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Previewing Syfy’s New Thursday: Van Helsing and Ghost Wars

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[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Syfy kicks off its fall Thursday night lineup this week with the second season premiere of Van Helsing at 9/8c and the series premiere of Ghost Wars at 10/9c.

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The Van Helsing premiere, written by showrunner Neil LaBute, picks up immediately with where Season 1 ended, as Vanessa (Kelly Overton) finds herself face-to-face with Rebecca (Laura Mennell) and a now vamped-out Dylan (Hannah Cheramy), Taka (Ryan Robbins) confronts Dmitri (Paul Johansson), and Mohamed (Trezzo Moharo) follows his sister, the vampire familiar Sheema (Naika Toussaint).

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

All of this times out with the Resistance raid, which finds Flesh (Vincent Gale) trying to reach Vanessa. Everything gets complicated and messy pretty quickly. No spoilers here, but the first hour puts to bed some of the first season arcs and kicks the door open on new ones. It also maintains the bloody bar set by Season 1, so fair warning that it’s not been watered down for the earlier timeslot.

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

New series Ghost Wars wasn’t available for advance review but it’s the brainchild of Continuum and Van Helsing‘s showrunner Simon Barry, who executive produces with Motive‘s Dennis Heaton. That pairing lends itself to some friendly alumni casting out of both of their shows, including Motive star Kristin Lehman–who stars and steps behind the camera to direct this season, Tim Guinee, and Luvia Peterson.

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Here’s what we know going in: When the remote Alaskan town of Port Moore is cut off from civilization thanks to an invading army of deadly ghosts, its residents must band together to survive. Dark secrets, bigger threats, a shadowy organization, and a deeper mystery could threaten any hopes they have of survival.

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Avan Jogia (Tut) plays Roman, a local outcast who’s been plagued by his lifelong ability to communicate with the spirit world. Yearning to be left alone by both the living and the dead, he must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own demons in order to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting.

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Vincent D’Onofrio is Reverend Dan, who suffered a crisis of faith about his congregation’s flagging membership before the ghost lockdown turned things around.

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Kristin Lehman is Marilyn, the town doctor, and Peterson plays her wife, Val. We don’t know any more than that yet. Kim Coates is Jimmy, a former fisherman who uses his boat to smuggle contraband into Port Moore.

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Photo Credit: Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy

Kandyse McClure is Landis, a pragmatic young research scientist who hails from a small town  and wasn’t eager to return to another one, but she put career first to come to Port Moore.

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Meat Loaf Aday is the troubled and angry Doug, who is haunted by the horrors of his past and scapegoats Roman with the blame.

Van Helsing airs Thursdays at 9/8c and Ghost Wars follows at 10/9c. Both series have orders for 13-episode seasons. Here are sneak peeks of their premieres.

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