Poor ratings doomed The Whispers, the now-cancelled ABC TV series based on Ray Bradbury’s short story “Zero Hour.” Unfortunately, the fans of the summer series were left with a cliffhanger ending.
As it turns out, only thirteen episodes were made, and in the face of declining ratings ABC decided not to bring it back for a second season.
This, of course, leaves viewers of the series with unanswered questions, principally “what was that all about?”
Cast member Barry Sloane thought viewers deserved a broad hint.
— Barry Sloane (@BarrySloane) October 16, 2015
Nichols has a better solution –
Most casual viewers will have no clue that The Whispers was “Zero Hour”. But if any of those are left disappointed by a lack of a solid conclusion, point them to the original short story – which has one of Bradbury’s finest endings.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]