Syfy has ordered two seasons of anthology series “Channel Zero,” which is set for a Halloween 2016 launch.
The project from Nick Antosca and Max Landis, produced by Universal Cable Productions, comes with a 12 episode order. Six hours will premiere next fall, and six more around Halloween 2017. The series will anchor Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event.
The first installment of “Channel Zero” will be titled “Candle Cove,” based on a Kris Straub tale. “Candle Cove” centers on 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 second installment offers no details at this time, which makes sense, because it is two years away.
Antosca, a novelist and screenwriter, wrote the “Candle Cove” pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Landis.
“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,” Dave Howe, president, Syfy & Chiller, said.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Max Landis and Nick Antosca to bring these brilliantly macabre stories to life,” stated Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. “Fans are in for a haunting, spine-tingling ride.”
“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,” added Antosca and Landis. “‘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.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Syfy renewed “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal Witness.”