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Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Miner reunite for possible ABC Family show

Jamie Lee Curtis and her Halloween H20: 20 Years Later director Steve Miner might be back at it again.

EW has confirmed that ABC Family recently completed a script deal for The Final Girls, a drama focusing around a group of girls who have each “survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good,” ABC Family said in an email.

Curtis is currently attached to play the mysterious older woman. Miner, who also directed Curtis in Forever Young, is set to executive produce and direct the pilot, all of which is contingent on ABC Family greenlighting the pilot (written by Jeff Dixon).

ABC Family renews 'Switched at Birth,' orders more of 'The Fosters,' 'Twisted'

ABC Family has ordered a third season of Switched at Birth and given back-order pickups to its freshman summer hits The Fosters and Twisted. After finishing their current runs, they’ll return in January 2014.

The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, follows a multi-ethnic family of foster and biological children being raised by two mothers. It’s the summer’s top new cable TV show in viewers 12-34 (1.3 million) and females 12-34 (1.1 million). Twisted, about a 16-year-old outcast who returns from five years in juvenile detention and tries to reconnect with his two childhood best friends, tops the Tuesday at 9 p.m. hour on cable in those demos, along with women 18-34. The network also announced that Charles Pratt Jr. (The Lying Game, All My Children, Melrose Place) will join the show as a writer and exec producer. The Peabody Award-winning Switched at Birth, which is the first mainstream TV series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language, averages 2.4 million in total viewers.

ABC Family previously announced orders for a fourth season of the sitcom Melissa & Joey and a third season of the comedy Baby Daddy.

ABC Family cancels 'Bunheads' after one season

Oh Bunheads, we’ll miss you so.

Monday, ABC Family announced that it would not bring back Amy Sherman-Palladino’s beloved hour-long show for a second season. A critical and cultish fan favorite, the whimsical show about a displaced Vegas showgirl and the quirky, idyllic ballet studio in Paradise, California that becomes her home never found a following significant enough to justify keeping it on the air.

Bunheads is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired,” said a ABC Family spokesperson. “The series had amazing storytelling, the most talented cast and a passionate and loyal fan base. Recognizing all of this, we took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn’t possible.  We wish the cast and crew the best in their future endeavors.”

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Check out the hot, young cast of ABC Family's new summery reality series 'The Vineyard' -- EXCLUSIVE

Haven’t had time for the beach yet this summer? No worries: Consider getting away with the sun-kissed cast of ABC Family’s upcoming reality show The Vineyard. EW has the exclusive reveal of the Vineyard cast, including a group photo (above) and a show promo (below).

At first glance of this cast, one question comes to mind: Are we possibly staring at the next Hills-like phenomenon? The new reality series — which appears to possibly be a cross between Laguna Beach and The Real World — follows a mix of locals and so-called “wash-ashores” (translation: pretty people who are only in town only for a few months), as they summer in the ever-posh Massachusetts outpost Martha’s Vineyard.

The 11-person cast is (from left to right, in the above photo): Lou D’Agostino, Ben Rossi, Sophi Alvarez, Cat Todd, Jackie Lyons, Katie Tardif, Jonathan Franco, Emily Burns, Taelyr Robinson, Gabby LaPointe, and Daniel Lipshutz. That mix includes a premed student, who describes himself as “a player” (naturally); a Latin pop princess; a guy who wants to turn his passion for throwing parties into a career; and a wannabe writer prone to falling for the wrong guys. And that’s just to give you a brief look at a handful of the folks on this beachy teen indulgence.

Bask in the beauty of the cast above and catch a snippet of their coming shenanigans in this exclusive promo:

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'Pretty Little Liars' season four preview: Keegan Allen on Toby's 'losing it' and the flashback that 'explains the whole show'

When Pretty Little Liars’ fourth season kicks off Tuesday, June 11, we will find the Liars right where we left them — looking shocked at whatever they’ve discovered in Wilden’s trunk. Along with that, the season premiere will also feature the reveal of the Queen of Hearts’ identity. And from there, the rest of the season is shaping up to be full of twists, turns, and threatening text messages. But one thing we can promise for season 4 is a deeper look into Toby’s past. After disappearing for much of the second half of last season, Toby is back and, according to Keegan Allen, it’s his turn to get answers and spiral downward. See what else Allen had to say about season 4: READ FULL STORY

Rumer Willis to guest star on season four of 'Pretty Little Liars'

Just in case the intrigue of red coat’s true identity or the mystery of what’s in the trunk isn’t enough, there’s a new reason why you might want to catch season four of ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars.

Rumer Willis is coming to Rosewood! Whether or not she will stay in town is another question, but ABC Family has confirmed that Willis is (as we speak) filming a guest spot for one episode, with the possibility for additional episodes. Willis will appear as Zoe, an organizer for a charity. We’re not quite sure what Zoe’s charity is up to, but let’s hope it raises money for troubled teens with cyber-bullying problems.

Regardless, Willis’ episode is slated to air in late July.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’: Roma Maffia cast as the new cop in town — EXCLUSIVE
‘Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off ‘Ravenswood’ casts Brett Dier, Elizabeth Whitson as series regulars
‘Ravenswood’ news roundup: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ sis nabbed as series regular. Plus, an exclusive photo

'Pretty Little Liars' spin-off 'Ravenswood' casts Brett Dier, Elizabeth Whitson as series regulars

It looks like Pretty Little Liars‘ Caleb is going to get some company when he relocates to Ravenswood next year.

