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Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Scripted-logo-460_2Pretty-Little-LiarsPretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively.

Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017.

The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in Love, a new effort from Pretty Little Liars creator I. Marlene King.

The news is significant for international buyers as the soapy teen-focused drama, from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, has become a key title for many networks.

The show has continually featured in TBI/Parrot Analytics’ demand charts, which indicate the popularity of programmes in particular territories, and has also set social media records.

It has been remade in territories including the Philippines, where ABC Development Corporation created a version for the TV5 network.

Its replacement, Famous in Love, will also be a soapy drama. It is based on a Rebecca Serle novel about a college student who gets her big break in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Meanwhile, broadcast network NBC is ending supernatural-themed thriller Grimm after six seasons.

The final season will comprise 13 episodes, beginning on Friday, January 6, 2017, in the US. The series passed 100 episodes last season, meaning it is ready for syndication.

Universal Television and Hazy Mills coproduce the series, which has also fared well internationally.