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ABC Family Summer Preview: ‘Twisted’

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The network’s latest mystery revolves around Danny Desai, a teenage boy, who may or may not be a murderer. Is he guilty? Or is he being framed? Check out our preview of ABC Family’s brand new drama.

Twisted follows troubled, 16-year-old Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), who has been released from a juvenile detention center where he served five years. Now home, he attempts to reconnect with his childhood friends Jo (Maddie Hasson) and Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) and repair his relationship with his mother, Karen (Denise Richards) while navigating a dramatically changed home life and the ups and downs of high school.

What You Can Expect:

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Photo Credit: ABC Family

1. The pilot opens with a dream sequence that’s something out of a horror movie. Jo and Lacey play on a swing-set when Danny approaches with a jump rope, apologizing for what he had to do. Flashing back to real time reveals that Tara Desai, Danny’s aunt, was murdered and Lacey discovered her body. Lacey is the pretty, popular girl, who dates the popular boy. Meanwhile, Jo is a social outcast, hiding beneath frumpy clothes with years of therapy behind her. The two share dreams of what happened that day with Danny. As if that’s not bad enough, Danny’s father disappeared after falling off a yacht months earlier. Hello, drama!

2. Denise Richards is fabulous as Karen Desai. She plays the role of the former social butterfly and socialite perfectly. (Plus, I always root for the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen, so I’m happy to see her return to TV.)

3. If you thought high school was difficult, it’s even worse when your former best friends and fellow high school students nickname you “The Socio” (the person who started the nickname really drives the dig in further – ouch!).

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Photo Credit: ABC Family

4. You’ll root for Jo and Danny and/or Lacey and Danny – and yes, I mean both romantically. Their chemistry is undeniable. Their scenes are sweet (even if Lacey acts outwardly bitchy it’s just a cover). And you’ll start dreaming up all the possibilities of what could have happened between them had this whole murder thing not happened. Danny’s return ends up making Jo happy in a way she hasn’t been in so long and it reels Lacey in a bit from being the high school mean girl. He almost locks lips with one girl in the premiere and the other isn’t afraid to speak up on his behalf while the other remains silent.

5. Danny doesn’t take everyone’s insults lying down. He’s not afraid to throw their personal dirt back in their faces, but one particular scene at a party will leave you a little on edge. It’s obvious the show will play up the whole did he or didn’t he factor. Someone tells Danny they know why he killed his aunt… and is later discovered beaten to death with a very specific item missing that Danny just happens to have.

Why You Should Watch:

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Photo Credit: ABC Family

Overall, the show is intriguing and mysterious, similar to Pretty Little Liars, so it makes sense that the network is pairing the shows. If Twisted can drive the story while answering questions and still maintaining some of its intrigue, ABC Family could have a serious hit on their hands. The pilot has strong story, characterization, and performance and will leave you anxious for the next episode. It’s worth the hour of your time, trust me.

Twisted premieres Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

About the author

Amber Cunigan

Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.

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