×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Remote Controlled: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ EP Marlene King Teases Final Episodes and Emison’s Future

Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

This week’s episode features Variety TV reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister in conversation with Marlene King, creator of “Pretty Little Liars” and new series “Famous in Love.”

Pretty Little Liars,” Freeform’s top-rated show, debuted the first of its final ten episodes this week. King says the decision to end the show wasn’t easy, but felt right. “It’s extremely bittersweet,” she says. “I think we all felt like it was time to end the show, that it was the right thing to do and it’s the right time to say goodbye to Rosewood and all of our characters that we love so much. It was super, super sad, but it felt right, too.”

However, as one show signs off the air, another signs on: King’s newest addition to Freeform’s line-up, “Famous in Love,” a coming-of-age Hollywood story, starring former Disney actress Bella Thorne as an unknown who gets the role of a lifetime after a chance audition that catapults her into super-stardom. King admits that working on “Pretty Little Liars” prepped her to take on “Famous in Love,” which like “PLL,” is based on a book.

“Bella was the one who brought the book to me and I read it,” King reveals. “Coming off of seven years of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and watching these girls go from unknowns to starlets to stars, I felt like I just know so much about that and have been so much part of that world, it would be easy for me to figure out how to crack this nut of a TV show.”

As for what to expect during the last leg of “Liars,” King reveals there will be a wedding. “It is a season of homecomings, it’s a season of reunions, a lot of full-circle moments. I’m a hopeful romantic, so that gives you a little bit of a hint.” Every mystery from the series will be solved, including who killed Charlotte, who killed Mrs. DiLaurentis and, of course, Uber A’s identity. King says the big reveal comes at the beginning of the last episode.

“I love the Emison fans,” King says of Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse), who’ve been dubbed on social media as “Emison.” “I’m very passionate about them, and they’re very passionate about this couple and their journey together, and they’ve been very vocal on social media about wanting to hear Alison discuss her sexuality because it hasn’t really been discussed. She hasn’t really verbalized it — is she straight? Is she gay? Is she bi? What is she? In these last ten episodes, that’s a big part of her story and it’s a big part of her story with Emily.”

Asked about a potential revival of the series, “It’s the end — the end for now,” she says. “But I feel like this world is so rich, and our fans are so loyal and so passionate and we’re so grateful to them. The fans have so much power in this story, and I think they’ll find a way to say, ‘This is how you should do it.'”

You can listen to this week’s podcast here:

New episodes of Remote Controlled are available every Friday.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Cara Delevingne'Carnival Row' TV show premiere,

    Amazon Prime Video Signs Distribution Deal With Altice Europe (EXCLUSIVE)

    Amazon Prime Video has unveiled its first distribution deal with a telco in France, signing a pact with Altice Europe, which owns leading French internet, mobile and cable-TV provider SFR. The deal will give SFR customers access to the service via their set-top boxes, which is crucial in France, where households still consume content mostly [...]

  • Courtney Kemp Agboh'Power' TV show final

    'Power' Creator Courtney A. Kemp On Why Starz Series Hasn't Gotten Awards Recognition

    “Power” is a top ratings performer for Starz and has a hugely committed fanbase, but the series has lacked in its awards recognition. Other than honors from the NAACP Image Awards, “Power” has not received any awards or nominations from the Emmys, Golden Globes or SAG — something that star and executive producer Curtis “50 [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Breaking Bad

    'Breaking Bad' Movie Release Date, Title and Plot Revealed

    The “Breaking Bad” movie is coming to Netflix sooner than you might think. The film, titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” is now set to be released on Netflix on Oct. 11, according to a report from the New York Times, with Aaron Paul returning as the series’ popular meth cook Jesse Pinkman. Jesse [...]

  • Laurence FishburneNational Memorial Day Concert Dress

    Laurence Fishburne to Produce 'Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur' Series for Disney Channel

    Laurence Fishburne is stepping into the animation game. The “Matrix” star is set to executive produce “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series which has been given the greenlight at Disney Channel. Based on Marvel’s comic book series, the show hails from from Disney Television Animation and follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • 'The Simpsons' Producers on Disney, Spinoffs

    'The Simpsons' Producers Talk Potential Disney Spinoffs, Confirm Apu Will Remain

    “The Simpsons” has never shied away from lampooning Disney over the years, but maybe that’s no longer the case. Homer, Marge and co. are of course now part of the Disney family and made their first appearance at the Mouse House’s D23 Expo convention, where the show’s producers were asked plenty of questions about what [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content