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'Pretty Little Liars' music: Singer-songwriter Chris Arena gives an inside look

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For singer-songwriter Chris Arena, everything changed the night that he heard Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky” on The O.C. In that moment, he decided to walk away from a life filled with touring and paying bars to perform so that he could get a chance to really be heard. Realizing what great television music moments could be, he decided to focus on cinematic music.

“[The O.C.] broke so many good acts,” Arena said. “It almost set the tone for, I feel like, the Grey’s Anatomys and the Dawson’s Creeks; those shows really paved the way for this whole movement of new artists focusing on cinematic music. I just picked a point and focused.”

More specifically, he picked ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars. “My brother [and] his girlfriend – they’re a little younger than I am – he and his girlfriend and all her friends, they’re obsessed with the show. They would talk about it and geek out on it. I just thought that was a good target. I wasn’t really familiar with the show that much, and I started watching it, and I kind of secretly developed a really strong liking for the show, and I thought it was interesting. It worked out really nicely because they needed a lot of music that dealt with heartbreak and singer-songwriter acoustics. It was a nice match.”

So with that idea in mind, Arena started writing. “I started to write songs based on some of the scenes I’d been watching, and to put it in a polite way, I kind of harassed this one editor at Pretty Little Liars and sent him maybe 10 or 15 fully produced songs,” Arena said. “The first eight or nine didn’t get a response, and then he finally picked up on one, and he said, ‘We’re gonna try it out.’ And they used a 17-second clip of a song called “Babyfish.” They had a lot of people that got on board with the music, and they invited me to the editing bay, and one thing led to another. It worked out pretty well, actually. It was a very organic, natural process in that sense.”

Now, Arena has had six songs featured on Pretty Little Liars, as well as another on the now-canceled spinoff Ravenswood. So how does the process work? Well for starters, Arena is given months to brainstorm, write, and produce his music. For example, he was brought to the studio back in August to watch the Caleb and Hanna breakup scene, which would later air in the show’s Jan. 7 winter premiere. READ FULL STORY

'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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'Pretty Little Liars' star Bryce Johnson cast in 'Supernatural' spin-off pilot

Bryce Johnson, best-known as Detective Darren Wilden on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, has been cast in the Supernatural spin-off, Supernatural: Bloodlines, EW has confirmed.

There are no details on Johnson’s role, but the actor did tweet about a quasi-PLL reunion, as he joins PLL alums and spin-off stars Sean Faris and Nathaniel Buzolic for the pilot currently filming in Vancouver.

Bloodlines centers around Violet (Melissa Roxburgh), a member of the werewolf pack and her forbidden love for family rival David (Buzulic). The series is described as a “sweeping drama about the various mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, run the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by a newly minted hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural.”

The spin-off pilot will air as part of the regular Supernatural season on CW.

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.

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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'Veronica Mars', 'American Horror Story: Coven' set for PaleyFest 2014

PaleyFest 2014 will be full of marshmallows this year.

No, not literally. But the annual TV conference will kick off its March 13-28 schedule with a panel reuniting the cast of Veronica Mars. The cast, including titular Kristen Bell, will surely have lots to tease: The Kickstarter-funded movie continuation of the tale will be released the following day. Other panels announced so far at the annual festival include American Horror Story: Coven and Pretty Little Liars. The full lineup will be announced Jan. 8.

But a reunion panel isn’t the only good news for Veronica Mars fans today. Pivot announced that it will begin airing reruns of the show, as well as repeats of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, in a new block featuring back-to-back episodes Mondays through Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 13, 2014. READ FULL STORY

'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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'Ravenswood' First Look: Caleb goes for a walk in the cemetery

Just because Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) will soon be spending more time in Ravenswood than Rosewood doesn’t mean he’s given up his favorite hobbies — like hanging out in cemeteries!

Joining him on his stroll in the exclusive photo above (first seen in EW’s annual Fall TV preview issue) is Nicole Gale Anderson, who plays Miranda on the show, which is about a group of teens who discover they’re involved with an evil curse (aka: typical teen stuff). But for Blackburn, Caleb’s journey in the Pretty Little Liars spin-off, announced back in March, is about growing up more than anything. “Yes, he’s been helping the PLLs for a couple of years…but now this is very personal,” he says. “The stakes become a lot higher for him, and I really foresee him turning into a man now and having to really fend for himself and protect other people, too.”

As previously teased, with a curse looming over the town, Ravenswood will have a little more of a supernatural touch to it than Pretty Little Liars, and Blackburn couldn’t be happier. “I love supernatural stuff and this is like my favorite kind because it’s not horror or vampires or werewolves,” he says. “It’s definitely more spiritual and there’s a spiritual, eerie quality to it.”

Ravenswood premieres Oct. 22 on ABC Family. With a little more than a month to go, do you have any burning questions about the show or new characters?

'Vampire Diaries' music supervisor: How 'The O.C.' started a trend that could save indie music

If you want to hear about the latest Katy Perry song or find out when Miley Cyrus’ sure-to-offend new album comes out, all you have to do is open the page of any magazine, check out the homepage of any (and every) blog, or just head on over to your favorite form of social media and see what’s buzzing. But how do you discover smaller indie bands anymore? If they’re not creating chaos at an awards show or topping the Billboard charts, it’s not always as obvious as music fans would like it to be. Enter Chris Mollere, music supervisor for hit shows The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

Mollere recently spoke to Rolling Stone about how he sees his job as an opportunity to feature great bands, both known and unknown, on a possibly unexpected (but rather large) platform — television — a trend that he credits to the 2003 hit show The O.C.

The O.C. was where music really jumped out at me on TV,” Mollere said. “Easy Rider was one of the first movies to have a song soundtrack, but The O.C. was the show that changed that format on television and showed that you could do things like have a song with lyrics play during a scene with dialogue. Before The O.C., that was not an accepted thing. The O.C. also broke bands like Death Cab and the Killers. A placement on that show took bands to another level.”
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'True Blood,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Castle,' 'Graceland': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday. It’s scoop time.

And over the weekend, perhaps in between watching those old episodes of the Sopranos that I know you downloaded in grief (as I did!), don’t forget to send in your scoop requests to spoilerroom@ew.com.

‘TRUE BLOOD: ‘PAM’S LOSING EVERYTHING SHE VALUES

True Blood premiered its sixth season last weekend on HBO, and while the reaction was somewhat mixed, I was glad to see one consistent feeling across the board: Gov. Burrell is one big slimy toad.

As you know, Burrell is the one leading this anti-vampire campaign, but quite soon, even more about his charge against the vamps will come to light — and some of it is a little disturbing. (One word: Experiments) “That is quite something,” Kristin Bauer van Straten says of the upcoming revelations about just how far Burrell’s gone to start developing defenses against the vamps. “It’s just all part of the theme that the tables have turned and the vampires are being hunted….[The humans] are figuring out how to fight back.” READ FULL STORY

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