The other day, it hit me that Pretty Little Liars is going to be over soon, for good 😭 But after watching PLL, Freeform released a new series based off of Rebecca Serle’s book series Famous In Love. I decided to give the series a try. Thanks to YesMovies because I have already gone and watched Season 1 since it is all on there right now. If you haven’t made it to the end of the season or read the book, just beware of some of the stuff you could read!
Title: Famous In Love
Created By: I. Marlene King and Rebecca Serle
Released: April 18, 2017
Run Time: 41 – 45 Minutes
A college student’s big break in a Hollywood blockbuster leaves her navigating through an undeniable chemistry, and uncovering the truth about a missing popstar.
- Bella Thorne as Paige Townsen
- Charlie DePew as Jake Salt
- Georgie Flores as Cassandra “Cassie” Perkins
- Carter Jenkins as Rainer Devon
- Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn
- Keith T. Powers as Jordan Wilder
- Pepi Sonuga as Tangey Turner
- Perrey Reeves as Nina Devon
I wasn’t too sure about this show when I first heard about it. But I was pleased with some of the stuff that I did see in the show. It wasn’t one of those shows that I would watch a million times like Pretty Little Liars but it was one that I would watch season 2. I might as well just get with this review already.
Paige was once a regular college kid. She lived in California with her two best friends Cassie and Jake. Because they live in California, they hear about all the open calls in the area. Cassie drags Paige to the open call for the movie Locked, which she ends up beating out all the other celebrities considered for the role. Along the journey, Paige has to learn about all the struggles of becoming America’s Sweetheart and all the problems that come along with it.
The cast wasn’t my favourite cast in the world. There were parts where I questioned them. There were was times that I really liked them but others I didn’t. I was only familiar with one of the cast members when the show started but once it got to the third, I realised who another member was. I wasn’t a fan of Bella Throne when the show started but I am now! She’s adorable and her eyelashes are THE BOMB! I also realised that I knew who Carter Jenkins was because of a movie called Valentine’s Day. Believe it or not, he was the one who was dating Emma Roberts in the movie and had to run out of the house naked. Yep. AND HE IS IN ALIENS IN THE ATTACK *cue flashback music to my childhood*. I felt like if the cast was a little better, I would have enjoyed watching the show a little more than what I did.
In the show, I am Team Rainer. I know, go with the guy that is hot and has money. I could not stand Jake. I felt like he was a little self-centered and he never knew how to make a decision. I don’t feel like I connected well with him. To be completely honest, I don’t feel like I connected with any of the characters in the show.
I was expecting a lot more than what I got out of this show because of I. Marlene King. If you didn’t know, I. Marlene King is the mastermind behind Pretty Little Liars, which is one of my FAVOURITE shows. I was expecting there to be a little better plot and a little more drama placed into the show. I really loved the last episode since it leaves you questioning two things: who killed the man at the end and who will Paige end up with. I thought that the show was going to be a lot better planned than what it truly was. Does that mean I am giving up on I. Marlene King? Nope. Which is why I’m going to stick it out and watch season 2!
One thing I really did enjoy about this show was the fact that we got to see how stardom begins. Paige goes from being this boring college kid to being America’s Sweetheart. I loved getting to watch her audition and getting to watch how her old friends changed. The development of Paige as an actress was awesome (so was some of the character developments like Rainer) and I loved watching her lose friends and watching her gain friends. I also really liked her relationship with Rainer as well but who doesn’t?
DIVERSITY WAS EVERYWHERE IN THIS SHOW. I mean there is diversity in almost every show but I didn’t see so much diversity stuffed in one episode ever. And I loved it. I still question about Alexis’ sexuality because I know she came out as bisexual but I still question that. Recently I have been watching a lot of shows that really doesn’t include much diversity so this came as a shock.
Overall, I didn’t hate the show but I didn’t love the show. But I do know that I will be continuing the show if there is a second season, but then again, does any student not binge watch any TV show to just procrastinate?? 😂 If you liked Pretty Little Liars and you are wondering if this is anywhere close to it, the answer is no. It is not similar in any shape or form. You can see the little peaks of I. Marlene King when it came to the love triangle and the element of surprise but that’s really it.
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