Spoilers ahead for all episodes of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars including the Season 3B premier “She’s Better Now” (3×14). You’ve been warned, happy reading.
The past two times I’ve created one of these Pretty Little Liars suspect lists I’ve been wrong, so I am not going to even try to pretend I know what is going on anymore, but as of right now I still don’t think Aria, Hanna, Emily, or Spencer are working with “A”.
Although if I had to pick someone it would be Aria, because of her name and because the harassment started when her family returned from Iceland.
At the end of the second season finale, “unmAsked” (2×25), Mona became the first confirmed “A” on the show. However, it was also apparent that someone else was calling the shots and about half a season later in the episode “Lady Killer” (3×12), we learned that Toby is in fact on the “A” team too.
When Season 3B starts up Mona will be released from Radley Sanitarium and I guess we will start to learn about whether Toby is really against the Liars or is more nobly working inside the belly of the beast.
In the second Halloween special, “This is a Dark Ride” (3×13), we learn from Garrett that Alison and Byron Montgomery had a confrontation on the night she died. So Aria’s Dad will be in the hot seat when new episodes return.
Spencer’s parents have also looked a bit suspicious. They did some lying of their own to supposedly protect Melissa when everything with Ian and her pregnancy were going down and of course we know that Jason DiLaurentis is actually Spencer and Melissa’s half brother [“The Naked Truth” (3×19)].
In terms of who is innocent, I think Aria’s mom Ella and Hanna’s mom Ashley are on the up-and-up. They’ve at least shown awareness and concern about this anonymous texter and Emily’s parents are barely ever in PA so they have a pretty good alibi.
Either they were never really good friends or “A” has it out for them too, because two of the five members of the N.A.T Club are dead. While it’s probably true that they were messing with Alison, even on the day she died, I think it’s still pretty unclear as to any of their roles in her death.
The only things we do know for sure are that all of them were in her bedroom earlier in the afternoon, at some point in the evening Alison was with Ian, she also had a verbal and fake-violent confrontation with Jenna and Garrett, and that Jason doesn’t have any memory of that night. We also know that Melissa was the Black Swan in the second season finale “unmAsked” (2×25) but that hasn’t really gone anywhere if I recall correctly.
Jenna is an interesting wildcard though. She was blind when Alison was killed so I don’t think she did it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn that she is on the “A” team. After all, she loves Toby and hates all of the Liars.
Sketchy behavior and suspect timing has these four characters on this list. They always seem to be lurking or show up conveniently after something big has just gone down.
Personally I think Lucas was one of the two characters trying to push the box containing Aria off the moving train in “This is a Dark Ride” (3×13). I suppose we will just have to wait and see if he has any visible wounds on his hands to confirm that guess. We do know that Alison made his life miserable and was friendly with Mona though.
Aria’s brother Mike has barely been around this season so he is looking less and less guilty as time goes by. Cece has likewise been a mostly peripheral player.
Caleb and Holden weren’t even in Rosewood when everything with “A” started, so for now I am going to hold onto hope that Caleb is as nice as he seems.
Paige is another wildcard as she is a bit aggressive and on occasion violent. Plus, in the episode “Single Fright Female” (3×11), Pretty Little Liars revealed that she was also ‘tortured’ by Alison on a regular basis. But Mona and Toby were initially trying to set her up to take the fall for Maya’s murder and she came to Spencer’s rescue when a masked party go-er was attacking her on the train during “This is a Dark Ride” (3×13). That is why she is on the innocent until more guilty-looking list.
Not only does Alison tell a ‘scary’ story about twin girls, one of whom is locked away in a mental hospital in “The First Secret” (2×13), but there is also a picture hanging on the wall of Alison’s bedroom that shows two girls and Jason.
I know, the picture itself isn’t exactly convincing, but at the bottom of the photo is an inscription that apparently says something along the lines of ‘double the laughter and double the trouble with twins’ – so there’s that…
And last but not least are the people we can for sure cross off of this list.
Ian and Garrett presumably died at the hands of “A”, or a member of the “A” team for that matter.
