Coming to Your Screen: The Lying Game
Get ready for a summer full of lies! The same network that brought Sara Shepard's entertaining Pretty Little Liars series to the screen will premiere a show inspired by her latest, The Lying Game, on August 15 at 9/8c. Don’t expect this series to follow the books too closely though. When executive producers Charles Pratt, Jr., Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo started this project, only the first book had been written. The book’s premise is that identical twins Sutton and Emma were separated at birth. Sutton was adopted by a wealthy family while Emma wound up in foster care. When Emma’s creepy foster brother shows her a video of a girl who looks exactly like her, Emma discovers she has a twin. Already there are some major differences between the first book and the show.
In the book, an excellent murder mystery develops as Emma, who never meets Sutton, becomes her twin through a misunderstanding she fails to correct when an unknown person threatens her. From there, Emma attempts to figure out who killed Sutton and why someone wants her to pretend she’s Sutton. The show's press release states the teens meet and plan on Emma posing as her twin. Emma gets locked into the role when Sutton doesn’t return home at the appointed time. Regardless of the differences, The Lying Game is sure to provide a suspenseful summer of drama as Emma attempts to figure out what happened to Sutton while putting her own life in jeopardy. Alexandra Chando of the defunct As the World Turns stars in the dual role of Emma and Sutton. Other cast members include Tyler Christopher (General Hospital), Blair Redford (90210), and Andy Buckley (The Office).