TV News Roundup: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Final Season Gets a Premiere Date

Sarah Ahern and Will Thorne
Variety

In today’s TV news roundup, “Pretty Little Liars” final season will begin in April 2017, A&E brings back its scripted series “Gangland Undercover,” and more. 

DATES

The final season of Freeform‘s soap “Pretty Little Liars” will premiere Apr. 18 at 8/7c. The series conclusion will be packed with homecomings, reunions with old characters, and will even feature the wedding of one of the Liars toward the end of the season. The finale will stretch to two hours, followed by a one-hour tell-all special featuring stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse, and showrunner I. Marlene King.

The “Pretty Little Liars” premiere will be followed by the series premiere of “Famous in Love” at 9/8c. The show will follow a young college student, played by Bella Thorne, getting her big break after auditioning for the lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster.

A&E‘s scripted drama series “Gangland Undercover” will return for its second season on Dec. 8. Season 2 will continue tracking the personal story of ATF confidential informant Charles Falco and his mission to infiltrate three of the world’s most notorious bike gangs, with this season’s quest to tackle the infamous Outlaws.

TLC will premiere the second season of its hit series “Paranormal Lockdown” on Dec. 8. The show centers around renowned paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, who in the upcoming 12-episode season will spend an unprecedented 72 hours locked inside a haunted location in an effort to capture groundbreaking paranormal evidence.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Producer Lawrence Cumbo is joining Pixeldust Studios to help expand its entertainment division, Variety has learned exclusively. Cumbo will be senior vice president of development and content, as the animation and production studio looks to produce original series and specials for networks and streaming services and branch out into virtual and augmented reality content. Cumbo has previously helped produce over 200 hours of programming for among others the Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC and A&E.

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