SyFy made a lot of questionable decisions of the years – I mean look at its name, am I right? – but one of the most vexing thing for fans has been the cable channel’s emphasis on cheap reality shows about annoying so-called nerds and ghost busters from every corner of the the country, while cancelling decent, genuine sci-fi and fantasy series. Might that be changing? Might SyFy be making some bold moves in original programming with a couple of new series from veteran producers of well-loved and established genre producers.
Both series are adaptations, one of an Image Comic and the other of a novel series.
First up is an adaptation of Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman (The Avengers), which is to be written and produced by Sera Gamble and John McNamara. Pax Romana is about a group of soldiers who go back in time to the fourth century AD using Catholic Church sanction time travel technology to alter history and prevent World War III in the present; think Generation Kill meets Rome. Gamble was a former showrunner on Supernatural, while McNamara was a producer on the second season of Jericho.
Meanwhile, Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians is the basis for a new series from Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, writers and producers on Human Target and the recently cancelled Warehouse 13. The Magicians was described in it’s New York Times review as “Harry Potter for adults” and is about a group of young adults in New York who undertake the “boring and tedious” task of learning magic while discovering that there’s also a dark side of their fantasy world.
Sounds interesting. I’m not sure if this is a factor, but Pax Romana is based on an Image Comic like The Walking Dead on AMC, so there maybe so “guilt by association” there. As for The Magicians, it sounds a lot like a the sleeper hit from last summer Now You See Me, but, you know, real. Here’s hoping that SyFy can deliver.
We’ll have more news as it develops. Sound off with your opinions about the new series below.
Source: Coming Soon