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As the 2013/2014 television season draws to a close, we’re getting a ton of news about what shows will return to the airwaves once fall rolls around and which ones didn’t quite make the cut. We also get to see what new additions will fill out the schedule, and while some of them will likely suck beyond belief, at this stage they all still all look so promising and we can be hopeful. At least until those expectations are dashed before our very eyes. If you’re looking for something esoteric and also alien-related, check out this intense new trailer for ABC’s The Whispers.
The action in this trailer starts slow, and kind of questionable, but builds exponentially over the course of three short minutes. It also makes small creepy children even creepier than they already are. Seriously, those little buggers are straight up killers, I don’t care if they’re acting on orders from their telepathic alien imaginary friends or not, they’re all out to get us. The first episode was directed by Mark Romanek, who also directed the failed Locke & Key pilot a couple years ago, but also helmed the Robin-Williams-as-a-stalker thriller One Hour Photo, not to mention a crap ton of big-time music videos. It should also be noted that Steven Spielberg is producing this bad boy.
Here’s what the network has to say about the show:
Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination—our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity.
American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe plays Claire Bennigan, some kind of investigator who will apparently spend a great deal of her time talking to spooky murder kids after they begin thinning the ranks. Some sinister alien force is up to no good, and their reach apparently extends all the way to the White House. This isn’t a bad strategy, when you think of it, kids are totally impressionable and make an easy target for manipulation. And people like me, who automatically assume that all children are trying to kill me, are generally looked at as wackos, though according to The Whispers, we might be on to something. There isn’t any word on what the aliens are up to, or why, but it’s obvious they’ve got problems with the human race as a whole.
I wasn’t too stoked about this at the beginning, but as the video progresses, it starts to pick up steam, and this looks like a promising addition to the sci-fi landscape. The Whispers also stars Milo Ventimiglia and Barry Sloane, but we’ll have to wait a while to actually see it, as ABC has it slated to join the schedule in 2015.