‘Stitchers’ Renewed for Season 2 at ABC Family

STITCHERS Season 2 renewed
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ABC Family has renewed “Stitchers” for a second season, the cabler announced Tuesday.

The summer series, which wraps up its freshman run on Aug. 4, represents the net’s first-ever procedural drama.

“Stitchers” follows Kirsten (Emma 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.

“Fans are enjoying the camaraderie of the Stitchers team and a lead character that is unapologetically smart, focused and a great role model to young women,” said Karey Burke, EVP of programming and development at ABC Family. “We look forward to seeing more of the Stitchers team tackling diverse cases as they unravel the mystery behind the program’s creation.”

Ishta stars alongside Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Allison Scagliotti. Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken are exec producers.

At the time of the show’s premiere, Schechter told Variety why the crime drama would be a good fit for ABC Family. “The intent from day one was always to get a show that the people who really love ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Switched at Birth’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ will also love, but there’s enough in there and enough intrigue for the next age group in their 20s and 30s,” he said.

With a boost from “Pretty Little Liars” as a lead-in, “Stitchers” has been a pretty consistent first-year performer for ABC Family, averaging a 0.6 rating in adults in 18-49 and about 1.5 million viewers overall in Live+3 estimates from Nielsen. The network had to be pleased with its performance on July 7 when, without a “Liars” lead-in for the first time, “Stitchers” retained more than 90% of the previous week’s same-night rating in both 18-49 and total viewers (when it had the long-running hit drama airing behind it).

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. John Navarro says:

    Great show, best since KyleXY. Surprised it’s on this faux family channel that I actually have child blocked to protect my kids from most of their morally bankrupt shows.
    We don’t live in on the coast, so as in most of America most of their shows are offensive

  2. Isabella says:

    Can’t wait for season 2 of Stichers awesomeness show since Criminal Minds aired

  3. Josh says:

    We can’t wait for the second season. I was left wanting more. questions sill not answered.

  4. Seth says:

    It seems to be improving each episode. Obviously there’s still the “procedure” of Kirsten breaking the rules to endanger herself, but even that seemed less outlandish in later episodes.

  5. Dan says:

    This show is laughably bad. The concept is interesting, but the execution is just awful.

    • Rick Coleman says:

      Nope! I disagree. Have you even watched the show? I doubt it. Sounds like a TROLL comment in passing since you don’t explain why you feel that way. Is it the science that’s laughable or is it the execution of the show?
      There’s a lot of depth in the character’s personalities which are not all cardboard cutouts like most shows these days. Exploring the mind of a dead person is extremely interesting since it isn’t always straight forward and exact science. Things happen inside the dead person’s memories that aren’t always immediately understood and that might change the next time it’s ‘stitched.’ There is nothing laughable about this show unless it is intentional. It’s well written, directed, filmed and acted. I think it is one of the most intriguing Summer series in a time when most programing is insipid and uninspired — time slot fillers. This show ROCKS! I’m happy that it’s been renewed. I wish it a long and prosperous run.

  6. richard says:

    We’re really enjoying this show. It’s not strong across the board but the main character is good and the main story arc (what _is_ going on with this clandestine program?) is engaging.

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