Keegan Allen & Ian Harding: ABC TCA Party ‘Liars’

Keegan Allen & Ian Harding: ABC TCA Party 'Liars'

Keegan Allen takes a few photos for himself at the ABC 2013 Winter TCA Tour party held at the Langham Hotel on Thursday night (January 10) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 26-year-old actor was joined by Pretty Little Liars co-star Ian Harding.

Earlier in the day, Keegan was seen at the TCA panel with Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario.

“Why do Ezria fans always assume the worst? They r the only couple who have been together since the pilot,” exec producer Marlene King tweeted after the panel ended.

DO YOU HAVE doubts about Ezra and Aria? 10+ pics inside…

Keegan Allen & Ian Harding: ABC TCA Party ‘Liars’

Keegan Allen & Ian Harding: ABC TCA Party 'Liars'

Keegan Allen takes a few photos for himself at the ABC 2013 Winter TCA Tour party held at the Langham Hotel on Thursday night (January 10) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 26-year-old actor was joined by Pretty Little Liars co-star Ian Harding.

Earlier in the day, Keegan was seen at the TCA panel with Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario.

“Why do Ezria fans always assume the worst? They r the only couple who have been together since the pilot,” exec producer Marlene King tweeted after the panel ended.

DO YOU HAVE doubts about Ezra and Aria? 10+ pics inside…

‘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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Troian Bellisario & Shay Mitchell: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ TCA Panel

Troian Bellisario & Shay Mitchell: 'Pretty Little Liars' TCA Panel

Keegan Allen, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell chat about Pretty Little Liars during the 2013 Winter TCA Tour held at Langham Hotel on Thursday morning (January 10) in Pasadena, Calif.

The trio joined executive producers I. Marlene King and Oliver Goldstick for the Q&A session with press.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shay Mitchell

“So sorry I can’t be at TCA’s for the PLL panel today as I’m in Nashville recording – or A has me…” actress Lucy Hale tweeted to her fans.

Ashley Benson is also pictured below, leaving Katsuya in Hollywood after dinner on Wednesday night (January 9).

FYI: Shay is wearing a Marc Jacobs Collection dress with Alexandre Birman shoes. Troian is wearing a Cameo dress with Herve Leger heels.

‘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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Keegan Allen Talks Toby’s Betrayal on ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Keegan Allen Talks Toby's Betrayal on 'Pretty Little Liars'

Late last year, we found out that Keegan Allen was a part of the “A” team on Pretty Little Liars — and it shocked us.

The 26-year-old actor sat down with Teen Vogue to answer a few questions about shedding his good-guy persona and what’s going to happen in the second half of the third season. Check it:

On going from good to bad: “We have brilliant writers. Everyone from Marlene King, who developed the show, to Sara Shepard, who wrote the books, to Oliver Goldstick, who runs the show, they all do something very interesting, and that’s pull from the bones of their favorite writers and favorite fictions. With the storyline of Toby, they pulled from the greatest story of all—the betrayal story. And you can’t just betray within the realm of Rosewood, you have to betray the audience. Tobias had been the moral compass of the show; I was shocked.”

On keeping it all a secret: “I knew about it for a very long time. I couldn’t tell my mom, I couldn’t tell anyone! Even Lucy [Hale]. She’ll come to the set on an off day and be like, ‘What’s going on, guys?’ Because, being the little firecracker that she is, she’ll try to figure it out. She came the day that we shot the reveal. They had Tyler, me, and Lindsey Shaw in black hoodies and we all did that turn-around. She was like, ‘Who’s going to be A?’ And I had to be like, ‘I don’t really know.’”

On breaking Troian Bellisario‘s heart: “She finds out in the most heartbreaking way. Even when I was shooting it, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so upset at my character.’ Troian‘s really good; she was like, ‘Just don’t even look at me.’”

Pretty Little Liars returns NEXT WEEK on ABC Family.

Twitter Chatter: The Best Celebrity TwitPics of the Week

Last week, our favorite celebrity Twitter pictures were filled with Christmas cheer. But now that it’s the week of the new year — HAPPY 2013! — the latest batch is filled with NYE parties, relaxing days in the sun (so jealous of Shay Mitchell and Justin Bieber right about now), and even manly manicures. (Yeah, we see you, Tyler Blackburn.)

Check out the best TwitPics of the week below, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!


Ariana Grande

@ArianaGrande <3

Nina Dobrev

@ninadobrev I’m getting married!!!!!!!!

Kevin Jonas

@kevinjonas Happy new year!!!! Thanks @deleasa

Kendall Jenner

@KendallJenner rainy, lazy, kissy, shopy

Amber Riley

@MsAmberPRiley Found my New Year’s dress at Neiman’s on sale, I love a good sale. The dress is by Theia.

Keegan Allen

@KeeganAllen #MTV New Years @longhaired_child #shadesofgrey @fcuk (wearing A gloves)

Francia Raisa

@therealfrancia Just living

Carlos Pena

@thecarlospena ONLY 1bag for 4days …. @vegaalexa hmmmm this should be interesting…

Zendaya Coleman

@Zendaya96 this float was AMAZING!!!! #carsland #roseparade

Blake Jenner

@Blake_Jenner Playing some basketball with the kids at Miami Children’s Hospital

Ashley Benson

@AshBenzo Rage @taylorjacobsonn

Miley Cyrus

@MileyCyrus Raiding @jacquelinerezak house ❤❤❤ fashion

Julianne Hough

@juliannehough Rye Ants Eek Rest… Mad gab… Hilarious!!!! Answer: @ryanseacrest glad I got it right phew!!!

