Imagine a TV drama that’s part Gossip Girl, part Dynasty, and part Pretty Little Liars all wrapped in one: that’s Shay Mitchell’s next project and your inevitable next TV obsession, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell and Pretty Little Liars show runner I. Marlene King are teaming up for ABC to create The Heiresses, based on the book series from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. (The network made a put-pilot commitment, which is basically a guarantee the show will be picked up.) Mitchell will star and King will write and executive produce.
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As THR describes it, the show is “a family soap with a mystery twist, set in the diamond world. The Saybrooks are a household name. They have been blessed with great fortune, but cursed with epic loss. The events surrounding a deadly crash a year ago drove a wedge between the once-inseparable diamond empire heiresses. But when an unspeakable tragedy brings the cousins back together, they create a truly unbreakable bond. They set to solve the mystery of who wants the Saybrook family dead before one of them is the next target.”
King is also working on Pretty Little Liars spinoff The Perfectionists for Freeform, which will star former PLL actresses Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish. Mitchell, meanwhile, is additionally working on TV drama You for Lifetime, which co-stars Penn Badgley (aka Dan Humphrey). She plays Peach Salinger, a rich queen bee who is basically the Blair Waldorf of the series. Badgley, suitably, is a Dan-esque bookstore manager trying to use technology to make Peach’s friend, an aspiring writer, fall in love with him.