“Pretty Little Liars” fans get a double treat on Oct. 22. That’s when the show’s annual Halloween special airs and the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff, “Ravenswood,” premieres.
Smith also talked to the cast of “Ravenswood,” including Tyler Blackburn, Nicole Anderson, Britne Oldford, Merritt Patterson, Brett Dier and Steven Cabral, about what’s in store for their scary new show.
Check out five spoilers about “Ravenswood” below and watch the extended interviews with the “Ravenswood” cast HERE.
1. Viewers will see a lot more of Caleb (Blackburn) and learn about his past.
“The fans will be happy to know that they see a lot more of Caleb,” Cabral said. Cabral plays Raymond Collins, the long lost uncle of Miranda Collins (played by Anderson) on the show. “He’s the star of the show. So, they’ll see a lot more of him and also go back into his history on his father’s side, I believe.”
Blackburn explained, “The town itself has the curse on it, but not every person in the town — not every person is affected by it, but the five of us are and it has to do with our ancestry. So, there’s a lot to uncover and it happens pretty quickly, you know, in the first few episodes. A lot goes down in the first few episodes.”
2. Hanna and Caleb’s relationship is not “immediately severed.”
Since Caleb is at the center of the action on “Ravenswood,” that means he has to leave Rosewood and Hanna (played by Ashley Benson) behind. But King explained that it may not be the end of Caleb and Hanna.
“It’s definitely not immediately severed,” King said of the teen couple’s relationship. “Caleb and Hanna have a very special relationship and as we are making these episodes of ‘Ravenswood’ and still writing the first season, we are discovering ourselves, as creators, what that relationship is going to morph into.”
3. Miranda is a kindred soul to Caleb.
King teased, “The characters of Caleb and Miranda, they meet in the Halloween episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ but they do discover they have a connection that is just really magical and at the same time mysterious.”
“As they get to know each other and we get to know them as characters, we will find out what draws them together and what draws them to Ravenswood,” she added.
Fans of ABC’s hit teen-drama Pretty Little Liars know Tyler Blackburn as Caleb Rivers, a street smart, bad-boy computer hacker. Though Blackburn insists that he does relate to the character of Caleb, he admits that they share little in common, adding, “I’m not computer savvy or technological in any way!”While Blackburn may not be the man to wire your stereo system, he’s definitely the guy you want on DJ duty. In addition to being arguably the nicest guy in LA, Blackburn has the most artfully curated playlist that you’ll ever hear. As Alt-J, James Vincent McMorrow and The Black Keys blasted throughout the set, I became less concerned with our photo shoot as I began to plot a strategy to jack his iPod.
Mr. Blackburn isn’t exactly a bad-boy either; determined not to become a Hollywood cliche’, Mr. Blackburn believes in forgoing the fast life and opting instead for a life of hiking, surfing and music. “You [don't] have to live some sort of crazy lifestyle with clubs and that sort of thing to be successful. A lot of people go that route, but I think right now is the perfect time to really map out what kind of career you want, so if you live that kind of life, it’s definitely a slippery slope.”
And it appears that Blackburn’s strategy is working; on April 30th, it was announced that the actor was the first to be cast in the supernaturally charged Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Ravenswood, premiering in October. With his character headed to the big leagues, Blackburn’s focused on marking the right career choices and striking a balance that’s often hard to achieve as a young actor.