CBS Eyes Van Helsing FBI Drama, With Elementary Creator Among EPs

With a Sherlock-less Watson series set to premiere at midseason and a procedural about Albert Einstein’s great-grandkid already in the works, CBS is also eyeing a crime drama that will appropriate the name of Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Penned by Jonathan Lee (of Netflix’s upcoming Lockerbie miniseries) and with Elementary creator Rob Doherty also serving as a writing executive producer, Van Helsing is described as “a contemporary take on literature’s greatest monster hunter, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, who uses his uniquely inquisitive mind working alongside his ex, relentless FBI Special Agent Mina Harker, to solve New York City’s most harrowing cases.”

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Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman also serve as EPs on the Lionsgate Television project, which is now in development for CBS. (Deadline first reported on the prospective series.)

Van Helsing of course previously was conceived as a proper (if post-apocalyptic) horror series that ran for five seasons, from July 2016 to June 2021, on Syfy.

Bram Stoker’s vampire hunter character also was brought to life in a 2004 horror film that was set in 1887 Transylvania and starred Hugh Jackman in the title role, while Kate Beckinsale played Anna Valerious.

Are you excited for CBS’ fresh take on the Van Helsing character? And where is my Captain Ahab naval crimes drama?!

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