Syfy has given a 13-episode direct-to-series order to Superstition, a supernatural drama set in a mysterious town outside New Orleans, from XLrator Media and Mario Van Peebles’ newly launched MVPTV. He’ll produce with XLrator’s Barry Gordon and will also write, direct and star in some episodes. Joel Anderson Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, House) has been tapped as showrunner. Production starts in early 2017 for air later in the year.

The series centers on the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans where they’re also keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor named The Dredge.

Laurence Andries (Alias, Six Feet Under) is exec producer. Writing team Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd (Defiance) are also aboard.

XLrator Media, making its network TV debut, holds international distribution and sales rights.