FreakyLinks

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FreakyLinks
Created by Gregg Hale
David S. Goyer
Starring Ethan Embry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Haxan Films
Regency Television
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network Fox
Original release October 6, 2000 – June 22, 2001

FreakyLinks was an American science fiction series that combined elements of horror, mystery, and comedy. It aired on Fox from October 2000 until June 2001, for a total run of 13 episodes. The feel of the show closely modeled that of The X-Files and other supernatural-themed shows that were popular at the time.

Setting and plot[edit]

FreakyLinks centered on Derek Barnes (played by Ethan Embry), who ran a website called "FreakyLinks.com" that sought out the dark and forbidden truths behind paranormal phenomena and urban legends, assisted by his friends Chloe (Lisa Sheridan) and Jason (Karim Prince).

Derek took over the site after his twin brother, Adam, died under mysterious circumstances. The show's episodes revolved around Derek and his friends investigating supernatural claims for the website and uncovering clues that reveal the truth of his brother's fate.

Cast[edit]

Production and marketing[edit]

FreakyLinks, originally titled Fearsum until a few months before airing, was developed by Haxan, the creators of the film The Blair Witch Project. The talents of Haxan were highly sought-after[citation needed] following the then-recent success of The Blair Witch Project that had taken the entertainment industry by surprise.

Haxan decided to follow a similar marketing strategy as Blair Witch and created a website, long before the show was set to air, called "Freakylinks.com" which was cleverly designed to look like an amateurish, home-brew website made by real-life paranormal enthusiasts.

The website was fairly successful and seemed to create some amount of "buzz" but this did not translate into high ratings when the show finally aired. The show went on hiatus for a few months before returning the air to finish out the season, but was not renewed for the next fall television season.

However, during its brief run the show developed a devoted cult following.[citation needed] Following the show's demise, an outcry arose among the fans and an online petition, possibly among the first such online petitions, was created to ask the Fox Network to bring the show back for another season.[citation needed]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title [1][2] Directed by [2] Written by [2] Original air date  Prod.
code [2]
1 "Subject: Fearsum"
"Pilot"
Todd Holland TBA October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06) 1AEF79
2 "Subject: Threethirteen" Stephen Cragg TBA October 13, 2000 (2000-10-13) 1AEF02
3 "Subject: Edith Keeler Must Die" David Straiton TBA October 20, 2000 (2000-10-20) 1AEF03
4 "Subject: Coelacanth This!" Jef Levy Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner October 27, 2000 (2000-10-27) 1AEF01
5 "Subject: Desert Squid! Myth or Legend?" Scott Lautanen Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03) 1AEF04
6 "Subject: The Harbingers" Jay Tobias Juan Carlos Coto January 5, 2001 (2001-01-05) 1AEF05
7 "Subject: Still I Rise" Joe Napolitano Adisa Iwa January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) 1AEF06
8 "Subject: Me and My Shadow" Thomas Wright Mark Verheiden January 19, 2001 (2001-01-19) 1AEF07
9 "Subject: The Stone Room" David Grossman TBA January 26, 2001 (2001-01-26) 1AEF08
10 "Subject: Live Fast, Die Young" TBA Michael R. Perry June 1, 2001 (2001-06-01) 1AEF10
11 "Subject: Police Siren" Randy Miller TBA June 8, 2001 (2001-06-08) 1AEF11
12 "Subject: Sunrise at Sunset Streams" Bill Norton TBA June 15, 2001 (2001-06-15) 1AEF09
13 "Subject: The Final Word" David Straiton Mark Verheiden June 22, 2001 (2001-06-22) 1AEF12

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "FreakyLinks"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "FreakyLinks"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 

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