Van Helsing (TV series)

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Van Helsing
Genre
Created by Neil LaBute
Based on Helsing
by Zenescope Entertainment
Starring
Composer(s) Rich Walters
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Chris Rudolph
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Editor(s) Bridget Durnford
Production company(s)
  • Echo Lake Entertainment
  • Dynamic Television
  • Nomadic Pictures
Release
Original network Syfy
Original release July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) – present
External links
Website

Van Helsing is an American-Canadian dark fantasy horror drama television series that premiered on September 23, 2016 on Syfy in the United States.[1] Kelly Overton plays the titular character of the series,[2] which was inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing.[3] Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode third season in December 2017.[4]

Plot[edit]

Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, awakens from a three-year coma after her supposed death to find herself in a post-apocalyptic world. She is humanity's last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. She has been protected by a Marine ordered to keep her, and the doctor who saved her, safe, so she can lead a resistance against the vampires that plague the world's survivors.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kelly Overton as Vanessa Van Helsing,[6] humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost in a post-Rising world, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires into humans.
  • Jonathan Scarfe as Axel, a career Marine with unwavering devotion and loyalty to both duty and his wards, despite years of isolation and endless vampire attacks.
  • Christopher Heyerdahl as Sam, a survivor of the Rising who relies on his strength and observational skills to stay alive.
  • David Cubitt as John, a survivor of the Rising whose actions are fueled by anger, prejudice, suspicion and fear. (season 1)
  • Vincent Gale as Flesh, a vampire who was originally a human named Phil. He became one of the first vampires turned by Julius during the Rising. After the Rising, he served as one of Julius' top lieutenants, and was sent to bite "the dead woman", Vanessa. As a result, he was cured and regained his humanity. (season 1 and 2)
  • Rukiya Bernard as Doc (real name Sarah), a Seattleite medical examiner and scientist.
  • Trezzo Mahoro as Mohamad, a happy guy, despite all of the evilness in the world. (season 1 and 2)
  • Tim Guinee as Ted,[a] a Marine and a friend of Axel Miller. (season 1)
  • Laura Mennell as Rebecca, an ancient high-ranking vampire who sees very little use in human life. (season 1)
  • Paul Johansson as Dmitri, a vampire turned long before the Rising. He is now the patient and calculating leader of the vampires. (season 1 and 2)
  • Aleks Paunovic as Julius, a mysterious and powerful bloodsucker that existed as a vampire for some time before The Rising, though he was far from the high-ranking vampire authority that he is now. (main, season 1; recurring, season 2)
  • Hilary Jardine as Susan, Vanessa's neighbor and best friend up until The Rising, during which time she became a vampire, though she was later cured, after she and Vanessa reunited. (season 1; guest, season 2)

Recurring[edit]

  • Hannah Cheramy as Dylan, daughter of Vanessa.
  • Jennifer Copping as Quaid, a member of the Portland Human Resistance. (season 1)
  • Ben Cotton as Campbell, a member of the Portland Human Resistance. (season 1)
  • Gia Crovatin as Atanasia, an ancient vampire like her brother Dmitri.
  • John DeSantis as Gustov, a vampire from Julius' Brood. (season 1)
  • Sarah Desjardins as Catherine, a member of a group of survivors from Idaho, who were lucky enough to be rescued by Vanessa as they passed through Seattle. (season 1)
  • Christina Jastrzembska as Mama, mother of Julius, as well as a member of his Brood.
  • Macie Juiles as Callie, a member of a group of survivors from Idaho, who after being saved Vanessa, forged a bond with her.
  • Avery Konrad as Cynthia, an average teenage girl that somehow managed to survive The Rising for as long as she did. (season 1)
  • Duncan Ollerenshaw as Dr. Sholomenko, a human doctor, who was forced into working for Julius and Rebecca in order to create day walking vampires with components from Vanessa's blood.
  • Rowland Pidlubny as Scab, a vampire servant from Julius' brood.
  • Ryan Robbins as Taka, a leader of the Portland Human Resistance.
  • Naika Toussaint as Sheema, a sister of Mohamad and is a member of the Portland Human Resistance.
  • Alison Wandzura as Nicole, a survivors held up in the Seattle Valley General Hospital until it was over run with vampires. (season 1)
  • Gwynyth Walsh as Magdalene, an ex-wife of Micah, and is in allegiance with Julius. (season 1)
  • Andrea Ware as Lucky, a member of the Portland Human Resistance. (season 2)
  • Missy Peregrym as Scarlett Harker/Van Helsing, Vanessa's twin sister.[7] (season 2, credited as "Special Guest Star")

