If you’re looking for something creepy to watch around Halloween, Syfy should have you covered for at least the next two years.
The network (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) has greenlit two six-episode seasons of the limited anthology series Channel Zero. The series comes from Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday the 13th, Teen Wolf) and Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and will air in two self-contained, six-episode seasons in 2016 and 2017 as the centerpiece of the channel’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming lineup. NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Jeff Wachtel, teased that the project will be a “haunting, spine-tingling ride.”
The first installment will be subtitled Candle Cove, based on the popular “creepypasta” story written by Kris Straub. The plot centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood. No plot information has been announced for the second season.
“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, “ Landis and Antosca said in a joint statement. “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.”
The project will join a wide slate of fresh programming from Syfy, along with The Magicians and Hunters. Returning series 12 Monkeys, Killjoys and Dark Matter will also be back in 2016. The network is also debuting sci-fi epics The Expanse and Childhood’s End next month.
What do you think of the Channel Zero anthology concept? A fresh move for horror programming?