The Vampire Dairies alum Paul Wesley is teaming up with Pretty Little Liars creator I. Marlene King for new drama series TAPPED, now in development at Freeform.
Described as The Social Network meets Pretty Little Liars, Tapped follows three grad students who invent a hook-up app, becomes overnight millionaires and then must deal with unforeseen consequences and dangers that they let loose into society.
The pilot was adapted by Thomas Brandon from the unpublished memoir of Andrew Shaffer and King executive produces through her Long Lake Media. Wesley and Bob Levy will serve as EPs via their Citizen Media production banner, while Brandon will be a co-EP.
Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the cable arm of Warner Bros TV, is the studio.
King has stayed busy since bringing Pretty Little Liars to an end after seven seasons on Freeform. She is now developing a spinoff series, The Perfectionists, at the network, and also sheparding their Famous in Love, recently renewed for a second season. This development cycle, she is also working on two projects at ABC, modern-day Pride and Prejudice retelling Eligible and The Heiresses, set to star PLL actress Shay Mitchell.
Last year, Thomas developed drama series Transcience at The CW with Wesley’s TVD co-star Ian Somerhalder. That project ultimately did not go forward.
Linda Ge | TV Editor