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ABC Family is sticking with what continues to work for them – Paul Lee announced yesterday that the network would be giving 10-episode orders to two new series – HUGE and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.  Both shows are expected to premiere in 2010!

HUGE is based on author Sasha Paley’s book of the same name; it follows the lives of six teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other.  Most importantly, the show is being developed by Winnie Holzman (MY SO CALLED LIFE) and her daughter Savannah Dooley!  No stars have been named yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear who is in!

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS follows four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing – only to discover they are receiving messages from an anonymous “A” who knows all their secrets.   The show stars the adorable Lucy Hale (PRIVILEGED) as Aria, Troian Bellisario (NAVY NCIS) as Spencer, Ashley Benson (EASTWICK) as Hanna and Shay Mitchell as Emily. Also starring are Laura Leighton (MELROSE PLACE) and Nia Peeples (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS). Additionally, Bianca Lawson (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) has been cast in a recurring role as Maya.

So what say you, ABC family fans?  Sound like good fits for your network?

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Do you love Christmas or at least the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family as much as I do?  Show us your love for the channel’s annual holiday celebration by telling us your favorite holiday memory. One random person will be chose to win a prizepack from ABC Family, featuring a 25 Days of Christmas Soundtrack, a blanket, a scarf, and a reusable grocery bag!

Good luck!

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10-Things-I-Hate-About-you-promo-pictures-10-things-i-hate-about-you-tv-show-7127189-604-542The finale of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU airs tonight on ABC Family and I really, really, really think you guys need to tune in!  After last week’s episode, I basically ran to the computer to check out the screener of the finale that ABC Family made available to me.  The one-two punch of these episodes prompted me to immediately tweet that I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do without 10 THINGS!

In honor of tonight’s finale, called “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” and focusing on an unlikely bond between Kat and Chastity, and some movement in the Patrick and Kat relationship, here are the 10 reasons you should watch! (more…)

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Megan and DarenLast summer, no one knew what we were in for when ABC Family premiered a little show about a pregnant teenager, called THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER.  Equal parts JUNO and 7TH HEAVEN (from the latter’s creator), this show came out of nowhere, and easily became a hit.  Now about to start a third chapter/season, I had the chance to speak with Daren Kagasoff (Ricky) and Megan Park (Grace) about what’s coming up this year, and what their craziest fan reactions have been, after going from little known to super stars overnight!

Quite a whirlwind you guys have had for this show in the past year!
Megan: Yeah, it’s been crazy!

So let’s jump in – where did your characters end at the end of last season, and what can we expect coming into season 3?
Megan:  Well, my character last season was really struggling with doing the right thing as a person in her relationship. She has this boyfriend who pressures her to have sex, and she really doesn’t want to, so the first couple of episodes really deal with that, and whether to take her relationship to the next level.  And also, there’s a very tragic death of a main character in the first episode, that you see everybody deal with throughout the season because it’s very life changing.

Daren: Well, in the first season, you kind of got to see my character, he’s the player, he got Amy pregnant.  He didn’t take responsibility for his actions, and now with this season, with the baby out, he has a lot of responsibility, so he’s definitely stepping up to the plate now and trying to be the best dad that he can. I’m excited for the fans to see that side of Ricky.

Why do you think that a show like this is so important, to have on the air right now?
Megan:  I think it’s important to have a show on TV like this that doesn’t sugar coat anything, that’s really honest, and shows real teens, all different types of families.  There’s single parent families, there’s adoptive families, that’s real life America now, and kids can see that families are all different varities.  There are all different kind of characters on the show that people can relate to.  I think it’s important to have something like that on TV.

How has fan reaction been?  Are you guys getting attacked everywhere you go?
Megan:  Kind of yeah!

Daren:  Yeah, we’re getting there.  The mall is not a good place.

Megan: Movie theaters and malls are not a good place!

Daren: [laughs] Anywhere where there are young kids!

What’s the craziest reaction that you’ve had so far?
Daren:  Well, this one time, I was walking and this girl almost got hit by a car.  She fell in the street, and she almost got ran over, so that was pretty intense. [laughs].

Megan: The fans are hardcore.  But it’s cool though.  I mean, they always just want to tell us that they love the show, and they love the characters, so they’re always really positive, which is cool.

Is there anybody that you get to work with this season that you haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with previously?
Daren:  Yeah, I mean, last year, I wasn’t able to work with Molly [Ringwald, Amy’s mom], because her character, I guess really didn’t like Ricky, too much.  Now that the baby’s out, you kind of get to see their relationship develop.

Megan:  I think for my character, last season, she was close with her mom, but this season, it’s a whole different relationship, kind of.  She has a lot of bonding experiences with her mom (played by Josie Bissett), and they go through some ups and downs, so that was really interesting for me to play.

And one last thing – why should people tune in?
Daren: Because this season, from the first episode, just starts out with a bang.  It seems like the writers, each season, they’re stepping it up, it gets better and better.  This season is just intense, and I know that the fans are going to like it.  They’re going to like where the storylines are going.  I’m excited for it to come out again!

Megan: Definitely the best season so far!

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Dilshad, Amrie, Scott

So if you’ve been following me on Twitter or know me at all, you know that a little over a month ago, I had the incredible opportunity (thanks to Daniel at The TV Addict and the folks at ABC Family) to visit the set of GREEK.  Along for the trip were Kath, Rae, Daniel, the team from ABC Family, the wonderful creator Sean Smith, the stunningly beautiful Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca Logan), and the most awesome Scott Michael Foster (CAPPIE!)!

In honor of another fantstic episode of the show, and as we near the end of the season, I wanted to share Part 1 of a three part series of interviews from the set.  After a tour through the set, with Sean, Dilshad, and Scott giving us little details, we settled down in the backyard of the Kappa Tau house for some one on one time!  Scott and I vegged out on a ratty old sofa and talked what’s coming up, why people watch the show, and where he stands on the Cappie with Casey relationship!

I was just saying that this is one of the only shows that my sister and I sit down and talk about and love .  One of our common bonds.
Yeah?

And I think that it totally resonates with people.  What is it about this show that makes people love it so much?
I have no idea [laughs].  I don’t know.  Honestly, for me, doing the show from the pilot, and season by season, and hearing that people still love it and watch it, and the numbers keep growing, (more…)

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Howdy folks – it’s the official start of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, and to celebrate, we thought we’d offer up a little prize pack (thanks to our dear friends at New Media Strategies)!

Here’s what you get:

  • A 25 Days of Christmas programming guide, with a tree ornament!
  • A 25 Days of Christmas Reusable Shopping Tote
  • A 25 Days of Christmas Poster

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To enter, leave us a comment telling us your favorite Holiday-themed TV show/episode/special!  Winners will be notified Saturday, December 6!

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It’s hard to believe we’re only up to Season 2 of GREEK!  So much happened on this show in the first season that it’s hard to fathom where they’re going to take us in Season 2.  I had the fantastic opportunity to check out tonight’s season premiere and I am so excited about what’s in store for our favorites this year! 

Mild spoilers for what’s in store this season after the jump!

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