NBC orders ‘Fear Itself’

Network gives horror show a summer run

14NBC has given a 13-episode commitment to the horror skein “Fear Itself,” which the Peacock plans to air sometime next summer.

Anthology series comes from the creative mind behind the Emmy-winning “Masters of Horror” franchise, including Lionsgate and Industry Entertainment.

“Masters of Horror” exec producers Keith Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris are all on board to EP the NBC project as well.

NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman, who announced the project Monday, said he’s looking for new ways to offer scripted fare in the summer.

“This is a different deal model that allows us to broadcast an increasingly popular form of storytelling and provides NBC with genre entertainment that appeals to younger audiences,” Silverman said. “Our goal is to produce more scripted programming in the summer for year-round programming – and everyone knows how well horror movies perform in summer.”

Production will begin early next year; the producers are looking to scout top-name horror writers and helmers for “Fear Itself,” just as they did with “Masters of Horror” (which has aired two seasons on Showtime).

“NBC’s leadership thinks out of the box, and I believe this is the first show of its type on network television,” Deane said.

The producers were also behind ABC’s “Masters of Science Fiction,” which wound up airing to low numbers this past summer.

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