Fear Itself intertitle
|Created by||Mick Garris|
|Theme music composer||Serj Tankian|
|Opening theme||"Lie Lie Lie" by Serj Tankian|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Production location(s)||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Running time||42 min. (approx.)|
|Original network||NBC / AXN Sci-Fi|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||June 5 -|
July 31, 2008
Fear Itself is an American horror/suspense anthology television series shot in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with some additional shooting in the city of St. Albert and the town of Devon, Alberta. It began airing on June 5, 2008 on NBC.
The show aired Thursday nights at 10/9c. It was put on hiatus for the duration of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with the promise of a return once the event was over, but no further episodes were aired. While NBC failed to comment on the fate of the series once the Olympics ended, its time-slot was thereafter filled with re-runs of other NBC shows, and "Fear Itself" did not appear on the NBC Fall 2008 schedule.
Its title is derived from the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The anthology was born out of Masters of Horror and shares several of the same creative elements. It features self-contained horror/thriller stories directed by the biggest horror directors working in features today, both shows were created by Mick Garris, and both shows are produced by Industry Entertainment's Andrew Deane, Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning. Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson, John Landis and Rob Schmidt all directed at least one episode of each series. Guest stars included Eric Roberts, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Briana Evigan, Jesse Plemons, Elisabeth Moss, and Cory Monteith. The song in the opening credits is titled "Lie Lie Lie" by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, from his first solo album Elect the Dead.
On March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that the series had been canceled and would not be returning to NBC. The complete series was released on DVD on September 15, 2009.
The first season includes thirteen episodes.
|Episode||Director||Title||Ratings||Air Date (US)|
|1||Breck Eisner||"The Sacrifice"||5.29||June 5, 2008|
|2||Brad Anderson||"Spooked"||4.89||June 12, 2008|
|3||Ronny Yu||"Family Man"||4.66||June 19, 2008|
|4||John Landis||"In Sickness and in Health"||4.47||June 26, 2008|
|5||Stuart Gordon||"Eater"||4.74||July 3, 2008|
|6||Darren Lynn Bousman||"New Year's Day"||2.93||July 17, 2008|
|7||Mary Harron||"Community"||3.21||July 24, 2008|
|8||Larry Fessenden||"Skin & Bones"||3.87||July 31, 2008|
|9||Ernest Dickerson||"Something with Bite"||---||Unaired|
|11||Rob Schmidt||"The Spirit Box"||---||Unaired|
|13||Eduardo Rodríguez||"The Circle"||---||Unaired|
The episodes are run in a different order on the DVD and within online streaming sites.