June 11, 2014
ABC’s midseason drama The Whispers is undergoing a bit of a casting shake-up. TVLine has learned exclusively that series regular Brianna Brown — who portrayed Lena, the photojournalist wife of Barry Sloane’s character, Wes, in the pilot — has exited the series for creative reasons.
The role will be recast and Brown’s scenes will be re-shot. Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, The Whispers (fka The Visitors) chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet: the children. Brown’s previous credits include stints on Devious Maids, True Blood and General Hospital. She kicks off a recurring gig as FBI officer Juan Badillo’s widowed wife on USA Network’s Graceland on June 18.
May 9, 2014
A very good day over at ABC, they really come through, the renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., picked up Agent Carter and to other sci-fi series! The Whispers, formerly known as The Visitors and Forever. The last I'm not sure to label it sci-fi (ish) yet but it's a possibility. Really excited about this, really looking forward to the Agent Carter series and the second season of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Finally, the project that was destined for ABC‘s 2014-15 schedule despite no one being allowed to talk about it, is out in the open. As we predicted, ABC picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter in conjunction with renewing Marvel’s freshman drama, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The order to Agent Carter is straight-to-series. The argument is that the project already has a prototype — it is inspired by the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell as well as the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Carter follows the story of Peggy Carter (Atwell). It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Reaper creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters serve as executive producers/showrunners, Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus wrote the script and also executive produce, along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb. The script was finished more than four months ago (“the script is great,” ABC’s Paul Lee said back in January), the option on one-shot’s star Atwell had to be extended as it came up three months ago.
The pickup of Agent Carter and renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives Marvel two shows on the ABC schedule next season. The company has been using Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to promote the Marvel tentople movies. While not a particularly strong ratings performer in Live+same day following a big launch, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s overall numbers have been solid thanks to a significant DVR play.
Now we’re off to Warner Bros. TV, which is getting series pickups for supernatural procedural Forever, from Matt Miller, and comedy Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek. For those keeping track of which ABC pilots are dead, I hear the list now also includes dramas Warriors, Sea Of Fire and one of better-received comedy pilots, Saint Francis.
ABC continues with its orders from ABC Studios. Next off are fairytale musical comedy Galavant from Dan Fogelman (Is The Neighbors dead?) and the alien drama The Whispers (formerly The Visitors) and the under-the-radar Jeff Lowell comedy. The Whispers marks the seventh series for Amblin TV.
April 13, 2014
Well apparently the name change has been announced on April 3rd, I missed it entirely. The fact that they bother the name change might suggest it actually has a change in becoming a TV series. See full post below:
ABC has found a new name for its upcoming alien drama pilot. Originally titled ‘The Visitors,’ the alphabet network just updated the title to ‘The Whispers.’
I first learned of the news thanks to the social media network we all know as Twitter. Barry Sloane, known for his role as Aiden Mathis on ‘Revenge,’ and he also stars in the pilot, tweeted the following just moments ago, “#NameChange #TheWhispers,” with a link to the updated show title and synopsis.
Starring Sloane, Lily Rabe (‘American Horror Story’), Milo Ventimiglia (‘Heroes’), Derek Webster (‘Revolution’), Brianna Brown (‘Devious Maids’) and Catalina Denis (‘The Assets’), the drama revolves around an unseen alien force preying on the weaknesses of humans. Not only have extraterrestrials invaded Earth, but they’re using children to overtake the world.
If that isn’t ominous enough, all over Washington D.C., several children have made friends with an “imaginary friend” named Drill, who entices the kids to play dangerous games with very real consequences. It sure doesn’t sound as nice or fun as E.T.
Enter Rabe’s FBI agent Claire Bennigan, who begins investigating a 6-year-old responsible for almost killing her mother thanks to one of Drill’s games. While Claire deals with this unusual case, the defense department sends Wes Lawrence (Sloane) to the Sahara Desert, where he comes in contact with an alien spaceship and other inexplicable situations.
The drama is said to be “a suspenseful race against an unseen enemy.”
Ventimiglia will play John Doe aka Drew, who is covered in unique tattoos and diagrams and even speaks in a strange language. Brown plays Wes’ wife, Lena, who goes above and beyond to save their daughter from this covert alien operation.
‘Under the Dome’s Soo Hugh will pen the script, while Mark Romanek will helm the pilot.
March 6, 2014
Brianna Brown (Devious Maids, Homeland) has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Brown will play Lena, who discovers that her daughter is being turned against her by a covert alien operation.
