We're not lying: The Lying Game is over.
Alexandra Chando, the star of the ABC Family drama, has confirmed via Instagram that the show will not be returning for a third season, leaving Bunheads as the network's only series whose renewal is undetermined. The young actress' post reads: "To our awesome #lyinggame fans, thank you for these two amazing seasons. Unfortunately, ABC Family has decided not to bring us back for a third season. We so wanted to do 10 more for you guys! Thanks for your support and keep up with the cast to see what’s next for us!"
With competition from ABC Family's newest summer series The Fosters and Twisted raking in the numbers, the series' moderate ratings left its fate hanging in the balance- until now. The honest truth is that the show, based on the book series by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard, never lived up to the high bar set by PLL. Sorry, Sara, but your addictive first series just can't be topped.
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It must be hard for the casting department at ABC Family, spending their days finding hot twentysomething dudes to take their shirts off on television. Their latest find? Ryan Rottman, whose character, Jordan Lyle, arrived in Scottsdale to stir up some trouble on Season 2 of The Lying Game.
Rottman's character is not a love interest for the twins at the center of the show's mystery, Sutton and Emma (both played by Alexandra Chando) — instead, he's already caught the eye of the twins' friend Mads (Alice Greczyn). One problem: Mads and Jordan have the same stepmother. Which mean's they're sort of related...but sort of not.
"It kind of is [weird], but it's not at all," Rottman tells Hollywood.com of the incest-y ick-factor involved in Jordan and Mads' super-hot hookups. "It's a very gray area. They don't have the same parents; they don't have the same blood. But yeah, it's a little strange."
Mads' new stepmother, Rebecca — also the twins' birth mother, but one of them doesn't know that yet — is Jordan's old stepmother. Now Jordan has moved in, making them one happy(ish), blended family. Yeah, this show is complicated.
"Now they're living in the same house, so Mads can't really hide from him anymore," Rottman says of the not-quite-couple's romantic future. "They'll be around each other 24/7. Jordan loves the pool — he's always swimming — so him out there and the two of them together, it's definitely going to ramp up the relationship quite a bit."
For the record, Rottman didn't know his character was going to be half-naked quite so often. "I wish I would've, because I would've worked out a little harder before I went to Austin [where the show is filmed]. Jordan's always shirtless, or always in the pool." Or a pink polo shirt, Hollywood.com suggests. "Exactly. He loves colors."
Although the attraction between Mads and Jordan doesn't seem like it'll wane any time soon, there's still a possibility that Laurel (Sutton and Emma's little sister, who had a crush on the newbie) could enter the picture. "There's still a potential," Rottman says. "Rebecca keeps pushing him to hang out with [Laurel] and to get closer to her, so it's always going to be there no matter how much his and Mads' relationship moves forward. There's always the possibility of it. I don't know if that's necessarily what Jordan wants, but them hanging out is always in the cards."
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Jordan's other big relationship on the show (not in the romantic sense) is with Ethan (Blair Redford), who at one point or another is either Sutton or Emma's love interest. "It's quite the motorcycle-riding bromance," Rottman says. "It's kind of funny, Ethan drives an older motorcycle and I drive a newer motorcycle, yet mine's always broken and I'm always taking it to him to fix. Our relationship stems from the fact that we both ride bikes. I think it's maybe that he wants to get close to Ethan to figure out what's going on with Sutton, not that his bike's actually broken."
Nobody new comes to town on this show without an agenda, and Rottman promises that Jordan does have his own reasons for being there. "He's definitely got an ulterior motive. It's a pretty big one," he says. "He's here to cause trouble and stir things up."
Unfortunately, we won't find out what it is until later in the season, but Rottman says it'll be worth the wait. "It's pretty interesting," he teases. Could he be helping out his stepmom? "Quite possibly," Rottman says. "He confides in her quite a bit because she's kind of like his parental figure, and she's always been there for him so he helps her when he's out there. It's pretty tangled."
Now that Alec (Rebecca's new husband and Mads' father) is out of jail and back at home, you'd think he might butt heads with his new sort-of stepson. But you'd think wrong — Rottman says the two actually get along. "They're a little closer than you'd think," he says. "They go out on little excursions together and actually end up hanging out. Their relationship kind of expands. They don't butt heads as much as you'd think they would."
Later on, "you figure out what Alec knows and what Alec doesn't know," Rottman says, "and why he's keeping Jordan close. He knows a lot more than he lets on."
In the meantime, expect more shirtlessness and more steamy makeouts with Mads. "I think the scene when Mads slaps Jordan and they go at it when Laurel sees him, it got pretty hot and heavy pretty quick. There's definitely more of that coming."
Also, you'll learn more about Jordan's place in the grand scheme of the show's mystery. "His role will be revealed, and he does it shirtless. On a motorcycle."
The Lying Game airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.
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ABC Family has continued to parlay the meteoric success of Pretty Little Liars into similar shows that have just about every teenage girl glued to her HDTV screen. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger has had network fans coming back for more every week to see Alexandra Chando’s bi-polar performances on The Lying Game, based on books by the Little Liars author. Fresh-faced Chando has taken on the role of both twin sisters Emma, the girl next door, and Sutton, who's akin to Regina George from Mean Girls. She took a break from her fabricated dual personalities to tease the March 5 season finale, filled with Emma and Ethan drama, potential infidelity and a questionable wedding. She, like fans of the show, is also dying for the network to give the green light for a Season 2. With that in mind, she gave Hollywood.com a few fantastic reasons to tune in:
Chando Plays Both The Twins Eddie Murphy Style “It’s fun, it’s a really good time, especially recently because Sutton has been such a riot. She has definitely been a trip to play ... The quick changeovers are challenging and trying to differentiate the two but the writing lends itself to differentiating them and it’s gotten a lot easier.” She Slapped Herself Last Week “I have a double, her name is Nicky and she plays my double whenever I’m Emma or Sutton. Tons of special effects for that with camera angles and yeah, they were behind her and they used her for the slap. I reacted to it and then turned around and changed into Emma, and we did the same thing and I slapped her.” She Has A Little Sutton In Her After All “I relate more to Emma, she comes more naturally to me but there are obviously parts of me sprinkled into Sutton a little ... I hate to say it ... Yeah, she is a brat but I think it comes from a place of self defense. She was really hurt in the last episode when Ethan told her she means nothing to him and from that her walls went back up.” Relationship Drama, Drama, Drama“Things that have been going on between Ted and Kristin, Kristin’s questioning of Ted and his infidelity, and everything kind of comes to a head in the finale. Emma and Ethan again, Ethan is doing his best to try and apologize and make things right, and Emma is really hurt. She is heart broken and having a hard time trusting him.” What's All this About a Wedding? “There’s a wedding between Alec and Rebecca, and the cliffhanger is pretty crazy. When I read it, my jaw was on the floor...The locket comes into play definitely in this episode and it brings about issues for Ted and Kristin for sure.” Ethan Makes A Discovery That Is So Secret, Chando Can't Make a Peep "I can think of one thing but ... yeah, I mmmm, I don’t know.” Season 2: To Be or Not to Be? “I’m very proud of all the work that we’ve all done and the first season. And there are talks of season 2. We’ve been doing really well in the ratings and ranking really well. I think we have a great show and are a great addition to the network. We’re just waiting on the network and hoping they feel the same way.” The Lying Game airs tonight 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Need more about The Lying Game? Find Mike Rothman on Twitter @TheRealRothman and as always, don't forget to follow Hollywood.com!
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