SyFy Channel Greenlights Horror Anthology Series, Channel Zero
According to Variety.com, the SyFy Channel has given the greenlight to a horror anthology series, CHANNEL ZERO. The series will feature a different story each season, and will begin with CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE, based on the story written by Kris Straub.
[CANDLE COVE] is based on a man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s, and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
The format sounds very similar to what is done on AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I’m interested to see how SyFy executes it:
The anthology, which was first put into development this summer, hails from Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” “Teen Wolf”), who penned the pilot, and Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra”). Both will serve as exec producers on the pair of six-episode installments.
The first, “Candle Cove,” is slated for a fall 2016 debut and the yet-to-be-announced second run will debut in fall 2017, anchoring the network’s annual “31 Days of Halloween” programming event.
“As Syfy’s first ever Halloween original scripted series, ‘Channel Zero’ will transport viewers into the deepest recesses of their darkest imagination, with frightening tales from two of the genre’s most accomplished storytellers, Max Landis and Nick Antosca,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller.
The two EPs commented: “As lifelong fans of experimental horror and science fiction, from ‘The Twilight Zone’ to ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ we are overjoyed to have the opportunity to offer exposure to a new generation of creators. ‘Channel Zero’ is a great opportunity to explore new frontiers in the genre, in a way that allows us to really dig in and get weird.”
This sounds like an ambitious and pretty fun anthology. I’ll keep my eyes out for more info on it in the future.