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Troian Bellisario Asks The Academy Not To Ignore Teen Shows When Choosing Emmy Contenders

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Actress Troian Bellisario, who is best known for her role as Spencer Hastings in the hit ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, has spoken up about teen television shows being written off as ‘fluff’ when being considered for an Emmy nomination.

Troian recently penned an article for the Hollywood Reporter, where she asks the TV academy to avoid being ageist when choosing the contenders for this year’s Emmy awards.

Take a look at what Troian had to say below, and don’t forget to catch PLL every Tuesday night on ABC Family.

Everyone says this is the golden age of television. There are so many wonderful shows, with new ideas and characters that push the envelope. There is an abundance of quality artists using their talents in this medium rather than just in film. And there are so many different ways to tell a story, a variety of styles and genres all being celebrated and explored. So why is it that with all the different types of shows being recognized this Emmy season, the ones like mine, “teen shows,” are written off as fluff? Guilty pleasures that are too youthful to exhibit accolade-worthy material. What if they are telling good stories too, just in a different way?

Let’s make a TV show about a woman: smart, charismatic, doing her best to deal with what life throws at her with the tools she was given in her youth. We could set this show in the hipster culture of Brooklyn and make it teeter on the edge between drama and comedy. We could make our audience cringe and laugh at an embarrassingly honest sex scene, only to cry a scene later at the raw pain of growing up. Or we could make a mockumentary set it in the absurd and ambitious world of American politics. Our audience would laugh in relief at our heroine, knowing that even if they have no idea what they’re doing in life, at least they’re not the vice president! We could stay in D.C., still focusing on ambition, but make our show grittier: a dark re-imagining of a Shakespearean ascent to power; or go west, keep the ambition and make our woman a fiercely maternal protector of a family torn apart by her husband’s greed-fueled journey from high school chem teacher to meth kingpin.

Girls, Veep, House of Cards and Breaking Bad could not be more different in their style of storytelling, and yet we love and value them all. I believe it’s because no matter how different the method of storytelling, they all seek to express the same thing: truth, truth that represents a human experience. Otherwise, we wouldn’t watch them. So, can there be truth in a teenage soap?

Many young men and women see something in their favorite teen show beyond the fashion, beyond the hair and the hashtags splattered across the screen: They see a version of their truth, their struggle to feel safe in high school, their loyalty to their best friend, their fear of their first broken heart. When a teenager likes a more mature show we congratulate them on their elevated taste, but when someone older enjoys a teen show, they hide it, they call it their “guilty pleasure.” Why? Weren’t you in high school once? Don’t you remember what it was like?

Teen shows are called silly and dumb, and maybe some of them are — maybe mine is — but if hyperfunny sitcoms, the darkest dramas — heck! even the musicals — are considered within the context of the style of their show, then why wasn’t Gossip Girl? Why isn’t The Vampire Diaries? My castmates attack their craft with curiosity and depth. My writers, directors and cinematographers have figured out how to keep their finger on the pulse of an ever-maturing audience. They might be telling stories about an omniscient cyberbullying supervillain (I know, what?!?), but they are also writing about the psychology of adolescence. Just ask your daughter.

I’m not comparing our show to any other show, I’m not comparing myself to any other actor (especially not Bryan Cranston —please God, no!), but as someone on a teen soap I can tell you that I work with a cast and crew that searches for those same human truths, and who strives to convey those truths with compelling depth and excellence. We are just beholden to a different style of storytelling. And that is also worthy of serious consideration.

Which teen show would YOU like to see nominated for an Emmy?


Nick Jonas’ Upcoming TV Show ‘Navy St.’ Gets a Name Change Before October Premiere

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Musician and actor Nick Jonas is set to return to television this fall, as he stars in the new DirecTV Drama series Navy St.

According to Deadline, the show has officially been renamed Kingdom, and is set to premiere on the Audience Network on October 8 at 9PM.

The series which consists of 10-episodes, centres around a mixed-martial arts gym in Venice, California.

Also starring in the upcoming series is Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Matt Lauria, with Jonathan Tucker, and Joanna Going co-starring alongside Nick.

We’re excited to find out more about the show before its premiere this fall!


WATCH: Sneak Peek of Ashley Tisdale & Emily Osment’s New Show ‘Young and Hungry’!

