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ABC Family is hoping that Stitchers will be a hit in the ratings and is pairing it with their most popular show, Pretty Little Liars. That strategy didn't work out so well for Ravenswood (a spin-off that was cancelled). Will Stitchers be a different story? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On Stitchers, a highly intelligent computer science grad student (Emma Ishta) is recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased. Using their memories, she's able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The rest of the cast includes Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Allison Scagliotti.
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Network: ABC Family
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 2, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This dramatic series revolves around a young woman who's been recruited to take part in a special project from a secret government agency.
Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) is a highly intelligent and emotionally distant computer science grad student. She's recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased. Using their memories, she's able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.
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ABC Family got into the murder-solving business on Tuesday night with the premiere of Stitchers, a slightly fantastical new drama about hacking into dead people’s memories. But will you return for the next case of “stitching”?
Before you chime in with your thoughts, here’s a brief summary of the episode: Cal Tech student Kirsten Clark (played by newcomer Emma Ishta) is — how do I say this nicely? — not the warm-and-fuzzy type. Her relationship with her roommate/classmate Camille (Warehouse 13‘s Allison Scagliotti) is frosty at best, »
The ABC Family sci-fi procedural drama Stitchers follows a young woman named Kirsten (Emma Ishta), who is recruited into a covert government agency to be stitched into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that will help solve crimes. Making up the rest of the team, headed by skilled covert operations veteran Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), is Cameron (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuro-scientist, a socially immature bio-electrical engineer and communications technician named Linus (Ritesh Rajan) and Kirsten’s roommate, Camille (Allison Scagliotti), a gifted computer science grad student. Collider was invited out to the ultra cool stitchers program lab set for an exclusive set visit and to chat with the ensemble cast of this fun new show. During our interviews, we talked about everything from the intriguing concept of stitching to the ensemble that makes up this team guest stars to what viewers can expect from the finale, »
- Christina Radish
Many shows live and die by their main character’s ability to make you stop caring about anything else that might be sub-par. You may need a semblance of general story, depending on how hard you push the episodic nature of the show, but if you have the right lead, you only need above-average plot lines to keep people in their seats.
Stitchers has a lot in common with House M.D. in this regard. The cases were often intriguing, and though the perpetual doubt of House’s abilities grew tiring, the overall arc was pretty good. Still, Hugh Laurie made the show.
The plot of Stitchers is a “sci-fi fun” one, which for ABC Family means it balances the “need to know” with the “just play along,” and it doesn’t overwork the complexities of things, nor does it talk down to the audience… much. It’s solid, though perhaps »
- Marc Eastman
Two episodes were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.
ABC Family has never been known for its quality programming, but Stitchers may mark a creative low-water mark for the sudsy network. Shamelessly pilfering aspects of its premise from Unforgettable (the lead with flawless, absolute memory) and iZombie (accessing the memories of the deceased in order to answer questions about their deaths), the series is not just painfully unoriginal but shockingly uninteresting. Given that this is ABC Family’s first foray into sci-fi territory, what’s most surprising about the show is how totally it fails to put an interesting spin on its “cutting-edge technology” set-up.
Emma Ishta (essentially an Emily VanCamp clone so wooden she probably fends off opportunistic loggers on a daily basis) plays Kirsten Clark, a so-called human being (none of her actions back up that identifier) with temporal dysplasia, a rare condition that in principle means »
- Isaac Feldberg
About as slim as a sci-fi-inspired premise gets, “Stitchers” joins a long list of series built around wide-eyed youths with an unusual skill who are recruited to join a save-the-world-type enterprise. In this case, the protagonist is a beautiful and brilliant Caltech student with temporal dysplasia, which means she doesn’t feel the passage of time. Most viewers, however, will likely feel it acutely while wading through this tired and predictable hour, which centers on a secret program that hacks into the brains of the recently deceased to solve crimes. While its heroine might not know it, skipping “Stitchers” will save you time.
Kirsten (Emma Ishta, seen in the indie “I Smile Back” and ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story”) is an aloof tech genius who is quickly drafted into the program, which is run by Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield). Kirsten’s travels within the minds of the dead require wearing a high-tech, »
- Brian Lowry
The hourlong crime series, which began production this January, will star Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”), Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”).
The original drama follows a young woman (Ishta) 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.
Fehr will play Leslie Turner, the enigmatic head of the covert stitchers program. His character will be introduced in the middle of the season.
Watch the first trailer for “Stitchers”:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC Family ("Pretty Little Liars") has started production on the procedural drama series "Stitchers", focusing on 'Kirsten' (Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be 'stitched' into the minds of the recently deceased (?!):
"...using memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave, 'Cameron' (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuroscientist whose passion for the program is evident in his work, works alongside Kirsten.
"The secret program, headed by 'Maggie' (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a skilled veteran of covert operations, includes 'Linus' (Ritesh Rajan), a socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician.
"Kirsten’s roommate, 'Camille' (Allison Scagliotti), a gifted computer science grad student, is also recruited to use her skills to assist Kirsten in her new role as a 'stitcher'..."
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- Michael Stevens
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, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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