Freeform has decided to drop the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists” after a single season.
The Disney-owned cable network has canceled the series after its first 10-episode season ended on May 22. After the success of the flagship show Pretty Little Liars, Freeform gave the go signal for a spinoff in May of last year. This came a year following the end of the series’ seven-season long run. Pretty Little Liars starring Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, and Lucy Hale is the cable channel’s most successful original series to date.
But as it turns out, spinoffs are not the answer to extending the success of an original series. The Perfectionists stars Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish who hail from the original cast. Its story follows their characters Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal as they navigate through working in a university. See the promo trailer for the series below:
Starring alongside them are actors Eli Brown, Hayley Erin, Graeme Thomas King, Kelly Rutherford, Sydney Park, and Sofia Carson.
The series’ viewership couldn’t reach that of Pretty Little Liars. The flagship series reached 2 million per episode in its final season’s seven-day airings. Episodes of The Perfectionists only average under 600,000 views a week. The spinoff is loosely based on a book from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard.
Now, Freeform’s lineup of original series is down to The Bold Type, Grown-ish, Siren, Cloak and Dagger and The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble. The network is set to roll out Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Motherland: Fort Salem next year.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.