SyFy has canceled Nick Antosca’s brilliant horror anthology series Channel Zero after four terrifying seasons. Launching back in 2016, SyFy was so impressed with the Creepypasta (online user-generated horror stories) based anthology that it ordered a third and fourth helping shortly before the second season was broadcast.
Nick Antosca broke the news via his Instagram account where he thanked fans for supporting the show;
"After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY.
I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with: People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz.
And before all that, the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater.
I’m deeply grateful for this experience. Especially to everybody who watched and talked about and wrote about the show. There are stories we didn’t get to tell and creatures you didn’t get to see, but still might. Meanwhile, the first 3 seasons are currently on @shudder, and the 4th season will be soon. Enjoy. "
Each six-episode installment featured a new story, mostly fresh cast, and was directed by one filmmaker. In stark contrast to the likes American Horror Story, Channel Zero was genuinely scary (the tooth creature from season one will haunt my dreams forever), beautifully shot, and deserved to be seen by a much bigger audience than it got. It remains unclear if Channel Zero is going to be shopped around to other networks, the critical praise should at least garner a few interested parties. Plus, an anthology series that has no costly contracts with returning cast, limited episodes, I'm starting to wonder why SyFy axed this as it was easily one of their most acclaimed originals.