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|Created by||Gregg Hale
David S. Goyer
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Haxan Films
20th Century Fox Television
|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
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.
- Ethan Embry – Derek Barnes / Adam Barnes
- Lisa Sheridan – Chloe Tanner
- Karim Prince – Jason Tatum
- Lizette Carrion – Lan Williams
- Dennis Christopher – Vince J. Elsing
Production and marketing
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 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. 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.
|No.||Title ||Directed by ||Written by ||Original air date||Prod.
|Todd Holland||TBA||October 6, 2000||1AEF79|
|2||"Subject: Threethirteen"||Stephen Cragg||TBA||October 13, 2000||1AEF02|
|3||"Subject: Edith Keeler Must Die"||David Straiton||TBA||October 20, 2000||1AEF03|
|4||"Subject: Coelacanth This!"||Jef Levy||Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner||October 27, 2000||1AEF01|
|5||"Subject: Desert Squid! Myth or Legend?"||Scott Lautanen||Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner||November 3, 2000||1AEF04|
|6||"Subject: The Harbingers"||Jay Tobias||Juan Carlos Coto||January 5, 2001||1AEF05|
|7||"Subject: Still I Rise"||Joe Napolitano||Adisa Iwa||January 12, 2001||1AEF06|
|8||"Subject: Me and My Shadow"||Thomas Wright||Mark Verheiden||January 19, 2001||1AEF07|
|9||"Subject: The Stone Room"||David Grossman||TBA||January 26, 2001||1AEF08|
|10||"Subject: Live Fast, Die Young"||TBA||Michael R. Perry||June 1, 2001||1AEF10|
|11||"Subject: Police Siren"||Randy Miller||TBA||June 8, 2001||1AEF11|
|12||"Subject: Sunrise at Sunset Streams"||Bill Norton||TBA||June 15, 2001||1AEF09|
|13||"Subject: The Final Word"||David Straiton||Mark Verheiden||June 22, 2001||1AEF12|
- From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "FreakyLinks"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
- 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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