The Lying Game

ABC Family Lying Game TV showNetwork: ABC Family
Episodes: 30 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: August 15, 2011 — March 12, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Alexandra Chando, Allie Gonino, Alice Greczyn, Blair Redford, Andy Buckley, Helen Slater, Christian Alexander, Kirsten Prout, and Sharon Pierre-Louis.

TV show description:      
Inspired by the Sara Shepard book series of the same name, this TV show follows long-lost twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer (both played by Alexandra Chando).

Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins are reunited as teenagers, they keep it a secret. After finally meeting face to face, Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while the real Sutton tires to find their biological parents in Los Angeles. But when Sutton doesn’t return when promised, Emma knows something’s amiss.

Laurel (Allie Gonino) is Ted and Kristin Mercer’s biological daughter who’s the same age as Sutton and Emma. A sassy and sarcastic teenager, she unwittingly becomes a good source of information for Emma about the Mercer family.

Ethan Whitehorse (Blair Redford) is an edgy “bad boy” who’s the brother of a local police officer. After “Sutton” accuses him of stalking her, he realizes that the young woman he has been secretly dating is actually not who he thought she was. He proves to be a loyal guy and is willing to act as Emma’s confidant as they both await Sutton’s return.

Nisha Randall (Sharon Pierre-Louis) is Sutton’s rival and fellow star tennis player.

Two of Sutton’s best friends are Charlotte “Char” Chamberlin (Kirsten Prout) and Madeline “Mads” Rybak (Alice Greczyn). Chaz has a happy demeanor that masks the fact that her mother has just returned for another stint in drug and alcohol rehab.

Meanwhile, Mads is a cool, intelligent high school student and ballerina. Her mother left the picture years ago, and her father Alec (Adrian Pasdar) is trying to turn a new leaf with his family as he continues to hide the indiscretions of his past. Mads is very close to her older brother Thayer (Christian Alexander). Neither Chaz nor Mads realize that their best friend has been replaced.

Series Finale:     
Episode 30 — To Live For
Dan discovers evidence in Theresa’s murder that points directly to Rebecca, but when the police try to arrest her, she has vanished.

Meanwhile, Ethan tells a devastated Emma he needs to be there for his brother — which means not being involved with Emma anymore. Everyone gathers for a charity benefit in Theresa’s name, where Rebecca gets Alec alone on the roof saying she’s discovered the real identity of the murderer.

As Ted is about to come clean to Kristin about the twins once and for all, Alec crashes through the skylight, falling to the ground in the middle of the event. A new discovery is later made about Thayer.
First aired: March 12, 2013.


What do you think? Do you like The Lying Game? How long do you think this TV show should continue?

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  1. ASFord says

    I agree with Emma> I really enjoyed that show and ABC didn’t give it a chance. I wish that it was back on. I find myself most evenings going online watching reruns of my favorite shows and shows that have been canceled. Most of the new shows are junk….which is why most only last 1 season. There are very few shows that last more than 2 or 3 seasons anymore. its almost like new shows are developed with no real thought, money spent, actors hopes are up, we as consumers think “oh a new season line-up of new shows”…only to be let down and disappointed again.

  2. Emma says

    Seriously… Bring it back. ABC Family has a bad habit of starting TV shows that get cancelled within one season leaving countless open ends. The Lying Game being one of those shows. But the thing with this show is that there were many directions they could have taken it; it wouldn’t have gone off the deep end (like some of their other shows that are still on the air…*cough* Pretty Little Liars *cough*). It had a great cast and the show always kept my attention. I was more disappointed about the canceling of this show than I think any other show out there. They need to renew this show before it gets too late and the cast gets too late and people forget about it!!! If ABC Family doesn’t renew it for another season, I sure hope Netflix will consider it!

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