Streaming television has brought a whole new world of possibility to entertainment. While this new era of content has brought about serialization like never before, it’s also brought with it the rebirth of anthology storytelling.
Shows like American Horror Story sort of utilized that anthological premise for their seasons — with the actual show being used as more of a brand (though that world is becoming increasingly connected). Netflix gave a second life to the anthology sci-fi series Black Mirror, and our own producers are working on Dark/Web, which will be mixing and matching the serialization and anthological aspects.
However, according to The Tracking Board, Blumhouse Television — unquestionably one of the most recognizable brands in horror — has just signed a new deal with Hulu that will also push anthology storytelling. The outlet states that Hulu has ordered a monthly anthology horror show from the studio. Starting in October, every month, we Hulu will be putting out the show for a full year, with some form of framing device acting as cohesive tissue for the episodes.
Currently, there are no real details for the show — no producers or creatives, etc. However, the studio is looking to utilize their same strategy of getting creators artistic freedom to do what they want, so that each episode can be made quickly and cheaply.
Here’s what Hulu chief content officer Joel Stillerman had to say about the project:
“If there’s been one guiding principal that is in place from the day I walked in the door, I wanted to look at that Hulu logo and remember that making TV for an over-the-top SVOD platform, if it isn’t today, is going to be a very different proposition than the approach to making television for what is still the majority of the landscape, I wanted to focus on this question of what does it mean to make television for a place like Hulu.”
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SOURCE: The Tracking Board