ABC Family Pitches Advertisers as 'Pretty Little Liars' Suspense Peaks

'Gilmore Girls' Creator Joins Network Lineup

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'Pretty Little Liars' stars Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell
'Pretty Little Liars' stars Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell Credit: ABC Family/Heidi Gutman

"Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino tossed a few more F-bombs than you might have expected to hear at ABC Family's upfront presentation on Monday, where she appeared in a top hat to help pitch the lineup to advertisers.

But the curses only showed how much she cares, she explained: "I'd rather the kids learn that word from me than in an alley somewhere."

Ms. Sherman-Palladino is bringing her quirky wit to ABC Family this summer in the original scripted series "Bunheads," starring Tony award winner Sutton Foster. The show, which focuses on a Las Vegas showgirl who starts working at her new mother-in-law's dance school, will premiere June 11 at 9 p.m.

"Bunheads" joins the network's popular series "Pretty Little Liars," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Switched at Birth," all of which were renewed.

Stars from those shows -- including Shailene Woodley from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," who also recently appeared with George Clooney in "The Descendants" -- chatted with ad execs and cheered on the network's eight years of consecutive growth.

ABC Family is also introducing a comedy called "Baby Daddy" and re-entering reality TV with "Beverly Hills Nannies" this summer, giving the network three nights of original programming.

"Pretty Little Liars" -- the top topic in TV on Twitter last year -- is again burning up social media as fans anticipate tonight's episode finally identifying "A," the show's mystery villain. Series creator Marlene King said "A" is just one person, contrary to some speculation, and will continue to play a major role in the third season starting June 5.

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