Early Series Renewal For Syfy’s ‘Van Helsing’

By October 17, 2016


Syfy didn’t need a lot of convincing to renew its new female-driven action series to a new season.

The cable channel will give Van Helsing another 13 episodes, which could be ready as early as next summer.

Starring Kelly Overton as Vanessa Van Helsing, the series twists the original Van Helsing story a bit, focusing on one of the descendants of the famous vampire hunters. After the world is destroyed, Van Helsing herself is resurrected to help rid the new planet of its underworld scourge.

Neil LaBute, who both writes and showruns for the series, told Deadline he couldn’t wait to tell more stories beyond the five that already have aired.

“We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years, and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew.”

The series includes a supporting cast that is familiar to geekdom, especially Sanctuary and True Blood actor Christopher Heyerdahl, along with his Hell on Wheels co-star Jonathan Scarfe.

Van Helsing also stars Rukiya Bernard, who has appeared in a number of geek shows over the years including Primeval: New WorldSupernaturalStargate: UniverseSanctuary and Eureka.

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that so many actors familiar with Hell on Wheels, the historical railroad building show that lasted five seasons on AMC, are on Van Helsing. Nomadic Pictures, which produces the Syfy series, also produced Hell on Wheels.

Van Helsing airs Fridays on Syfy.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.