Showtime picks up pilot commitment for family horror-comedy Shining Vale

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Jan 10, 2018, 12:03 PM EST

Showtime has given a pilot commitment to horror comedy Shining Vale from Warner Bros. television.

Shining Vale is about a dysfunctional family who moves from a big city to a small town. Their new house was apparently the site of some very horrible things, but it only seems to affect the mother, who believes an evil spirit is trying to possess her. Per Deadline, the show will touch on mental illness, family, and religion but with horror and humor thrown in.

The pilot is being written by series creators Sharon Horgan and Jeff Astrof. Horgan has a long resume as an actress, most recently appearing in Catastrophe on Amazon (a show which she also created). Recently she has moved into producing, with the creation of the series Divorce for HBO. Jeff Astrof created Trial & Error for NBC and has written and produced for sitcoms that include The New Adventures of Old Christine and Grounded for Life.

Mixing horror and comedy is certainly nothing new, but it hasn't always been particularly successful on television. Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz is the best-known, but Netflix also has The Santa Clarita Diet and IFC has Stan Against Evil. Horror-comedy has fared better as feature films, with movies like Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, The Babysitter, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and The Frighteners doing a better job mixing the laughs and the screams.

Showtime has only committed to making a pilot. Once it sees the pilot, the network will decide whether to order a full season or pass on the project. Casting has yet to be announced.