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Former Hannah Montana star Emily Osment will be returning to television in just a couple of weeks, as her new show Young and Hungry premieres on ABC Family!

The show, produced by Ashley Tisdale, follows: “Gabi, a bubbly blonde used to writing about food from behind a computer—until she gets an opportunity to cook as a personal chef for acclaimed tech guru Josh (Jonathan Sadowski).”

Be sure to tune into the series premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC Family!


Troian Bellisario’s Fiancé Patrick J. Adams Reveals Whether Or Not He Watches ‘Pretty Little Liars’

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Power couples like Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams often find themselves in different cities thanks to their busy work schedules, making it hard to find quality time together.

Troian and Adam have both been super busy over the past few years, as they work non-stop on their hit television shows. Troian is often in Los Angeles filming Pretty Little Liars, which just entered its fifth season, while Patrick films Suits in Toronto, Canada.

With such busy schedules, Patrick has admitted it makes it difficult to keep up with watching his fiancé’s show.

“I’m slow to it,” Patrick admitted while promoting Suits. “I think I’m mid-third season now.”

Must be difficult to keep up with each others shows when they both air during the summer! The fifth season of PLL premiered last night on ABC Family, while season four of suits will premiere tonight on USA at 9/8 central.


Pretty Little Liars Gets Renewed for 2 More Seasons!

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Pretty Little Liars fans rejoice!

The popular ABC Family show has just been renewed for two more seasons, and will continue with seasons 6 and 7 after the upcoming fifth season, which starts tonight.

According to Deadline, the sixth season is expected to run until mid-2015, with the seventh season running until mid-2017. Congrats to the shows stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, and Lucy Hale!

Don’t forget to tune into the fifth season premiere TONIGHT (June 10) on ABC Family at 8/7 central!


WATCH: Sneak Peek of Hilary Duff’s New Show ‘Younger’!

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Hilary Duff will be returning to the small screen this fall, as she takes on a new role in the new TV Land television series Younger.

The single-camera comedy will also star Sutton Foster in the 12-episode season, which will premiere this fall.

The show: “follows Liza (Foster), a single mother in her early 40s whose stalled publishing career is revitalized when she lies and passes herself off as a 20-something. The cast also includes Debi Mazar (Entourage) as Liza’s best friend Maggie, Miriam Shor (The Good Wife, GCB) as her temperamental boss Diana and Hilary Duff (Gossip Girl, Lizzie McGuire) as Liza’s new co-worker.”

Check out a quick clip from the show above!


Lucy Hale Dishes on Pretty Little Liars’ 5th Season and the fate of Ezria!

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Can you believe we’re already entering the fifth season of Pretty Little Liars?!

With the premiere of the new season just a day away, PLL star Lucy Hale sat down with E! News to chat about the upcoming season, and what’s in store for her character Aria Montgomery.

Lucy revealed that now that Ali has returned to Rosewood, all four girls will have to adjust having their old friend back from the grave.

“Yes they’re overjoyed that their friend is alive and back and they missed her, and they love her dearly but things are not the same as when she left,” Lucy explained. “They all kind of grew as individuals, and now that she’s back they can’t just pick up where they left off.”

Lucy also commented on what will happen between Aria and Ezra, after Ezra took a bullet for her in the season finale. Although Lucy didn’t say if she knew Aria would forgive Ezra for lying to her or not, she did call the new season “the season of forgiveness”. There’s still hope Ezria fans!

You can watch Lucy’s full interview right here.

Be sure to tune into the new season of PLL, starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9PM on ABC Family!


MTV Show ‘Faking It’ Gets a Second Season!

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The new MTV show Faking It will officially be returning for a second season!

News just broke that the comedy show has been renewed for a second season, which will comprise of ten new episodes. The show, starring Katie Stevens, Rita Volk, and Gregg Sulkin is about: “two best friends, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk), who love each other – in slightly different ways. After numerous failed attempts to become popular, the girls are mistakenly outed as lesbians, which launch them to instant celebrity status. Seduced by their newfound fame, they decide to keep up their romantic ruse.”

The cast took to twitter today to express their excitement about returning for another season:

Be sure to catch the first season finale tomorrow night at 10:30PM on MTV!