ABC Family Recasts Procedural Drama ‘Stitchers’ (EXCLUSIVE)

STITCHERS Season 2 renewed
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ABC Family has recast three lead roles in its first-ever original procedural drama, “Stitchers,” Variety has exclusively learned.

The hourlong crime drama, which was ordered to series in September and began production Wednesday in Los Angeles, has added Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”) to the main cast, rounded out by Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”) and Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), who were in the original pilot.

“Stitchers” follows Kirsten (Ishta), a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.

Working alongside Kirsten is passionate neuroscientist Cameron (Harris); socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician Linus (Rajan); Maggie (Richardson-Whitfield), who heads the covert program; and Kirsten’s roommate, Camille (Scagliotti), a computer science grad student recruited into the agency for her hacking skills. Damon Dayoub (“NCIS”) has also joined the cast, in a recurring role, as Detective Quincy Fisher.

“Stitchers” was created and written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (“Overruled!”), who will exec produce with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken. Todd Holland (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) will direct the premiere episode.

The first photo (above) from “Stichers,” showing Ishta as Emma, was released by Variety.

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  1. David Knowles says:

    Guest someone at ABC decided to take/steal the idea of Source Code, decided they didn’t want the hassle of working the original writers of the film, who wanted to do their own tv show base on the film and decided instead to do the same idea just with a different name and a couple of changes to avoid a lawsuit.

    • rgdole says:

      Source Code is very different from this. They sent him into an alternate reality, which is where he ended up staying, while she goes into the memories of dead people. If it ripped anything off it would be the first episode of Fringe where they did the exact same thing which was made years before Source Code ever came out.

  2. David Knowles says:

    So guest someone at ABC decided to take the idea of Source Code, decided they didn’t want to hassle of working the original writers of the film, who wanted to do their own tv show base on the film and decided instead to do the same idea just with a different name and a couple of changes to avoid a lawsuit.

  3. I hadn’t heard of this show before now. A sci-fi police procedural that combines computer science and neuroscience with justice? Allison Scagliotti (a celebrity crush of mine)? Salli Richardson-Whitfield? Oh, man, this will either be amazing or horrible. It completely depends on execution. But just from that information, I’m thinking it’ll be amazing as all hell.

    I need to keep an eye out for this.

  4. Dawn Angulo says:

    They got rid of the Hispanic actors???? Go figure. Another white bread show. Was excited to see some diversity on this show.

  5. cdhaskell says:

    I wanted to know why the producer decide to recast the three performer and when Shipper will finally debut on ABC Family. Good luck to the new cast and the series.

    • David Knowles says:

      So you can only relate to people of the same colour as you are?

    • lEILA says:

      The lead was always and still is a white girl so not sure what you and your family planned to relate to Dawn. Only one latino was cast in the first place and it doesnt sound like he’s been recast

    • cdhaskell says:

      I must guess that the original actor didn’t work out. I can’t wait to see how the new actor will bring new life to the show. I should have known that diversity was dead in water.

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