A drama series inspired by a series of graphic novels has been picked up for a second season by Syfy. The cable channel will bring back “Van Helsing,” which is four episodes into its freshman season after premiering Sept. 23.
The series stars Kelly Overton in the title role of Vanessa Helsing, a female-centric variation on the venerable Van Helsing gothic horror character. The cast also includes Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl and David Cubitt.
The show is created by film director Neil LaBute, known for his late-’90s breakout with “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends & Neighbors.”
Series producer Nomadic Pictures and distributor Dynamic Television announced the renewal, with production on the show’s 13-episode second season due to begin in January, Deadline.com notes.
Said LaBute: “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.”