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Amazon adds Mena Suvari-starring Hysteria to next round of pilots

Amazon is bringing Hysteria – a social network-based horror show starring Mena Suvari – to its latest round of exclusive TV pilots. 

The drama follows Suvari (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) as Dr. Logan Harlen returning to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate an epidemic that is apparently spreading through Facebook and Twitter. 

Coming across as a mix between High School Musical and The Ring, members of a girls’ competitive dance team are being affected by an illness that manifests itself in fits and spasms apparently triggered by social media. 

Amazon's latest pilot puts Mena Suvari at the centre of some social media Hysteria
Amazon’s latest pilot puts Mena Suvari at the centre of some social media Hysteria

As Harlen investigates the cause she will discover that the hysteria might also be linked to events from her own past. The show is being written by Shaun Cassidy (creator of American Gothic and Roar) and also stars Orange Is The New Black’s James McDaniel as Carl Sapsi. 

Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios said: “We’re very excited to be collaborating with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group to bring Hysteria to life for viewer. 

Shaun is known for creating shows with layers of mystery, depth of character and topical themes. His script immediately hooked us and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.” 

Other stars of Hysteria are Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) as Ray Ratajeck, Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Matt Sanchez, Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) as Grace Pelayo and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as Carter Harlen.

The show will be available through Amazon Instant Prime which is available online, on iOS and Kindle Fire tablets, Roku, PlayStation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One as well as smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. 

Previous Amazon pilots that have translated into full shows include political comedy Alpha House and sci-fi horror show The After, penned by X-Files creator Chris Carter. 

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