This will come as a shock to absolutely no one, but...the television execs who make the wide world of entertainment go ‘round miss Pretty Little Liars. (Or, more specifically, all the $$$ PLL brought in.) So, like basically every other flagship franchise of the past century, it’s getting the reboot treatment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported that the former Freeform megahit is getting a facelift from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
You may be wondering: Can a series that ended less than five years ago already get a reboot? Does the whole idea strain the very concept of a reboot? And the answers are: Apparently yes, and absolutely! But, also, do you remember the joy of pre-COVID nights spent mixing margaritas with your girlfriends and tuning in to find out A’s true identity? Is it possible we can rediscover that steady drip of dopamine again?
Okay, so what do we know so far?
Well, it's more a question of what we *don't* know, which is pretty much everything. There's no release date in sight yet, as no network has officially jumped at the opportunity to host the reboot, though Deadline reports streamer HBO Max would be the obvious choice for the one-time cable hit. (Especially because HBO’s already jumped on the reboot wagon with its upcoming remake of Gossip Girl.)
What about the original people?
Don’t expect to see too many familiar faces on the new show, though: The story will feature all new characters and an all new story. We don’t even know if it’s set in Rosewood!
Plus, we have no clue if the original series creator, I. Marlene King, will have anything to do with the new PLL. Aguirre-Sacasa will write the script, with Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing, but without any assurance King will be involved, will this really be PLL? Or just another Riverdale wannabe?
Another interesting variable to toss into the equation: When Lucy Hale, the former PLL superstar who played Aria Montgomery, hinted to Entertainment Tonight in May that someone might want to eventually reboot her show, she added, “I might have to produce it because I’m way too protective of it.” In which case, uh, sign us up??
But what about the central villain!?
Finally, my last question: How many more identities can A take on? We’ve had A, the A Team, Uber A, A.D...will a new PLL finally have to introduce a different villain? Or will we get a new A who’s, like, Aria’s second cousin twice removed? I guess in the meantime we’ll just rewatch all six original seasons. We’re in quarantine, y’all. We’ve got nothing but time.
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