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ABC Family sets summer premiere dates for 'Pretty Little Liars,' new series, more

ABC Family announced summer premiere dates for its batch of new series plus returning hits Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and The Fosters.

New drama Chasing Life will premiere after Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET, while the net’s returning series Switched at Birth and The Fosters will air Monday, June 16, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. New half-hour comedies Young & Hungry (executive produced by Ashley Tisdale) and Mystery Girls (starring and executive produced by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling in a quasi-90210 reunion) will debut back-to-back Wednesday, June 25 starting at 8 p.m.

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'Pretty Little Liars' boss teases black-and-white episode (Paily kiss! Spencer-Ali confrontation!), and what's left for season 4

This week, Pretty Little Liars is heading back in time in the show’s first ever black-and-white episode. After Spencer pops one too many pills, viewers journey inside of her head, into a world of classic film noir. Suddenly, all color is gone, all the drama is heightened, and Ezra is more evil than ever.

We spoke with PLL executive producer Joseph Dougherty, who wrote and directed the episode, to find out what viewers can expect from an old-timey Rosewood, as well as what’s in store for season 4’s final episodes. Here’s what we took away from the chat:

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'Pretty Little Liars' executive producer teases another reveal, the woman in black as endgame, and CeCe as puppeteer?

Ali’s alive! Ravenswood is creepy! Ezra is evil?! Last night’s Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars changed everything with the reveal that not only is Ali Red Coat, but that she’s been alive and breathing this entire time. But with every answer comes even more questions, so we talked with PLL executive producer Oliver Goldstick about what went down during last night’s pulse-pounding hour and what’s to come when the show returns for season 4B.
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'Pretty Little Liars' Facebook live chat: What we learned

After Pretty Little Liars‘ summer finale, fans were left with lots of questions about Alison, Ezra, and all things Ravenswood. And tomorrow night, the show returns for its annual costume-filled Halloween episode. So what can we expect when the girls put on corsets and attend a Halloween party at a cemetery? PLL stars Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell sat down with Good Morning America‘s Rachel Smith at 5 p.m. today to talk about all things Halloween and season 4B.

In case you missed the Facebook chat, here are the five biggest takeaways:
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Executive producer previews 'Ravenswood': New characters, Caleb's family, and 'an adversary of some dark underworld'

The “A” team might wear black hoodies and send threatening notes, but the town of Ravenswood has darkness running through its veins.

Tomorrow, Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood debuts when PLL‘s Caleb finds himself in a new town where a curse connects him to four other individuals. But what’s the curse, and why were these five teens chosen? That’s what will be explored in the new series from the team that brought you Rosewood, “A,” and countless shocking revelations.

We talked with Ravenswood executive producer and co-creator Oliver Goldstick about what we can expect from the new series (hints: mystery, friendship, and Mrs. Grunwald):
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RJ Mitte joins 'Switched at Birth'

Forget Albuquerque — Walt Jr. is heading to Kansas.

RJ Mitte has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. He’ll play Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works in the free clinic with Daphne (Katie LeClerc). Perhaps the two can bond over a breakfast at the clinic?

“We are thrilled to cast such a phenomenal and unique actor as RJ,” said Switched at Birth creator/executive producer Lizzy Weiss said in a release. “Our show is about diversity and telling stories about people from all walks of life, and when we created the part of Campbell, we knew RJ was the perfect person to embody him. The character is charismatic, funny, and a bit of a ladies’ man, and we think Breaking Bad fans will enjoy seeing Walt, Jr. in a totally different light.”

“I love Switched at Birth, it’s super exciting to work with such an awesome cast,” Mitte added in the same release.

Switched at Birth will return for its third season in January.

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' 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

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