It looks like actor Craig Ferguson is going from good cop to bad news. The popular genre actor, best known for walking the beat as Sheriff Jack Carter for five years on Eureka, is joining the regular series cast of Haven for season four.
According to Deadline, the new season of Haven picks up six months after season three’s cliffhanger ending where the titular town was nearly destroyed by a meteor shower. Ferguson comes into the picture as William, a “handsome, mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda” involves Haven lead character Audrey Parker (Emily Rose).
It should prove interesting to see Ferguson play a darker character, as you may have inferred from his years on Eureka, Ferguson has a lot of comedic experience behind him as one of the founders of Second City Detroit and as a member of the Montreal improv group On The Spot. What will Ferguson bring to this world originally created by Stephen King? I guess you’ll have to wait for the new season of Haven to see.
Since Eureka wrapped Ferguson has guest starred on the series Happily Divorced and Primeval: New World. Meanwhile, filming of the fourth season of Haven got underway in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Alex Proyas has mad props from the nerd community for such classics as Dark City and The Crow (and I, Robot if you’re counting, but who does?), but he hasn’t yet gone to the next level and made a TV nerd obsession… Until now.
Proyas is teaming up with Jaime Paglia, co-creator of the long-running Sy-Fy hit Eureka, to create a new series for ABC based on the book trilogy Toxic City from British Fantasy Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tim Lebbon.
The series is called Evolve, and it will follow a group of ordinary people who sneak back into the quarantined city of Los Angeles two years after a mysterious biological agent is released in the city. What they find there is a city full of people with super-human abilities, and the government has a vested interest in keeping these people trapped in the LA city limits. ABC will likely be prepping Evolve for the 2013/14 TV season.
So the series sounds like a combination of Revolution and The 4400? Could be interesting. What do you Bastards think?
There’s been a whole lot of snarking about the lack of sci-fi on SyFy channel. The network has been padding profits off cheap products, like reality shows, wrestling and goofy paranormal shows. Least not forget that every single time you begin to like a TV show someone cries money and scraps it (Eureka, Stargate Universe, Caprica..etc). Suffice to say, it’s become harder and harder to remain a loyal SyFy fan. While shows like Warehouse 13, Haven and Alphas are enough to keep you holding on, SyFy needs some new shit – and new shit we’re gonna get. The Network has announced three new scripted series, revolving around a ghosts, human and trans-humans in space, and whatever the hell broke out of a Siberian research facility.
Check out the details on three new scripted series below.
Here’s Syfy’s official press release:
SYFY ANNOUNCES NEW SCRIPTED PROJECTS FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS, FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS AND CBS TV STUDIOS
NEW YORK – November 9, 2011 – Marking another phase of its record expansion of original programming, Syfy today announced three new scripted projects in development from Universal Cable Productions, CBS TV Studios and Fox Television Studios.
In making the announcement, Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions, said: “This broad-based slate, from top-notch talent in the creative community, will enable us to build upon the strong foundation of our current hit scripted series to provide Syfy viewers with the next generation of imaginative entertainment.”
Syfy’s quartet of popular scripted series—Warehouse 13, Alphas, Eureka and Haven—powered the channel to its most watched Third Quarter ever, drawing 1.45 million total viewers.
On Monday, January 16 at 9PM (ET/PT), Being Human will return for its second season, followed by the premiere of Lost Girl at 10PM.
Syfy Scripted Development Slate
UNT. ROBERT H. WOLFE PROJECT
Universal Cable Productions
Robert H. Wolfe — Executive Producer/Writer
After decades of war, the newly formed Unity Democracy orders a volatile mix of humans and trans-humans to lead the Starship Defender on an expedition in search of lost worlds requiring law and order.
SEEING THINGS (working title)
Fox Television Studios
David Slack — Executive Producer
Scott Rosenberg and Robert Cort — Co-Executive Producers
David Slack and Gabrielle Stanton — Writers
A cop becomes a ghost after his violent death and the only person who can help close his last case is a socially awkward man who realizes that the hallucinations he’s had all his life may not be a figment of his imagination.
CBS TV Studios
Brett Matthews — Executive Producer/Writer
Andy Bourne, Eric Gitter — Executive Producer
Based on the popular comic series, a female KGB agent and male American weapons inspector form an unlikely partnership when a deadly force is unwittingly unleashed from a Siberian research facility.
They all look like interesting projects in their own right and each could be a smash hit in the making, I give them each two seasons at most.
Are you frakking kidding SyFy? Why must you torture us with a bonehead decision like this!
After making the big decision to axe one of your best science fiction series, the critically acclaimed Eureka, you go and renew that trash Haven -based on Stephen King‘s “The Colorado Kid”. With the series now finished it’s second season, compared to Eureka getting done with season five, the network has announced that Haven will be renewed for a third (and hopefully final) season.
Read the full press release after the jump.
SYFY HIT SERIES HAVEN WILL
RETURN FOR THIRD SEASON IN 2012 WITH 13 NEW EPISODES#1 ORIGINAL SCRIPTED CABLE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM AMONG ADULTS 18-49 AND
ADULTS 25-54, FRIDAYS AT 10PM
NEW YORK – October 12, 2011 – Syfy’s hit series Haven, the #1
original scripted cable entertainment program among Adults 18-49 and Adults
25-54 in its Friday 10-11PM (ET/PT) time period (based on Live +7 data), will
return for a third season of 13 new episodes in 2012, it was announced today by
Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content,
Universal Cable Productions.
