The Whispers First Look: That's Not a Firefly Making the Child Glow, Is It?

The poster for ABC’s summer thriller The Whispers is rated TV-CC — and that stands for Creepy Child.

OK, OK, the kid is cute enough, but it’s the eerie glowing hands — and that “Not all imaginary friends are imaginary” tagline — that’s making us a little uneasy.

The network’s logline for the series is as follows: “We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them, too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In The Whispers, someone — or something — is manipulating the ones we love most to commit the unthinkable. In the country’s center of political power, Washington D.C., several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is that this friend is not as imaginary as they think. And when the mysterious games Drill convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan (American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe) is called in to investigate. What is it that Drill wants, and why does he – or it – only communicate with children? As the clock counts down, a suspenseful race will begin to save not only their families, but the world. Before it’s too late.”

Hrmmm… my inner Vegas oddsmaker has alien invasion at 2-1, demonic possession at 5-1, ghosties and goblins at 8-1 and the Siren Call of the Kardashians at 12-1.

The Whispers, which also stars Barry Sloane (Revenge), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gotham), Derek Webster (Damages) and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards), premieres Monday, June 1, at 10/9c.

Check out our exclusive first look at the official poster below — then share your thoughts in the comments!

The Whispers Poster

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  1. I’m reminded of the Cage movie Knowing. Aliens don’t necessarily have to be malicious merely because they contact children instead of grown people.

    • octobercountry says:

      Though, of course, if this series follows the plot trajectory of the short story on which it’s based, they—-

      Spoiler Alert!

      Are MOST DEFINITELY malicious.

  2. Tim says:

    I can’t stand when they cast children who can’t act. Not sure if these ones can or not but I won’t even bother to find out

    • Drew says:

      So you hate when they cast kids who can’t act so much that you won’t bother to watch anymore… So they shouldn’t cast children at all?

  3. That sounds like Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury. The alien character is even called Drill.

  4. Maryann says:

    I will watch the first episode, but I don’t care for creepy children, so I am doubting I am in for the long haul.

  5. zac says:

    This looks interesting. Love Lily Rabe and I havent seen MIlo Ventimiglia in something good for years (wasted talent on That’s My Boy).

  6. thisismenow says:

    Lily Rabe is the only reason I am watching this.

  7. Kate says:

    I’ll give it a shot, on this odd reason, I actually don’t think I watch anything on ABC in the summer time. Like at all. Which is weird.

  8. Dude says:

    It’s sad that so many great actors are saddled with this. Lily, Milo, Barry and Kristen deserve better.

  9. Jess says:

    will be checking it out. Sounds creepy and good.

  10. Dr. M says:

    …And cancellation is even money.

  11. lorna says:

    God I love Milo. Been waiting for this show for awhile.

  12. hud says:

    Resurrection taught ABC nothing.Grinding out slop won’t attract viewers. Enough creepy kids already, don’t you think?