GOES BEHIND THE SCENES AND EXPANDS THE THEMESOF ACCLAIMED ANTHOLOGY SERIES AIRING ON THE CW
Companion Podcast Launches Jan. 25
Los Angeles, CA – January 25, 2022 – Warner Bros. Television’s Stage 13, originator of the popular anthology series “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” which debuted season three on The CW on Jan. 16, is excited to announce the launch of the companion podcast TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: THE OFFICIAL PODCAST on TUESDAY JAN. 25 on Apple, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms. Forty-five-minute episodes of the companion podcast debut on Tuesdays and Thursdays after the corresponding new television episodes premiere on Sundays on The CW. The TV episodes air in pairs throughout their run on The CW and stream for free the next day at cwtv.com and The CW app. The first two seasons can be streamed on Netflix.
“We are thrilled that both the ‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’ television series and podcast are sparking discussions about important issues,” said Stage 13 SVP/GM Diana Mogollon. “Continuing the debate and digging into core societal issues with intersectional storytelling and multicultural representation behind and in front of the camera have become a signature of the series and Stage 13. In addition to being great stories about social horror, the series and podcast are vastly entertaining and take viewers on a terrific, worthwhile journey.”
The podcast is an immersion into the unique worlds created in each episode of the hit horror anthology TV series that tackles social and cultural issues. In each podcast, hosts Danielle Radford (writer, actor, comedian, writer for the Emmy®-nominated series “Honest Trailers”) and Megan Rosati (writer, director, actor, Fangoria contributor, “52 Ways To Break Up”) talk with the television series’ creators, as well as celebrity guests, horror experts, social activists, and culture critics, and dive deep into the social themes at the intersection of diverse and inclusive storytelling explored on the cult CW series, which also streams on Netflix. The podcast is produced by Jordan Kauwling (“NPR,” “The Root”) and associate produced by Stephanie Franco (“Marijuanera” “Bay Area Youth Voice Podcast”).
Guests for season 3 companion podcasts include Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the “Final Destination” franchise and writer of “Tamara,” “Day of the Dead” and “Dead Awake”; Tommy Pico, award-winning poet, recipient of the Whiting Award, host of podcasts “Scream Queen” and “Food 4 Thot” and writer for FX’s Sterlin Harjo/Taika Waititi comedy series “Reservation Dogs”; Matthew Rodriguez, senior culture editor at The Atlantic, author, graphic novelist, teacher and journalist whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, The Advocate, Slate, Self, former host of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” podcast “Slayerfest ‘98”; Dr. Tananarive Due, winner of the American Book Award for The Living Blood, winner of the NAACP Image Award for the novel The Black Rose, author of 13 novels, film historian, educator at UCLA and expert in Black horror; Peaches Christ/Joshua Grannell, drag star, writer/director of “All About Evil” with Natasha Lyonne and “Nightmare on Castro Street” and subject of an acclaimed retrospective at San Francisco’s de Young Museum; Josué Argüelles, of educational organization A Call To Men which works worldwide to promote healthy relationships in men and boys and to prevent gender-based violence for all women, men, trans, LGBQ and nonbinary people, he was a former fellow at San Francisco Labor Leadership Institute and is a board member of Make It Happen!/Brooklyn; Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel, author and founder of Reboot and Recover, a non-profit dedicated to responsible technology use; Jeff Masters, “LGBTQ&A” Podcast host, writer, director of podcasts at Pride Media/Advocate & Out Magazine, GLAAD Award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on NPR, MSNBC and The New York Times; Clarkisha Kent, writer and journalist whose work has appeared in Essence, Entertainment Weekly, The Root, MTV, BET; and Drea Washington, film nerd, horror fanatic and co-host of “Scream Queen.”
The “2SHS” TV series creative team, one of the most diverse and multicultural teams in the business, also will appear in podcast episodes to give insights on the creation of each television episode and its deeper themes. Those booked thus far include creator/executive producer and episode director Vera Miao; executive producers Lisa Morales and Liz Levine; writers Stephanie Adams-Santos and Sehaj Sethi; directors Dubois Ashong, Chase Joynt, Nimisha Mukerji, Heidi Saman (“Queen Sugar” NPR’s “Fresh Air”) and Kailey Spear and Sam Spear, twins and directors of season 3 episodes “Teatime” and “Crush,” which features terrific performances by the Robbins twins. Cast bookings include “Crush” episode stars and twins Joyce Robbins (“Motherland: Fort Salem”) and Jacqueline Robbins (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”), who have been acting together and separately for more than 40 years and “Erased” episode actor Mapuana Makia (“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”).
More guests will be announced at a later date. Detailed listings follow below.
TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: THE OFFICIAL PODCAST will accompany 20 episodes of the current TV series run of “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” which will total 33 at the end of this season on The CW. The TV show is one of the fastest growing horror franchises with 72MM+ viewers to date.* The first part of the podcast focuses on the television episode with show creators, talent and a celebrity guest, while the second part delves into the episode’s themes and social issues with an expert.
Inspired by online micro-fiction, “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (2SHS) is a critically acclaimed psychological horror anthology series designed to subvert classic horror tropes by centering on everyday people and diverse perspectives. The half-hour series taps into universal primal fears while tackling the provocative social and cultural issues that exist in modern society.
