Fear Itself (TV series)

Fear Itself is an American horror/suspense anthology television series shot in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with some additional shooting in the city of St. Albert and the town of Devon, Alberta. It began airing on June 5, 2008 on NBC.[1]

Fear Itself
Fear Itself intertitle
GenreHorror
Suspense
Created byMick Garris
Theme music composerSerj Tankian
Opening theme"Lie Lie Lie" by Serj Tankian
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)Andrew Deane
Producer(s)
Production location(s)Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Running time42 min. (approx.)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNBC / AXN Sci-Fi
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 5 (2008-06-05) 
July 31, 2008 (2008-07-31)

The show aired Thursday nights at 10/9c. It was put on hiatus for the duration of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with the promise of a return once the event was over, but no further episodes were aired. While NBC failed to comment on the fate of the series once the Olympics ended, its time-slot was thereafter filled with re-runs of other NBC shows, and "Fear Itself" did not appear on the NBC Fall 2008 schedule.

Its title is derived from the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."[2] The anthology was born out of Masters of Horror and shares several of the same creative elements. It features self-contained horror/thriller stories directed by the biggest horror directors working in features today, both shows were created by Mick Garris, and both shows are produced by Industry Entertainment's Andrew Deane, Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning. Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson, John Landis and Rob Schmidt all directed at least one episode of each series. Guest stars included Eric Roberts, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Briana Evigan, Jesse Plemons, Elisabeth Moss, and Cory Monteith. The song in the opening credits is titled "Lie Lie Lie" by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, from his first solo album Elect the Dead.

On March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that the series had been canceled and would not be returning to NBC.[3] The complete series was released on DVD on September 15, 2009.

Episodes

The first season includes thirteen episodes.

Episode Director Title Ratings Air Date (US)
1Breck Eisner"The Sacrifice"5.29June 5, 2008
2Brad Anderson"Spooked"4.89June 12, 2008
3Ronny Yu"Family Man"4.66June 19, 2008
4John Landis"In Sickness and in Health"4.47June 26, 2008
5Stuart Gordon"Eater"4.74July 3, 2008
6Darren Lynn Bousman"New Year's Day"2.93July 17, 2008
7Mary Harron"Community"3.21July 24, 2008
8Larry Fessenden"Skin & Bones"3.87July 31, 2008
9Ernest Dickerson"Something with Bite"---Unaired
10John Dahl[4]"Chance"---Unaired
11Rob Schmidt"The Spirit Box"---Unaired
12Rupert Wainwright"Echoes"---Unaired
13Eduardo Rodríguez"The Circle"---Unaired

Broadcast

In the UK, the show started airing on 5* from Friday 4 May 2012. In Australia, the show commenced screening in August 2012 on the FX channel, available on the Foxtel platform.

The episodes are run in a different order on the DVD and within online streaming sites.

References

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