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David Andrews Joins ABC’s ‘The Whispers’, Meaghan Rath In ‘Secrets & Lies’

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 10:57am PDT

David Andrews Joins ABC’s  ‘The Whispers’, Meaghan Rath In ‘Secrets & Lies’David Andrews (Fight Club, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines) has been booked as recurring on ABC thriller The Whispers, from ABC Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. It focuses on an an unseen force that is manipulating society’s most innocent – our children – to act in favor of its cause. As the kids unwittingly help this unknown enemy, the clock counts down in a suspenseful race to save humanity. Andrews, repped by Mavrick Artists and Untitled, will play U.S. Secretary of Defense Frommer in a minimum 6-episode arc. Frommer is always in control, calmly authoritative, steely and uncompromising. He meets with Wes regarding Captain Bennigan’s possible survival after the plane crash, surprising Wes by letting him know that Bennigan was working secret ops. He is, however, very concerned about how much Bennigan’s wife may know.
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Kristen Connolly Joins ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ In Recasting

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Kristen Connolly Joins ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ In RecastingKristen Connolly (House Of Cards) has landed a series regular role on ABC thriller The Whispers. In a recasting, Connolly will play Lena Lawrence in the series from ABC Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. The Whispers focuses on an an unseen force that is manipulating society’s most innocent – our children – to act in favor of its cause. As the kids unwittingly help this unknown enemy, the clock counts down in a suspenseful race to save humanity. Connolly replaces Brianna Brown, who played the role in the pilot but exited the midseason drama in June. Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Kylie Rogers and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf also star. Connolly is repped by Alisa Adler, Erin Castellanos and April LaValley at Paradigm and Michael Lazo at Untitled Entertainment.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘X-Men’ Box Office, Tarantino At Cannes, ABC’s ‘Whispers’ Flees To BC (Video)

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:51am PDT

Today kicks off our DeadlineNow video news service, in which Deadline’s journalists offer instant analysis and commentary on the news as it happens. Check back throughout the day for more reports.

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Morning Report: Friday, May 23

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' off to big start at box office; Quentin Tarantino takes over Cannes; ABC's new alien drama 'The Whispers' leaves LA for Vancouver BC. Dominic Patten reports.

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New ABC Drama ‘The Whispers’ Leaves LA For BC
Cannes: Tarantino On Death Of Cinema, ‘Django’ Miniseries, More
Box Office: ‘X-Men’ Nabs $8.1M Thursday Ahead Of $100M+ Weekend

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New ABC Drama ‘The Whispers’ Leaves Los Angeles For Vancouver As California Still Grapples With Runaway Production

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BRIANNA BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, BARRY SLOANE, LILY RABE, KYLE HARRISON BREITKOPF, MILO VENTIMIGLIAThe cast of one newly picked broadcast series wasn’t exactly jumping for joy during upfront week. That’s when the actors from the ABC alien drama The Whispers, which stars Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe and Barry Sloane, found out that the series would be moving to Vancouver after filming the pilot in Los Angeles. I hear several members of the cast were not happy, and conversations are still ongoing with the series’ producer, ABC Studios. In the end, all actors will likely move or risk being sued for breach of contract. While I hear it wasn’t spelled out to the cast going into the pilot that the project will definitely move if picked up, there is nothing in the actors’ contracts that guarantees that the show would shoot in Los Angeles. Actually, I hear there is language that indicates that the show could move once ordered to series.

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califtaxcreditStill, such uprooting is never pleasant and illustrates the toll runaway production takes on everyone. There are a lot of advantages to filming in Los Angeles — an abundance of production facilities and experienced crews, closeness to the project’s writers and executives, access to a pool of guest actors and directors as well as great climate and locations. The Whispers picked LA for the pilot mainly because it offered the variety of landscapes it needed, including desert. One thing Los Angeles does not offer is tax breaks, and that alone is pushing drama series production away from California.
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