The sleeper horror/comedy Canadian series, SurrealEstate, has been resurrected. Initially cancelled, the Syfy series was renewed and is currently in production on Season 2. Created by George R. Olson, the series fills a popular paranormal niche.
With the tagline “These properties are to die for,” the Roman Agency caters to homeowners experiencing strange phenomena. Each TV-14, 43-minute episode has the elite realty team tackling some of the worst issues in homeownership: hauntings. Led by Luke Roman, played by Tom Rozon, the crew utilizes skills found when ghost hunters investigate a property. Susan Ireland, played by Sarah Levy, is brought on to close the deal, metaphysically and literally. The tech specialists include former priest Father Phil Orley, played by Aam Korson, and August Ripley, played by Maurice Dean Wint, who speaks in quotes. Office assistant Zooey L’Enfant (Savannah Basley) and homeowner Megan Donovan (Tennille Read) round out the regulars.
The star with no dialog is the “Donovan House,” a haunted Victorian mansion inherited by Megan Donovan. In real life, the home is called “Hopedale House,” built by Captain Samuel Blandford (1840-1909) in 1883. He resided in the home with his wife, Sarah Anne (Edgar), and their family. The Blandford family owned the home up until World War II, when it was used as a British headquarters. Later, the Salvation Army ran a home for unwed mothers and then senior citizens. It was subdivided into 5 apartments prior to its last title transfer to Pam Crossan in 1986. Crossan jokes the home “has more spirit than spirits.”
SurrealEstate films at other lovely properties throughout the St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador regions in eastern Canada. Season 1 streams on Hulu. Fans eagerly await the yet to be determined release of Season 2.
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