ZELDA WILLIAMS, ELI GOREE AND ALBERTO FREZZA SIGN UP FOR CAMP
IN FREEFORM'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "DEAD OF SUMMER"
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Set to Direct the First Episode
The summer just got a bit hotter with Freeform adding Zelda Williams ("Teen Wolf"), Alberto Frezza ("Charlie's Angels") and Eli Goree ("The 100") to their new original series "Dead of Summer." The network also announced today that "Dead of Summer" creators and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis will be directing the first episode of the series. Williams, Frezza and Goree join already announced cast members Mark Indelicato ("Ugly Betty"), Ronen Rubinstein ("Orange Is the New Black") and Paulina Singer ("Gotham").
Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses - and first kills. Clearwater's dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, "Dead of Summer" is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other. Production on the series will begin in March.
Williams will be portraying a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group.
Frezza will be playing the role of "Deputy Garrett Sykes," a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don't add up.
Goree will be portraying "Joel," an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening.
"Dead of Summer" will be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis ("Lost," "Once Upon a Time") and Ian Goldberg ("Once Upon a Time," "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior") will write and executive-produce the series.
Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, Freeform is distributed in 94 million homes. The network connects to audiences and goes beyond entertainment with bold original programming and immersive social engagement. The network delivers a unique mix of quality original and acquired series, plus fan favorite movies and the holiday events "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." The Freeform app is a service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide array of devices.
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Established in 2013, ABC Signature is ABC Studios' boutique division, which spearheads development in premium and basic cable, emerging platforms and off-cycle, direct to series programming for broadcast networks. Signature recently completed production on the multi-cam comedy pilot for Freeform entitled "Gorgeous Morons," produced by Danny Chun, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. ABC Signature's series credits include the USA half-hour comedy "Benched," starring Eliza Coupe, and the ABC drama series "Blood & Oil," starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford.