Got a secret, can you keep it? Grab your favorite beverage and listen every Wednesday to “Pretty Little Liars” co-stars and friends Holly Marie Combs, Lesley Fera (a Pasadena resident) and Nia Peeples as they host “Pretty Little Wine Moms,” the quintessential PLL rewatch podcast.
Beginning with season one, Combs, who played Aria’s bohemian mother, Ella Montgomery; Fera, who starred as Veronica Hastings, high-powered lawyer and protective mom of Spencer; and Peeples, who played Emily’s uber uptight and devoted mother, Pam Fields — each with a favorite drink in hand — break down a complete episode of the TV series for listeners, revealing little-known facts and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Each podcast includes a break down of the episode, an in-depth interview with special guests from the series and a quiz show testing everyone’s knowledge of the episode.
Combs, Fera and Peeples began podcasting on May 29, coinciding with the debut of the newly minted streaming network HBO Max, which announced “Pretty Little Liars” as one of its flagship series. To date, guests have included series executive producer/showrunner, I. Marlene King; actors Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Tammin Sursok (Jenna Marshall) and Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal); and Sara Shepard, author of the PLL book series on which the TV show is based, just to name a few. A sampling of upcoming guests includes Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields) on Aug. 12; Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin) on Oct. 7; Sasha Pieterse (Allison DiLaurentis) on Oct. 21; and Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery) on Oct. 28.
The idea to create the “Pretty Little Wine Moms” podcast came to Fera while she was stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. She invited the Wine Moms to be guests on a pandemic podcast she and her husband, Ned Mochel, had created (“Homeward Bound: Surviving the Coronavirus”). The response from fans was overwhelming. Soon after, Mochel was discussing the success of “rewatch” podcasts with a friend. Fera did some research and realized that a rewatch didn’t exist for PLL and the rest is history.Together, Fera and Mochel now produce and edit “Pretty Little Wine Moms” from their Pasadena home.