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ABC Family Renews The Lying Game for Season 2

Alexandra Chando and Blair Redford

ABC Family is planning to lie a lot more: The network has renewed The Lying Game for a second season.

The Ringer-esque series follows... read more

All My Children's Susan Lucci Talks About That Shocking New Chapter in Her Memoir

Susan Lucci

Why'd she do it? All My Children star Susan Lucci tells TV Guide Magazine that the scorching new chapter in the paperback edition of her book All My Life — in which she blasts ABC Daytime chief Brian Frons as "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance" — was written at the request of her publisher, HarperCollins.

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The Lying Game: Who's Who and How Is It Different From the Books?

Alexandra Chando

ABC Family's The Lying Game may be based on the book of the same name, but the similarities pretty much end there.

"People who have loved the book will still get the tone in the series, but it takes on a life of its own," executive producer Charles Pratt, Jr. (Melrose Place) tells TVGuide.com. "Everybody you see on this show is somehow tied into the mystery, which is probably our biggest departure."

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ABC Family Gets Into The Lying Game

Alexandra Chando

ABC Family has picked up the one-hour drama The Lying Game, the network announced Tuesday.

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Based on the novel from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard , The Lying Game centers on... read more

All My Children Names Chuck Pratt Headwriter

All My Children courtesy ABC

This just in from ABC:Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group announced today that Emmy Award-winning writer Charles Pratt, Jr. will serve as headwriter and consulting producer for All My Children. Mr. Pratt will begin on June 23, 2008."Charles Pratt, Jr. is a master storyteller. His talents in writing today’s biggest primetime hits in conjunction with his vast experience with daytime dramas will undoubtedly elevate All My Children stories in new and exciting directions," says Mr. Frons. "I am incredibly excited to welcome Chuck as headwriter of All My Children. I look forward to his contemporary storytelling sensibility, his warmth and sense of humor enriching the entire canvas of Pine Valley," says executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.Mr. Pratt served as co-headwriter of General Hospital from 2002-2006. His additional TV credits include Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, in addition to Melrose Place, Titans, Manchester Prep, Sunset Beach, Pacific P... read more

Affairs of the Heart: Actress Spills ABC Sudser's Secrets

Samantha Mathis, A Stranger's Heart

Looking for a good cry? In Hallmark Channel's A Stranger's Heart (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET), Samantha Mathis plays Callie, an all-business magazine reporter who in the wake of a heart transplant comes to embrace life and love anew, while finding herself feeling a strange connection to both a little girl and a cute guy she doesn’t know. What ultimately comes to light... well, that's Hallmark's tale to tell. TVGuide.com spoke with Mathis about this real heart-tugger, as well as pumped her for details on what may be the sexiest and steamiest ABC sudser you will never get the chance to see. TVGuide.com: OK, let's get this over and done with: I understand that one reason you took on this Hallmark project is because the script had a lot of "heart" in it?Samantha Mathis: Ohhh... ba-dum-b read more

In the Works: ABC Gets in Bed with Guy Ritchie

Among the latest pilot orders, ABC has greenlit Suspect, a procedural from director/executive producer/Mr. Madonna Guy Ritchie, and examining all the suspects in a crime, while Fox has given its blessing to The Apostles, a crime drama penned by Desperate Housewives' Charles Pratt Jr.Elsewhere, HBO has ordered a total of 45 half-hour episodes of In Treatment, a drama starring Gabriel Byrne and based on a critically acclaimed Israeli series. The cabler has also picked up the comedy series 12 Miles of Bad Road, starring Lily Tomlin. read more

Life is looking good for General...

Natalia Livingston and Tyler Christopher, General Hospital

Life is looking good for General Hospital's Tyler Christopher, who plays brooding prince Nikolas Cassadine. Per his official website, the Daytime Emmy nominee has landed a role in Secrets of a Small Town, an ABC drama pilot created by GH co-head writer Charles Pratt Jr. Guess it helps to have friends in high places! Pratt's modern-day Peyton Place is a mystery yarn about a sleepy-seeming hamlet that's rocked by a cheerleader's murder. But before fans freak out — "Is Tyler leaving us?!" — let's wait and see if Secrets actually gets ABC's greenlight after the pilot is made. C'mon now, breathe.

On the personal front, the word is that Tyler recently resumed dating GH costar Natalia Livingston (Emily read more

PILOT TALK: MORE FROM HOUSEWIVES EXEC

The latest news from Greenlit Pilot Land: ABC has OK'd Secrets of a Small Town, a sudser about the fallout from the murder of a teenage girl and disappearance of her sister, to be executive-produced in part by Desperate Housewives producer Charles Pratt Jr., as well as a single-camera comedy starring Bonnie Hunt as a divorced detective. Elsewhere, NBC has picked up Lipstick Jungle, Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell's comedy about a trio of power-hungry NYC ladies. read more

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