By James Hibberd
Updated November 29, 2011 at 09:56 PM EST
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ABC Family has picked up Pretty Little Liars for a third season.

The network has ordered a hearty 24 episodes for the next round, same as the second season (though that was eventually expanded to 25 with the special Halloween episode). New second-season episodes of PLL return starting Jan. 2, with the story picking up a month following the events in the summer finale. Here’s the official description:

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