ABC Family Greenlights Procedural Drama 'Stitchers'

ABC Family will delve into the procedural drama arena with its new drama Stitchers, the network announced Monday.

Stitchers, written by Jeffrey A. Schechter (Overruled!),  follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased and using their memories to investigate murders. The pilot was written by Schechter, who will executive produce alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

Stitchers is new ground for us and I’m excited to bring procedurals to the network,” said Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family in a statement. “We think our fans will love the intricate mysteries that Stitchers will solve week to week as much as they love our relationship-driven dramas.”

The network also greenlit a second season of its comedy Young & Hungry (pictured), which stars Emily Osmet. Young & Hungry ranks as basic cable’s #1 telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34, and Women 18-34, as well as other key demos.

In other network news, ABC Family has cancelled its freshman comedy series Mystery Girls, starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. The network also said it would not pick up its tennis-themed pilot  Unstrung, but has not made a decision on pilot Recovery Road.

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