NBC has revealed plans to revive the anthology series ‘Amazing Stories’, which was a huge favorite during the mid 80s, but was repeated many times in syndication during the late 80s and early 90s.
The 1985 original ran for two seasons and was created and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who according to reports will not have any say on this new version of the show. When it aired back in the 80s the series earned 12 Emmy nominations and received five awards.
The new ‘Amazing Stories’ will be produced by ‘Hannibal’ showrunner Bryan Fuller.
Fuller has been brought on to write and executive produce the show and will be writing the pilot. The shows format will be an hour long weekly anthology series telling fantastic, strange and supernatural stories.
‘Amazing Stories’ will be produced by Universal Television with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Under the Dome, Extant) serving as executive producers along with Fuller.
This will be Fuller’s first job with NBC since his series ‘Hannibal’ was unceremoniously eaten by sinking ratings after three seasons. Fuller is also show running the upcoming Starz fantasy series ‘American Gods’, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Anthology series have been on the rise in popularity in recent years shows that tell a different story every season like ‘Fargo’, ‘True Detective’ and ‘American Horror Story’. But series that tell a different story each week (like ‘The Twilight Zone’), as opposed to a full season, are still very rare. U.K. techno-thriller ‘Black Mirror’ is a key exception: last month, Netflix commissioned a full new season of the show. Recently, The CW explored making a new version of ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ but the project fell short of receiving a green light.
It’s sad that Anthology shows like ‘Amazing Stories’ and ‘Twilight Zone’ fell out of vogue like they did because I think shows like them, which tell a different original story each week are a great venue to promote new television writing talent.