[05/02/08 - 10:01 AM]
Directors John Dahl ("Joy Ride," "The Last Seduction"), Larry Fessenden ("The Last Winter," "Wendigo") and Rupert Wainwright ("The Fog," "Stigmata") Added to Impressive Slate of Talent Signed to 'Fear Itself,' Premiering Thursday, June 5 at 10-11:00 P.M. Et
Jesse Plemons, James Roday, Maggie Lawson, Colin Ferguson, Briana Evigan, Clifton Collins Jr., Rachel Miner, Christie Laing, Wendell Pierce and Paula Jai Parker are also set to appear on the series, which was originally set for May 29.

[via press release from NBC]


Jesse Plemons (NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), James Roday and Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), Colin Ferguson ("Eureka"), Briana Evigan ("Step Up 2: The Streets"), Clifton Collins Jr. ("Star Trek"), Rachel Miner ("Californication"), Christie Laing ("The 4400"), Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") and Paula Jai Parker ("Side Order of Life," "The Proud Family") Among Actors Starring in Various Episodes

Sean Hood ("The Crow: Wicked Prayer," "Halloween: Resurrection") to Pen Episode Entitled "Echoes" and Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech Set to Write "The Circle"

BURBANK -- May 2, 2008 -- John Dahl ("Joy Ride," "The Last Seduction"), Larry Fessenden ("The Last Winter," "Wendigo") and Rupert Wainwright ("The Fog," "Stigmata") will join a host of provocative directors, actors and writers -- including award-winning directors John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV"), Ronny Yu ("Freddy vs. Jason," "Bride of Chucky"), Brad Anderson ("The Machinist"), Breck Eisner (upcoming Universal Pictures film "Creature from the Black Lagoon"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator") and Ernest Dickerson (NBC's "Heroes") -- signed for NBC's "Fear Itself," a new 13-episode suspense and horror anthology series from Lionsgate in association with Industry Entertainment. "Fear Itself" premieres on Thursday, June 5 at 10-11:00 p.m. ET.

Jesse Plemons (NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), James Roday and Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), Colin Ferguson ("Eureka"), Briana Evigan ("Step Up 2: The Streets"), Clifton Collins Jr. ("Star Trek"), Rachel Miner ("Californication"), Christie Laing ("The 4400") Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") and Paula Jai Parker ("Side Order of Life," "The Proud Family") are among the actors seen through the first half of the season. Actors previously announced include Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), Shiri Appleby ("Charlie Wilson's War"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost"), Eric Roberts (NBC's "Heroes"), John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise"), Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire"), Stephen Lee ("Boston Legal"), Stephen R. Hart ("Shoot 'Em Up"), Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire").

Sean Hood ("The Crow: Wicked Prayer," "Halloween: Resurrection") will pen an episode entitled "Echoes," and Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech ("Masters of Horror," "From a Buick 8") will write "The Circle," their second episode for "Fear Itself." Previously announced writers include Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"), Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night"), Dan Knauf ("Carnivale," "Supernatural"), Lem Dobbs ("The Score"), Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"), Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech, Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers"), Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "Amazing Stories"), Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror"), Kelly Kennemer ("The Music Within") and Max Landis ("Masters of Horror").

Updated talent information for individual episodes is as follows:

"The Sacrifice" has a screenplay written by Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "Amazing Stories"), from a story by Del Howison ("Dark Delicacies"). Breck Eisner ("Creature from the Black Lagoon") will direct. When four criminals find themselves stranded in an old, snow-covered fort, they slowly discover both the fort and the seductive trio of sirens who reside there are filled with deadly secrets. Jeffrey Pierce ("The Nine"), Jesse Plemons (NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), Stephen Martines ("Port Charles"), Rachel Miner ("Californication") and Mircea Monroe ("Drive") star.

"In Sickness and in Health" will be directed by John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London") and written by Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers"). On her wedding day, a beautiful bride (Maggie Lawson, "Psych") receives a mysterious note that reads: "The person you are marrying is a serial killer." James Roday ("Psych") stars as the groom. Christie Laing ("The 4400"), Sonja Bennett ("Eureka") and Marshall Bell ("Hamlet 2," "Tales from the Crypt") also star.

