Have you heard what we’ve heard?! Tales from the Crypt will be hitting our television screens THIS FALL! We’re not sure about you, but for this anthology TV series rooted itself firmly into our memories years ago when it first aired (and some of us collect/read the original comics . . .). What excitement awaits to be seen in this revival?! Will the Crypt Keeper be the one to regale TV viewers of spooky tales? Or will they bring in a new host? Despite some of the flops M. Night Shyamalan has produced over the years, we are not despairing. (Let’s be real, The Sixth Sense was creepy and suspenseful as fuck.)
The Turner-owned cable network is pushing into new ground, ordering a two-hour horror block curated by Wayward Pines boss M. Night Shyamalan and led by Tales From the Crypt.
The news, announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour where sibling network TBS also ordered alien comedy People of Earth, comes as TNT is undergoing a brand refresh under network topper Kevin Reilly.
While details about the programming block are scarce, the two hours are set to consist of short- and long-form storytelling. The Tales From the Crypt segment will be based on the original and feature new stories — all exec produced by Shyamalan and his Binding Edge Pictures partner, Ashwin Rajan. The night is expected to include such elements as Tales stories, a serialized one-hour anthology that could potentially be several episodes at the end of a season as well as other yet-to-be determined content.
Set to launch in the fall, TNT is expected to announce additional series to be featured in the horror block in the coming months.
“This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit The Visit reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vp original programming at TNT. “This two-hour horror block demonstrates not only TNT’s commitment to working with today’s top talents, but also our strategy to stand out in today’s marketplace by challenging the conventional rules of programming and scheduling.”
Added Shyamalan: “I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor. To be part of such a beloved brand like Tales From the Crypt, something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into.”
The TNT entry marks the latest incarnation of horror anthology Tales. The series originated as a 1950s EC Comics series created by William Gaines. In addition to Shyamalan and Rajan, James D. Stern (Looper,Freeheld) will exec produce via his Endgame Entertainment. Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli (The English Teacher) and Dan McKinnon (Missing William) will also executive produce. The original comics spawned multiple seasons of the cult classic for HBO and became a worldwide brand.
Intro to Tales from the Crypt. Aired on HBO from 1989 to 1996.
“Tales of horror based on the gloriously gruesome EC horror comics of the 1950’s” (IMDB)