What to watch and listen to this week: 'Channel Zero' on SyFy, CreepyPodsta podcast
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SEASON PREMIERE: Supergirl, 8 p.m., CW: Supergirl's famous cousin (ahem, Superman) arrives to help her deal with a new threat to National City.
SERIES PREMIERE: American Housewife, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Mother of three Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) just doesn't fit in with her flawed family and curvy body in the "perfect town" of Westport, Conn.
SERIES PREMIERE Channel Zero, 10 p.m., SyFy: The channel known for campy horror and science fiction takes on a beloved Creepypasta story in its newest series. Channel Zero follows a psychologist who returns to his hometown to investigate a series of disappearances, which he thinks are related to disturbing events that happened in a children's show from the 1980s. The show, Candle Cove, supposedly shows up for only the most imaginative and disturbed children. In Channel Zero's latest trailer, we see images of skeleton puppets, a skinless little boy and a monster wearing what we can assume is said boy's skin. Already intrigued? Check out Kris Straub's original story at creepypasta.wikia.com.
The Exorcist File - Haunted Boy, 10 p.m., Destination America: Documentary filmmakers search for evidence of the Unholy Ghost, the scariest entity known to man. While filming in a haunted asylum, they come across a diary of the infamous 1949 exorcism of a 13-year-old boy, which later inspired The Exorcist.
SEASON PREMIERE: Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW: There must be A LOT of evil out there if Sam and Dean Winchester are on their 12th season of saving people and hunting things.
SERIES PREMIERE: Falling Water, 10 p.m., USA: Three strangers find they are connected through mysterious circumstances and realize they are dreaming separate parts of the same dream. All three are on personal quests, and their collective dream offers clues to guide them. Executive produced by The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd.
AMC FearFest: The annual horror marathon begins today at 9 a.m. starting with 1978's Halloween and continuing through Nov. 1 with horror essentials like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and even some The Walking Dead marathons.
Don't let the bad press surrounding Slender Man keep you away from the treasure trove of authentic horror stories on Creepypasta. What started as a forum for strange stories on the notorious message board 4chan is now an infamous aspect of internet culture. In short, a creepypasta is a horror-related scary story, image or meme that's been copied and pasted around the web. Stories like Slender Man and The Rake grew beyond their beginnings as fan-made myths into urban legends. One of the original creepypastas, Candle Cove, has been made into the TV series Channel Zero, which premieres Tuesday.
Like all internet trends and stories, the point of them is to share and talk about them. In comes CreepyPodsta, the podcast dedicated to sharing the pasta love and discussing why and how these stories grow. Hosted by Jeff Kowalski, CreepyPodsta is a panel discussion that takes on a different creepypasta every week along with guest horror fans and creators. While the podcast does discuss the most popular pastas, it also gives limelight to lesser-known stories that may not be known to those who don't frequent Creepypasta.
The best part? Kowalski and his guests tell you what to read up on for upcoming episodes. This podcast is casual and one that doesn't take itself too seriously. It doesn't feel over-rehearsed or scripted. It's just horror fans discussing some of the best strange tales the internet has to offer.
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