- “Pretty Little Liars” spin-off “The Perfectionists” premieres March 20.
- It’s loosely based on books by Sara Shepard, who wrote the book series “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game.”
- The show was created by “Pretty Little Liars” showrunner I. Marlene King and stars two characters from that series, Alison and Mona.
It’s been nearly two years since “Pretty Little Liars” (“PLL”) fans said goodbye to “A,” the Liars, and Rosewood. But the story isn’t quite over yet.“The Perfectionists” is a new spin-off of the “PLL” series and it premieres this month.
The new drama series airs March 20 on Freeform and it features a cast of both new and familiar characters.
Here’s everything you need to know about “The Perfectionists” before you start watching.
You don’t need to have seen all of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ to watch this new spin-off
I. Marlene King, the creator behind “The Perfectionists” who developed “PLL” from a book series into a TV series, told Entertainment Tonight that even if you’ve never seen “Pretty Little Liars,” you can still watch “The Perfectionists.”
But King said those who have watched the original series will probably notice a lot of special Easter eggs in the new spin-off.
The TV show is loosely based on a series of books by the same author who wrote ‘Pretty Little Liars’
“The Perfectionists” is inspired by author Sara Shepard’s book series of the same name. King told Entertainment Tonight that although the spin-off TV series is inspired by the books, it is not closely adapted from them.
“I think [the series] was great inspiration for the show, but we kind of go off [book] a little bit sooner rather than later,” King told publication.
The series is set in Oregon and it was also reportedly filmed there
The new spin-off takes place far away from the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania that is featured on “Pretty Little Liars.”
“The Perfectionists” is set in Oregon, in the fictional town of Beacon Heights. Season one of the series was also filmed in the Portland, Oregon, according to The Oregonian.
The plot centres around a group of college students who might be connected to the murder of a fellow classmate
The title of the series seems to come from the over-achieving nature of the show’s protagonists
The main students on the series attend Beacon Heights University, a college with a reputation for having very high standards.
In a clip from the first episode of the series, viewers can see a musician playing an instrument until his fingers begin to bleed, a runner who is training even in the middle of the night, and a fashion student who is destroying her sketches because they don’t seem to be perfect enough.
Two major characters from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ are part of the spin-off
Alison DiLaurentis (played by Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (played by Janel Parrish) are both characters from “Pretty Little Liars” that are seen on the new spin-off.
Based on the series’ trailer, DiLaurentis is at Beacon Heights University as a teaching assistant but it is still unclear what has brought Vanderwaal to Beacon Heights.
You might recognise the cast from their previous movie and TV roles
Sofia Carson, best known for her role as Evie in Disney’s “Descendants” movies, plays the fashion-loving character of Ava Jalali. Sydney Park, who played Cyndie on “The Walking Dead,” plays hopeful politician Caitlin Martell-Lewis.
“Broadchurch” actor Chris Mason plays Nolan Hotchkiss, who is found murdered on the show’s pilot. Since he’s on all 10 episodes of the first season of the series, according to IMDb, viewers can likely expect to see him in a lot of flashbacks. And Kelly Rutherford, known for playing Serena’s mum on “Gossip Girl,” plays Nolan’s mother, Claire Hotchkiss.
The show’s theme song might sound a little familiar
Season one of ‘The Perfectionists’ consists of 10 episodes
Starting March 20, the show is set to air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.
The four core ‘PLL’ characters will not appear on season one of the spin-off
King said that the main stars of “PLL” (Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, and Ashley Benson) are “always welcome” to appear on the spin-off although they do not appear on season one of the series.
But that doesn’t mean viewers should rule out their potentially making a cameo on the spin-off. “There’s just such a seamless sort of transition to this new show that it’s always possible for people to just come in and sort of drop in and visit us,” King told Entertainment Tonight.
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