Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC Family Channel © 2011 Disney ABC Television Group Photo: The Lying Game Cast Promo Shot

There’s just one week left until The Lying Game premieres on ABC Family, and just as the buzz has reached its peak, the cast and crew made an appearance at the 2011 TCA Summer Press Tour to chat about the show. Star Alexandra Chando (Sutton/Emma) was looking super-chic in a swishy pastel skirt and sexy nude pumps, and Blair Redford (Garrett) ... well, all we have to say is we have no worries about a lack of eye candy here! Find out how the show is different than the books, and why we’re betting TLG will shape up to be so freakin’ “epic.”

1. The cast is hot - literally.
The Lying Game is shot in Austin, Texas, and when the cast was asked about the biggest challenge of shooting their, they answered — in unison — “the heat!” “We’ve had 52 days in a row over 100 degrees,” said Andy Buckley, who plays Sutton’s adoptive dad Ted on the show. Adrian Pasdar (Alec) added, “It’s equatorial hot.”

2. The show will drastically depart from the books.
“We put a lot of elements together, and combined a lot of characters,” said producer Chris Pratt, Jr. of the adaptation process. “Fans of the books are going to know right from the beginning that if there’s a mystery, we’re not going to solve it the way the books did.” However, he says that the same spooky energy fuels the books and the show. “We wanted to expand on the tone [of the books] and not disappoint the fans.”

3. Sara Shephard is shepherding the series.
Alexandra met with the bestselling author of the Lying Game books to pick her brain about Sutton and Emma’s characters. “I had the pleasure of having lunch with Sara after we had already shot the pilot,” the actress said. Although she had already read the series, she said “It was really enlightening to talk to her about it, and get her take on it. It helped to paint the picture of the life Emma was living when she took over Sutton’s life.”

4. The Lying Game has a serious soap pedigree.
Executive Producer Charles Pratt, Jr. has written on (the original) Melrose Place, All My Children, and General Hospital. He admitted sometimes soaps get a bad rap, but he prefers to call them “epic storytelling,” saying he loves having “the freedom to have a story that develops and continues like real life.”

5. Don’t expect Sutton to come back anytime soon...
Although the cast and crew kept mum on how long it would be before Sutton reappears, Pratt says that the story is all about Emma for the first batch of episodes. “This is about Emma’s journey.” he said. We can’t wait to find out where that journey takes us!

The Lying Game premieres Monday, August 15, 2011 at 9/8c on ABC Family. Find out more about this fall’s new shows with Wetpaint Entertainment’s 2011 TCA Press Tour Coverage!