Remember a few months ago when Lionsgate acquired the rights to a third season of "Masters of Horror" at the same time that Showtime revealed they would not be optioning a third season?
Looks like Lionsgate finally found a new home at the peacock. NBC will be airing 13 episodes of the newly retitled "Fear Itself" across those lonely Saturday nights of summer ’08. The same producing team of Garris, Deane and Addis will be spearheading the show, but no other talent has been announced yet.
Obviously the episodes will be on the softer side of things. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing any topless Deer Women or bodies being dissolved by acid in a bath tub, but that doesn’t give me any reason to fret. I am one of the few people who apparently doesn’t instantly vomit at the thought of PG-13 horror. The only time the rating really hurts is when the original intentions were so obviously geared for a bolder rating. Trimming down at the last minute for market reasons is terrible, but if something is crafted from the beginning to be PG-13, there is no inherent reason it must be bad.
I for one am looking forward to a Saturday night scare anthology. After all, the void left by "Are You Afraid of the Dark" has never properly been filled. Those are some big shoes, though. I mean, a wizard inside a pinball machine? That is fear itself indeed.