UPDATE: I hear ABC Family’s series order to drama pilot The Lying Game is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, with Game joining recently greenlighed comedy series The Great State of Georgia and dramas The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. And the network may not be done yet with its series orders. I hear that a fifth pilot, What Would Jane Do, has extended the options on the actors and remains in contention. With The Lying Game, ABC Family also extended the cast first while it was figuring out a pickup deal. What Would Jane Do, written by April Blair, directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Gavin Polone, follows 16-year-old Jane (Erica Dasher), who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult.
EXCLUSIVE 12:15PM: And then there were four. I hear a series pickup for The Lying Game at ABC Family is imminent. Three weeks ago, ABC picked up 3 of its 6 pilots to series with 10-episode orders: the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. I reported at the time that, while not picked up, drama pilot The Lying Game remained in contention, with ABC Family and producers Warner Horizon and Alloy Entertainment looking at budget and other issues to make a series order possible. In another promising sign, the options on the actors in the pilot were extended until end of day today. I now hear that the network and the producers are finalizing a series pickup agreement. Warner Horizon and Alloy are behind ABC Family’s hit Pretty Little Liars, and Alloy also produces Nine Lives.
The Lying Game is based on the upcoming novel by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Written/exec produced by Charles Pratt, Jr., it centers on Emma (Alexandra Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando) that was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life until she goes missing and Emma goes on a quest to find her.