On June 10 Wetpaint Entertainment revealed that the popular ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars" has been renewed for a sixth and seventh season. The fifth season of the television series just began airing and the entire show is based on the novels by Sara Shepard. A sixth season of the series was expected but a seventh season is a bit of a shock for fans of the books, which means the show will be on television until 2016.
Executive producer Marlene King recently revealed during press interviews that the end of the series has already been planned, so it's possible that the seventh season will be the last. King mentioned that the series needs a "12 episode notice" in order to set up the planned ending. The pickup also makes the mystery series the longest running drama series on the network.
The characters on the series are getting older and they cannot stay in high school forever. With two more seasons, the series will address this by doing a time jump and making the girls all college students. It's unclear when the time jump will occur but its safe to say the girls will be staying in Rosewood for the foreseeable future. King also mentioned that a movie could be in the works to continue to the story, and the time jump could occur then.
Two more seasons also means that the real identity of "A" will not be revealed in season five. It has not been revealed how many episodes each season will have but the fifth season will contain eighteen episodes which is lower than previous seasons and the renewals could continue that pattern. All of the actresses including Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Laura Leighton and Shay Mitchell are expected to return. Sasha Pieterse, who has been a recurring character through flashbacks since season one, has now been made a series regular.
TVLine revealed on June 10 that the identity of "A" will continue to change in order to move the story along and will bring more questions than answers. The mystery of who is "A" has been the major story arc each season and the answers have varied from close friends of the main girls, to a team of deceitful people like Mona who might actually be trying to help the girls. The pickup is also good news for the books, which have continued thanks to the popularity of the series.
The series was also chosen for tax credits by the state of California, where the series is filmed. The series takes place in Pennsylvania, in the fictional town of Rosewood. The spinoff series called "Ravenswood," which was a spooky town near Rosewood was canceled, and some of the characters will be coming to the original series to further the story. Tyler Blackburn, who plays Hanna's love interest Caleb, may be returning to Rosewood to help the liars.
The fifth season will air through the summer, with the second half of the season returning in early 2015. The sixth season will begin filming at the end of the year and is expected to debut during the summer of 2015. The seventh season will also be split in half, with the episodes finishing up in the summer of 2016. The series will be keeping its coveted Tuesday night time slot for both seasons.