Increasing attention to its reality TV slate, ABC Family has given a 14-episode order to hidden camera show “Freak Out” produced by SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Party Down South”).
Premiering this fall during the network’s established “13 Nights of Halloween” event, “Freak Out” mixes pranks and phobias when an unsuspecting mark’s fears come to life via elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors, and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle.
“I’m glad to get reality back on our schedule and to continue to grow our original programming,” said ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim. “Scary can be funny and this series is sure to deliver the ‘sclaughing’ — the screaming and the laughing. We’re also excited to be working with 495 Productions, a company with a proven track record for delivering hugely entertaining reality series.”