‘Pretty Little Liars’ Producers: Are You Really That Surprised About Toby?

The fan reaction to the reveal of Toby (Keegan Allen) as a member of the “A” team on the midseason finale of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars was so insane that executive producer Marlene King told reporters a Mom even called the EP’s offices asking to speak to the head of television. But, fellow executive producer Oliver Goldstick says fans shouldn’t have been that surprised by the character’s evil turn.

“His darkness isn’t coming out of nowhere,” Goldstick said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena Thursday morning. “This is not a betrayal of his character. It’s actually a reminder of where we started, coming fill circle.”

If you can recall, Toby was an outcast when the show first started after he returned from reform school. Even the Liars thought he killed Alison (Sasha Pieterse) at the time.

Goldstick and King, along with Allen and cast members Troian Bellisario (Spencer) and Shay Mitchell (Emily)  were all on hand at TCA to dish on what’s to come on Season 3B,  just how long the show can last and the “A” of it all.

Of course the biggest storyline fans will see on this half of the third season will be the reveal of Toby as an “A” team member to the Liars, specifically Spencer. King told reporters, “It’s a mind-blowing storyline that we had a lot of fun with.”

She remarked that in previous seasons, “A” has really gone after Emily but with this revelation the storyline really shifts to Spencer’s direction. Bellisario noted that her storyline this year, “was truly beyond anything that [she] ever imagined that you guys would allow me to have” calling it an “amazing” and “harrowing” experience.

As for the “A” storyline in the long term, King revealed, “We always know who ‘uber-A’ is. I don’t think we could be successful doing what we’re doing if we don’t have the final answer.”

Goldstick added, “But it’s very specific as far as season to season, because we really do begin the season knowing what the end of the season is and try to work backward from that as well. There are tentpoles that we create, that we mount and then just say, ‘OK, we have to get to this.’ But as far as knowing, yes, we have a plan. But if it were that direct and straightforward, there wouldn’t be a lot of twists, and a lot of fun along the way. There are a lot of detours.”

King remarked that they try to keep fans satisfied by “giving little bits and pieces of the puzzle” while targeting “mysteries within the big mystery” noting that “part of the fun of the show is everybody trying to figure out who ‘A’ is.”

As for the longevity of the show, King noted that Sara Shepard, who writes the books the show is based upon, is now 12 or  13 books into the series showing them that they can keep the mystery going.

Goldstick also noted that the show doesn’t play as real time and joked, “They’re going to be the Golden Girls’ Liars.”

Other highlights from the panel included:

  • King told reporters that Episode 16, which she directed, is “Misery-themed” whereas the “finale pays homage to [classic Hitchock film] North by Northwest.”
  • The show’s premiere on Tuesday accounted for 52 percent of all of Tuesday’s TV Twitter activity.
  • Mitchell says getting into her Converse sneakers to play Emily “really does help” noting that in real life she is “probably the girliest” of all the actresses.
  • The girls really want one of them to be on the “A” team. “I think we’ve all been kind of begging for that,” Bellisario said. “It’s so much fun to be the villain. And especially on our show because there’s so many crazy directions that they can think up.”

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8PM on ABC Family.

What do you about the Toby and Spencer storyline? How are you hoping he will be revealed to the Liars? Give us your theories in the comments below!

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Producers: Are You Really That Surprised About Toby?

The fan reaction to the reveal of Toby (Keegan Allen) as a member of the “A” team on the midseason finale of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars was so insane that executive producer Marlene King told reporters a Mom even called the EP’s offices asking to speak to the head of television. But, fellow executive producer Oliver Goldstick says fans shouldn’t have been that surprised by the character’s evil turn.

“His darkness isn’t coming out of nowhere,” Goldstick said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena Thursday morning. “This is not a betrayal of his character. It’s actually a reminder of where we started, coming fill circle.”

If you can recall, Toby was an outcast when the show first started after he returned from reform school. Even the Liars thought he killed Alison (Sasha Pieterse) at the time.

Goldstick and King, along with Allen and cast members Troian Bellisario (Spencer) and Shay Mitchell (Emily)  were all on hand at TCA to dish on what’s to come on Season 3B,  just how long the show can last and the “A” of it all.