Created by Vera Miao, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES is from award-winning studio Stage 13, part of Warner Bros., and features one of the most diverse and inclusive writing and directing teams in television. 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 also has been remarkably diverse.
About the podcast team
Writer, actor and comedian Danielle Radford (co-host) is a writer on the four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series “Honest Trailers,” which takes a hard look at films and presents maybe-too-honest spoof trailers for those films. She is a co-host of the pop culture debate show “Movie Fights” and is a regular contributor to Screen Junkies and Fandom Entertainment. Her additional credits include “SSCC” and “Dimension 20.” Twitter: @danielleradford and Instagram: @danielle_radford
Writer, director, actor and mega horror fan Megan Rosati (co-host) was named one of Hollywood’s New Top Writers by Tracking Board. She is a regular contributor to the popular genre website Fangoria and wrote “Essence,” a season two episode of Two Sentence Horror Stories. Her additional credits include “Everyone Is Doing Great,” “Two Guys, A Mermaid and A Couch” and “52 Ways to Break Up.” Twitter & Instagram: @meganrosati
Storyteller, comedy writer and podcast producer Jordan Kauwling’s (producer) work has appeared on NPR, The Root and Maximum Fun and is the host of the upcoming podcast “Views from Nervosa: A Frasier Rewatch,” which passionately discusses the Emmy®-winning television series. She is more than happy to argue with anyone online about TV series “Lost” plot threads. Twitter: @cinnamonlafemme
Born and raised in the San Francisco area, writer, storyteller and producer Stephanie Franco’s (associate producer) work has appeared on “Marijuanera” for Locatora Productions and the Bay Area Youth Voice Podcast for Youth Leadership Institute.
TV episodes synopses and companion podcasts info
For fans of social horror, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: THE OFFICIAL PODCAST is a deep dive behind the scenes of season three of the TV series and into the issues explored in the show, spotlighting the diverse groups of creators and cast and bringing the themes to vivid life.
Guest bookings thus far, with more to be announced at a later date:
Toxic (#306) Podcast debut: Jan 25
Podcast guests: Josué Argüelles, of educational organization A Call To Men which works worldwide to promote healthy relationships in men and boys and to prevent gender-based violence for all women, men, trans, LGBQ and nonbinary people, he was a former fellow at San Francisco Labor Leadership Institute and is a board member of Make It Happen!/Brooklyn; and TV episode director Chase Joynt.
The CW TV series debut: Jan. 23 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.
The CW TV series synopsis: 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) Podcast debut: Jan. 27
Podcasts guests: Peaches Christ/Joshua Grannell, drag star; writer/director of “All About Evil” with Natasha Lyonne and “Nightmare on Castro Street,” and subject of an acclaimed retrospective at San Francisco’s de Young Museum; Kailey Spear and Sam Spear, directors of season 3 TV episodes “Crush” and “Teatime.”
The CW TV series debut: Jan. 23 at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT
The CW TV series synopsis: 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.
Teeth (#302) Podcast debut: Feb 1
Podcast guests: Jeff Masters, “LGBTQ&A” Podcast host, writer, director of podcasts at Pride Media/Advocate & Out Magazine, GLAAD Award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on NPR, MSNBC and The New York Times; Clarkisha Kent, writer and journalist whose work has appeared in Essence, Entertainment Weekly, The Root, MTV, BET; executive producer and TV episode writer Lisa Morales, and executive producer Liz Levine.
The CW TV series debut: Jan. 30 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.
The CW TV series synopsis: 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) Podcast debut: Feb 3
Podcast guests: Tommy Pico, award-winning poet, recipient of the Whiting Award, host of podcasts “Scream Queen” and “Food 4 Thot” and writer for FX’s Sterlin Harjo/Taika Waititi comedy series “Reservation Dogs”; Drea Washington, film nerd, horror fanatic and co-host of “Scream Queen;” TV episode director Heidi Saman (“Queen Sugar” NPR’s “Fresh Air”) and writer Sehaj Sethi.
The CW TV series debut: Jan. 30 at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT
The CW TV series synopsis: 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).
About Stage 13
Stage 13 is a multiple award-winning, fearless, original content studio showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and unscripted storytelling. With six Emmy® nominations, the brand’s diverse portfolio of series and features are available on the Stage 13 platform, Facebook, YouTube, and its distribution partners, including Netflix, The CW/CW Seed, HBO, and HBO Max. Creating impactful series for multidimensional audiences, Stage 13 is part of the Warner Bros. TV Group.
* Source: Nielsen TV Toolbox, Linear = Live+35, Two Minute Qualifier, Netflix Sept 2019-Oct 2021, CWTV.com, All Seasons of Each Series; U.S. and Connected TV only.
Links and for more information
“Two Sentence Horror Stories” TV series and companion podcast links:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/two-sentence-horror-stories-the-podcast/id1606273152Podcast trailer: https://youtu.be/m79JHDZyKUI
Stage 13 site: https://www.stage13.com/shows/two-sentence-horror-stories/
Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/twosentencehorrorstories
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/twosentencehorrorstories
Series Website: http://www.twosentencehorrorstories.com/
Series Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWcns0_Y5wQ
Series EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJcTduUPoHM
“Two Sentence Horror Stories” TV series, season 3 airs/streams: cwtv.com and the CW app