mystery shows,” Spelling says. “I loved Remington Steele, and Moonlighting, Hart to Hart, Charlie’s Angels—women solving crimes. I had never really seen it done in a sitcom. I thought that would be really fun.”

Fun and risqué, it turns out. Here the actresses talk about the jokes they can get away with, the literal pains of doing physical comedy, why they used to sweat on the 90210 set, and more. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars': Marlene King on that twist, life after 'A,' and the season you 'will not see coming'

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 5 premiere of Pretty Little Liars, stop reading now!

Last night’s season 5 premiere of Pretty Little Liars revealed another member of the “A” team before, moments later, killing off that person. More specifically, Aria killed Shana in self-defense. For those of you who watched it live, odds are you’re still wrapping your head around everything that happened — not to mention CeCe’s farewell — but we’ve got a little something that might help.

We chatted with PLL showrunner Marlene King about the decision to kill Shana, what exactly Ezra whispered, and what comes next with Mona’s Army. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

ABC Family renews 'Pretty Little Liars' for sixth and seventh seasons

It’s a good day to be a Pretty Little Liars fan.

Hours before the season 5 premiere of ABC Family’s top-rated scripted series, the network has announced that Pretty Little Liars will receive two additional seasons — season 6 will air mid-2015, and season 7 in mid-2016. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' cast, EPs reveal Mrs. D is officially [spoiler], Hanna's alcohol problem, more Rosewood funerals

It’s almost time to re-enter Rosewood, a place where cyberbullies reign, high schoolers come back from the dead, and more than one member of the DiLaurentis family has been dragged to a grave. And after the Pretty Little Liars season 4 finale left us with a wounded Ezra and a potentially dead Mrs. D, season 5 will pick up right where we left off: On the way to the hospital and full of questions. So what now?

First things first, EW paid a visit to the PLL set to try and get some of those questions answered before the emotional trauma of another season begins. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

ABC Family orders drama pilot 'Stitchers'

ABC Family has given a pilot order to the paranormal procedural drama pilot Stitchers. Written by Jeffrey A. Schecter (Overruled!), the drama “follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.”

The order comes a month after the family cable network axed the drama pilot Alice in Arabia when it received significant backlash from Muslim civil liberties organizations for its plotlines and portrayals of the community. READ FULL STORY

Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth reunite for new ABC Family comedy -- VIDEO

Move over, Cohle and Hart — Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling are the real True Detectives.

Okay, maybe not. But the former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars are playing TV detectives turned real-life sleuths in an upcoming ABC Family series, Mystery Girls. A new teaser for the comedy shows the two tackling a man, who turns out to be innocent, and Spelling claiming that when it comes to crime solving, they’re just a little “rusty.” Check out the promo for the show, which premieres June 25, below:

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ABC Family's 'Alice in Arabia' sparks outrage

ABC Family’s recently announced drama pilot Alice in Arabia is inciting significant backlash on Twitter and from a Muslim civil liberties organization. The pilot follows an American teen who is kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian extended family and must “find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, called for the cable network to meet with Muslim and Arab-American community leaders to discuss their grievances with the potential series. CAIR sent a letter to ABC Family president Tom Ascheim on Tuesday requesting a meeting with its organization and other groups.

“We want ABC to sit down and to meet with us and have a dialogue,” spokeswoman Yasmin Nouh told EW. “[And] to recognize that the portrayal of [this story has] real consequences on Muslims and especially on Muslim youth, not only how others treat them, but in terms of how they see themselves.”

The organization has not yet received a response from ABC Family, which is owned by Disney, but a spokesperson for the cable net issued the following statement: “We hope people will wait to judge this show on its actual merits once it is filmed. The writer is an incredible storyteller and we expect Alice to be a nuanced and character driven show.”

Here is the full ABC Family description of the pilot: READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' post-mortem: Marlene King on Ezra's fate, Mr. DiLaurentis, who's in the box, and all things season 5

Tuesday night’s Pretty Little Liars finale left fans speechless. With two lives hanging in the balance after a brutal attack by “A” — and maybe someone else? — there are more questions than ever before. But the good news is that Ali is back in the game. So where do we go from here?

We caught up with PLL showrunner Marlene King to talk about that gunshot, our suspect list, and everything else we could think of about season 5:

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'Pretty Little Liars' boss teases 'emotionally exhausting' finale full of answers, 'many reveals ... and one very shocking reveal'

Four seasons into Pretty Little Liars, and fans are finally about to find out what went down on the night that Alison DiLaurentis disappeared. All year, PLL showrunner Marlene King has talked about how season 4 will be the “season of answers,” and now it’s time for fans to get what they’ve been asking for. However, this finale will hold a lot more than a few answers.

We caught up with King to chat about returning characters, Uber “A”, the final five minutes of Tuesday night’s finale, and more:
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ABC Family renews 'Melissa & Joey' and 'Baby Daddy', orders three drama pilots

ABC Family has renewed its comedies Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy for fourth seasons, and also announced it has ordered three drama pilots.

The new dramas include: Alice in Arabia, which follows an American teenage girl who gets kidnapped by Saudi Arabian relatives after a family tragedy and has to learn how to adapt to a new place and life; Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s young-adult novel about a teenager struggling with addiction, and Unstrung, a look at the world of competitive tennis through the eyes of a brother-sister duo.

“These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming known for diverse stories that challenge as well as entertain our viewers,” ABC Family president Tom Ascheim said in a statement. “We’re also delighted to produce more episodes of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, two series that together have helped ABC Family establish a strong comedy block that continues to make our audience laugh out loud.”

Tyler Blackburn will return to 'Pretty Little Liars' in season 5

We knew he couldn’t stay away for long.

EW has confirmed that Tyler Blackburn will return as a series regular for Pretty Little Liars‘ fifth season. Blackburn will reprise his role as Caleb Rivers, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend who left town to investigate his family’s history (and so much more) in Ravenswood. But with Ravenswood‘s cancellation, it sounds like Blackburn is ready to get back on the “Who is ‘A’?” bandwagon.

Pretty Little Liars season 5 will premiere Tuesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

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