The Whispers (TV series)

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The Whispers
The Whispers ABC.jpg
Genre
Based on Zero Hour 
by Ray Bradbury
Developed by Soo Hugh
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01) – present (present)
External links
Website

The Whispers is an American television series created and co-executive produced by Soo Hugh with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead for ABC Studios.[1] It is based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury short story "Zero Hour" from The Illustrated Man.[2][3] The pilot episode was ordered to series on May 8, 2014, and debuted on ABC on June 1, 2015.[4][5][6]

Premise[edit]

The series explores what happens when a paranormal force begins a mysterious and quiet haunting of Earth by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet – the children.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Abby Ryder Fortson as Harper Weil
  • Autumn Reeser as Amanda Weil
  • Alan Ruck as Alex Myers, executive director of the FBI
  • Dee Wallace as Willie Starling, Claire's mother
  • David Andrews as Secretary of Defense Frommer
  • Kayden Magnuson as Cassandra Winters

Production[edit]

On May 23, 2014 it was announced the series would no longer film in Los Angeles, California and move to Vancouver for filming.[11] On June 11, 2014, it was announced that Brianna Brown, who was set to play Lena Lawrence, had exited the series due to creative reasons.[12] Production on the first season wrapped on December 20, 2014.[13] On June 30, 2015, it was announced that ABC had let the contracts for the cast expire; if the series was to be picked up for a second season, Lily Rabe would only appear in a limited amount of episodes.[14]

Broadcast[edit]

Seven Network will air the show in Australia.[15]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "X Marks the Spot" Mark Romanek & Brad Turner Teleplay by: Soo Hugh June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01) 5.66[16]
FBI Agent Claire Bennigan investigates the murder attempt of Amanda Weil, whose only witness is Harper, the woman's daughter. Harper tells her that she was playing a game with her friend Drill, who seems to be imaginary. She also reveals that Drill is looking for a new friend. At a city park, a young girl named Minx accepts an invitation to the game. Alone, Harper draws a picture and later tells Claire that there was another boy who couldn't win the game. Claire investigates to learn of a boy named Jackson Bellings, who detonated a bomb that killed him and left his mother scarred, who claimed to have an imaginary friend named Drill. Jackson's mother recalls seeing a man nearby before the blast, and a sketch is ordered. In the Sahara desert, government operative Wes Lawrence is shown a military plane crash site. The pilot, seen elsewhere as a John Doe, is missing, but he knows the name. He calls Claire to tell her about the crash and that her husband Sean is missing. Claire states he was flying near the Arctic, not the Sahara. Minx, Wes's daughter, is led by a toy to his computer. She easily hacks into his government files. Claire realizes that Harper's drawing is of the President, then she receives a downloaded image of the Bellings sketch – it is of Sean. Henry thanks Drill for fixing his hearing.
2 "Hide & Seek" Charles Beeson Soo Hugh June 8, 2015 (2015-06-08) 4.24[17]
"John Doe" arrives in Washington, D.C. Claire attempts to keep his sketch from the other bureau offices in order to run her own investigation into whether he may truly be her husband, Sean. Lena knows and is not pleased that Wes has been speaking with Claire about a case, and Drill continues playing his dangerous game with Minx, Henry and Harper. The deaf and mute Henry is able to speak out loud when communicating with Drill. The DoD comes to the Lawrence home after discovering Wes' secure account was hacked. Wes and Lena argue about the security breach which upsets Minx, so Minx admits that it was she who did it.
3 "Collision" Charles Beeson Dean Widenmann June 15, 2015 (2015-06-15) 3.90[18]
In flashback, Sean hastily packs for his mission, upset with Claire about her infidelity. In present day, she sets outs to learn more about his mission and the mysterious John Doe. Wes also investigates him and his link to the Bellings bombing. Meanwhile, John Doe holds Dr. Benavidez hostage, escaping capture when lights in a bathroom flicker as a warning message. Elsewhere, Lena takes Minx to a therapist who tells her that Drill isn't real. Alone with Minx in the car, he proves them wrong. Wes and Claire realize that Drill has connected with several children and question Minx to piece together Sean's target: a nuclear reactor plant run by Harper's father.
4 "Meltdown" Guillermo Navarro Zack Estrin June 22, 2015 (2015-06-22) 3.87[19]
Minx gives Henry a list of instructions from Drill, explaining it is very important to the game that he follow through. Henry winds up taking a bike ride to the nuclear plant. Sean has arrived at the plant with his hostage, Maria, in tow. Wes and Claire also arrive and meet with a team from the plant to try and prevent a meltdown. After exhausting a few options, the team decides flooding the core with water is the only solution. But Henry makes his way into the room where water induction would occur, with Drill's help, and he is spotted by Claire. Meanwhile, Maria has battled to escape Sean, only to be captured by FBI personnel, who don't believe she was a hostage. Claire then sees Sean breach the room and have a confused reunion with his son. Claire decides to also enter the room, as Sean seals off the water valve, preventing the core from being cooled. Claire discovers that Henry can now hear and speak. Facing certain death due to the pending meltdown, something happens that leaves everyone stunned.
5 "What Lies Beneath" Matt Earl Beesley Holly Harold June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29) 3.36[20]
Another boy, Ethan, is shown talking to Drill and working with what appears to be a plastic explosive. Wes and the crew at the nuclear plant try to make sense of why the pending meltdown did not occur. All they know for sure is that the energy that would have caused the meltdown just disappeared. Wes tries to interview Sean, but gets nowhere. He grudingly lets Claire interview him, and she tries to jog her husband's memories with family photographs but it doesn't help. Wes tries again with Sean, this time hooking him up to a polygraph, but the polygraph image eventually displays the shape of the fulgumite in the Sahara. Overhearing a coworker's conversation, Wes realizes he must go back to Mali to investigate what is underneath the formation. Meanwhile, Claire gets clues from Lena that leads her to Ethan. Ethan explains that he is building a volcano for a school project, and that Drill has been helping him. Claire tries to deduce who may be in danger next. In Mali, Wes and a crew excavate a huge, glowing rock from beneath the fulgumite formation. In North America, Sean shudders violently in his cell, then says, "they found it."
6 "The Archer"[21] P. J. Pesce Alison Tatlock July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) TBD
7 "Whatever It Takes"[22] TBA TBA July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13) TBD
8 "A Hollow Man"[22] TBA TBA July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) TBD

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