Syfy is adding a limited anthology series to their burgeoning slate of original series. The NBCU cable network has handed out a two-season order to Channel Zero, a horror anthology series from Nick Antosca, Max Landis and Universal Cable Productions, TVWise has learned. Each season will consist of six episodes.
“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”, said Nick Antosca and Max Landis in a 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.”
Channel Zero‘s first season, which will use the subtitle Candle Cove, will revolve around 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. Details for the show’s second season are being kept under wraps.
The anthology series, which has been in development at Syfy for the better part of six months, hails from Hannibal scribe Nick Antosca, who penned the pilot script from a story by Kris Straub. He will also serve as an executive producer on the Universal Cable Productions produced series alongside Max Landis. The six episode first season will air in 2016 as the centerpiece of Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween, while the second season will follow in 2017.
“As Syfy’s first ever Halloween original scripted series, Channel Zero will transport viewers into the deepest recesses of their darkest imagination, with frightening tales from two of the genre’s most accomplished storytellers, Max Landis and Nick Antosca”, added Dave Howe, President of Syfy.
Channel Zero is the latest series that Syfy has picked up for their 2016 schedule as part of their re-commitment to scripted drama, which comes after they spent the past five years focussing much of their resources on low-cost unscripted efforts. Other dramas on the network’s 2016 slate include The Expanse, Lev Grossman adaptation The Magicians, Gale Anne Hurd’s Hunters; and the second seasons of 12 Monkeys, Killjoys and Dark Matter.