Of course the biggest storyline fans will see on this half of the third season will be the reveal of Toby as an “A” team member to the Liars, specifically Spencer. King told reporters, “It’s a mind-blowing storyline that we had a lot of fun with.”

She remarked that in previous seasons, “A” has really gone after Emily but with this revelation the storyline really shifts to Spencer’s direction. Bellisario noted that her storyline this year, “was truly beyond anything that [she] ever imagined that you guys would allow me to have” calling it an “amazing” and “harrowing” experience.

As for the “A” storyline in the long term, King revealed, “We always know who ‘uber-A’ is. I don’t think we could be successful doing what we’re doing if we don’t have the final answer.”

Goldstick added, “But it’s very specific as far as season to season, because we really do begin the season knowing what the end of the season is and try to work backward from that as well. There are tentpoles that we create, that we mount and then just say, ‘OK, we have to get to this.’ But as far as knowing, yes, we have a plan. But if it were that direct and straightforward, there wouldn’t be a lot of twists, and a lot of fun along the way. There are a lot of detours.”

King remarked that they try to keep fans satisfied by “giving little bits and pieces of the puzzle” while targeting “mysteries within the big mystery” noting that “part of the fun of the show is everybody trying to figure out who ‘A’ is.”

As for the longevity of the show, King noted that Sara Shepard, who writes the books the show is based upon, is now 12 or  13 books into the series showing them that they can keep the mystery going.

Goldstick also noted that the show doesn’t play as real time and joked, “They’re going to be the Golden Girls’ Liars.”

Other highlights from the panel included:

  • King told reporters that Episode 16, which she directed, is “Misery-themed” whereas the “finale pays homage to [classic Hitchock film] North by Northwest.”
  • The show’s premiere on Tuesday accounted for 52 percent of all of Tuesday’s TV Twitter activity.
  • Mitchell says getting into her Converse sneakers to play Emily “really does help” noting that in real life she is “probably the girliest” of all the actresses.
  • The girls really want one of them to be on the “A” team. “I think we’ve all been kind of begging for that,” Bellisario said. “It’s so much fun to be the villain. And especially on our show because there’s so many crazy directions that they can think up.”

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8PM on ABC Family.

What do you about the Toby and Spencer storyline? How are you hoping he will be revealed to the Liars? Give us your theories in the comments below!

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Winter Premiere Recap: Mona Returns With a Fiery Start and a New Friend

It’s a new year and there’s a new Mona (Janel Parrish) on the loose on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

But the first episode of Season 3B didn’t only feature the former Radley patient back to torment our girls at Rosewood High, fans were also treated to some sketchy background info on Mr. Montgomery (Chad Lowe) and clues as to possible new “A” team members.

Before we dish on the episode though, let’s talk about how good Parrish and Keegan Allen (Toby) are at playing creepy? The actors playing the currently outed “A” team members freak me out every time they’re on screen. They are fantastic. And if Mona showed up in my bedroom in the middle of the night like that you can bet I’d be sleeping with a crowbar too — just like Aria (Lucy Hale) said she would.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s winter premiere, “She’s Better Now.”

The winter premiere opened with Mona’s aforementioned late night visit to Hanna (Ashley Benson) and a creepy Toby knocking down a black hoodied skateboarder with his car. Meanwhile, Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) parents have gone all Defcon 1 and installed a new security system in their house to protect their daughter from anymore crazy incidents ala last summer’s midseason finale.

As expected, Mona doesn’t get the warmest reception upon her return to Rosewood High. But things come to ahead when she opens her locker to find a cow brain tacked to the door with a knife. Every smartphone on campus, of course, documents the incident as Mona throws the brain and the knife out, whispering to Lucas (Brendan Robinson) before walking away. Shortly thereafter, she was also seen talking to the janitor who the Liars remember as Harold (Travis Richey) from the Lost Woods Resort, the place where Mona had her crazy “A” lair.

When Lucas heads to Hanna’s for no other reason than to further the story, he lets her know that Mona had been sneaking out of Radley long before she had permission to. He also credits his new limp to a skateboarding accident, which gets the wheels in my head turning. (More on that below.)

