May 19, 2014 2:55pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Family's Paranormal Drama 'Stitchers' Casts Its Leads (Exclusive)
ABC Family has cast the two young leads for drama pilot Stitchers.
Newcomers Emma Ishta and Kyle Harris have been tapped to star in the paranormal drama from Overruled's Jeffrey A. Schechter.
Stitchers centers on a young woman 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 otherwise would have gone to the grave.
Ishta (Black Box, Power) will play Kristen Clark, the smart, socially awkward girl with a rare condition, which makes her unable to feel emotions or correctly gauge the passage of time. She's a computer whiz with hacking skills, a Mozart on her computer keyboard and in the process of getting an advanced degree in computer science until she gets into trouble for publicly revealing her roommate's affair with their professor. Because of her unique talents, Kirsten is chosen for a secret government program, which, in her words, "hacks into the brains of corpses to read their memories," and to her surprise (and that of her handlers), she takes to the scary, unpredictable job with ease.
Harris (The Carrie Dairies) will portray Cameron, the chief tech/handler at the secret government agency. The head of the program is his mother, Maggie, with whom he also lives. Cameron cares about the program and the operatives and is good at what he does, but he's thrown a bit off balance by his mother's choice of computer hacker Kirsten as their new operative. Passionate and knowledgeable about his work, Cameron is wary but game when Kirsten decides to go beyond the mandate of the program in order to save some lives.
Schechter will executive produce the drama alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken. Production will begin production in June. Ishta is with Innovative; Harris is repped by APA and Regarding Entertainment.
ABC Family picked up Stitchers to pilot in April, less than a week after scrapping Alice in Arabia. Stitchers is one of three shows in the works at ABC Family. It joins Recovery Road, Unstrung and comedy Work Mom, which was rolled from last year.