FearNet to Stream Whoopi

Whoopi Goldberg is set to star in Stream, a new sci fi miniseries that will debut on Web/video-on-demand network FearNet on Jan. 15.

Stream features The View moderator as Jodi Quinn, a haunted woman who resides in a psychiatric facility, but because of a drug she took as a teenager, experiences various stages of her life past and present at the same time. Six five-minutes episodes of the series are set to be distributed on FearNet’s site and cable VOD platforms, as well as on various video outlets on the Web, including Fancast, Veoh, Joost, Break and Metacafe.

The online miniseries marks a return to the sci fi genre for the Oscar-winning actress. Back in late 1980s, Goldberg appeared regularly on Paramount’s syndicated TV show, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While Stream is the latest in a series of originals produced for FearNet— the company claims its multi-series deal with horror studio Ghost House Pictures has generated more than 12 million views online and on demand—Goldberg is arguably the most high-profile star to bring a project to the fledgling horror network. Goldberg’s work on Stream comes soon after film actress Rosario Dawson headlined NBC’s original digital series Gemini Division, which thus far has failed to yield much in the way of buzz.

But FearNet executives believe that Goldberg’s fan base goes beyond that of typical horror or sci fi.

“We have always stressed that horror and thriller is a mainstream niche, not just slasher and torture and entertainment that appeals to men,”  said FearNet president Diane Robina. “Our success to date across both gender and age validates this position, and we believe this new project with Ms. Goldberg will continue to drive large audiences to our multi-platform network.”