Now, it appears that Rosewood High’s new janitor has a whole lot of Mona’s things in his office, including one of Allison’s (Sasha Pieterse) old journals. When the girls ditch a charity 10K to go through the stuff, they find Ali’s diary containing an entry highlighting Aria’s dad, Byron. From what we were shown in the flashback, it’s clear she was blackmailing Mr. Montgomery over his affair with Meredith (Amanda Schull) and asking for a pretty penny to keep quiet.

After Aria and the girls had a small incident with Meredith in her class, “A” had exactly what she needed to frame the girls. Meredith, in the wrong place at the wrong time thanks to a note from “A,” gets injured in a fire at the finish line. Later, Byron confronts Aria about the incident, questioning whether or not she and her friends did this, as he knows what they’re capable of. But what is Byron capable of? His accusations, tone of voice and creepy stares while listening to his daughter’s call with Spencer — which mentions “A” — indicate there is a lot more to learn about the Montgomery patriarch.

The note marks the second time Aria was “A’s” main target in the episode, after she received an “It’s a boy” basket outside Ezra’s (Ian Harding) apartment.

We also NEED to discuss Mona and her new friend Jason (Drew Van Acker). Now, without a doubt, the best line uttered in the one-hour episode had to be Spencer (Troian Bellisario) telling Toby, “he [Jason] is basically hugging a hand grenade.” But what exactly is this partnership between Spence’s half-brother and Mona? I really have no idea and that’s the writers’ point. Of course, Spence does her best to convince Jason that Mona can’t be trusted but by episodes end, we see the duo together on his steps as she cleans his wound. But where could he have gotten hurt?

With Jason’s cut and Lucas’ limp, it seems to me that we have at least two possible new candidates for the “A” team. My theory, based on what executive producer Oliver Goldstick told us about Lucas revealing too much, makes me think he was the one Toby was chasing down. Perhaps he doesn’t want part of the “A” team anymore? While maybe Jason was hurt by Aria on the “A” train (I hope not!) or the culprit who set the fire?

As with most PLL premieres, there were little answers provided but a whole lot of questions ensuring a VERY interesting season to come.

Buzz Moments:
OMG: While there weren’t any moments that made me gasp during the episode, I was SUPER creeped out when Mona showed up in Hanna’s room to plead her case. Seriously, not ok.

Thank you, TV gods.: That PLL is back! I missed this show while it was gone!

Awk-ward: Every single moment that Spencer and Toby are together (For the audience at least).

Hotness: Toby was looking all sorts of HOT and kind of creepy after he and Spencer went for a run!

Fab-u-lous: All of the PLLs were looking cute on the premiere. I particularly loved Hanna’s blue polkadot dress, which thanks to wornontv.net I found out is from Anthropolgie. Spencer’s cami/skirt combo was also one of my faves and Possessionista has all the details on where to get it!

Can. Not. Wait.: To find out what the deal is between Jason and Mona? Also, to see how Toby is revealed to the girls as a member of the “A” team! As with any and every premiere of PLL there are so many new questions to be answered!

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. An overall great episode that set up this season’s mysteries quite nicely.

Do you think Lucas was being chased by Toby? Is Jason working with the “A” team? Are you just as creeped out by Mona and Toby as I am? Sound off with your theories and observations about the winter premiere below!

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ EP Talks Mona’s Return, Toby’s Reveal and ‘Provocative Revelations’ About Alison

She’s back!!!!

Fans of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars are in for a treat when the addictive drama returns for the second half of Season 3 as Mona (Janel Parrish) is back in action and out of Radley Sanitarium.

But the real question of this half the season is: Is it Mona or someone else who is REALLY in charge of the “A” team?

“Mona’s back, Toby’s [Keegan Allen] in black and Byron [Chad Lowe] may be whacked is sort of how we started the season,” Pretty Little Liars executive producer Oliver Goldstick told Celebuzz about the upcoming episodes. “We really wanted this question … because Toby is a huge question mark. And with Mona’s return, does this precipitate Toby really starting to act out?”

Note: Mild spoilers ahead for Season 3B.

Season 3B’s opener, appropriately titled “She’s Better Now,” not only sees the duplicitous Mona back to wreak havoc at Rosewood High but you’ll also see Hanna’s (Ashely Benson) former BFF develop a new relationship with someone fans wouldn’t expect –  Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) half-brother, Jason (Drew Van Acker).

