Fear Itself: Unaired Episodes to Finally Surface as Online Exclusives

Fear ItselfIf you were a fan of NBC’s horror anthology series, Fear Itself, you’re finally going to be able to see the unaired episodes.

Fear Itself doesn’t have a recurring cast but instead features a new suspense story each week. The series boasts the work of genre directors like John Landis, Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson, and Rob Schmidt.

The horror show debuted on June 5, 2008 in a disappointing third place for its timeslot. Only 5.26 million tuned in with a 2.0/6 in the 18-49 demographic. The following weeks’ numbers dropped from there and hit a low of 2.93 million viewers and a 1.0/3 in the key demo.

The series was put on hiatus after eight weeks because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. It was expected that Fear Itself might return once the games were over but, not surprisingly, it did not. With five episodes still sitting on the shelf, the series was later confirmed as cancelled.

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FearNet began running the previously viewed episodes in December 2008, both online and via their video-on-demand channel. Now, they’ve announced plans to start running the unaired episodes exclusively on FearNet.com beginning September 2nd. They’ll show up shortly thereafter on FearNet OnDemand.

In addition to the episodes, viewers will be able to watch exclusive content like introductions by the directors, “Recipe for Fear” behind-the-scenes featurettes and shot-by-shot analyses of key scenes.

If you’d prefer to watch the complete series on your TV, a collector’s edition DVD set is scheduled for release on September 15th. It comes in a special skeleton tombstone package with extras and director’s cut versions of four episodes.

Did you watch this series on NBC? Any thoughts as to why it didn’t attract a bigger audience? The same reason that Harper’s Island wasn’t a success?

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  1. Michele says

    I don’t know why this show didn’t attract more people. If I would have seen the first episode when it first aired I would have watched every single one after that. All of the episodes are on Netflix, but I hope they make another season. 95% of the episodes where good. Some where like ehh, alright, but I’m a horror freak and hard to please.

  2. Hork says

    When will studios learn the lesson that a long hiatus in the first season is the kiss of death for ANY series. It seems like a lot of good “thriller” series die off due to poor executive decisions by the studio execs.

    As a good example… the new V series has a huge FIVE MONTH hiatus until yet again … after the Olympics … it shows back up in March. PLEASE, studio execs, if you want a series to survive, give it a chance in a time slot you are willing to devote for at least half a season straight, or make the show into a mini series and chloroform it from the start.

  3. George says

    The reason Fear Itself was not a big hit is a simple one; horrible promotion. It’s time slot was bad enough, but forgetting that it was on because of not seeing any reminders during other NBC shows is inexcusible.

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