Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Won’t Air Season 2 And Here Is Why

To the disappointment of millions across various states, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists will not air as long as its prequel Pretty Little Liars, which aired for seven seasons with a total of 160 episodes. The new drama-thriller was not renewed for a second season according to reports from the show’s network. As a result, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists leaves millions of its followers with more questions than answers about the future of both the professor and students of Beacon Heights University, especially as the last episode of the first season came to a dramatic end in May 2019.

Why won’t there be a second season of the entertaining mystery drama series despite a positive response from critics? Find out the answers to these and more as you read further.

The Plot of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Beacon Heights, a town that seemed perfect, is turned upside down by the murder of Nolan Hotchkiss; from that moment, lies and secrets get unveiled with everyone is needing alibis. Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, frenemies turned partners-in-crime, then get involved in the complicated lives of Caitlin Park-Lewis, Dylan Walker and Ava Jalali, three University students with dark pasts and connections to Nolan Hotchkiss.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is a follow-up TV series of the teen drama mystery series Pretty Little Liars. While the original show was still being aired, I. Marlene King, came up with a plan to adapt another show from Sara Shepard’s novel series The Perfectionists. She made the announcement of adapting the new series sometime in November 2014. She also confirmed that the new series would be a Pretty Little Liars’ sequel.

Production of the series began in 2018 just after the conclusion of Pretty Little Liars. Two stars, Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, from the original series, were brought in to be part of the show as its main cast. They reprised their roles as Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal respectively. Filming of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists began on October 17, 2018, with other key actors like Kelly Rutherford, Sofia Carson, Graeme Thomas King, Eli Brown and Sydney Park joining the list of the show’s cast members. The whole process was eventually wrapped up on January 23, 2019, and on March 20th, the TV series premiered on Freeform.

Why Was Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Cancelled?

Expectations placed on the show were high as a result of the success of its mother show. Fans of Pretty Little Liars quickly switched their attention to Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists but the shocking news about its cancellation after the first season left many wondering if the show was below the standard of its producer and below the expectations of the network.

Judging by critics’ responses and ratings, the series got a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but this was based on just 11 reviews. On IMDb, it earned almost equal ratings as its original show did; it was rated 7.2/10 from 2,684 reviews but the original earned its 7.4/10 ratings from 144,615 reviews.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) with castmates in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

One of the problems which led to Freeform canceling the show was that it did not have the number of viewer statistics as the original series did. Adding to its low viewing stats was its social media following, which was low as well.

Pretty Little Liars holds the record for the highest-rated show aired on Freeform while its spin-off series has recorded one of the lowest-rated scripted series on the cable network – this is one of the major reasons why Freeform canceled the show. The cancellation was announced on September 27, 2019.

Other Facts To Know About The Show

• Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists premiered on March 20, 2019, and its 10th and last episode aired on March 22, 2019.

• The story takes place at Beacon Heights University and the surrounding town and follows three over-achieving students.

• Each episode of the series ran for about 41-43 minutes and like its prequel, the show has a knack for giving its viewers more than one villain at once.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is the second spinoff of Pretty Little Liars, the first was Ravenswood which starred Tyler Blackburn who reprised his role as Caleb Rivers from the original series.


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