Syfy resurrects SurrealEstate for a second season

The Canadian paranormal series is back from the dead after its initial cancellation by the U.S. network last year.

Canadian horror series SurrealEstate won’t be moving on to the afterlife quite yet.

U.S. network Syfy has reversed course on its decision to cancel the Blue Ice Pictures-produced series, renewing it for a second season as part of its 2023 broadcast slate.

The series, created by George Olson, made a surprise appearance yesterday (May 10) as part of an announcement of Syfy’s original scripted content for 2022 and 2023. The slate includes the upcoming Reginald the Vampire, produced by Great Pacific Media, Modern Story Company, December Films and Cineflix Studios, which will stream on Amazon’s Prime Video in Canada.

Syfy had cancelled the series in October 2021, announced by Olson on social media, who stated that he and the producers would try to find a new home for the series.

The 10 x 60-minute first season was shot in Newfoundland and Labrador and stars recent Canadian Screen Award winner Tim Rozon (Wynonna Earp) as a real estate agent who uses his ability to speak with spirits to sell haunted houses. Executive producers include Daniel Iron, Lance Samuels, Armand Leo and director Danishka Esterhazy.

The second season will be shot in St. John’s in the fall, Esterhazy tells Playback Daily. “The quirky members of The Roman Agency are very dear to my heart and l can’t wait to tell more chilling — and hilarious — ghost stories with them,” she said in a statement.

SurrealEstate originally aired on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada in summer 2021, with a second broadcast on CTV in spring 2022, but the broadcaster did not confirm to Playback Daily whether it holds Canadian rights to the second season.

German media company Leonine Studios holds worldwide distribution rights to the series, and has sold it to more than 160 territories worldwide, including to Sky in the U.K., Ireland and Italy, and NBCUniversal International Networks & Direct-To-Consumer in Latin America and European countries such as France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The renewal comes less than one month after the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced a second tax credit to cover 30% of eligible production costs, in addition to the existing tax credit that covers up to 40% of labour expenses. The province has also invested $10 million toward the creation of a local film school through the St. John’s College of the North Atlantic.

SurrealEstate is the latest Canadian horror series to be revived in recent years. AMC-owned streamer Shudder revived Shaftesbury’s anthology series Slasher for a fourth season in 2020, with a fifth season now in the works.

With files from Victoria Ahearn