Channel 5’s digi-net 5Star has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Syfy’s anthology series Channel Zero after striking a deal with international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution, TVWise has learned.
Channel Zero is an anthology that follows a single horror story each season. Season one, subtitled Candle Cove, revolves 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.
The series was originally commissioned by Syfy last-year with a two-season pick-up and is set up at Syfy’s sister studio Universal Cable Productions. The six episode first season, which is based on Kris Straub’s unnerving “creepypasta” short-story, was developed for television by Nick Antosca and stars Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Natalie Brown, Shaun Benson and Luisa D’Oliveira. Showrunner Nick Antosca executive produces alongside Max Landis.
Since their re-brand following the Viacom merger, 5Star has been hot on sci-fi and fantasy dramas, as they fit in with the newer acquisitions strategy of targeting “younger-skewing content” and “fun sexy, glossy, shows”. Channel Zero is the latest example of this, with the channel having previously acquired such shows as The Shanarra Chronicles, The Magicians, Heroes: Reborn and, most recently, the fellow Syfy drama Aftermath.
The first season of Channel Zero is set to premiere next month and will air close behind the U.S. premiere on Syfy – who are using the anthology series as a key part of their Halloween programming block. 5Star’s deal for Channel Zero also covers the six episode second season, subtitled The No-End House, which is set to premiere in 2017.