It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good drama series set in a funeral home. And Syfy is ready to deliver, thanks to actor and producer Mario Van Peebles.
The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes of Superstition, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with a little help from people who brought us both Battlestar Galactica and another popular funeral home-based show, Six Feet Under.
The 13-episode series, set to begin production in early 2017 for a premiere date later in the year, centers around the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans, and keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. 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.
Van Peebles will not only star in some of the episodes, but he’ll also write and direct. The entire project will be run by Joel Anderson Thompson, who wrote the 2006 Battlestar Galactica episode “Epiphanies” that centered around a controversial order from the president of the Twelve Colonies to kill a Cylon hybrid baby. Thompson also was an executive story editor on the Syfy series as well.
Joining Thompson as an executive producer is Laurence Andries, who was a supervising producer on Six Feet Under in its early years, also writing three episodes. He would move on to other series including Alias and The CW’s Supernatural.
The writing team, according to THR, will include two people who wrote episodes of Syfy’s Defiance and another series, Dominion: Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd.
Van Peebles, who got his first break in his father’s -Melvin Van Peebles – controversial 1971 indie film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, is best known for his character work through the years on shows like L.A. Law, Damages and more recently, Nashville.
He’s currently filming Run the Race with Mykelti Williamson and Frances Fisher, and just finished work on an action thriller he wrote and directed, If.
The series could be on the air by this fall.
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