By James Hibberd
November 29, 2011 at 09:56 PM EST

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:

A month has passed on ‘Pretty Little Liars’ since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were arrested and a lot has changed in Rosewood, and with the girls. No longer the mighty four best friends, the Liars are at each others’ throats and Emily has been iced out completely. But what could have divided them so severely? Has ‘A’ finally won the game of divide and conquer? With Emily now truly on her own, is she ripe for ‘A’s’ picking?