“Our Pretty Little Liars are on terror alert because they know this girl and what she’s capable of. But, people like Jason — it seems like he doesn’t know,” he explained. “The fact is Jason is still dealing with his late sister’s missing remains. He’s got a quest as well that may be different than the Pretty Little Liars to solve. Maybe his relationship with Mona – who knows, if that’s something he wants answers to or is he part of it [all]?”

And while we know from talking to the cast of PLL at the premiere of the show’s Halloween episode that Toby’s involvement on the “A” team will be revealed to the Liars at some point this season, when exactly can we expect this to happen?

“It’s a midway point,” said Goldstick. “They’re going to start finding things that are just highly suspect of somebody who they love and trust. Toby has earned quite a place in their hearts, all of them, obviously Spencer [Troian Bellisario] and Emily [Shay Mitchell], so no one is going to jump to this place right away. And then evidence starts to mount that [his loyalty] is questionable.”

The EP also revealed Season 3B will provide “much more insight to what happened that summer” with Allison (Sasha Pieterse).

“We are going to be revealing things that our girls were not privy to,” he teased. “As well as [the Liars] thought they knew Allison, there’s even more very provocative revelations about what happened that summer with her. You’ll know a great deal more about Allison in 3B.”

These revelations will not only deal with her connection to Aria’s (Lucy Hale) dad, Byron, but also her secret BFF, Cece (Vanessa Ray).

As for that scoop Brendan Robinson, who plays Lucas on the show divulged to us, about being gone for a good chunk of 3B, Goldstick elaborated, “He sort of has to go away because of the way events are unfolding. He reveals a little too much possibly in 3B that forces him to disappear for a bit.” When we asked him if we should be nervous about this disappearance, the EP simply said, “Yes.”

We’ll also learn more about that suspicious N.A.T. club that has been brought up now and then on the show. Look for a mention of the creepy club on the winter premiere and more information to be divulged over the course of the season.

Of the club, Goldstick said, “Even Allison’s connection to it will be hinted at in this season and you’ll understand maybe even stronger motivations for why someone may have put her underground.”

Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday at 8PM on ABC Family following a marathon of Season 3A beginning at 11AM.

What are you most looking forward to on Season 3B of PLL? What are you expecting when the girls find out about Toby? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Lindsey Shaw Talks ‘Pailey,’ an ‘Interesting’ Alliance for Paige (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Paige (Lindsey Shaw) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) are in for some much needed romance on the upcoming second half of the third season of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

During Season 3A, the couple was put through the wringer as Paige was considered a suspect by the Liars for much of the season and was then kidnapped by Maya’s “fake” cousin, Nate (Sterling Suleman).

“Obviously there’s a lot of trauma that she’s dealing with from that at the beginning of the winter premiere,” Shaw told Celebuzz when she stopped by our Hollywood studio. “We kind of see her very secluded and isolated. She’s very fearful and traumatized and we get to see Emily kind of come to her rescue, which is great. You get to see Emily take care of her in this really loving way so in the midst of all the chaos there’s a lot of good romantic Pailey scenes. ”

But Paige won’t just be sitting around experiencing post-traumatic stress all season.

“A little ways through Paige gets her fight back and she kind of teams up with someone very interesting to sort of continue the battle against the ‘A’ team,” the actress revealed. Though she wouldn’t dish as to which character Paige teams up with, she did say the duo will be working together to gather “some dirt on the ‘A’ team.”

Shaw, 23, also divulged that we can expect to “see her and Emily in some intense situations where the audience sort of knows Toby [Keegan Allen] is there but they don’t.”

As for Toby’s big reveal as a member of the “A” team to the Liars, she said, “It sends intense ripples through Rosewood.”

“It’s the coolest way that they reveal Spencer [Troian Bellisario] finding out,” she explained. “You can expect Spencer to sort of find out a little bit sooner than everybody else. It’s very, very cool, the way that it happens. I can’t say anymore than that.”

Watch Shaw’s entire interview above.

The winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesday at 8 PM on ABC Family following a marathon of the last season beginning at 11 AM.

Who do you think Paige teams up with? Give us your theories in the comments below!

