Freeform Channel, an offshoot of ABC Family and Disney-ABC, is known for producing and syndicating family-oriented television series and made-for-TV movies. Some of its previous broadcasts include originals like “The Fosters,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched At Birth” and reruns of “Boy Meets World,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Reba.” While the channel took the leap into the fantasy genre with the Mortal Instruments continuation, “Shadow Hunters,” the network is looking to take an even bigger risk and jump into the world of horror with its original series, “Dead of Summer.”
Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian B. Goldberg wrote and produced the supernatural-horror series. Horowitz and Kitsis have worked together on a number of scifi shows including “Birds of Prey,” “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time,” while Goldberg served as a staff writer on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” The show was also executively produced by “Gossip Girl’s” Joe Lazarov and Steve Pearlman of “V” fame; and is set to star Elizabeth Lail (“Once Upon a Time”), Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”), Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”), Eli Goree (“The 100”), Paulina Singer (“Gotham”), Roren Rubinstein, Amber Coney and Alberto Frezza.
“Dead of Summer” is also described as a period series, taking place in the 1980’s, a time when most horror fans will recall as the Golden Age of Horror when slashers reigned supreme. “Dead of Summer” will follow the plot of seven youths on summer break as they work as camp counselors at Camp Stillwater. Do you see where this goes wrong yet? This summer will have first loves, first times… and first kills as an ancient urban legend that surrounds the area is awakened and sets its sights on Camp Stillwater. School’s out for summer, and the counselors are out of time as scares and fright await them at every turn.
“Dead of Summer” premieres on Freeform June 28, 2016!