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Stranger Things was one of the biggest and most unexpected hits of 2016, and Netflix subscribers everywhere are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Season 2 at the end of the month. As it turns out, one of the Stranger Things executive producers has a new show in the works that will take him out of Hawkins. Executive producer Shawn Levy is currently developing a psychological thriller called Epiphany for The CW.
Epiphany would follow a group of gifted strangers who come together when they're recruited to solve a complicated code. The twist comes from the fact that the code is hidden in the walls of a Gilded Age mansion. Yes, we're talking about a haunted house. If ordered to series, Epiphany will be a psychological thriller that THR reports will have similarities to the works of Stanley Kubrick and Agatha Christie.
At this point, Epiphany has only received a script commitment from The CW, although the odds are pretty good that The CW would want to move forward on a series with a Stranger Things producer attached. The network is arguably best known nowadays for its superhero series, and branching out into other genres could be for the best in the long run. Shawn Levy is on board as executive producer. Spenser Cohen has signed on to write the pilot, and Lee Toland Krieger of The Age of Adaline and Life Sentence will direct the pilot if The CW gives the green light.
The CW hasn't had the most success in the last couple of years when it comes to new series. With the exceptions of Legends of Tomorrow in 2016 and Riverdale in 2017, The CW hasn't had any big new ratings hits even by the lower CW ratings standards. (There have been critical hits, however.) Additionally, the network lost long-running series The Vampire Diaries, Reign, and Beauty and the Beast in recent years. The network could probably use a big new hit that stands out from other networks. Black Lightning shows potential, although it is another superhero series. Epiphany could be the kind of show The CW needs moving forward. With a Stranger Things name attached, perhaps even viewers who usually don't visit The CW would tune in. We'll have to wait and see.
It's much too early to say if Epiphany will actually make it to the small screen, let alone guess who will star in the series. In the meantime, we have a brand new season of Stranger Things ahead of us courtesy of Shawn Levy, and we don't have much longer to wait. All nine episodes of Stranger Things Season 2 will be available streaming on Netflix on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PT. We have a new episode of the Cord Cutter Podcast all about Stranger Things, so be sure to take a listen! For your other viewing and streaming options, take a look at our fall TV guide and our 2017 Netflix schedule.