Battlestar Galactica, the short-lived, but much loved tv series, only lasted a year, but it left a large impact upon its fans. An entire franchise grew out of the original show’s ashes, including books, comics, boardgames, video games, and a miniseries that led to a 2004 reboot. Ever since the last episode of the new series aired in 2009, there has been talk of a film adaptation. Clearly, nothing has come of Universal Studios‘ best laid plans. However, the project finally has some producers tied to it, so the Galactica and her crew may actually make it to the big screen sometime in the near future. (more…)
We’ve been aware for some time that Terry Gilliam‘s bleak, yet brilliant time travel/apocalypse flick 12 Monkeys would be adapted into a TV series by the good people (?) at SyFy.
A few days ago, the new show’s co-executive producer Terry Matalas spoke at the SyFy TCA panel–he assured all present that his network’s iteration of 12 Monkeys will bear little resemblance to Gilliam’s 1995 film, it will be a “complete re-imagining” using the film as a framework, but not based on it.
If this is so, someone needs to tell the series’ new trailer. (more…)
SyFy has released the first teaser trailer for Ron Moore‘s new series Helix and I’m feeling a great disturbance in the force. We’ll get back to that feeling in a minute. What is Helix?
A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.
Although it sounds a lot like Carpenter’s The Thing at first glance, Helix looks more like a cross between The Andromeda Strain and The Abyss. We don’t get too much in this first look, but the general clean room style we see is interesting. What’s that oozing at the end? We’ll have to tune in to find out.
What is really interesting to me is that suddenly, as Bill and Ted would say:
“There’s strange things afoot at SyFy.”
Actual science fiction . . . I’ll let that sink in. The Defiance pilot was a good start for a series that could gain a steady following. Throw in Helix and one could almost say that the SyFy channel is a place to find good scifi. Whatever might be driving this movement has my full blessings.
What do you think?
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?
In an effort to step up the usual MMO game play SyFy and Trion Worlds (Rift) are teaming up with Farscape‘s creator Rockne O’Bannon. What’s the big deal with that? Not much at first glance, it wouldn’t be the first time a well known writer was tapped to help with a gaming world story. The difference is that Rockne OBannon is going to be working on the television show Defiance, while also teaming up with Trion for the MMO world of Defiance. Each will effect the others outcome, gameplay and story lines. Create a great character that does something really cool and it just might end up in the television show! As the show progresses features in the game will update to reflect the change in both worlds.
The Defiance game will debut at E3 2011 in Los Angeles next week.
The HollywoodReporter says:
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and Syfy viewers to a world ravaged by decades of conflict, where humans and aliens live together in a world the likes of which no one has seen. The game combines the frenetic action of a top-tier console shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. The game’s story will take place in the San Francisco bay area, while the TV series will be set just outside of St. Louis, MO. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence and evolve each other over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.
Now everyone here probably has some serious doubts about SyFy handling any new projects, just look at their track record, but perhaps the participation of O’Bannon might break that cycle. The guy can put on a watchable show that built a great fanbase. It’s reported that O’Bannon worked with both the game developer and creative team behind the TV series for the past two-three years to help develop storylines, mythology, and dialog.
The game will be demonstrated live for the first time next week for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at Trion’s E3 2011 booth, the release dates for the TV series and MMO game have yet to be announced.
What do you think of the concept? Do you think they can pull it off? The two areas of interest already overlap so I don’t think of this as merging two seperate fan bases, just strengthening the bonds between the two.
After being canceled by NBC, The Event show’s creator Nick Wauters and executive producer Steve Stark toldfans that there was a possibility for the sci-fi drama to continue elsewhere. Looks like it might be happening at the SyFy channel in the form of a miniseries. Greasing the wheels is the fact that Syfy and The Event producer, Universal Media Studios, are NBC Universal corporate siblings. If mini series does well, it could potentially launch another season of the alien drama.
This Nersbastard isn’t going to get his hopes up. Scifi on SyFy? Can SyFy spare the room and not show another boring Ghost Hunters or Ghost Whisperer? Really, who watches those shows except guys hoping for a “running” scene? If they made that show more like Baywatch I might get interested. Don’t forget all that wrestling programming. Can’t let any real science fiction get in the way of showing this weeks new character wrestler pummelling some unknown or has been.
My guess is even if this gets done SyFy will just screw it up by putting the whole miniseries on at 2am on Wednesday morning in one lump marathon. You’ll only hear about it the day before on an obscure website and SyFy will use some technological magic to screw up your DVR and make it record more wrestling and ghost programming.
All you Wrestling and Ghost hunter fans can now flame me in the comments section below. I’m not against that programming, just the amount that SyFy relies on it for what ever dismal ratings it can garner during the week. I would rather watch old SciFi television shows. That is a good idea. Someone make the SyFy-Land programming happen, Buck Rodgers, Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes, there are a ton just sitting around gathering dust.
What old SciFi television show would you want to watch?
Have you watched “Being Human“? No, not the original British one. I’m talking the new, revised, American version on SyFy Channel? Shiiiiiiiiiiit! The revamp is just as good as the original, if not better (matter of opinion). If you’re out of the loop, here’s how it goes. A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost cohabitate and try their darnedest to live and act like “normal people”. “Being Human” is harder than it looks.
Now, I never thought this show -which sounded like set-up for a bad joke- would be so astoundingly relatable. Oddly enough, it poignantly examines the human condition via super natural characters and their connections, or lack there of, with the world. Lust, despair, anger, anguish, reluctance, remorse and other underlying tones are prominent. Can I love? Can anyone love me? Why am I this way? I just want to feel/be normal. Basically, we’re talking Emo Sci-Fi. It’s good stuff. Besides emotionally besieged characters, the topics are heavy and complex. It forces you to ask difficult questions, such as what constitutes a Monster?
Suffice the say, the show is charming, in a dark, sardonic way.
Anyway, the strangest set of roommates ever—vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath)—will continue trying to live normal lives (or afterlives) in a Boston brownstone, because Syfy announced today that the hit series will be back for a second season.
A Snippet from SyFy press release:
New York, NY – March 17, 2011 – Syfy is ordering a second season of its new hit drama series Being Human, it was announced today by Mark Stern President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Since the show’s January 17 launch, premiere episodes of Being Human have averaged 1.8 million viewers making it Syfy’s most successful winter season scripted series launch in 6 years.
I for one am thrilled that SyFy will be able to keep this amazing series on a Network that seems to be doing everything it can to euthanize itself. I’m still mad about Caprica and Stargate Universe.
HIT THE JUMP for the full press release.