The idea of a Pretty Little Liars spin-off certainly has to be one there is some openness to. Remember, Freeform (known then as ABC Family) already tried it once with Ravenswood only to see it fall apart. Could they find a different formulation with more positive results? It’s certainly possible.
What we do know at the moment is this: If creator I. Marlene King and the rest of the producers have it their way, it’s possible that a spin-off could happen in due time. While at an ATX TV Festival screening today of Famous in Love (one that also including a small sneak peek of Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars episode), the showrunner passed along per Deadline the following glimmer of hope to people who want to spend a little bit more time in this world:
“I love this world, I love playing in this world, I’m open to a lot of things, but as of right now it’s just random ideas.”
One of the issues that comes with thinking about a spin-off right now is the sentiment that eventually, you do want to imagine that the core characters of Aria, Spencer, Hanna, Emily, and Alison are able to move on from this chaos and have a normal life on the other side. Who do you center a new show around that doesn’t involve them in some way? You don’t want to do PLL all over again with high schoolers, but you also have to find a popular enough character that people would still want to watch. Mona is one name that is thrown around out there, but there is no confirmation about that at the moment beyond just fan speculation.
Given where the show is right now, odds are that if there was a spin-off to this show coming, it probably wouldn’t come until at some point in either late 2018 or early 2019. What would be the Pretty Little Liars brand equity at that point? That is yet another question that the show would have to take on.
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Meanwhile, be sure to click here to read some of our latest A.D. theories that are out there, including related to Mona. (Photo: Freeform.)