/// ABC Family Upfront Is a Table Read and Screening of Pretty Little Liars

March 19, 2014  |  Media Week

ABC Family isn't messing with success: this evening's upfront took place in the form of a table read (followed by a screening) of the season finale for Pretty Little Liars, one of the most popular shows on television in the teen/young adult demo (women 12-34). Rather than screen new material, the network is simply deepening its bench: no new series green lights were announced, but executives have commissioned three new pilots. The first and most interesting, Alice in Arabia, has caused controversy despite having only been in the news for a few hours. The drama follows a teenage American girl kidnapped by her extended Saudi Arabian family who “is held a virtual prisoner in her grandfather's royal compound.” Written by a former U.S. Army cryptolinguist who supported NSA missions in the Middle East, the plot summary for the pilot generated controversy with a line about the protagonist trying to get home “while surviving life behind the veil.” (Anti-Islamic sentiments frequently single out veils and head scarves.) So there were plenty of tweets like this online:

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