Horror TV series Damien switches homes

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Apr 30, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

When Lifetime announced it had ordered Damien, a straight-to-series drama that happens to be a sequel to The Omen -- a 1976 classic horror movie (that got a remake in 2006; see the pic above) -- I thought, really? This seems like a strange home for a horror-based TV show. Well, that just changed, because Deadline reports that the series will now air on sibling channel A&E and, as part of the move, the episode order for the upcoming series has been upped from 6 to 10.

This is the first major synergistic play since Lifetime programming chief Rob Sharenow took over A&E two months ago as EVP and general manager A&E and Lifetime, and I think it's a smart move. After all, A&E is also the home of Bates Motel, a TV series based on another classic horror movie: Psycho. Sharenow said:

"A&E's unwavering commitment to high quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan-base for our hit series 'Bates Motel,' which so perfectly aligns with 'Damien,' make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show."

The brainchild of Glen Mazzara (it's written and executive-produced by him) and Fox 21 TV Studios, Damien stars Bradley James (Merlin, iZombie) as a now-adult Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 film, who is seemingly unaware of the Satanic forces that surround him. Haunted by his past, Damien must come to terms with the fact that he is the Antichrist. I'm guessing he may not take that well.

Damien is slated to premiere sometime in 2015, with Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) set to helm and executive-produce the first episode in his first TV directing gig.

(Deadline via Dread Central)