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‘Switched at Birth’ Cast Spills 6 Things to Expect From Season 2

Switched at Birth Season 2 Premiere: LEA THOMSPON, D.W. MOFFETT, KATIE LECLERC, CONSTANCE MARIE, IVONNE COLL, GILLES MARINI

Switched at Birth set records in its first season for the number of episodes, but also the amount of drama it packed into such a relatively short on-screen time frame. But now that the show is returning to ABC Family for Season 2, things are only going to get more intense.

Surprisingly, though, the big first season finale reveal that Angelo (Gilles Marini) has come into major money and learned he has another kid out there, is far from the juiciest conflict to come on the next season.

Celebuzz was on-set with the cast of Switched at Birthto get you excited for their all-new episodes! Here’s six things to expect from Season 2:

1. Bay switches schools and faces lots of new troubles there. Due to a new pilot program at Carlton, a select amount of hearing students can join the student body there, and Bay (Vanessa Marano) is eagerly one of them. Only when she gets there she finds challenges with other students, as well as the academics.

“She expects that because she signs and she knows so much more about deaf culture now, it’s going to be great. [Her] experience has been Daphne, who’s this completely acclimated girl who lives almost seamlessly and perfectly between both worlds and Emmett, who also didn’t talk and thought hearing people were selfish but then ended up dating Bay. So, clearly she was like, ‘I can win the hearts of everyone!’ Even [Melody] — she started out not liking her, but won her heart in the end. And then here she doesn’t. She does not at all. She’s basically bullied. She’s not expecting it to be as difficult as it is, and she ends up realizing she doesn’t know as much sign language as she thinks,” Marano said.

2. Bay’s bully is a deaf girl named Natalie from Carlton, played by model and up-and-coming actress Stephanie Nogueras. “In the beginning my perspective is that coming from a deaf school, I don’t want to see a hearing person come in. What’s the purpose of that? So that’s why I’m mean to her, and she starts to get involved in my program, and I realized we have some cuts. Art class is cut, but they’re adding these new kids, and I’m mad about that,” said Nogueras, speaking for her character.

3. Angelo does not take his money and run, but instead bestows lavish gifts on loved ones to win them over. Surprisingly? It works! The absentee father tries to buy the love of his children to a certain degree by gifting Daphne (Katie Leclerc) with a food truck and Toby (Lucas Grabeel) with a recording session, to name a few things.

“It’s a surprising gift and definitely shocking for everybody, but I think Daphne’s mind is always changing about Angelo. Sometimes I think she’s really happy, and sometimes I think she’s like, ‘Oh, this guy…’ I think he’s making an effort, and I think she sees that,” Leclerc said.

4. New love interests abound, but old flames die hard. With Chef Jeff (Justin Bruening) out of the picture, Daphne and Travis (Ryan Lane) have ample room to grow closer. “She starts this season definitely sort of lost, and she needs to find her footing, and she makes closer friends with Travis. They have a great friendship, and he’s a great ally to her, but she has to figure out what she wants,” Leclerc said.

Meanwhile, Bay isn’t truly ready to face her feelings for Emmett (Sean Berdy), and she ends up bonding with a new guy Noah (Max Lloyd-Jones). “[Emmett] wants to get back together with her, and she’s in that pushing forward, pulling away… She loves him so much and wants to be back together with him, but she’s not ready,” Marano said.

5. Though Nikki (Cassi Thomson) and Toby are together when the season begins, their relationship isn’t without bumps in the road. “Musically — that was our whole reason for getting together in the first place. We enjoyed playing together. And unlike a husband and wife who work together and then see each other at home all the time, we can go home and spend time apart. But there is something that is uncovered about her past that definitely raises a red flag to me,” Grabeel said.

6. New guy Noah has a secret of his own.“I think he’s more the nice, sweet guy so far, from that I’ve seen, but he does have a secret that’s going sort of bubbling inside of him and makes him different than the hearing and the deaf kids. That’s going to come up in the next few episodes, and there’s going to be some confrontation. He’s kind of at a crossroads,” Lloyd-Jones said.

Switched at Birth returns to ABC Family on Monday at 8PM.

