*Former “Scandal” star Columbus Short is among a trio of celebrities that will give viewers something to be scared about with the next installment of TV One’s horror anthology “Fear Files.”
Short, along with Robin Givens (“Head of the Class”) and Lynn Whitfield (“How to Get Away with Murder”), will headline three new tales in the series, which was formerly known as “Friday Night Files”). According to a press release, the new “Fear Files” trilogy picks up where the first airing left off by revisiting ‘For The Love of Lockwood’ with its sequel ‘For The Love Of Lockwood Too,’ and introducing two new stories, ‘Mama’s Boy’ and ‘Fire.’
Featuring Whitfield, Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Sean Blakemore (“General Hospital”) and Eva Marcille (“The Young and the Restless”), “For The Love of Lockwood Too” brings back Lockwood Masters (Blakemore), who has another victim in his sights, the beautiful Bianca Wayne (Ellis).
After a love potion overdose from Madam Mabry (Whitfield), Lockwood can’t help but devour the women he falls in love with. When Lockwood’s first wife and victim Marla Peters (Marcille) makes a ghostly appearance, Lockwood is trapped between delusions and reality. Meanwhile, Bianca is battling her heart’s desire to fall for this charming man and, much like Marla, she too questions how far she’d go for the love of Lockwood.
For “Mama’s Boy,” Givens stars as Elaine Channing (Givens), a loving mother who harbors a terrifying secret that involves death for all the men she becomes involved with. Desperately, Elaine fears her son is murdering her lovers. The release notes a bizarre twist, in which Elaine must decide how far she will go to protect her son.
In addition to Givens, “Mama’s Boy” stars Clifton Powell (“Ray”), Mishon Ratliff (“Lincoln Heights”) and Malachi Malik.
The final film in the trilogy, “Fire” includes Short as Harvey Jordan, a city councilman who unveils a plan to build a football stadium in a low-income neighborhood. After a lethal fire removes the last resident blocking his project, many begin to question if the resident’s death was in fact an accident, or if the Councilman’s ambition led to murder.
In pursuit of the truth is Kelisia Waters (“Let’s Stay Together’”s Erica Hubbard), a determined reporter who will stop at nothing to get answers she desires. Co-starring with Short and Hubbard in “Fire” is Mel Jackson (“Soul Food”)
Shot on location in Atlanta, “Fear Files” represents the second project executive produced by Radio One founder and chairperson, Cathy Hughes and executive vice president of Special Projects, Susan Banks, who have joined forces again with award-winning writer- director-producer Russ Parr of Up To Parr Productions.
For Hughes, “Fear Files” represents proof of TV One’s mission to offer a diverse selection of programming for viewers.
“Buoyed by the positive viewer and social media response to the inaugural airing, we are pleased to be able to deliver another installment of this compelling and entertaining series,” she expressed in the release. “Delving deeper into the horror genre helps fulfill TV One’s mission of super-serving the Black audience with a wide variety of programming genres reflecting the diversity of content Black viewers want to see.”
“Fear Files” is set to air at 8PM/ET March 13 on TV One.