During its second season, Haven
averaged a 1.9 HH rating, 995,000 Adults18-49, 1.14 million Adults 25-54 and
2.55 million total viewers, rising four percent among total viewers and five
percent among Adults 18-49 compared to season one (Live +7 data).
In making the announcement, Stern said: “The superb cast, led by Emily Rose,
Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant, along with the terrific production team,
delivered a successful season in both critical acclaim and rising viewership.
We’re very excited to see this compelling series return for a third season of
supernatural intrigue in 2012.”
Haven, based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author
Stephen King, follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose), who becomes a cop
in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets,
which also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.
A longtime refuge for people with an eclectic range of supernatural abilities, Haven also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of Audrey’s lost past. Among the townspeople are Nathan Wuornos (Bryant), a handsome local cop with his own supernatural affliction, and Duke Crocker (Balfour), a smuggler and reluctant aide in solving Haven’s troubles.
From leading independent studio Entertainment One. Haven is
co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks
The creative team behind Haven includes Executive Producers John
Morayniss (The Firm, Hell on Wheels) and Noreen Halpern (Hung,
Rookie Blue) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the
Fall, The Ray Bradbury Theater) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by
Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King’s The Dead
Zone) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and Matt McGuinness (Journeyman) as
well as Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone), who
also developed the series.
Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in
association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs on Syfy in the U.S., Showcase in
Canada and internationally on UNI’s multiple Syfy Universal channels.
Entertainment One controls the worldwide distribution rights to the one-hour
series and concluded a deal with Germany’s Tele München Group (TMG) for the
television rights in Continental Europe.
This is just gonna make more people sign the “Bring Back Eureka” campaign that much sooner.
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Finally, a good reason for “futuristic” phones, with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy we’ill never be lost in our journeys throughout the universe. Now, if only we could restart the space program so we could actually travel the universe. (TDW: Geeks)
First Syfy was all, “We love Eureka, we’re really invested in continuing our most successful, original, sci-fi series and franchise!” Hooray, more Eureka! Then they changed their minds, those bastards, and were like, “Boo! Fuck Eureka! We hate that show and the money it makes us and the fans who love it!” Eureka was cancelled.
But now, Syfy is throwing us all a chemically engineered, super-bone. Eureka will have one more episode beyond the 13 episodes already planned for season five. This episode will serve as closure for the series as well as all our favorite characters. They’re currently writing this episode now since the final episode of season five was written before the cancellation news and probably wouldn’t have given the series a proper ending.
So, hey, it’s something, right? Still completely, totally sucks huge balls Eureka is getting the axe, but at least we’ll all have closure. And we didn’t have to wait for a fans to rally and demand a movie, and I guess that’s kind of nice.
How do you think they’ll tie up all the loose ends in the world’s smarted town?
Despite last week’s report from Syfy reps that Eureka would continue for a sixth season, news has just reached the Nerdbastards late night coffee table that Syfy has cancelled Eureka’s sixth season, and the series will end with 13-episodes, which includes a holiday special.
Syfy released this statement on their decision:
“After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.”
Cast reaction and More Following the Break
Early this afternoon news started circulating that, Syfy’s hit show, Eureka would end at Season 5. Syfy is currently airing Season 4.5 while filming is underway for Season 5. Of course this news , which was thought of as rumor, was quickly validated as truth when Colin Ferguson (aka Sheriff Carter the lead character for Eureka) posted up on Twitter around 4 o’clock in the afternoon:
While Colin Ferguson’s twitter, and Syfy were being bombarded with questions fans speculated why such a popular show would end? Well, everyone take a deep breath….it was all one big miscommunication between the media, actors, and Syfy. The Hollywood Reporter got confirmation from Syfy that they’ve committed to a Sixth Season of Eureka and do not plan an end anytime soon.
Mark Stern, president of original content at Syfy issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“[Producers] Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia have brought a creative vitality to Eureka that has kept it fresh and inventive… Although we do not have a commitment beyond six episodes for the sixth season, we are hopeful that this will not be the end of the franchise.”
So all you fans can rest at ease that Eureka’s crazy scientist will continue their craziness, at least…for now.
The series, now in its fourth season, airs Monday nights at 8/7C.
Are you enjoying the current season of Eureka, and are you hoping for more crazy nerdy/slightly educational adventures?
It’s been 15 years since HBO aired the anthology horror series Tales From the Crypt, based on the EC Comic of the same name, but a new “tale” is planned for television.
Gil Adler, who produced the HBO series that aired 1989 through 1996 (later spawning two feature films, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) will team with Eureka co-creator Andrew Cosby to develop the project. The new hourlong series will neither be anthological nor related to the HBO show. “It will be an ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context”. The series will be produced in cooperation with the estate of the late William M. Gaines, and the proposed project will be brought out for sale in the very near future. At this point an extremely detailed bible and “pitch” for the show has been completed.
Uh, WHAT!? What the hell does “using characters from the comic books in a more modern context” mean in an anthology comic where the only consistent character was the Cryptkeeper?
1. not an anthology
2. no host segments from the Cryptkeeper
3. not on HBO
Yea…. someone was literally all like “lets take something awesome and remake it into something completely different, slap the old title on it and run with it”. FUUUU!
Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also, warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.
Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.
HIT THE JUMP for the run-down.