Ravenswood…a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-off

Ravenswood is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series which appertains to five strangers whose lives become intertwined by a deadly curse that has plagued their town of Ravenswood, Pennsylvania for generations. In order to solve the  mysterious curse, these characters must dig deep into the town’s dark past.

Featured on ABC Family, Ravenswood was created by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Joseph Dougherty. The series aired on October 22, 2013 as a Halloween special. Ten episodes have been ordered, while only nine episodes have been released. The show stars Nicole Gale Anderson as Miranda Collins, Tyler Blackburn as Caleb Rivers, Steve Cabral as Raymond Collins, Brett Dier as Luke Matheson, Britne Oldford as Remy Beaumont and Merritt Patterson as Olivia Matheson. The show airs every Tuesdays at 9/8c.  The running time is 42 minutes.

Moreover, Ravenswood is a spin-off of another show featured on ABC Family–Pretty Little Liars.

Set in the town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario0, Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson0, Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), and Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), who are four girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name “A,” who threatens to expose their secrets. At first they assume that it’s Alison herself, but after her body is found, the girls realize that someone else knows their secrets-including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew. “A” also stalked Alison, and the girls continue to discover more and more information about “A” and Alison’s disappearance-all while risking their lives.

Pretty Little Liar’s has received, so far, positive reviews and is constantly raved up by their viewers. Since the series premiered, the show has remained popular. The series earned its highest rated episode with 4.22 million total viewers , ranking among ABC Family’s top five telecasts in adult viewers 18-34 (www.Wikepedia.com).

A writer on Terror Hook has stated that, “Pretty Little Liars gets off to a promising start. Great production all around, the writer keeps the viewer on their toes, and the acting just reinforces it. The overall mystery of the show in the end is dark and unpredictable, even stepping into the slasher film realm.”

The New York Post gave the show three out of five stars. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the series is “one of those shows that manages to mildly, and perhaps unintentionally, spoof its genre while fully participating in it, and not a bad thing at all.”

Pretty Little Liars stands as the most watched series on ABC Family , maintaining a steady viewership of over 2.5 million and currently standing as the only show to yield an average of over two million viewers.

As a result of Ravenswood being a Pretty Little Liars spin-off, how popular will this show become? Will its slight similarity to PLL become all that is raved up to be?