The world of What We Do in the Shadows is expanding.
The CW and HBO Max have jointly acquired Wellington Paranormal, a spinoff of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s 2014 vampire mockumentary (which has also spawned FX’s series What We Do in the Shadows). The show is the first joint acquisition by the two outlets; HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia jointly owns The CW with ViacomCBS.
Under the agreement, The CW will get the first airings of the show, which is set to be part of its summer schedule (a premiere date is still to be determined). HBO Max will stream episodes a day after their broadcast debut, as will the broadcaster’s ad-supported streaming platforms.
HBO Max also has full-season streaming rights to some CW original series, including Batwoman, Nancy Drew and freshman shows Walker, Superman & Lois, Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah after their on-air runs end.
Wellington Paranormal stars Karen O’Leary and Mike Minogue, who will reprise their roles from the film. They play two hard-working members of the Wellington, New Zealand, constabulary’s paranormal unit. Under the leadership of Sgt. Maaka (Maaka Pohatu), the unit investigates the surprisingly regular supernatural occurrences in the capital city.
Clement and Waititi created the series and executive produce with Paul Yates. The New Zealand Documentary Board produces the series.