Just days before SyFy premieres its adaptation of BBC hit Being Human, the network has made public the details of two new programs in development – School Spirits and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) have officially become part of the cable network’s upcoming slate of original television series.
As if the thought of school wasn’t fear inducing enough, SyFy aims to make it downright terrifying. School Spirits is a one-hour reality series from Mark Burnett of Survivor and Seth Jarrett of Celebrity Ghost Stories, centering on “real-life” paranormal encounters at high schools and college campuses across the nation.
Mark Stern, who was recently promoted to president of original programming at SyFy, made this statement regarding the program:
“Paranormal encounters at high schools and colleges often become legendary stories spanning and touching generations. We’re excited to partner with Mark and Seth as they bring compelling, firsthand stories to life.”
School Spirits will feature real students, teachers, parents and staff recounting their encounters with the supernatural in first person accounts – according to the official synopsis from SyFy. An airdate for the reality series has yet to be announced.
Additionally, Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg, writers of such great geek fare as Caprica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have been tapped to write the pilot for another adaptation of a British television series, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Based on the ‘60s detective series about murdered police officer Hopkirk, who returns as a ghost seen only by his partner Randall, to continue solving crimes.
As mentioned, both Espenson and Greenberg worked on the recently cancelled SyFy program Caprica – Espenson served as executive producer and Greenberg as supervising producer. Espenson, a prolific writer and producer, has also worked on high-profile series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Gilmore Girls and Dollhouse. Greenberg has written and produced for Warehouse 13 and Dexter.
The original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was the brainchild of Doctor Who writer, Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman, producer of the classic British television show, The Saint. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was known in the United States as My Partner, The Ghost. The show has proven popular enough to warrant other remakes. In 2000, a short-lived, all-out comedy version aired in the UK.