Maya was killed by her crazy stalker, not-really-cousin, Nate. And he was killed by Caleb and/or Emily in an epic lighthouse* showdown in the Season 3A finale “The Lady Killer” (3×12).
So who else do you think is on the “A” team? Sound off in the comments section below, I’d love to hear your theories.
*I live in NJ and have actually visited all land-based lighthouses in the State and while there are no lighthouses in either Bayhead or Belmar, they are actually both real beach towns.
With the most recent news that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have signed on to revive their roles as Cory and Topanga on Disney’s new Girl Meets World pilot (a Boy Meets World sequel of sorts), I started thinking about other 90s shows that would lend themselves to a reboot or spinoff.
Now Disney isn’t the first network to attempt a sequel, reboot, spinoff, or whatever you want to call it. In 2008, The CW revived FOX’s Beverley Hills 90210, which is still on the air; however, any resemblance or connection to the original has been largely been lost. So I’m going to change things up a bit and turn to 90s Nickelodeon shows for inspiration. I’m sure there are plenty of other Nick kids who would love to revisit some of their favorite characters.
Network: ABC – The network is home to a whole slew of quirky comedies with heart so I would imagine this show would fit in well there.
Premise: Like the Boy Meets World reboot, the proposed Clarissa Explains It All series would include Clarissa’s teenage son or daughter, but like many other current series, the show would provide story lines for both adult and teen characters.
I can’t imagine Clarissa being settled down and all ‘domestic’, perhaps she’s even a single parent just doing her best to navigate adulthood; the show could really cash in on that popular life is perpetually like high school motif. In my mind the show would be tonally similar to Gilmore Girls. Also, thankfully talking directly to the camera is all the rage these days making it very easy to keep with the original show’s central storytelling device.
Network: CBS – This show was the closest thing to a procedural you could find on a kid’s network.
Premise: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo might seem like an odd choice for a reboot but I’m also thinking what would be most successful and nothing says multiple seasons like a standard cop/crime/detective show on CBS. Shelby Woo was already an ‘intern’ with the local police department in the Nick series, fast forward a decade or two, and now she’s a full fledged detective. They can also throw some family elements into the mix, like on Blue Bloods or The Good Wife.
Network: MTV – I’m keeping Hey Dude in the Viacom family, gear it towards teens but remove the PG label.
Premise: In my mind this reboot would become an edgier workplace comedy. I’m only making a loose connection here, but if one of the original characters is back owning/running the ranch, then the show is still free to utilize an ever changing cast of teen characters who are perfect for drama and love triangles. Think Degrassi mixed with Grey’s Anatomy on a Dude Ranch.
What other 90s shows would you like to see get the reboot treatment? Do you think a beloved 90s show will translate to a ratings success today? Should TV networks continue to look back for ideas or should they take more creative chances?
Happy Thanksgiving y’all. I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for this year – and no, those things are not TV related (I do have a life outside of the box), but in the spirit of this blog – here’s some entertainment for your turkey filled day.
Frankenstorm coming your way? Assuming you have power and/or the Internet, why not wait out the storm with some of your favorite TV characters who are likewise feeling the effects of mother nature’s fury.
Trick or Treat! Halloween is almost here, which of course means it’s time for your favorite characters to get all dressed up for this season’s Halloween episodes.
To help plan out your fall-holiday viewing, here’s a rundown of upcoming Halloween specials:
ABC Family’s annual 13 Nights of Halloween kicks off this Friday, October 19th. Special new episodes of Pretty Little Liars (Tues. 10/23 8pm) and Switched at Birth (Mon. 10/22 8pm) headline the event.
The other 20+hours worth of programming belong to a smorgasbord of family-favorite Halloween flicks like Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, Haunted Mansion, Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, and cable premiers of Monster House and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
You’ll also be able to catch offbeat movies like Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mummy, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Kids and teens aren’t the only ones getting dressed up, almost every network comedy is getting into the spirit too. Check out all of the FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC sitcoms airing Halloween episodes this year: The Big Bang Theory (Thurs. 10/25 8pm), The Middle (Wed. 10/24 8pm), Modern Family (Wed. 10/24 9pm), Happy Endings (Tues. 10/30 9pm), New Girl (Tues. 10/30 9pm), Suburgatory (Wed. 10/24 9:30pm), The Office (Thurs. 10/25 9pm), Up All Night (Thurs. 10/25 8:30pm), Ben and Kate (Tues. 10/30 8:30pm), The Neighbors (Wed. 10/24 8:30pm) and The Mindy Project (Tues. 10/30 9:30pm).
