One show’s loss is another’s gain, as ABC Family has picked up the paranormal drama pilot ‘Stitchers’ to replace the unceremoniously scrapped ‘Alice in Arabia.’
Written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (‘Overruled’), ‘Stitchers’ focuses on a young woman who is recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of those recently deceased in order to tap into their minds to investigate murders and other mysteries.
The pilot will be produced by Schechter as well as Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken, with production set to start this June.
Last month, just four days after ABC Family announced that the drama pilot ‘Alice in Arabia,’ had been picked up, the network canned the show amid much protestant and fervor, especially among the Arab community, despite the pilot never having been aired.
The script was written and subsequently defended by Brooke Eikmeier, an Arab-speaking U.S. army veteran, who argued that the press release of the synopsis skewed the actual story, one that followed an Arab American girl adapting to a new life in the Middle East.
‘Stitchers’ seems far safer for the network, but will inevitably be taking to television with a chip on its shoulder, having been once ignored and now being called up due to an open slot. The show will join a pair of other drama pilots: ‘Recovery Road,’ about a teenager struggling with addiction, and ‘Unstrung,’ a story that looks at the world of competitive tennis with a brother and sister at the center.