The wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale is about to get the television treatment, thanks to FX and Sony Pictures Television.
“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.”
As originally reported by Deadline, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s twice-monthly podcast will be heading to television screens in the near future. Both Fink and Cranor will serve as Executive Producers, alongside Gennifer Hutchison (Better Call Saul).
Welcome to Night Vale, which is styled as a radio station providing community updates for the titular desert town, is rife with weird and wonderful potential, and has often been described as being akin to NPR from the Twilight Zone.
The host of the show, Cecil Palmer, is largely the focus throughout — and guides us through the comings and goings of day-to-day in Night Vale. Of particular note? Cecil is at least a century old, and has a fascination with the newly arrived Latino scientist Carlos.
We won’t spoil how that particular plot line develops, but should the Night Vale television series follow the podcast closely, we’ll have significant and diverse representation throughout. Up to, and including, a spotlight on indie artists. Yeah, keep an eye on that not-quite-a-weather-update.
The Night Vale phenomenon has spanned over 100 podcast episodes, several script books, and a touring live-show, which has — to date — visited 16 countries and 35 U.S. states.
No further details, like an expected premiere date, have been provided at this time. But rest assured, we’ll be keeping our finger on the pulse of any future developments.