'Buffy' writers to pen Syfy's Brit hit -- EXCLUSIVE

Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg are going to write Syfy’s pilot-in-development Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) — based on the classic British TV show.

Espenson and Greenberg have plenty of Geek TV cred, with Espenson having written for Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse and Greenberg having worked on Dexter and Warehouse 13. Oh, and both wrote for a little show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

For those who haven’t heard of this quirky-titled project, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is about a detective who’s murdered while investigating a case. He returns as a ghost, visible only to his former partner, and helps him solve crimes from beyond the grave.

It’s the ultimate mismatched buddy cops — one alive, one dead!

Syfy nabbed rights to Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) last May from ITV. Bringing on top writers like this duo is another step forward to bringing this show to the small screen.

What do you think of this project? And will there be a Ghost Hunters crossover?

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  • Dash

    I’ve been watchign a lot of Buffy lately. I miss that kind of writing. It’s all heart but with a lot of funny in between.

    I’ll give this show a chance if it has lines like “Party in my eye socket and everyone’s invited…Sometimes I just shouldn’t say words.” Love me some Xander Harris.

    • Jackie

      Hee hee, one of my favorite Xander lines ever! That and “To read makes our speaking English good.” ‘Buffy’ had a snark to it that I think would lend itself very well to British-style humor.

    • Maggie

      Awww, just re-watched season 7 over the last few days and love that line, too. FYI, I named my son Xander!! I miss Buffy. I will definitely give this new show a shot. Buffy had amazing writing.

    • KaiUno

      I’m rewatching with a buffy-noob friend this year. We just passed the part where Xander holds out the cross to (what they think is) vampire Willow. Doesn’t work. Looks at the cross, gives it a shake, holds it out again. My friend was already hooked. We laughed so hard, now she’s rabid. Into season 4 now. Have to keep from popping in “Once More With Feeling” every time Anyanka mentions bunnies. (Or appears in the bunny suit. Friend had to go to work in 3 hours, still got some shut-eye, but is hooked on the Buffy-crack.)

  • jamie cee

    I tend to stay away from SyFy, due to the hilariously idiotic original movie scenes aired on The Soup– with these writers and this premise, I’ll definitely have to tune in to give it a shot

  • znachki

    This show was actually done twice in the UK, in 1969 for 26 episodes and again in 2000 for 13. (Side note: Alex Denisof guested in one ep)

    I’ll certainly be interested, since it’s Jane & Drew.

  • Chaz Winterbottom

    I’ve got one question regarding the relatively new spelling for the SyFy network. Y?

    • Liz

      Because the term “Scifi” is not copywrite-able, so they had to slightly alter their network name in order to coin it and make money off of it.

      • weblynx5

        Neither is SyFy as per my friend who works at the trademark office ;P

  • jords

    You had me at “Jane Espenson”. Drew is just the cherry on the top of my “OMG, cannot wait!” sundae. I’ve loved all their non-Buffy work (Dollhouse, BSG, Caprica, Warehouse 13) and can’t wait to see what they come up with.

  • Berengaria

    I think James Marsters and Nick Brendon would be great as mismatched buddies. They had some hilarious scenes together in BTVS.

  • cil_domney

    These two writers are a great choice for this type of project – and I wish SyFy all the best. Their valiant effort with Caprica brought them a lot of respect. Pity that so many people don’t give the station a chance.

  • Michelle

    The only episode I’ve seen of the 2 British show was the one with David Tennant! Do we really need an American version of EVERY British show? Jane and Drew are two of my favorite Buffy writers, but unless the casting is good…I’m not watching.

  • Tamara Johnson

    If Jane Espenson writes it, I’ll watch it!

  • Buffy Freak

    Count me in!

  • googie

    I’m not thrilled with Being Human being revamped for U.S. But this I know nothing about, so I’m interested.

  • tucker

    Love these writers. Only thing that would make it better is Marsters, Marsters, Marsters.

  • Cleo

    My geek is showing here: Can’t imagine a better writerly pairing for this revival of a wonderful show I used to love as a child. In the US, it was often retitled “My Partner, the Ghost,” and a few select episodes are available on DVD for anyone who wants to see what this one is based upon. As for revivals, even the Brits tried to redo this a few years ago.

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