The 2012 TV season also provides the chance to see characters from 666 Park Avenue (Sun. 10/28 10pm), Blue Bloods (Fri. 10/26 10pm), Hawaii Five-0 (Mon. 10/29 10pm), and Hart of Dixie (Tues. 10/30 8pm) in Halloween costumes.
If you’re a fan of Byran Fuller’s work (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daises, & Dead Like Me) and why wouldn’t you be, than I highly recommend that you check out NBC’s special presentation of Mockingbird Lane (Fri. 10/26 8pm). This reboot of the Munsters has long been stuck in the creative stages of production, but now with NBC’s decision to air the “pilot” as a Halloween special, it may be all we see of Fuller’s quirky take on this famous family. The potential series stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
I saved the best for last – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – ABC will air the timeless Halloween classic on the big night, Oct. 31st at 8pm.
Watching Bunheads on ABC Family was kind of a no-brainer for me. I loved Gilmore Girls, I have lower expectations for summer TV, and I have a weakness for ABC Family shows in general. (In my defense I am in their target demographic.)
90s Nick favorites, All That and Kenan & Kel return to basic cable tomorrow on Nick At Nite. Even better yet, they are on at 8pm!
I know for a while now both shows have been on heavy rotation on Teen Nick during The 90s Are All That block but for those of us who grew up on Nickelodeon and now have jobs and/or don’t pay for anything fancier than basic cable, this is exciting news.
And if you are really looking to capture the nostalgia of the 90s then you might want to tune in on Wednesday because that episode of All That features the Backstreet Boys.
Kenan & Kel will follow at 8:30pm so make sure you have plenty of orange soda on hand.
Check out my newest Pretty Little Liars Suspect List for the premier of season 3B on January 8th 2013!
This is the burning question fans of Pretty Little Liars have pondered for the last few years. I created a Pretty Little Liars suspect list for season one, but after another game-changing finale, now seems like the perfect time to re-evaluate all of the major players in Rosewood.
While it certainly would be a twist I don’t think that it’s the road Pretty Little Liars is going to go down. All of the girls have been pretty terrorized by “A” so it’s highly unlikely that any one of them is really two-faced enough to pull it off, even if they have gotten really good at lying.
A fake club referring to a Latin phrase meaning “Seeing All” is already rather suspicious but we also know that Garrett, Ian, Jason, Mellissa, and maybe even Jenna were up in Alison’s room the day she went missing so they top the guilty party list for now. While its possible they may have played a part in torturing Alison with threatening texts or blackmails, there has also been plenty of dissention and distrust within the group.
After all, Ian was once upon a time involved with Alison and ultimately framed for her murder and killed. Garrett and Jenna were dating only for that to end, and now Melissa and Garrett definitely have something going on. Also, Jenna was almost killed in a fire in “Eye of the Beholder” (2×22) and in the following episode “If These Dolls Could Talk” (2×24) she turned over Page 5 of the autopsy report to the police, landing Garret behind bars and charged with the murder of both Alison and Maya.
Jason has also been a shady character since his introduction and its convenient that he has no memory of that night. But as we recently found out he is Melissa and Spencer’s half-brother so is he playing nice or covering for someone else (like Melissa)?
Update: Besides Ian, because he’s dead, Jenna is the only other one that seems to be not-guilty in this group. She was already blind when Alison was killed and a video of her and Noel Kahn exonerate her from in the case of Maya’s murder. Melissa however not only faked her pregnancy but was also the black swan so she’s still sketchy despite being MIA for most of this season.
Garrett was on trial for the murder of Maya and Alison but when Cousin Nate was revealed to be not-Maya’s cousin but actually her killer, he was released from prison and charges were presumably dropped but we also know that the A-Team was working on getting him off the hook.
