ABC Family has pulled the plug on The Lying Game, star Alexandra Chando has tweeted: “Sad news @abcfLyingGame was cancelled!” Back in April, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported it had been more than a month since Lying Game aired its second-season finale and six months since the series wrapped production. But ABC Family had yet to make a decision on the future of the show based of Sara Shepard’s books about a foster child who learns she has an identical twin sister who was adopted by a wealthy couple. The Disney-owned cable network execs asked producer Warner Horizon to extend the options on cast so it could see how its summer series launched before making a decision on The Lying Game. A deadline date was set — that date was today.
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 second half of the series’ freshman season. After a so-so start last summer, The Lying Game grew in Season 1A, up 28% in W18-34 over the first half of its season. The Lying Game, follows separated-at-birth identical twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer (Alexandra Chando) who swap lives, setting in motion a web of secrecy and lies. The series is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon and is executive produced by Charles Pratt, Jr., Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
I’ve learned that ABC Family is finalizing a deal for a second-season renewal of drama The Lying Game. After a shaky start last summer, the show, based on Alloy’s series books, clinched a 12-episode order in September. In Season 1A, Lying Game has done OK, ranking as the No. 3 scripted cable series in January behind ABC Family hits Pretty Little Liars and Switched At Birth. As a sign of the pending renewal, actors from the Warner Horizon/Alloy-produced Lying Game have been invited to ABC Family’s upfront event in New York on Monday.
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.
Near the beginning of today’s TCA panel on the ABC Family series The Lying Game, executive producers Charles Pratt Jr and Gina Girolamo were asked about the obvious similarities between this new series and the CW’s Ringer, introduced earlier during TCA. The CW series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in the dual role of two twin sisters. In The Lying Game, based on the book series by Sara Shepard (who also wrote the books behind the series Pretty Little Liars), it’s Alexandra Chando (As The World Turns) in the dual role of identical twin sisters from radically different backgrounds. Just like in Ringer, the sister from more humble beginnings takes the identity of her much richer sister. Said Pratt: “I actually haven’t seen it [Ringer], but I read the premise, and whether it helps us or hurts us I don’t know, we’ll leave it up to viewer. Essentially, the shows are very different. We’re not really thinking about it one way or another.” While both shows feature a mystery element, he said that The Lying Game caters to the interest of teens, with plenty of romance and a focus on the search for biological parents. “There are aspects of both shows that are great, that are specific to ABC Family,” he said. After the session, ABC Family president Michael Riley reiterated that The Lying Game‘s demo target is much younger than Ringer, …
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 and Switched at Birth. And the network may not be done yet with its series orders. I hear that a fifth pilot, What Would Jane Do, has extended the options on the actors and remains in contention. With The Lying Game, ABC Family also extended the cast first while it was figuring out a pickup deal. What Would Jane Do, written by April Blair, directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Gavin Polone, follows 16-year-old Jane (Erica Dasher), who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult.
EXCLUSIVE 12:15PM: And then there were four. I hear a series pickup for The Lying Game at ABC Family is imminent. Three weeks ago, ABC picked up 3 of its 6 pilots to series with 10-episode orders: the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. I reported at the time that, while not picked up, drama pilot The Lying Game remained in contention, with ABC Family and producers Warner Horizon and Alloy Entertainment looking at budget and other issues to make a series order possible. In another promising sign, the …
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.
The Great State of Georgia centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. APA-repped Delfino was recently seen in the feature Life as We Know It.
The Lying Game centers on Emma (Alexandra Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton 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. Buckley (The Office) will play Sutton’s adoptive father, a happily married plastic surgeon. Buckley, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc. and the Coronel Group, recently appeared in Life As We know It and The Other Guys.
Exit 19 follows single mother Gloria Shepherd (Ally Walker) as she juggles her demanding personal and professional lives raising two children while working as a New York Police Department homicide detective. Ferrer will play her boss. In addition to Walker, he joins previously cast Tisha …
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 of the British comedy series of the same name and revolves around one set of parents who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe wrote the pilot, with 20th TV, Chernin Entertainment, and Hat Trick producing. Last pilot season, Charles directed 2 pilots, his Our Show at NBC and an Ant Hines project at CBS. He also has a project in the works at Epix. The Lying Game follows two identical twin sisters separated at birth, one going through the foster system and one adopted by wealthy parents who suddenly goes missing. Charles Pratt, Jr. penned the script; Warner Horizon is producing. In addition to Gossip Girl, Piznarski also directed the pilots for UPN’s Veronica Mars and USA’s In Plain Sight. Charles and Piznarski are with WME.
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 Birth. I hear the pickup of a fourth pilot, The Lying Game, is imminent. Two of the pilots, Nine Lives and The Lying Game, hail from Alloy Entertainment, the company behind ABC Family’s freshman hit Pretty Little Liars.
Strut, whose order is cast-contingent, centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who unwittingly gets married to a stranger after a wild night and becomes a high school instructor for a misfit drill team in a small Texas town. Lamar Damon wrote the script and is executive producing with Anna Mastro, Karey Burke, Charlie Stratton and Norman Buckley.
Nine Lives is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. Alloy Entertainment is producing the pilot, about Chloe King, a teenager with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Dan Berendsen (Hannah Montana: The Movie) penned the script and is executive producing with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
Switched at Birth, written and executive produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), is a one-hour drama about two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a …
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