Pretty Little Liars

Netflix: viewers never hooked by shows’ pilots

Pilot episodes do not immediately hook viewers to a TV show, but taking away ad breaks and linear scheduling fosters repeat viewing, according to Netflix. In new research that analyses its own global streaming data, Netflix said that when consumers can watch an “entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge.” By looking […]

Walking Dead feasts on social media

The Walking Dead generated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. The research firm said that an average of 4.9 million people saw at least one Tweet about each new episode of the programme, and that people sent an average of […]

Development chief Juergens exiting ABC Family

Kate Juergens, who is credited with leading ABC Family’s programming expansion of recent years, is exiting the Disney/ABC Television Group-owned cable channel. She will leave her post as chief creative officer and executive VP of Juergens after a decade at the network. In that time she has overseen development, production and launch of successful shows […]

Hulu names content boss

US online TV service Hulu has named Craig Erwich as head of content. Erwich, who will take up his new post on April 7, previously oversaw development, production and business operations at Warner Bros Television Group, and has also worked at Fox Broadcasting. He has been involved in creating shows including Pretty Little Liars, The […]

Warner Bros. seals ER, Gossip Girl, Liars format deals

US drama series ER, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars will be remade in Asia after Warner Bros. cut format deals with partners in the region. A Filipino version of teen mystery drama Pretty Little Liars is in production with ABC Development Corporation making the 22-episode series for the TV5 channel. The US original is […]

News brief: ABC Family cancels Pretty Little Liars spin-off

ABC Family has cancelled Ravenswood after one season. The series, which follows a group of people affected by a mysterious curse in the titular town, had generated poor numbers for the Disney-owned US cable network. The show was a spin-off from Pretty Little Liars, ABC’s more successful teen thriller series, which is based on the […]

Mike Darnell lands top Warner Bros. unscripted role

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell has joined Warner Bros. in a wide-ranging role that hands him control of Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Darnell will become Warner Bros. Television Group’s first president, unscripted and alternative television on August 12, reporting to WBTG’s president and chief content officer Peter Roth. The job gives […]

ABC Family uncovers Pretty Little Liars spin-off

US cable channel ABC Family has ordered a spin-off of its teen mystery thriller series Pretty Little Liars, which will get a fifth season. Hour-long drama Ravenswood will be set in a town that has suffered from a deadly curse for generations not far from the home of Pretty Little Liars. It will follow five connected strangers […]