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THE WHISPERS
June 1, 2015  | By David Bianculli

ABC, 10:01 p.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: This new ABC summer series has two names attached who are giants in the sci-fi genre: executive producer Steven Spielberg and the late author Ray Bradbury, whose short story Zero Hour inspired this limited series – which, like CBS’s Under the Dome, will prove less limited if it catches on. It’s about a mysterious case involving a series of seemingly random children, each of whom shares the same “imaginary” plaything, a malicious spirit named Drill who encourages them to play games that, as in the opening sequence, lead to a small girl’s mother ending up in a coma. The young girl is played by Abby Ryder Fortson, who sells the initial concept in a way few youngsters could – kudos to her and to Spielberg, who has been great at working with young kids his entire career. The investigator brought in to explain “the whispers” is played by Lily Rabe from American Horror Story, and her husband by Milo Ventimiglia, last seen terrorizing people on Gotham. For a full review, see Ed Bark's Uncle Barky's Bytes.

 
 
 
 
 
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