Mark your calendars! The newly announced Pretty Little Liars spin-off, Ravenswood, is set to premiere in October of this year. The series will take place in Ravenswood, PA (not too far from our Liars’ hometown of Rosewood, PA), a town that “has suffered under a deadly curse for generations.” On the show, five strangers “need to dig into the town's mysterious and terrible history before it's too late for each of them."
Eek! Do we have room in our hearts for both of these Pennsylvanian towns? We’ve laid out the arguments for both sides below, but we want you to tell us!
More is Always Better
On one hand, showrunner Marlene King and the rest of the creative team that brings us PLL are awesome. They have proven that they can not only create a world of suspense and drama, but also sustain that level of quality through at least three seasons. It sounds like Ravenswood could be chock full of the same kinds of burning questions and kickass characters that make PLL so great, but with enough of an original premise that we won’t feel like we’re watching the same show. It’s still in the early stages, so it’s hard to get a grasp on what this show will look like, but if it's half as good as PLL, we'll watch. After all, more of a good thing is a good thing!
A Divided House Cannot Stand
On the other hand, spin-offs are rarely as great as their source material, and we don’t want the PLL Powers That Be to lose focus on the show they already have. We still love PLL, but with the lackluster season 3 finale, we feel like the show is at an important turning point. The writers could continue to weave Rosewood's many characters into a tight and entertaining plot, answering some of our questions satisfactorily without giving the game up, or ... they could completely lose control. There are characters we haven’t seen for episodes and episodes (we’re talking to you, Mike Montgomery), and questions that still linger from the first season. PLL takes a lot of narrative planning and we worry that if the team’s focus is divided between two shows, it might mean lesser quality for both of them.
Now, it’s your turn to let us know if you think Ravenswood is a good idea! Are you looking forward to another creepy show from the PLL producers, or would you rather it not happen? Vote with the reaction buttons and let us know in the comments below!
Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 premiere on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.