Syfy is adding a brand-new TV series to its ever growing slate of original programming, which already includes the likes of 12 Monkeys, The Expanse and Z Nation, among others.
According to a report at Bloody-Disgusting, Syfy (Blastr's corporate parent. - Ed.) has given the green light to a 13-episode supernatural series titled Superstition, hailing from XLrator Media and actor Mario Van Peebles’ new production company MVPTV. Filming is said to kick off early next year, with a premiere date slated for later in 2017. My guess? The fall. It’s going to be the perfect show for a frightful Halloween night.
They've already tapped Joe Anderson Thompson (Battlestar Galactica) as showrunner with Van Peebles (who will also produce) set to write, direct and star in some of the show’s 13 episodes. The Defiance writing team of Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd have also been brought into the fold, with Laurence Andries (Alias, Supernatural, The Pacific) set up as executive producer. Not a bad roster, don’t you think?
Superstition will revolve around the Mosley family, proud owners of a funeral home set in a fictional town (no name has been revealed yet) on the fringes of New Orleans. Not only does the family own said funeral home, but they are also keepers of the town’s deep dark secrets and haunted history (my favorite kind!), a fictional town that is:
“Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk, and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor named The Dredge.”
So far, so intriguing. An official statement by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon reveals the recent successes of genre TV shows and their ever growing audience is behind the creation of Superstition. Here's how the upcoming series was described:
“Superstition is an intelligent, boundary-pushing genre series rich in supernatural lore and myths, featuring an eccentric family who have an unusual connection to an otherworldly plane, and the dark force that unleashes the demons, creatures and monsters that haunt our nightmares. There is a voracious global audience always seeking the next well-crafted genre series as evidenced by the success of American Horror Story, Stranger Things, Supernatural, True Blood, Six Feet Under and others. Superstition is being produced and created by people who love and appreciate genre content. XLrator is proud to partner with Syfy and Mario Van Peebles on our first network television series.”
There’s no casting news or official premiere date for Superstition yet, but with the showrunner and writers already locked and loaded, and the series set to begin filming in early 2017, I think we’ll find out sooner rather than later. What do you think of the premise for the series?