Syfy has a ton of new series coming out and the latest to be announced is ‘Channel Zero.’ The plan for ‘Channel Zero’ is to be a horror anthology styled series where each season will be a self-contained tale in the style of ‘American Horror Story’.
The concept of the series was brought to life by Max Landis (‘Chronicle‘, ‘American Ultra’) and Nick Antosca (‘Hannibal‘, ‘Friday The 13th‘). Antosca will be both an Executive Producer and write the script while Landis will both produce and keep the creative direction of the series on track. Syfy is working with Universal Cable Prods on bringing this new series to the small screen. UCP and Syfy have quite a large track record recently as they are currently working on Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End,’ Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World,’ Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magicians,’ Wes Craven’s The ‘People Under The Stairs,’ and Daryl Gregory’s ‘We Are All Completely Fine.’
The first season will be a take on Kris Straub’s ‘Candle Cove.’ The story came from Creepypasta of all places which is a user-generated horror phenomenon which can be found online. In the tale we are told of a children’s television show from the 1980s which was actually involved in a series of murders that occurred as well as “one man’s dark secret.”
According to EVP of Development at Universal Cable Prods, Dawn Olmstead:
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology. With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. I’m still haunted by the first episode. It’s a chilling immersive ride.”
Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content for Syfy adds:
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove will feature contemporary storytelling and an innovative perspective that underscores Syfy’s commitment to bringing smart and provocative programming to a whole new generation of sci fi fans.”
Finally Landis and Antosca also say that:
“We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for Channel Zero: Candle Cove we’ve expanded this great short story Candle Cove into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal. We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.”
While ‘American Horror Story’ has proven that a season long anthology horror series can work it’ll be interesting to see if magic can strike twice. The network will need some strong actors to be able to pull an ongoing successful series off and I hope they are able to do it!
You can check out a quick read through of the original story concept below:
The idea has merit but it’ll be impossible to really have an idea of what we can expect until at the very least some casting and a director is announced.
What are your thoughts on ‘Channel Zero’? Is Syfy pushing out too much original content too quickly? Do they have a solid idea in place? Share your thoughts below!