Westerns and the Supernatural seem to make a great mix, stories of gunsmiths and gun-slingers, coming face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night and have taken root in a violent new continent, lawmen going up against evils from the Old World and all that hoodoo and voodoo, that those genres do. All that adds up and makes us tentatively intrigued to see what SyFy‘s newest Western/Supernatural series, Wynnona Earp, has in store for us…
In a huge show of confidence for a new show, Syfy has just announced it is to renew The Expanse for a second season just four episodes into its initial run. Not only that, but the episode count is to be extended from 10 to 13. Critically acclaimed and already with a strong and vocal fan base, the second season of the ambitious series adapted from the James S.A. Corey series of novels is expected in early 2017. (more…)
Who would have guessed that the final evolution of the human race would have been such a downer? For those aware of the plot of Arthur C. Clarke‘s classic novel, the outcome of Childhood’s End came as no surprise, but what was surprising was that the adaptation followed through with the bittersweet finale and allowed the miniseries to end as naturally, and as beautifully, as possible. Childhood’s End hasn’t been consistent in its delivery, but watching tonight’s final third it seemed as though it was just consistent enough to deliver an emotional pay-off. Who knew that watching the end of the world could be so rewarding. (more…)
Tonight, I watched a TV program where an otherworldly entity came down to Earth, told us a bunch of things we wanted to hear, make grand promises about the future of mankind without talking a single minute about their real agenda. But enough about the Republican Debate on CNN! As the GOP presidential candidates slugged it out on the nation’s leading purveyor of news-ish programming, we continue on with the second of three parts with Childhood’s End. Tonight the agenda of the Overlords comes into some focus, but if you’ve never read the Arthur C. Clarke book you were probably left scratching your head. (more…)
Following through on its re-dedication to science fiction, Syfy took things to a whole new level by deciding to adapt Childhood’s End. It’s a bit like being a terrible pitcher that’s had no practice all season and being named the starter of the seventh game of the World Series: expectations are high, no one thinks you can meet them, and there’s a good chance that something beloved by millions is going to be ruined. And that’s why it’s a tremendous surprise that the first part of the three night miniseries Childhood’s End manages to be decently enthralling effort. It’s not Masterpiece Theater, but it’s a positive effort all around. (more…)
Syfy has taken a lot of chin music from fans and critics about the way it defines the genre they’re supposedly dedicated to covering. Is it reality series, professional wrestling, and purposefully-horrid creature features, or should the channel aspire to actual science fiction? The Expanse answers that question handily with a series that clearly wants to walk in the vaunted foot steps of Battlestar Galactica, or perhaps it really has its sights on being “Game of Thrones in space.” The premiere episode that airs tonight, part one of a two-night launch, lays a particularly full table of possibilities, but can The Expanse pay off? (more…)
Television has seen its fair share of sci-fi and horror-centric shows recently – zombies and aliens and Ultramegachickens, oh my! – but cable TV will get a bit spookier soon, when Dark Horse Comics’ “Harrow County” creeps into the SyFy lineup. The network is developing a drama based on the comic by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. (more…)
Finally! It’s been 25 years and four direct-to-video sequels, but Kevin Bacon is finally coming back to the role that made him famous(er) as one of the men that brought down the Graboids in the 1990 horror/comedy Tremors. A new series based on Tremors is now in development, with an initially 13-episode first season ready and waiting to be made, and although Syfy tried its hand at making a Tremors TV show more than 10 years ago, this time they have a secret weapon: a side of Bacon. Meaning that when and if this Tremors hits the screen, Kevin Bacon will star, and not just cameo. (more…)
In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Death at a Funeral (the remake)…. This is not the resume of a man that wants to make a new Syfy series about a female Van Helsing, Vanessa, that wakes up in a future overrun by vampires and joins the family business, but this is what Neil LaBute is doing next. The genre-based cable channel is picking up LaBute’s next TV project, which is paradoxically a spin on the titular character’s nemesis from Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, but can the man behind the Wicker Man remake end up doing something awesome with the campy premise? (more…)
SyFy Releases First Trailer For ‘The Magicians’ And Gives Us A Peek Into The Dark Side Of Magic School
It’s easy to be terrified when one of your favorite books gets optioned for a television show or a film. There’s that fear that people just won’t “get it.” They’ll turn the story you love into something completely different, and lose the feel and the integrity of the story.
With a series like The Magicians by Lev Grossman, there’s a real fear that SyFy, who is producing a TV adaptation of the books that’s set to premiere in January 2016, would turn the show into something cute. Although Grossman pays homage to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magicians series is very much adult – very adult and very dark.
Thankfully, SyFy isn’t downplaying any of that. (more…)