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Syfy Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Supernatural Mario Van Peebles Show ‘Superstition’

Syfy has given a straight-to-series pickup to “Superstition,” a supernatural show hailing from Mario Van Peebles’ newly launched production company MVPTV and XLrator Media, Variety has learned.

Van Peebles will write, direct and star in some of the episodes.

“Superstition” 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.

The “New Jack City” alum will produce with XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. Joel Anderson Thompson will serve as showrunner, Laurence Andries will executive produce, and scribes Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd have joined the series. XLrator Media holds the international distribution and sales rights.

“The incredible things we used to do in independent film, we can now do in television. This is truly a golden era for exciting, provocative television.” said Van Peebles.

“’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,” said Gordon. “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.”

Syfy’s SVP of programming, Chris Regina, added: “A town where all superstitions, myths and legends are true offers a rich cultural, atmospheric and macabre playground for Mario Van Peebles, Barry Gordon, Joel Anderson Thompson and Laurence Andries to explore. We are excited to work with this terrific team and look forward to bringing this unique story to Syfy.”

“Superstition” will head into production early in the new year and will debut later in 2017.

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