WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE Bringing The Weird To The TV Screen
Let’s face it, podcasts are the radio of the 21st century. While drive time disc jockies and AM talk radio still are driving forces behind many a long commute, it’s the format that NPR and Chicago Public Radio began with shows like Radiolab and This American Life that really pushed us into a new age of aural entertainment. Hell, this website is partially in thanks to a podcast, proving more the impact creatively a podcast can have outside of its native medium. And like Aaron Mahnke’s Lore, another spooky podcast is making the jump to television: Welcome to Night Vale.
Deadline reported this afternoon that popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale is being developed for TV by Gennifer Hutchinson (Better Call Saul) through FX Networks. Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will be executive producers on the show.
“We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.”
The podcast developed out of Cranor and Finke’s work in The Neo-Futurists, an internationally renowned theatre company who developed the on-going show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The show is set in the fictional desert town of Night Vale as you listen to the monthly community reports on community meetings, weather announcements, and terrifying Glow Clouds. With the soothing voice of Cecil Baldwin as our guide, the show hilariously skews small town culture with a healthy dose of Lovecraftian horror. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, and you’re reading this, start with Welcome to Night Vale.
No word yet on plot details or cast, or if Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale, will have some role in the show but with FX’s track record of acclaimed programming, from You’re The Worst to Archer, this is amazing news for fans of Night Vale!