What are you most excited to see on Switched at Birth Season 2? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Bunheads’ Preview: Cast Teases Family Visits, More Dance and a New Bunhead in Paradise

Bunheads Cast Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale Tia Mowry Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell Julia Goldani, Bailey Buntain Bailey Buntain

When we last saw ABC Family’s Bunheads, dance teacher Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) had fled Paradise after her unfortunate use of pepper spray infuriated parents and sent dancers to the hospital prior to the performance of The Nutcracker.

With her departure to Vegas and Fanny’s (Kelly Bishop) dance studio now defunct, the second half of the dance drama’s first season opens with the bunheads in very different scenarios than we’ve seen before. The next eight episodes also feature appearances from some of Michelle’s Family, including her brother played by Foster’s real-life sibling, Hunter Foster.

Celebuzz was on the set of Bunheads recently to get all the scoop from the ballerinas on what will go down when we return to Paradise, Calif.

Here are 9 things you can expect from Bunheads this season.

1. Michelle’s return to Paradise. The winter premiere of Bunheads will find Michelle returning to Paradise by episode’s end but what brings her there? “I think what brings her back is that people see worth in her,” Foster told reporters on-set. “I think Michelle’s pretty convinced she’s a loser and has nothing to offer. And I think that what you’ll see with Michelle is her finally committing to something. I think in the first 10 episodes she always had a pretty solid foot out the door, ready to jump at a moment’s notice. And I think now she’s like, ‘Maybe there’s something of real value here. Maybe, I can mean something here.’”

2. Hi Brother! Foster will make his debut on Bunheads as Scotty on the Jan. 28 episode in a storyline that has similarities to the real life siblings’ living situation. Not only is his character crashing at Michelle’s place on the show but he is also living at Sutton’s during filming. Hunter calls Scotty “a chronic divorcee” having been divorced four times.

“I fall in love easily. I get married, I get divorced. And then every time I get divorced I show up on her doorstep. And so again, I show up on her doorstep and I crash at her place. And immediately start looking for wife No. 5,”  he said.

3. Michelle’s brother isn’t the only Simms member coming to Paradise. In addition to the arrival of Michelle’s brother, the Simms matriarch will also descend on the small town. Lolita Davidovich will take on the role, first appearing on the Feb. 4 episode of the drama. The introduction of Michelle’s family on these back eight episodes will give us some insight into just who Michelle really is.

“I think Scotty represents sort of my past and is a pull against where I’m moving in my future,” said Foster. “He still is like, ‘What are you doing? You know, this isn’t you. Like you flee, you don’t make roots, you don’t have roots.’ And, so it’s fascinating. With the introduction of Scotty and with the mom character you really start to begin to understand why Michelle is the way she is. Why she’s so guarded. Why she has so many walls and defenses. And why she’s been such a floater throughout life.”

4. A love interest for Michelle? While Foster told us there isn’t anything happening in Michelle’s love life yet, she said she believes that a man is not the answer for her character. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a character who finds herself and then maybe love will come?” she said. “I really want her to find herself … and then find love. I think I’d like for her to have a little fun. She can have some fun while she’s finding herself. But you know, but those are longterm goals.”

5. The bunheads and Michelle. When their former dancer teacher returns to town, the relationships between the bunheads and Michelle will obviously change. “Sasha and I, we were cut from the same mold,” Foster says of Michelle’s relationship with Julia Goldani Telles’ character. “She needs somebody and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if that person is me. Or if I have the capacity but I’ll do what I can to help you.’ That’s the relationship right now that’s probably the strongest with me and the girls.”

Bailey Buntain, who plays Ginny on the show, told reporters that she also gets to bond with her dance teacher upon her return.

 

6. Ginny’s new gig? When Season 1B opens with Fanny’s dance studio closed, some of the bunheads have taken it upon themselves to get new hobbies. For Ginny this includes a stint taking over her mom’s real estate business, but how long will she keep it going? “It’s really dependent on how long her mom is in crazy town,” said Buntain. “And it looks like she’s there for a while. So she’s going to be pulling her weight in the family for a good bit. I think it’s good. I think it also kind of distracts her from what’s going on. It gives her something to do and focus on.”

7. A clash between the new bunhead and Ginny. When a new bunhead pops into Paradise — played by Jeanine Mason, the Season 5 winner of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance – on the Jan. 14 episode, Ginny will be none too pleased.

