Syfy has a big reason behind the cancellation of ‘Channel Zero’, but season 5 is happening!
Syfy might have cancelled ‘Channel Zero’, but the showrunner has hinted at Channel Zero season 5 already on another platform. Horror was never bigger anywhere than on TV with shows like ‘Channel Zero’, ‘The Haunting of the Hill House’, etc., but it has finally been revealed why ‘Channel Zero’, the concoction of terror and art, was cancelled untimely by Syfy network.
- Big reason behind untimely cancellation of ‘Channel Zero’
- More ‘Channel Zero’ to come on a different platform, if not Syfy!
- Unknown facts about ‘Channel Zero’
Big reason behind the untimely cancellation of ‘Channel Zero’
Even though ‘Channel Zero’ has carved out a solid niche following of horror hounds, the series was left far behind against many of the horror TV blockbusters. The horrific fact is that it didn’t draw in nearly as many viewers as TV giants ‘American Horror Story’ or ‘The Walking Dead’.
As “The Hollywood Reporter” reported, the first season of the series was the most-watched, with an average of 543,000 same-day viewers. By the time ‘Channel Zero’ rolled its season four, viewership had dwindled to about 265,000 viewers. Despite getting consistently positive feedback from critics and viewers, Syfy decided to pull the plug on ‘Channel Zero’. The low viewership numbers have likely led to the cancellation of the show after the fourth season. Nick Antosca, the showrunner of ‘Channel Zero’, wrote on Instagram:
“I can’t complain too much about doing four stories I loved with people who I loved working with.”
More ‘Channel Zero’ to come, on a different platform, if not Syfy!
Clearly, Antosca is disappointed by Syfy’s decision, but he hasn’t lost hope. He might be continuing his anthology series on a different platform. According to TV experts, ‘Channel Zero’ is a show made more for a streaming platform than cable TV.
Antosca continued on an Instagram post, saying,
“I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more … There are stories we didn’t get to tell and creatures you didn’t get to see, but still might”.
The statement clearly signifies continuity. Though ‘Channel Zero’ may have met an untimely end, hope for ‘Channel Zero’ Season 5 isn’t diminished. Fans are anxiously waiting to know what’s next because they haven’t seen the end of Antosca’s horror anthology.
Unknown facts about ‘Channel Zero’
‘Channel Zero’ is inspired by internet horror stories better known as Creepypasta. These are short pieces that have circulated around the internet for years and are often created anonymously. Season one of ‘Channel Zero’ is roughly based on Kris Straub’s “Candle Cove“, while season two is adapted from Brian Russell’s “The No-End House“. Kerry Hammond’s “Search and Rescue Woods” drove the plotline of season 3 and Charlotte Bywater’s “Hidden Door” rolled season 4.
Nick Antosca has had plenty of experience in this type of writing as he has worked on MTV’s supernatural drama ‘Teen Wolf’, ‘Last Resort’, ‘Believe’, and ‘The Player’. Perhaps most notably, he is famous as a writer and executive producer for NBC gore-fest ‘Hannibal’.
There’s a piece of good news for fans who are also book-lovers. Antosca has also written several novels, including “Midnight Picnic”, “Fires”, and “The Hangman’s Ritual“. Though he wrote these pieces before writing for television and film, they contain the same sense of horrific unreality that fans of ‘Channel Zero’ already love.
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