Companion Podcast Launches Jan. 25
Los Angeles – January 13, 2022 – An incredibly diverse cast and wildly creative team lead the third season of the horror anthology series TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES debuting on The CW on SUNDAY, JAN. 16 at 9:00PM ET/8:00pm CT. Every episode streams for free on the next day at cwtv.com and the CW app. Stage 13 brings 10 half-hour episodes airing in pairs for the duration of their run. The creator and executive producer is Vera Miao; executive producers are Lisa Morales and Liz Levine, an all-female and LGBTQ+ team. Liz Hsiao Lan Alper is a writer/producer. Shawn Angelski of Pink Buffalo Productions is a producer.
The psychological thriller showcases an array of multicultural talent behind and in front of the camera to tell stories about complex issues facing modern society, paying homage to the horror genre’s long legacy of tackling challenging topics in unique ways. Each compact half-hour episode offers suspense, frights, subversive elements, terrifying realities and outrageous outcomes, as well as multidimensional characters with intersectional perspectives — often from less-heard voices.
Inspired by online microfiction and using social horror to help unwrap complex issues, the series layers thrills and chills with curiosities and provocations from the women-led creative team. Wide-ranging subjects, not always found in horror, include equality, being true to oneself, understanding painful histories, the perils of abusing nature, privilege and fairness, the dangers of using cruelty as a path to power, the interdependence of ecosystems and people, and a warning about tech dominance in every aspect of life.
As varied as the topics are, the themes are all universal — fear, the healing power of kindness, the desire to be loved, inner strength, identity, appreciation of heritage, celebration of differences, and the oneness of humanity — or the lack of humanity.
The series has a writers’ room that is 100% women (80% BIPOC). Notably Lisa Morales, in her first showrunning gig, is one of the few Latina showrunners in Hollywood. The series features 100% diverse (female, BIPOC, LGBTQ+) directors. Many of the over 35 up-and-coming writers and directors of 2SHS episodes have gone onto guild acceptance, larger shows, films and gaming. The show’s casting has also been remarkably diverse.
With the third season airing on The CW, the TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES franchise has aired 28 episodes. The first 5 episodes incubated on CW Seed with a digital season in 2018. The show is unique in that it was a digital-first series, that has also run on linear, and now streaming, doing well across platforms and generations. The first two seasons can be streamed on Netflix.
The series has an audio companion TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: THE PODCAST that launches JAN. 25 and can be heard on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and elsewhere. The podcast is an immersion into the unique worlds created by each episode of the hit anthology series that features the horror genre and tackles social and cultural issues. In each podcast the hosts talk with the television series creators, as well as celebrity guests, horror experts, social activists, and culture critics as they dive deep into social themes at the intersection of diverse and inclusive storytelling explored on the cult CW series.
Fans can follow updates on season 3 and the podcast and learn more about the show at:
Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/twosentencehorrorstories
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/twosentencehorrorstories
Season 3 episodes and air order are:
Crush (#310) Jan. 16 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT
Directed by Kailey Spear and Sam Spear; written by Amy Do Thurlow.
Twins Mabel and Jane live in a “Grey Gardens” house that’s a little too full of memories and possessions, as well as their love and anger for each other. Their twisted sisterhood is quite a battle, until a new threat arrives. The episode stars twins Joyce and Jacqueline Robbins, who’ve been acting for 40+ years, often together, and is directed by identical twins Kailey and Sam Spear.
Plant Life (#301) Jan. 16 at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT
Directed by Vera Miao; written by Stephanie Adams-Santos.
A tech-addict workaholic receives a plant from his boyfriend to enhance his work-life balance but instead faces disturbing changes as the plant takes root in his life. The couple faces the perils of ignoring Mother Nature in favor of the devices and robots controlling their lives. Series creator and executive producer Vera Miao directs the episode.
Toxic (#306) Jan. 23 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT
Directed by Chase Joynt; written by Liz Hsiao Lan Alper.
Class differences and cruelty take hold of a group of high school frenemies as they prank a Yale hopeful in the woods. They might realize too late that not all jokes are harmless and some ghost stories are true. Chase Joynt, director of acclaimed Season 2 episode “Elliot,” returns.
Teatime (#304) Jan. 23 at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT
Directed by Kailey Spear and Sam Spear; written by Stephanie Adams-Santos.
A new babysitter’s gig takes a sinister turn when she discovers her charge’s dolls are not what they seem. In her fifth 2SHS episode, Guatemalan-American writer Stephanie Adams-Santos turns the classic horror trope of evil dolls on its head.
Upcoming in January and February:
Directed by Kathleen Hepburn; written by Lisa Morales.
A romantic weekend escape to the woods for a bi-racial lesbian couple goes awry when they are targeted by a group of bigoted locals, other creatures, and a dark and lonely secret their relationship may or may not overcome. Director Kathleen Hepburn has won multiple awards including a Leo Award and a Canadian Screen Award.
The Killer Inside (#307)
Directed by Heidi Saman; written by Sehaj Sethi.
A surgeon is forced to take drastic measures to save her father when following the rules does not succeed. Egyptian-American director Heidi Saman (“Queen Sugar”) draws on her cultural heritage and journalism background with NPR’s “Fresh Air” to bring 2SHS writer Sehaj Sethi’s fourth episode to life (and death).
Patel Motel Cartel (#308)
Directed by Nimisha Mukerji; written by Sehaj Sethi
A teen boy learns his true identity when a violent intruder tries to check into his family’s motel. Indian-American Sehaj Sethi writes her fifth episode for 2SHS and she probes her and award-winning Indian-Canadian director Nimisha Mukerji’s culture.
Directed by Albert Shin; written by Liz Hsiao Lan Alper.
An indigenous mom tries to save her home and her family’s rich Hawaiian culture from income inequality, gentrification, and environmental degradation. Writer Liz Hsiao Lan Alper has written for “Hawaii 5-0,” “Chicago Fire” and “The Rookie.”
Plant Life (#301)
Directed by DuBois Ashong; written by Lekethia Dalcoe
Pointing out Oregon’s ugly histories and recent resurgence of racism, this episode follows a new widower and his daughter who learn their new home sits on haunted land with deeply rooted horror spanning generations. In a classic 2SHS reversal, the scariest character might not be a ghost.
Directed by Freddy Chaves Olmos; written by Stephanie Adams-Santos & Lisa Morales
Three Latinx brothers return to their childhood home to visit their dying father only to be forced to confront the demons of their past — and the secrets that families keep. The episode is the directorial debut of Mexican-American Freddy Chaves Olmos, who has had a successful career in VFX.
About Stage 13
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