“The relationship with the four girls goes through some stuff. We get an added girl. She’s not one of the four of us, but it switches dynamics a little bit. Some girls bond with her, some don’t,” Buntain told reporters. “And Ginny hates change, so she really resists it. I would hate to see that separate her friendships with the other three girls for too long. You know, if they ruffle her feathers, that’s OK. But I would hate to have that wedge stay there.”

8. New responsibilities for Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins). Ginny isn’t the only character who is helping her family in the winter premiere. We’ve already seen that hilarious viral video with Boo from the premiere, but the red-headed ballerina will spend a lot of time care of things at home. With her pregnant mother on bed rest, her new responsibility “definitely starts to take over Boo’s life.” She added, “And it starts to affect her relationship with Carl [Casey J. Adler] a little bit. And definitely with the other girls. It kind of starts isolating her a bit from the other girls.”

9. A lot more dancing. In addition to all the drama, the cast of Bunheads told reporters we can expect a lot more dancing on the next eight episodes of the freshman drama, including a performance of Sleeping Beauty. Not only will the dances take place in the classroom and during performances, but there will also be some “out of context emotional dances” to look forward to as well. Buntain said the increased dancing has been “really fun” and that the “level that the nature dance was at [on the first half of the season], we’ve got some of that that surpasses that.”

Bunheads’ winter premiere airs Monday at 8PM on ABC Family.

Are you excited for the Bunheads to return? Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments below!

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‘Bunheads’ Sneak Peek: Boo Goes Viral! (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Bunheads Sutton Foster

Sometimes an up-and-coming performer only needs that little nudge to push them over the edge and into the public eye.

In the case of ABC Family’s Bunheads, all it takes for one very special dancer at Madam Fanny’s studio to be propelled to viral video status is being maced by her teacher…

Last we saw Paradise, Calif. and the Bunheads characters, Michelle (Sutton Foster) grabbed the wrong thing during the annual summer Nutcracker performance and sent the entire cast to the hospital and Michelle fled the city in shame.

And as it will turn out in the winter 2013 return episode, “Do You Wanna See Something?,” Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins) wants to hide in equal shame after seeing the clip of her speaking of the event on the news remixed and gone viral online.

Boo’s viral video may just be the most memorable moment of the series so far, not just this particular episode, and Celebuzzhas an exclusive first look at its hilarious glory. Seriously, we dare you to watch it and not immediately want to watch it again.

Watch our exclusive preview above.

Bunheads returns Monday at 9PM on ABC Family.

Can Boo (and Michelle) get over the embarrassment?

Danielle Turchiano

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‘Switched at Birth’ Cast Shares Their Favorite ASL Signs (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

ABC Family’s Switched at Birth introduced the beauty of sign language — not only to its audience but also to a slew of hearing actors who were asked to learn American Sign Language (ASL) as part of their roles.

The Kennish family learned their daughter had actually been switched in the hospital just after she was born. And when they reunited with her years later, they learned she had fallen deaf as a result of an illness as a toddler. She was fluent in sign language, as was her mothe.  And as the Kennishes got to know her, they learned to communicate that way, too.

Though Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne was fluent in ASL before getting the role, everyone else has been learning as the show has been unfolding.

“It’s great because it’s kind of like a dance,” Switched at Birth‘s newest cast member Max Lloyd-Jones told Celebuzz when we caught up with him on-set.

“You’re so focused on the movements that you can be a little freer in your attitude and your dialogue, and it’s an added layer in the scene.”

Like any language, there is a slang to ASL that one only picks up on after getting comfortable with it. But that kind of shorthand is only the tip of the iceberg of fun that the Switched at Birth cast has had with ASL. The cast now boasts secret, silent conversations on-set — and during press conferences– using the language.

So, what are some of the Switched at Birth‘s cast favorite signs?

Watch Celebuzz‘s exclusive interview featurette above to see which ones Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Lucas Grabeel, Constance Marie, Lea Thompson, and more selected!

Switched at Birth returns to ABC Family on Jan. 7, 2013.

Has Switched at Birth inspired you to learn sign language? What’s your favorite sign? Tell us in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano

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‘Switched at Birth’ Cast Shares Their Favorite ASL Signs (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

ABC Family’s Switched at Birth introduced the beauty of sign language — not only to its audience but also to a slew of hearing actors who were asked to learn American Sign Language (ASL) as part of their roles.