"Family Man" will be directed by Ronny Yu ("Freddy vs. Jason," "Bride of Chucky") and is written by Dan Knauf ("Carnivale," "Supernatural"). This action-charged, psychological thriller focuses on a likeable family man (Colin Ferguson, "Eureka") who switches bodies with a serial killer (Clifton Collins Jr., "Star Trek") after a near-death experience. Now, he must fight from behind bars to keep the murderer from adding his wife (Josie Davis, "Ghost Whisperer"), son (Gig Morton, "Psych"), and daughter (Nicole Leduc, "Kyle XY") to the long list of victims.

"Something With Bite," directed by Ernest Dickerson (NBC's "Heroes"), is a reinvention of the classic werewolf story from writer Max Landis ("Masters of Horror"), the son of John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"). When a veterinarian (Wendell Pierce, "The Wire") gets bitten by a large, strange animal brought into his clinic, he begins to see the world and his stale life differently. Paula Jai Parker ("Side Order of Life," "The Proud Family") also stars.

"New Year's Day" will be directed by Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV"), and is written by Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") from a story by Paul Kane. A young woman (Briana Evigan, "Step Up 2: The Streets") wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by horrifying zombies.

"Skin & Bones" will be directed by Larry Fessenden ("The Last Winter," "Wendigo"), and is written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror"). When a cattle herder returns home to his family after being lost in the woods for days, he just doesn't seem the same. Soon, a terrible mortal struggle ensues against the terrifying monster possessing him.

"The Spirit Box" will be directed by Rupert Wainwright ("The Fog," "Stigmata"), and is written by Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"). When two suburban high school girls try to contact a dead classmate via a board game, they receive an unexpected message from beyond the grave -- The dead girl, thought to be a teen suicide, was actually killed by a teacher with whom she'd been having an affair and now wants their help in avenging her murder.

"Chance" will be directed by John Dahl ("You Kill Me," "The Last Seduction"), and is written by Lem Dobbs ("The Score"). In the vein of such classic doppelganger stories as "Jekyll & Hyde" and Poe's "William Wilson," the episode explores a dreadful, classic battle that ensues when a man is confronted by his evil self.

"Echoes" is written by Sean Hood ("The Crow: Wicked Prayer," "Halloween: Resurrection"), with a director to be announced. Sam, an affable, good-natured young man, moves into an apartment where he believes he once lived -- 88 years ago in a past life. But as memories appear to him like ghosts, he realizes that in this previous life he was a sadistic murderer, and he must keep that past life from bleeding into his present one.

"The Circle" is written by Cemetery Dance Magazine publisher and editor Richard Chizmar ("From a Buick 8") & actor Johnathon Schaech ("Masters of Horror," "That Thing You Do!"), based on the short story of the same title written by Lewis Shiner, with a director to be announced. A group of people meet every Halloween to tell horror stories and suddenly discover they're living one.

Previously announced, "Eater," also written by Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech, is directed by Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator," "Masters of Horror"). A rookie cop (Moss) must spend her first night in the precinct watching over a serial killer, coined "The Eater" (Stephen R. Hart, "Shoot 'Em Up"). When her fellow cops start acting bizarre, she quickly learns that no one is who they seem. Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire") and Stephen Lee ("Boston Legal") also star.

"Spooked," is directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist") and written by Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"). While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private eye (Roberts) is made to confront the demons of his past. Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire") also star.

"Community" is directed by Mary Harron ("American Psycho," "The Notorious Betty Page," "Big Love") and written by Kelly Kennemer ("The Music Within"). When a young married couple, played by Routh and Appleby, find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood, their lives seem...well...perfect. But as the dark underbelly of their neighborhood creeps to the surface, they soon realize that their neighbors will go to any extreme -- even murder -- to make sure that they comply with their twisted sense of conformity. John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise") and wife Bonita Friedericy (NBC's "Chuck") also star.

The series is produced by Lionsgate in association with IE Indy TV, Industry Entertainment's newly formed independent television label, and was created by Mick Garris. The Emmy-winning team of Keith Addis and Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror") are the executive producers. Peter Block is co-executive producer; Grant Rosenberg is supervising producer; and Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning and Jonathan Hackett are producers.

  [may 2008]  

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