Popular YA mystery One of Us is Lying gets series order at Peacock

ONE OF US IS LYING -- Pictured: "One of Us Is Lying" logo -- (Photo by: Peacock)
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Popular YA novel One of Us is Lying is coming soon to a small screen near you, with an eight-episode series on NBC streaming platform Peacock.

NBC streaming service Peacock has given a series order to an adaptation of the bestselling YA novel One of Us is Lying

Karen M. McManus’ bestselling book has a distinctly Pretty Little Liars vibe and follows the story of a group of five high school students who all receive detention together. This group is comprised of Bronwyn, the brain; Addy, the beauty; Nate, the criminal; Cooper, the athlete; and Simon, the outcast, who also happens to be the creator of Bayview High’s most notorious gossip app.

But only four of them make it out alive. And in the wake of this shocking death, everyone’s a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Darío Madron, the co-creator of popular Netflix series Elite, has been tapped to executive produce the new series. (So, you already know he’s skilled at telling exactly a similar sort of dark teen story.)

Eight episodes have been ordered, and the series features an ensemble cast starring Marianly Tejada (The Purge), Cooper van Grootel (Go!), Annalisa Cochrane (Into the Dark: Pure), Chibuikem Uche (Ghost Draft), Barrett Carnahan (Grown-ish), Jessica McLeod (You Me Her) and Melissa Collazo (Swamp Thing).

McManus herself shared the breakdown of which actor is playing which character on her Instagram.

Given how long Pretty LIttle Liars managed to stay on the air, there’s certainly an appetite for this sort of series, and if One of Us is Lying is successful there’s no reason to think it won’t be able to run for quite a while. McManus also wrote a sequel to the original novel called One of Us is Next, which was also set at Bayview High but features an entirely new cast of characters. So, the possibilities are pretty wide open.

The series doesn’t have an airdate as yet, but here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later – we could all use something new to obsess over right now.

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Did you read One of Us is Lying? Are you excited for the TV version of the story? Let us know!