SyFy Enlists ‘Caprica’ Writers & Gets Spooky with ‘School Spirits’

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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.

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ITV's Original Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)

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.

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Source: UPI, The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Spooky!

  2. A couple of minor nitpicks, Kevin: Randall and Hopkirk were both private detectives, not police officers, and that photo shows Randall standing next to Inspector Large. Here’s one with Hopkirk:- form4.static.flickr.com/3226/3035116107_e95e57c54d.jpg

  3. Man!
    SyFy just keeps rolling out the winners.

    It’s no wonder that no respectable geek would be caught dead tuning in to this abomination of a station.

    Just change the name from syfy to sh!tv and the transformation will be a complete success. It will be a huge success in all the low income neighborhoods where their low IQ form of entertainment is preferred. Plus all the little kiddies will be sneaking around saying they watched sh!tv like it was a bad word.

    They have pretty much ticked off their entire audience with all of their games over the past few years and dragged the station down to the point, that the weather station and cooking channel have higher ratings.

    • Yeah because Battlestar Glactica was just SUCH a dud along with other original shows like Warehouse 13, Eureka, SG1 and SG Atlantis, among others. They also just picked up Merlin which many people just love (not me but I can respect others do).

      I’m not saying SyFy has never made a dud though and some of their more recent projects have been a miss for me (SGU and Caprica most notably) but it has hardly turned into “sh!tv” as you so colorfully (and incorrectly) put it. So cut them some slack.

      Now do I like the idea of “School Spirits”? No, because I am pretty burned out on the plethora of Ghost Investigation shows that have popped up on numerous channels. It may very well be good, just not for me right now.

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