Syfy is getting in on the anthology series trend, which all started a few years ago with Ryan Murphy’s FX series American Horror Story. The network has put into development Channel Zero, a horror anthology from Universal Cable Productions, Max Landis and Nick Antosca.
Like other recent anthology efforts, each season of Channel Zero will focus on a new story. The first season will tell the story of a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s and the show’s role in a series of murders and one man’s dark secret. It will be based on “Candle Cove” by Kris Straub, a story that originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. Nick Antosca will pen the script, while Max Landis will produce and helm.
“’Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “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.”
“’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”, said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s Executive Vice President of Original Content.
“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,” added Landis and Antosca. “We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.”