Rihanna

@Rihanna Good morning! Still haven’t slept lol #hello2013

Kim Kardashian

@KimKardashian New year, new beginnings!

Cody Simpson

@CodySimpson surf eat surf eat sleep @thejakethrupp @oliver_crane

Victoria Justice

@VictoriaJustice How do I wear shorts when it’s cold out? W/ tights, a velvet blazer & fun nails of course

Selena Gomez

@selenagomez “Blessed”

Joe Jonas

@joejonas HAPPY NEW YEARS KIDS!

Shay Mitchell

@shaymitch Posting another blog tomorrow from my travels in #Palawan at @el_nido_resorts @elnidoresorts … Can’t wait to go back!

Justin Bieber

@justinbieber Me and @liltwist in the jungle -photo credit @ryanbutler

Chord Overstreet

@chordoverstreet What u know about that? Some beach!! @blakeshelton Happy New year bud!

Heather Catania

@heathercatania Real men get pedicures in a blizzard. Right, @longhaired_child & @chrisgalya?

Trace Cyrus

@TraceCyrus Happy New Year!!! Make 2013 the best year of your life!

Ryan Murphy

@MrRPMurphy Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes. Logan is one week old and doing great. Happy new year!

Kylie Jenner

KylieJenner

Kevin McHale

@druidDUDE NYE 2013! @oli1117 @marcoesposito91

Lucy Hale

@lucyhale Ladiiiiessss

Nick Jonas

@nickjonas

Debby Ryan

@TheDebbyRyan You guys are my New Years Eve kisses.

Wilmer Valderrama

@wilmervalderrama New Years here we go!!! And we got take off!!!!

Sarah Hyland

@sammydroke My New Years Day 🙂 #ontopoftheworld #reflection #perspective

Lea Michele

@msleamichele Happy New Year! So excited for 2013!

Sammy Droke

@Sarah_Hyland Hope you all got your NYE Kiss! I know mine was perfect 🙂 @mattpro13 Happy New Year!!!

Little Mix

@LittleMixOffic Heres to 2013! Lets make it just as good as this year! Love my girls, team n mixers 🙂 #HappyNewYear xxJadexx

Alexa Vega

@alexavega “Isle of dreams” Photo cred: LoS 🙂

Bella Thorne

@bellathorne What’s on my face?!?! Hehe home made masks with @dani_thorne @kailithorne

Ashley Tisdale

@ashleytisdale Snow bunny #mammothmountain #teamgoodtime

Want More? Here Are the Best Pics from Last Week!

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Keegan Allen Talks Fan Reaction to Toby’s Betrayal: ‘A lot of People Trusted Him’ (VIDEO)

When Toby (Keegan Allen) was revealed as part of the “A” team on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, fans we’re upset, as expected.

“A lot of people trusted him, including the characters on the show,” Allen told Celebuzz at TV Guide Magazine’s Hot List Party in Los Angeles, Calif.. “And real people felt a connection that was very deep and they were shattered when they found out he was not really who he was.”

Allen received the “Hot Betrayal” honor from the magazine on the 2012 Hot List.

The actor told us that he knew about the betrayal for a while before the big reveal. “I knew really early on,” he said. “They told me and I thought they were joking. I was surprised.”

Allen also revealed that when the show returns in January, he and his fellow “A” team member, Mona (Janel Parrish) will be teaming up.

In addition, Allen spilled, “you won’t find out why Toby is ‘A’ or what he’s doing. There’s a whole bunch of other storylines and we’ll find out more about Alison and what happens to her.” Though, it’s possible he might have misspoke about viewers not finding out about why Toby is “A,” because clearly that something fans want to know.

Watch Allen’s entire interview above.

The second half of Season 3 of Pretty Little Liars premieres Jan. 8 at 8 PM on ABC Family.

What are you most excited for on Season 3B? Sound off in the comments below!

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Greer Grammer: TV Guide Hot List with Sasha Pieterse & Keegan Allen

Greer Grammer: TV Guide Hot List with Sasha Pieterse & Keegan Allen

Greer Grammer and Sasha Pieterse hit the red carpet at the 2012 TV Guide Hot List party held at the Skybar at Mondrian Hotel on Monday night (November 12) in West Hollywood, Calif.

Sasha‘s Pretty Little Liars costar Keegan Allen was honored with “Hot Betrayal.”

Inside the party, guests fun snacks provided by Popchips, and red velvet mini cupcakes from Carousel Cupcakes. They left with VIP gift bags filled with GKHair haircare products, Popchips, Chikara by Ginsu Knives, Handcandy headphones, Hawaiian Springs water, a special gift from Peace Frogs, and more!

FYI: Sasha is wearing a Naeem Khan mini dress. Greer wore a Backstage dress, Stella & Dot necklace and Jimmy Choo heels.


New ‘Pretty Little Liar’s Gallery Pics!

New 'Pretty Little Liar's Gallery Pics!

Check out this brand-new shots of the Pretty Little Liars cast!

Back on January 8th, star Shay Mitchell dished to Zap2It about what’s going to happen.

“The girls are going to have to just jump back from this as well, just as the did with the midseason finale — one of the girls is really going to hit her breaking point,” she shared.

Shay added about the Toby situation, “He [Keegan Allen] plays that character very well, because even I’m like, ‘Is he good? is he bad?’ It will be very interesting if Spencer ever does find out.”

Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Tyler Blackburn, Ian Harding, Brendan Robinson, and Drew Van Acker are also pictured below.

30+ pics inside..