After teasing fans with a Halloween prequel, Season 2 is set to continue on Mon., Jan. 2 at 8PM ET. The third season will likely launch this summer and be 24 episodes.
Series star Shay Mitchell broke the story on Twitter and Zap2It confirmed the news.
"Picked up for a third season of 'Pretty Little Liars' !! Congrats to all the cast & crew! I can't wait to see what 'A' has in store for us!"
The series has delivered strong numbers for ABC Family. Its midseason finale was watched by about 2.5 million viewers. The Season 2 premiere was watched by a season high of 3.7 million viewers.
In the past, the series has been praised by GLAAD for its portrayal of gay teenagers.
"Programs like 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Greek' have woven gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters into their stories in a way that mirrors the diversity of our community and the experiences of younger generations," Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in a statement. "Viewers expect to see television environments that accurately reflect what it's like to be a young adult, and today that includes young adults who happen to be gay."
Some, but not all of the LGBT characters on TV.
- Kalinda, 'The Good Wife'
- Emily, 'Pretty Little Liars'
- Owen, 'The Good Wife'
- Mitchell, 'Modern Family'
- Brittany, 'Glee'
- Cam, 'Modern Family'
- Callie, 'Grey's Anatomy'
- Kurt, 'Glee'
- Arizona, 'Grey's Anatomy'
- Blaine, 'Glee'
- Alice, 'The Playboy Club'
- Santana, 'Glee'