Development and production[edit]

Syfy acquired Van Helsing from Nomadic Pictures in November 2015, with a 13-episode order beginning production in January 2016, and a series premiere scheduled for Fall 2016.[8] On October 14, 2016, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode second season,[9] which premiered on October 5, 2017. On December 19, 2017, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode third season.[4]

It was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that series star Kelly Overton was pregnant during the production of the second season of Van Helsing.[10]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
213October 5, 2017 (2017-10-05)January 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [11][12]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [11][12]US viewers
(millions)
11"Help Me"Michael NankinNeil LaButeJuly 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)[b]1.24[14]
22"Seen You"Michael NankinSimon BarrySeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)0.83[15]
33"Stay Inside"Michael NankinJackie MaySeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)0.66[16]
44"Coming Back"David J. FrazeeJonathan WalkerOctober 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)0.62[17]
55"Fear Her"David J. FrazeeJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)0.61[18]
66"Nothing Matters"Amanda TappingNeil LaButeOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)0.64[19]
77"For Me"Amanda TappingSimon BarryOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)0.53[20]
88"Little Thing"Jason PriestleyNeil LaButeNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)0.61[21]
99"Help Out"Jason PriestleyJackie MayNovember 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)0.68[22]
1010"Stay Away"Simon BarryJonathan WalkerNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)0.60[23]
1111"Last Time"Simon BarrySimon BarryNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)0.65[24]
1212"He's Coming"Amanda TappingShevon Singh, Jeremy Smith & Matt VenablesDecember 2, 2016 (2016-12-02)0.50[25]
1313"It Begins"Amanda TappingNeil LaButeDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)0.56[26]
  1. ^ Guinee was only credited as main cast in episodes 1x01 and 1x02.
  2. ^ The pilot episode of Van Helsing, "Help Me", was aired as a special commercial-free "preview" on July 31, 2016, almost two months before its formal television premiere on September 23, 2016.[13]

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [11][12]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [11][12]US viewers
(millions)
141"Began Again"Michael NankinNeil LaButeOctober 5, 2017 (2017-10-05)0.46[27]
152"In Redemption"Michael NankinJonathan Lloyd WalkerOctober 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)0.45[28]
163"Love Bites"Michael NankinJackie MayOctober 19, 2017 (2017-10-19)0.49[29]
174"A Home"Jason StoneJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesOctober 26, 2017 (2017-10-26)0.46[30]
185"Save Yourself"Jason StoneNeil LaButeNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)0.37[31]
196"Veritas Vincit"Kaare AndrewsJonathan Lloyd WalkerNovember 9, 2017 (2017-11-09)0.30[32]
207"Everything Changes"Kaare AndrewsJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesNovember 16, 2017 (2017-11-16)0.35[33]
218"Big Mama"David WinningNeil LaButeNovember 30, 2017 (2017-11-30)0.34[34]
229"Wakey, Wakey"David WinningJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesDecember 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)0.49[35]
2310"Base Pair"Paul JohanssonJackie May & Michael C. Natchoff
Teleplay by : Jackie May
December 14, 2017 (2017-12-14)0.36[36]
2411"Be True"Jonathan ScarfeJackie MayDecember 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)0.49[37]
2512"Crooked Falls"Paul JohanssonJonathan Lloyd WalkerDecember 28, 2017 (2017-12-28)0.55[38]
2613"Black Days"Jonathan ScarfeNeil LaButeJanuary 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)0.48[39]

Broadcast and release[edit]

Syfy aired a commercial-free preview of the pilot on July 31, 2016;[13] this was followed by the series premiere on September 23, 2016.[40]

The series was originally slated to premiere in Canada on Super Channel,[41] but because of Super Channel's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings,[42] the series was ultimately dropped from their schedule and instead premiered on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[43]

Reception[edit]

The series' pilot episode received 4.5 stars from Den of Geek.[44] In his review of Van Helsing, Keith Uhlich of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It's pretty good... or is at least, to quote that old critic's saw, 'better than it has any right to be'."[45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 Leo Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Simon Barry for "Last Time" Nominated [46]
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series Simon Barry for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series John Gajdecki, Ryan Epp, Steve Desroches, Brae Norwiss, Shawn Duddridge for "Seen You" Nominated
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series Jayne Dancose for "Stay Inside" Nominated
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series Kimani Ray Smith for "It Begins" Nominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Hillary Jardine for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Jonathan Scarfe for "Help Me" Won
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Christopher Heyerdahl for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Rukiya Bernard for "Seen You" Nominated

See also[edit]

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