Sad news, horror fans. After four excellent seasons, Syfy has cancelled Channel Zero.
The decision comes as something of a mystery because Channel Zero was a show that seemingly everyone could agree on. The premise was perfect: An anthology show where each season would be a self-contained story (a la American Horror Story or True Detective), inspired by Creepypastas. For those who might not be familiar, Creepypastas are bite-sized online horror stories, usually written anonymously. Think of them as modern urban legends.
Channel Zero’s first season, based on my personal all-time favourite creepypasta Candle Cove, may be one of the finest seasons of any horror show ever. That’s not just my opinion either. The 75 it has on Metacritic outdoes any season of American Horror Story, with room to spare. And the three follow up seasons were just as good, leading the internet to wonder, in the wake of the show’s cancellation, just what is going on in the Syfy boardroom.
Showrunner/creator Nick Antosca broke the news via Instagram, saying:
After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY. I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with: People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz.
You can currently get the first three seasons of Channel Zero on the horror subscription service Shudder, and they come highly recommended. Maybe if we lean hard enough on Shudder, they’ll pick up Channel Zero for themselves? Just putting the thought out there.