Sci-Fi Channel is getting psychic with a weekday talkshow from acclaimed medium John Edward, known for his uncanny ability to “see dead people.”

The pilot for the as-yet-unnamed strip will be shot in New York in December, with the series slated to debut during the first quarter of 2000.

The show will likely feature Edward working his psychic powers on guests in order to contact their dearly departed. Sci-Fi is hoping that the strip will appeal to viewers who are not necessarily believers of the occult.

“This show will put a unique spin on reality-based programming, which will continue the process of broadening Sci-Fi’s programming,” said Bonnie Hammer, senior VP, Sci-Fi Channel programming and USA original production.

Format undecided

The cable network is still determining the length and format of the daily strip, which is being produced in association with Media Savvy, with Ramey Warren Black and Adora English exec producing. Candice Harmon (“Dr. Joy Brown”) will serve as the series’ producer and Peter W. Kimball will direct.

Author of the recent book “One Last Time,” Edward has appeared on “The Roseanne Show,” “The Maury Povich Show,” and “Larry King Live,” and was featured in the recent HBO special “Life Afterlife: America Undercover.” Edward publishes his own newsletter and conducts workshops and seminars for people who wish to develop their own psychic ability. He has also created two videos: “One Last Time: After Death Communication” and “Building Bridges to the Spiritual Realm.”