New Originals Ad Throws Serious Shade at Pretty Little Liars

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Shade has officially been thrown! In a new ad for the CW's freshman show The Originals, they poke a little bit of fun at they're biggest competition — Pretty Little Liars. Now, the ad itself is pretty tame, but using PLL's signature black and red coloring, as well as the whole "A" thing, they ask viewers: "Is 'A' making you Angry? Agitated?" (You can watch the full ad HERE.)

Then they add, "Maybe the Answer is on Another channel." The ad has clips from the show, and urges fans to tune in and tweet about the show. It also mentions that their show is "Absolutely badass," and adds that it's the most popular new broadcast show among social media.

Now, everybody knows that the whole social media thing is TOTALLY PLL's thing — they're constantly breaking new Twitter records — so it's interesting to see that they'd use that angle. They really went there with this T.V. spot! It comes off as kind of a low blow, however, we do have to admit that the ABC Family show is starting to get more and more confusing as the week's go on. So maybe they thought this ad would really resonate with fans?

What do YOU think of this ad for The Originals? Did they take things too far? Or are they just having a little fun? Start the debate in the comments section!

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  • caitlin

    Hahaha Brilliant! I like pretty little liars (used to love but now growing bored they need to kick it up) , But I love the Originals (WAY better then the vampire diaries which again i loved but it went down hill)

  • Krissy

    The PLL fans and cast and writers were very #UnProfessional with their #UnOriginal tag. Seeing that it was started by the writers of the show is what makes it even more disgusting. The CW obviously wasn’t being “dicky” when they made the commercial. It was obviously a “playful jab” as mentioned. If the PLL stars who were hating on the CW show have anything to say, they should take it up with their network, not target the show. After all, it was ABC Family that allowed the commercial to air. It’s disrespectful to Claire Holt who is Rebekah on The Originals and played Samara in PLL. It’s even more awkward for Danielle Campbell who is young, plays Davina on The Originals and is casted as Hayley on Ravenswood (PLL’s spinoff which is quite awful, in my opinion). The way PLL’s writer Marlene King handled things was very unprofessional. The way some of the PLL/Ravenswood casts handled it was very unprofessional. And PLL owes the show an apology – especially to Claire and Danielle.

  • Bella

    Honestly, I think the ad is hilarious. <3 both shows

  • Sammy

    I don’t watch either show.