She refuses to play victim and joins forces with her husband Wes (Barry Sloane) and Claire (Lily Rabe), revealing herself as the most ruthless fighter of all in order to get her daughter back. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc., manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, recurs on USA’s Graceland.
I have to say I more and more get excited about this project, perhaps because all other sci-fi projects tend to fail lately and it's not a given this will succeed but this is something really sci-fi and I just want some good sci-fi on TV. Hope this will be it.
February 25, 2014
American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe is staying in the terror genre, joining ABC’s alien-themed drama pilot The Visitors, TVLine has learned. Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, The Visitors chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.
Rabe will play Claire Bennigan, a dogged Child Specialist with the FBI investigating a string of strange cases involving children and their imaginary friend “Drill.” Her intuition — and compassion into the child’s mind – are her “superpowers.” But when she makes the devastating discovery that her own son is in the Enemy’s clutches, Claire’s confidence as a mother – and Agent – will be tested. The cast also includes Revenge‘s Barry Sloane and Heroes‘ Milo Ventimiglia.
Under the Dome scribe Soo Hugh is penning the script and noted video director Mark Romanek is set to helm the pilot.
February 22, 2014
Catalina Denis (Brick Mansions) and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf (Parental Guidance) have joined the cast of The Visitors, from Amblin TV. It chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world.
Denis, repped by Act 1 and Thruline, plays Dr. Maria Martinez, who tends to John Doe in the hospital. Innovative Artists-repped Breitkopf will play Henry, Agent Claire Bennigan’s deaf, 7-year-old son who lost his dad to an accident three months ago.
Really hope this becomes a series. I know, there are a lot of you who think, it sounds a lot like V, and you are right perhaps. But why can there be 20 procedural shows alike and no one whines about them and if there is a sci-fi show which premise resembles another one, people start complaining it's a copy from etc. Never understood that.
February 21, 2014
Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and Revenge‘s Barry Sloane have been cast as leads in ABC alien drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV, after fielding interest from multiple pilots. The project chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world.
Ventimiglia, repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Frankel, will play John Doe/Drew, who is covered in strange tattoos and diagrams and speaks in a strange language. He will next be seen in Grace of Monaco and the remake of Heat and also stars and executive produces the Crackle series Chosen. Sloane will play Wes, a former FBI agent now with the Special Projects Division of the Defense department who investigates military threats that are better off solved outside the public’s knowledge.
The Visitors is for the same network and hails from the same studio, ABC Studios, as Revenge, where Sloane has been a regular since midway through the second season after starting the season as a recurring. Sloane received the blessing of Revenge‘s producers to do a pilot this season. The fate of his character, Aiden, is being kept under wraps.
February 19, 2014
Derek Webster (Revolution) has booked a role on ABC alien drama pilot The Visitors from Amblin TV. It chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world.
Webster, repped by Main Title and AKA, plays Jessup Rollins, an FBI agent with two disciplinary reprimands on his record and a past of difficult behavior. He recurs on NBC’s midseason The Night Shift.
February 6, 2014
Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) will direct ABC’s alien drama pilot The Visitors, based on Ray Bradbury’s short story Zero Hour.
The project, from writer Soo Hugh, Amblin TV, ABC Studios and Dawn Olmstead’s Grady Girl, chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. This marks Romanek’s second TV stint; he also directed the Fox genre pilot Locke & Key.
Great to see this looks to become more than just a possible project. The fact that already a director has been appointed, is a good sign.
January 24, 2014
Looking to build on the success of its TNT drama Falling Skies, Amblin TV is teeing off another alien drama, which just received a pilot order at ABC. Titled The Visitors, the project is based on a Ray Bradbury short story called Zero Hour. Amblin TV is co-producing with Dawn Olmstead’s Grady Girl. Olmstead found the short story and brought it to Amblin TV, which Dawn Parouse developed it with writer Soo Hugh, who has worked on Amblin’s The River and Under The Dome.
The Visitors chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. ABC Studios is producing. Olmstead and Hugh are exec producing along with Amblin’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Steven Spielberg. Olmstead, who was just named head of development for Universal Cable Productions, has two other pilots: Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce and Lifetime’s The Lottery. Amblin TV recently received a series order at Fox for Red Band Society and has Ed Burns’ TNT pilot Public Morals.
Of course like me most of you immediately think of the TV series V, which only lasted two seasons but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt! It is sci-fi!