ABC Family premieres its newest drama tonight when it airs 'Twisted' at 9 p.m. ET.
'Twisted' tells the story of Danny Desai, a teenager who recently was released from jail. Desai was imprisoned because he murdered his aunt. As he adjusts to life on the outside, he reconnects with his two best female friends from his childhood. His newfound tranquility is shattered when a fellow student is found murdered at her home after a party, and he finds himself as the prime suspect.
Canadian actor Avan Jogia plays Desai. Jorgia, who appeared as Beck Oliver on Nickelodeon's 'Victorious,' is excited to expand his acting wings.
"It's a completely different animal," he said. "I feel like I'm getting back into a format I'm comfortable with. It's still a teen-centric show, though it skews a little older."
ABC Family has a lot of faith in the new series, as it is pairing it with its popular series 'Pretty Little Liars.' Jogia believes that that faith will be rewarded when viewers meet Desai.
"I wanted to see if I could pursue movies and give that a shot. I was reading movie scripts, but I wanted a good character to play, something I could sink my teeth into, and I wasn't finding that at that time. I read this script and found that Danny was a unique character and there were a lot of opportunities, if [the writers] wanted, to go in a cool direction," he said.
Some of the unique factors about Desai that Jogia finds appealing are his charm, his ability to hide the secrets boiling inside of him and his desire to do "literally anything" to protect the people he cares about, such as his best friends Lacey (played by Kylie Bunbury) and Jo (Maddie Hasson).
"Danny had these two best friends before he committed the murder. I think the reason he wants them back so badly when he comes back is they represented the normalcy," he added. "They were a representation of normal life. He has a special connection to both of them."
Jogia also says that the show will surprise some ABC Family viewers with the tone it takes.
"It's different than anything that ABC Family's had on their network for sure. Whenever you have a teenage murderer, no matter what you do, it's going to be dark. It's still not HBO or Game of Thrones. I'm concentrating on approaching every scene [by finding] the human connection and story instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole."
Here is a video that teases the series. Are you going to give this show a chance?