The Kennish family learned their daughter had actually been switched in the hospital just after she was born. And when they reunited with her years later, they learned she had fallen deaf as a result of an illness as a toddler. She was fluent in sign language, as was her mothe.  And as the Kennishes got to know her, they learned to communicate that way, too.

Though Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne was fluent in ASL before getting the role, everyone else has been learning as the show has been unfolding.

“It’s great because it’s kind of like a dance,” Switched at Birth‘s newest cast member Max Lloyd-Jones told Celebuzz when we caught up with him on-set.

“You’re so focused on the movements that you can be a little freer in your attitude and your dialogue, and it’s an added layer in the scene.”

Like any language, there is a slang to ASL that one only picks up on after getting comfortable with it. But that kind of shorthand is only the tip of the iceberg of fun that the Switched at Birth cast has had with ASL. The cast now boasts secret, silent conversations on-set — and during press conferences– using the language.

So, what are some of the Switched at Birth‘s cast favorite signs?

Watch Celebuzz‘s exclusive interview featurette above to see which ones Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Lucas Grabeel, Constance Marie, Lea Thompson, and more selected!

Switched at Birth returns to ABC Family on Jan. 7, 2013.

Has Switched at Birth inspired you to learn sign language? What’s your favorite sign? Tell us in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano

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‘The Mistle-Tones’ Star Tori Spelling Admits, ‘I Had a Little Help’ From the Auto Tune Department (Q&A)

Tori Spelling swears she did her own singing for the ABC Family TV movie, The Mistle-Tones, in which she plays a singer battling Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s character for Christmas singing group supremacy. But, Spelling does admit she had an assist from the auto-tune department.

“They enhanced things, so I had a little help,” she told Celebuzz.

The 39-year-old actress and reality star has had a tumultuous year. Not only did she give birth to her fourth child, Finn, a scant 10 months after Hattie her third was born, but also she suffered from placenta previa (a relatively rare condition in which the placenta covers the opening of the cervix) during the pregnancy.

With all that behind her, Celebuzz spoke with the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum about her relationship with her fans, her love for crafting and coming around to loving (and branding) her name.

Celebuzz: Tell us about why you launched the website, ediTORIal.
Tori Spelling: Our fans (of Home Sweet Hollywood) were so loyal and dedicated to our show and right now it’s kind of in limbo. We’re not filming. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but all the fans who have become like friends to me. I’m on social media daily with them and they were like, ‘What’s going on in your life? We want to see the kids.’ So, I decided I could wait for a network to give me the green light or I could go ahead and take matters into my own hands. So, on my website I decided to kind of reinvent reality and truly give them our home movies. We’re giving them mini episodes and it’s stuff we either film with our iPhones or flip cams.

CB: Have you ever had fans over for dinner?
TS: No! Now, I’m trying to think of names to give that. That would be fantastic! Oh my gosh, that would be amazing. I could do a dinner party and then they could come over.

CB: What happens if Liam turns around in five years and says he doesn’t want his home movies online?
TS: That’s a no brainer. The kids come first. Whatever they want. And if they choose to not be a part of this, then that’s fine with me. I’m fine scooping them all up and moving out of state, going somewhere and having a simple life on a farm. That would be really great for me. Right now what we do in our house is something I can control. I think it’s relatable, I think it’s what other mothers are going through. What I can’t control is when we leave our house and the people out there who take the pictures and the video and go with their own stories. I try to put our story out there to combat that.

CB: We love how you incorporate your name into your projects like your books sTORI Telling and celebraTORI.
TS: Tori’s the best name ever! When I was little, I used to think it was such a weird name. [I thought,] ‘Why can’t I just be a Jennifer, the cool girls are named Jennifer.’ And now, I’m like Tori is such a rad name. There’s so many possibilities with it.

CB: You are a crafting queen. What’s your holiday crafting tip?
TS:I’m obsessed with glue dots. My kids are like, ‘Let’s craft!’ And the glue goes everywhere, so now we use glue dots. Glue dots have saved our butt.

The Mistle-Tones premieres Sunday at 8 PM on ABC Family.

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