Syfy has given a greenlight to Channel Zero, the limited anthology series from Nick Antosca and Max Landis that the network put on fast track development back in June for its latest order from sibling Universal Cable Productions. The network has ordered 12 episodes, which will air in two self-contained, six-episode seasons in fall 2016 and fall 2017 and be the centerpiece of the channel’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event.
The first six-episode installment, Candle Cove is based on the tale written by Kris Straub that gained notoriety online as a popular “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the Internet). It 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.
Antosca (Hannibal), wrote the pilot and is serving as executive producer alongside Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). Title and details about the 2017 season are still TBA.
Syfy has been making a push in the limited series arena as it is taking a creative shift towards more sophisticated, serialized sci-fi fare. The network is kicking off the next stage in its evolution with the upcoming miniseries Childhood’s End, based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic, also from UCP.
Additional UCP-produced upcoming projects on Syfy include series The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s popular trilogy; Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which is in development with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV; Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs, based on the 1991 film; and We Are All Completely Fine, based on the book by Daryl Gregory.
Antosca is repped by WME, Writ Large and attorney Lev Ginsburg.