ABC Family Orders Up Horror Prank Series Freak Out

ABC FamilyABC Family announced it has picked up the "scary" (well, let's just see about that…this is ABC Family, after all) prank show Freak Out.

14 episodes were ordered up and it will premiere this fall during the network's well-known programming event "13 Nights of Halloween."

"I'm glad to get reality back on our schedule and to continue to grow our original programming," said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. "Scary can be funny, and this series is sure to deliver the 'sclaughing' — the screaming and the laughing. We're also excited to be working with 495 Productions, a company with a proven track record for delivering hugely entertaining reality series."

Each episode of Freak Out will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life before their eyes with elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors, and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle. Every frighteningly hilarious prank is deviously tailored with help from the victim's friends and family to turn an everyday situation into someone's scary moment, until they realize they've been pranked.

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