This finally got announced the other day! I’m not involved in the production — Max and Nick have been kind enough to share some of their work with me over the past year, and I think they were absolutely the right choices for Candle Cove.
From the press release:
SYFY GREENLIGHTS TWO SEASONS OF CHANNEL ZERO LIMITED ANTHOLOGY SERIES FROM NICK ANTOSCA AND MAX LANDIS
PRODUCED BY UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS, ANTHOLOGY’S FIRST INSTALLMENT, CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE, WILL DEBUT IN FALL 2016
NEW YORK – November 18, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has greenlit a new limited anthology series, CHANNEL ZERO, from Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday the 13th, Teen Wolf) and Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio for this twelve-hour order, which will air on Syfy in two self-contained, six-episode seasons in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 as the centerpiece of the channel’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event.
The first installment of CHANNEL ZERO is set to debut with the six-part Candle Cove, based on an unnerving tale written by Kris Straub which gained notoriety online as a popular “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the internet). 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.
Antosca, a novelist and screenwriter, wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Landis.
The second, yet-to-be announced six episode season of CHANNEL ZERO will premiere on Syfy in 2017.
Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “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.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Max Landis and Nick Antosca to bring these brilliantly macabre stories to life,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. “Fans are in for a haunting, spine-tingling ride.”
Said Nick Antosca and Max Landis: “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. 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: Candle Cove will join Syfy’s previously announced 2016 lineup of original series including THE MAGICIANS, based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels, HUNTERS, from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and second seasons of 12 MONKEYS, KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER.
Broodhollow is partly — maybe mostly — an exploration of some long-held fears and rituals I’ve accumulated. When Zane can’t look into a doorway cracked an inch wide for fear of seeing a face, that’s not invented. That is my fear. When Zane is terrified of forgetting what he’s already done, that’s me too. When he has dreams in which he’s compelled against sense to find the thing that will frighten him awake, that’s also been me.
I’m not the kind of cartoonist who believes an audience should accept late or missing updates because webcomics are free to read. I may not technically owe anybody x number of strips per week. But what I think I do owe you is professionalism — and I always associated consistency with that quality.
I think the demands of the past year are finally catching up with me. I’m blocked creatively. It hasn’t done me a lot of good to try and think my way out of it. I’ve had little bouts of writer’s block in the past, for sure — it happens to everyone, and you work through it until you’re on the other side. But combined with parenthood, other unnamed life events, and getting the final stages of the Book 2 Kickstarter ready to ship (books arriving in August!), this is the longest-lasting block I’ve ever experienced.
I want to do A Game of Oubliette correctly because it’s a really important story for the Broodhollow universe, and I’m nervous that continuing to grind it out like this is going to affect the book’s quality — but! A total hiatus is not the solution.
What I’d like to do is pause Book 3 for a while and explore other stories in and around Broodhollow. It would do me good to get some perspective on the Town of A Thousand Holidays, and as anxious as you are to find out where Zane and company are headed this time, I also think you’d appreciate seeing more of this haunted world.
What do you think?
I’m curious… what’s the first nightmare you remember having? How old were you? Does it still frighten you a little, or can you view it abstractly after all these years?
I’ll go first. The first dream of any kind I remember, I wouldn’t call a nightmare exactly — I must have been three or four years old. My mother was rocking me in this red velvet rocking chair, and I was drifting off to sleep. From the chair, I could see out the back door. I clearly saw two men in overalls, moving a tree across our yard like a piece of scenery. The tree had glowing fruit in its branches. While it wasn’t a nightmare, it rattled me like I had witnessed some behind-the-curtains event of reality; a prop being moved from one set to another.
Other nightmares I remember are just fragments. But I had many dreams about deep water from a young age. I was afraid of the deep end of the pool as a kid, and I remember having a dream where I saw the depth tiles at the waterline — the tiles that have numbers on them to tell you how many feet — and it was like a nine-digit number.
What about you?