ABC Family has announced that the Pretty Little Liars spin-off series Ravenswood has cast two of its series regulars, in addition to PLL favorite Tyler Blackburn. L.A. Complex‘s Brett Dier joins the new series along with model Elizabeth Whitson. The duo will play twins Abel and Olivia, whom we will first meet during the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode, which will air just before the Ravenswood pilot. Perhaps they’re part of the reason Caleb leaves Rosewood behind? READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Life of the American Teenager': Creator Brenda Hampton reflects on five wonderful seasons

After four seasons of drama, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager launches its final season tonight at 8 p.m. ET. What began as the story of high-schooler Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) becoming pregnant by Ricky Underwood (Daren Kagasoff) tonight finds Amy buying a wedding dress and — yes — a guest appearance by Chaz Bono as himself. At this momentous point in the show’s history, creator Brenda Hampton takes a little time to reflect on the highs and highers of working on the drama through the years and reveals a handful of “secrets” behind the production.

We had such a good time doing Secret Life, we hated to see production come to an end last fall. We were hoping to keep going until the baby grew up and graduated from college. We put together a wonderful cast and crew; it was a really great group of people, and we shot at the Warner’s Bros. Ranch, best lot in town. When Steve Schirripa (Leo) left the set for the last time, in thanking everyone, he repeatedly said it was the “best job I ever had in my life.” That made me feel really good because I strive to create an environment where everyone can enjoy the work and do their best, knowing that that’s really an impossible goal. I can get a show done on time and under budget; that’s always possible when you work with Lin Parsons (our line producer/unit production manager/director), but making a production a good experience where everyone still has time for a life… that’s a rare experience in Hollywood. And this was one of those rare experiences. I owe most of the credit to Lin and to Bill Asman (our jovial director of photography). I loved going to work every day, and though the job presented a lot of challenges, I’d have to say that The Secret Life of the American Teenager was also the best job of my life. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' season 4 gets a premiere date

ABC Family announced its summer premiere dates today, including a start date for the fourth season of Pretty Little Liars.

Check out the schedule below, which includes some info on some of the new shows.
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'Bunheads': Behind the scenes of 'Makin' Whoopee' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

In Amy Sherman-Palladino’s world, the men are furniture. Well, at least in the dance sequence featured in the season finale they are.

Season 1 of ABC Family’s delightful Bunheads came to a close Monday, and the word is still out on whether or not there will be a second season to follow. Throughout this season, the four bunheads have been coming into their own — growing up, growing apart, and becoming interested in boys — hence, a dance set to “Makin’ Whoopee” performed by Sherman-Palladino favorite Sam Phillips (the singer/songwriter responsible for much of the music in Gilmore Girls). Check it out below:
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'Pretty Little Liars' stars answer your Twitter questions, talk body swaps and Toby's reveal -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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A week ago, we learned which characters the stars of Pretty Little Liars don’t want to be “A,” and yesterday, Shay Mitchell told us all about why she loves her “Mitchies.” Today, the stars of Pretty Little Liars — Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Troian Bellisario — are back with more questions from fans on Twitter.

The queries this time around find them delving into the world of Rosewood, talking about everything from wardrobe swaps to body swaps. One question: If there was a body swap episode, who would be who? Benson revealed her number one choice: “Mine would definitely be my grandma.” The girls also discussed a potential Aria-Byron body swap, and afterward, they went on to talk filming on location and their reactions to Toby’s (Keegan Allen) evil side, prompting Bellisario to reveal that she “was stoked” about the Toby twist. However, none of it matters because, as Bellisario put it: “He’s dead now.” Huh?! Was she joking, or has Toby really left present-day Rosewood for good?

Get a look inside our cover shoot and interview session with the girls of PLL below:

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'Pretty Little Liars': Shay Mitchell shows love to her 'Mitchies' fan army -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What’s a “Mitchie”? Apparently, that’s what fans of Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell are called, a fact we discovered at our cover shoot for the ABC Family teen drama. EW posed the show’s four stars with several questions, including: “What has been your craziest fan encounter?” Mitchell’s three co-stars — Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Troian Bellisario — almost immediately turned to her. “People get your face tattooed on them!” exclaimed Hale, before the foursome went on to explain what the “Mitchies” are.

Mitchell herself offered this: “There’s no face! But I’ve met a few fans from across the world who’ve had my name tattooed on them.” Then the whole Q&A basically devolves into a further lovefest for Mitchell and her insane fans. Get a look inside our cover shoot and interview session with the girls of PLL below, and click here to buy the issue.

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'Pretty Little Liars': Is Mona planning to target Emily next? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The answer to that question is yes, if you consider the clip below. EW has snatched about a minute from Tuesday’s forthcoming hour of ABC Family’s soapy teen mystery Pretty Little Liars EW’s cover subject this week — that finds Spencer (Troian Bellisario) forcefully warning Emily (Shay Mitchell) that she may be the next one to feel Mona and the “A” team’s wrath.

Holding an ominous funeral sash, Spencer — who has recently been getting it from Mona and the “A” team — points out that the only two letters in the words “deepest sympathy” that aren’t shiny are the E and the M. As in the first two letters of Emily. Remember: We saw one of the “A” minions laying the sash across flowers in the show-ending tag at the end of this week’s episode. “Mona is trying to tell us in her cryptic way,” Spencer warns, “that she’s targeting you next.” Emily brushes it off, but Spencer won’t give up. “She made it seem like something bad was going to happen to you tonight. Look, I’m gonna stay with you for the rest of the day. Do not ignore this!”

Should Emily ignore the supposed warning? Watch the clip and you decide. (And click here to buy this week’s PLL issue!)

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