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‘Stitchers’ Renewed for Season 2 at ABC Family

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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