Each one has had their “maybe they are A” moment, but ultimately they all seem to suffer from the wrong place, wrong time scenario. I still think Mona is pretty suspicious and only rule her out because of the book series and what has been said online about “A” in the TV series versus “A” in the books.
Lucas was clearly tortured and bullied by Alison but as he got closer to Hanna the “A” harassment only intensified and if he were “A” I think it would have tapered off not increased. Noel Kahn looks good and suspicious, but he isn’t around all that often so I’m thinking he doesn’t have anything to do with the texts or Alison’s death. Although both Noel and Lucas had on that creepy mask in the Halloween flashback episode, so maybe they haven’t been around for a reason.
I love Toby so it’s hard for me to be objective, but after all of the red herrings in season one I think the show has ruled him out as “A” and so have I.
Update: At the end of the second season finale, “unmAsked” (2×25), it was revealed that A was Mona (damn those misleading clues – I was so on to her). However, it quickly became clear that someone else was pulling the strings and that Mona is only one part in the entire thing.
Noel continues to be a shady character but a surveillance video of him and Jenna at his family’s cabin let’s him off the hook for Maya’s murder at the very least. We also now know that Paige had a volatile past with Alison and has a bit of an anger issue – so the question is – would her infatuation with Emily cause her to kill?
And I am 0 for 2. In the episode “Lady Killer” (3×12) we learn that Toby is working with Mona on the A-Team! Paige on the other hand is seeming more like a pawn in all of this – she was kidnapped by not-cousin Nate and apparently Maya’s phone has been planted in her purse.
In the Halloween flashback episode “The First Secret” (2×13), we learned that Alison was being harassed by “A” prior to her death so that pretty much eliminates everyone new to town no matter how secretive, sketchy, or bitchy they may be.
Update: Maya’s dead so like Ian, she’s can’t be A. CeCe may be the exception to the rationalization for this list since she knew Alison. Is it coincidence that she’s showing up in Rosewood now and seems to know everyone and everything?
In the episode “Lady Killer” (3×12) Nate was revealed to be Maya’s stalker not cousin. So he killed her but seemingly has nothing to do with A’s game besides inadvertently getting Garrett out of jail.
Emily’s parents have been in Texas and overseas so I would say they are innocent. Hanna’s mom Ashley and Aria’s mom Ella have started to become truly worried about this “A” character and don’t seem to be behind the madness. While I wouldn’t give Aria’s dad a parenting award, “A” did threaten to expose his cheating ways so it stands to reason it’s not him either. Spencer’s parents on the other hand are either ‘out of town on business’ or speaking in riddles. Also a lot of “A” related events have gone down on the Hastings property or inside of their house.
Also on a side note, where the hell are Jenna and Toby’s parents?
Not everyone in town can look guilty; I guess that is what these characters are for. Also with the exception of Mike, they have all been on and off again love interests which are not atypical for a teen show.
This is my far-fetched guess and crazy theory but in “The First Secret”, the episode opens with Alison telling the story of a pair of twins, one of which who was locked in a mental institution until she escaped and started killing. Now this could obviously be a story or even a metaphor for Alison’s alter-ego Vivian who lived almost a completely different life but in that episode there is a picture hanging on the wall of Alison’s bed room that shows two girls and Jason.
While the picture isn’t as convincing as I imaged when I first learned of its existence, the inscription below the photo roughly says double the laughter and double the trouble with twins – that is if you trust my friend’s French translation abilities, which I can’t vouch for.
So what are your thoughts? Besides having pretty eyes and an affinity for black hoodies we still don’t know many other descriptive details. Male or female, don’t know, but “A” sure seems to have a lot of money at their disposal. It also stands to reason that “A” is more than one person because it would be pretty hard to know that much on your own.
Update: At the end of “Single Fright Female” (3×11), the penultimate episode before the BetrAyal, the tag confirmed the existence of more than one black-hoodie-wearing “A”. In the following episode “Lady Killer” (3×12), we learn that, that person is Toby.
So catch up or rewatch some Pretty Little Liars until the next “A” reveal.