Netflix says this morning that it has a multi-year exclusive deal with Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution to domestically stream all previous season episodes of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. Season 1 of Pretty Little Liars is already available and Season 2 will be up July 3. The first season of The Lying Game will become available in early 2013 after the second season begins on ABC Family. The deal means that “new viewers will have the opportunity to discover the show and catch up which will, in turn, bring new fans to the original episodes on ABC Family,” says WBDTD president Ken Werner. Some analysts question that assumption: Ratings for Viacom’s Nickelodeon plummeted after many of its shows appeared on Netflix.
ABC Family has closed the deal for a second season pickup of the original drama series The Lying Game. The new season will begin production this summer for a winter premiere. The renewal comes on the heels of a solid …
UPDATE: ABC Family Renews ‘Make It Or Break It’, Gives Back Order To ‘Lying Game’, Picks Up 4 Pilots, Cancels ‘State Of Georgia’
PREVIOUS: ABC Family news kept coming in dribs and drabs all day yesterday: The back-12 episode pickup for The Lying Game, the cancellation of The Nine Lives of Chloe King and the pickup of two new drama pilots, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Strut and the technology-themed Intercept. This morning, the network made its official announcement, which includes the pickups for Lying Game, drama pilots Strut (now titled Bunheads) and Intercept, as well as the pickup of two comedy pilots — Baby Daddy, from Nine Lives creator Dan Berendsen, and Village People — and the renewal of gymnastics drama Make It or Break It, “in time to ignite Olympic fever,” as ABC Family president Michael Riley put it. The network’s breakout hit this past summer, Switched at Birth, has already been renewed for a second season. “ABC Family expanded its schedule to present three nights of original programming this summer, and we saw our most successful on record, one that gave us our very own ‘triple-threat’ — Switched at Birth, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars,” said Riley. This year, ABC Family delivered its largest summer primetime audience in total viewers (1.48 million) and all key demos. The network has new drama series Jane By Design slated to premiere in early 2012. Here are descriptions of ABC Family’s newly picked-up pilots:
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
I hear ABC Family has finalized its series order to drama pilot The Lying Game. Game joins recently greenlighed comedy series The Great State of Georgia and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. Additionally, a fifth pilot, What Would Jane Do, remains in contention for a series pickup after ABC Family extended the options on the actors. This has been ABC Family’s biggest development season with 6 pilot orders. With four and possibly even five of them going to series, ABC Family is making its most aggressive expansion into original programming to date. Last year, the cable network launched 3 new series, Pretty Little Liars, Melissa & Joey and Huge, two of which, Pretty Little Liars and Melissa & Joey, have been renewed.
UPDATE: Here is ABC Family’s official release:
UPDATE: I hear ABC Family’s series order to drama pilot The Lying Game is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, with Game joining recently greenlighed comedy series The Great State of Georgia and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King …
EXCLUSIVE: Majandra Delfino has landed the lead opposite Raven Symone in the ABC Family comedy pilot The Great State of Georgia, Andy Buckley has joined another ABC Family pilot, The Lying Game, while veteran Miguel Ferrer has been cast in the Lifetime pilot Exit 19.
After an extensive search, Alexandra Chando (Rockville CA) has landed the lead in the ABC Family drama pilot The Lying Game. Additionally, DW Moffet is set to co-star on another ABC Family pilot, Switched a Birth, while The Whole Truth co-stare Christine Adams has been tapped for the last regular role on Fox’s upcoming drama series Terra Nova. The Lying Game, from Warner Horizon and Alloy, centers on Emma (Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando) that was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life until she goes missing and Emma goes on a quest to find her. Charles Pratt, Jr. is the writer/executive producer on the pilot based on the upcoming novel by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Chando is with Gersh and J. Mitchell Management.
EXCLUSIVE: Borat and Bruno helmer Larry Charles has been tapped to direct Fox’s off-cycle comedy pilot Outnumbered. Meanwhile, Mark Piznarski, who directed the pilot for Gossip Girl, is set to direct another drama pilot based on an Alloy book series, ABC Family’s The Lying Game.
Outnumbered, an U.S. version …
EXCLUSIVE: New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first development move a month after he took over the cable network following Paul Lee’s move to ABC. ABC Family has greenlighted 3 pilots, Strut, Nine Lives and Switched at …
SUBSCRIBE TO DEADLINE NEWS
News/Opinion PollLoading ...
By The Numbers - FILMS/TV/CABLE
Box Office PollLoading ...
‘Fast & Furious 6′ Montage