Starz announced a pilot pick-up of the horror-comedy “Shining Vale” from Other Shoe Productions, Merman and Kapital Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Lionsgate Television. The new series follows a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town. The twist is that the new family home is a location where terrible atrocities have taken place, and it could be taking a toll on the new guests. In the story, no one seems to notice anything is wrong except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed because the symptoms are exactly the same.

The network described the series in the announcement adding, “Everyone has their demons — but are Pat’s real? Or is this the portrait of a typical family torn apart by mental illness. Done in a funny, scary way.”

According to the network’s announcement, the half-hour comedy is written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof and Sharon Horgan. Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, and Dana Honor also serve as executive producers. Starz didn’t confirm a premiere date for the new horror-comedy, and we will have to wait a few weeks before we get any casting information.

Over the last year, STARZ has been bumping up its original content slate. “Shining Vale” joins “Vida,” “The Rook,” “Power,” “American Gods,” “Now Apocalypse,” “Sweetbitter,” and “Outlander” on the network. Other shows picking up a following include “The Spanish Princess,” and “Counterpart,” along with “America to Me,” and “Wrong Man.”

Earlier this summer, Starz announced a Season 3 order of “The Girlfriend Experience,” which is set amidst the London tech scene where a young female neuroscientist begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience. The network is also making a series adaptation of ““Dangerous Liaisons,” inspired by the novel of the same name. The show aims to tell the early years of the iconic characters Merteuil and Valmont when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris.

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