Starz may have ruined much of their goodwill with horror fanatics after canceling ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead‘ over a year ago but the network plans on dipping their toe into the bloody waters of horror once more. Starz has just ordered a pilot episode for a potential new series called ‘Shining Vale’ which sounds to have promise. The network already seems to be trying to win back genre audiences with ‘The Rook and this seems to be another attempt at doing so.
Much like ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead,’ ‘Shining Vale’ would be a half-hour horror-comedy series. The show is slated to be put together by Sharon Horgan (‘Divorce’), Jeff Astrof (‘Trial & Error’), and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Early details share the following about ‘Shining Vale’:
“Written by Horgan and Astrof, Shining Vale is about a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed — turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Everyone has their demons — but are Pat’s real? Or is this the portrait of a typical family torn apart by mental illness?”
The idea of demons running around an ordinary town sounds like an interesting premise and throwing in mental illness could lead to a fascinating drama and character study. However, having part of the premise also involve comedy mixed with mental illness might rub some viewers the wrong way depending on how they present the idea.
You can’t help but wonder what the full pitch for the series is as they initially were scheduled for Showtime before the network eventually passed on them. For a series to get a second potential pick up, the script really has to have something going for it.
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