Separated twins search for birth parents in ABC Family's 'Lying Game'
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The folks at ABC Family sure are not fans of the Ninth Commandment. First there was "Pretty Little Liars," which turned out to be a hit. Now, there's also "The Lying Game" (9 p.m. Monday), which is from the same production company and based on a novel by the same author who wrote "Pretty Little Liars."
But "The Lying Game" also echoes the network's new summer series "Switched at Birth." Instead of two teens who grew up with the wrong families (one rich, one poor), identical twins Emma and Sutton (Alexandra Chando in both roles) were separated at birth with Emma suffering in a foster home and Sutton living in the lap of luxury. Now teenagers, Emma goes to see Sutton, who tells her she has a lead on the identity of their birth parents and Sutton orders Emma to live her life with her friends and adoptive family while she goes to investigate her lead.
Starring: Alexandra Chando.
At this point the show turns into a lighter, better executed version of the fall CW pilot "Ringer," which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters. Emma adapts to Sutton's friends, boyfriend and her other secret boyfriend while waiting for Sutton to come back before the pilot ends on a cliffhanger.
"The Lying Game" is not great television by any means but it's an adequate teen soap filled with attractive performers playing characters much younger than their actual ages, something the target audience for this type of series has come to expect.
First Published August 14, 2011 12:00 am