Syfy Developing ‘Beowulf’ Drama Series

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 12:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Syfy has put in development Beowulf a drama series adaptation of the classic Old English epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel. The project, produced by Omni, is … Read More »

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Aaron Stanford & Amanda Schull To Topline Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’ Pilot, Jeffrey Reiner To Direct, Natalie Chaidez To Showrun

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford and Suits recurring player Amanda Schull have been cast as the leads of 12 Monkeys, Syfy‘s drama pilot … Read More »

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Syfy Greenlights Interactive Competition Reality Series ‘Opposite Worlds’

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Opposite Worlds, which had been in the works at Syfy for a year, has received a formal green light for a January 21, 2014 premiere. The competition reality series, based on the Chilean format Mundos Read More »

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‘Fateful Findings’ And The Business Of Movies So Bad They’re Good: Video

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

Neil Breen Fateful FindingsMicrobudget oddity Fateful Findings is the latest wannabe cult classic to wade into the waters infested by movies like SyFy’s low-budget phenomenon Sharknado. I can say with certainty it’s one of the most memorably terrible movies I’ve ever lived through. Filmmaker Neil Breen – a Las Vegas-based architect by day who wrote, directed, produced, edited, production designed, and cast himself front and center as the star of the pic to frequently awkward effect – has pacted with NY-based Panorama Entertainment targeting a handful of regional theatrical engagements hoping for hot word of mouth and repeat late-night bookings to propel the film into cult glory. Read More »

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Syfy’s ‘Face Off’ Renewed For Sixth Season

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 8:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Syfy has ordered a sixth season of its flagship reality series Face Off to premiere in January 2014. Season 5 is heading into its season finale on November 5, with two original Face Off specials — … Read More »

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Syfy Sets Dates For ‘Sharknado’ With Sea Vampires And ‘Stonado’ – Seriously

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT

While we bow to no one in our devotion to Sharknado, we must acknowledge it suffered a shocking lack of vampires. And zombies. Happily, the company that brought us Sharknado, aptly named The Asylum, has rectified at least part of that situation: Sharknado network Syfy announced today that on Saturday, November 9, it will premiere its new movie about a sister and brother team, prospecting for gold in an underwater cave, who accidentally disturb a colony of blood-sucking amphibious predators, aka sea vampires, who can function on land without having to wait for some freakish weather system to wreak havoc on the area — just dim-witted gold-prospecting siblings. It’s called Beast Of The Bering Seapresumably Vampnado was taken.

Tragically, Jonathan Lipnicki, that cute little kid from Jerry Maguire, plays the brother, and Sharknado’s Cassie Scerbo is returning to Syfy as the sister. Kevin Dobson (Knots Landing) also stars, and your guess is as good as mine as to who, or what. Perhaps more newsworthy, Syfy also announced that two weeks later, it finally will premiere the movie that was supposed to have started it all. Stonados will premiere on the network on Saturday, November 23.  It’s about — you know it’s coming — a freak weather system, that causes the hurling of deadly boulders. Which is to say they are deadly boulders that are being hurled — they’re not hurling boulders, which would be a medical drama, on TLC. Read More »

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Syfy Orders Competition Series ‘Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge’

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

Syfy has greenlighted eight episodes of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which will pit 10 aspiring creature creators competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts. The winner gets $100,000 … Read More »

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Syfy’s ‘Dominion’ Adds Four To Cast

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The supernatural action pilot has signed up four more players: Anthony Stewart Head, Roxanne McKee, Luke Allen-Gale and Shivani Ghai. Syfy‘s Dominion is … Read More »

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Bryan Singer To Produce Modern Monster Drama Project For Syfy

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bryan Singer USCEXCLUSIVE: Syfy has teamed up with X-Men director Bryan Singer and his Bad Hat Harry Prods. (House) for Creature At Bay, a drama series project, which will be developed as a 90-minute … Read More »

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Syfy Acquires Werewolf Drama Series ‘Bitten’ From eOne

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 12:53pm PDT

Syfy has acquired the 13-episode first season of new Canadian scripted series Bitten from Entertainment One. It’s set to premiere in 2014. Based … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Wind Rises’ No. 1 Again In Japan; Syfy Bringing ‘The Originals’ To UK; More

‘The Wind Rises’ Makes It Eight Straight Weeks At No. 1 In Japan
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is still No. 1 at the Japanese box office after eight consecutive weekends. The Studio Ghibli release was up 13.6% this weekend after the director made his retirement official at a press conference in Tokyo last week. Per FilmBizAsia, the movie has taken in $97.2M to date. The website says that the last domestic movie to stay atop the box office for more than seven weeks in a row was Bayside Shakedown 2 in 2003. Miyazaki’s Oscar winner Spirited Away was tops for 16 consecutive weeks in 2001. Disney said Wednesday that it will open the film February 21 in North America after an Oscar-qualifying run in November. Read More »

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Christopher Egan To Star, Alan Dale & Tom Wisdom To Co-Star In Syfy Pilot ‘Dominion’

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Egan (NBC’s Kings) has been tapped as the lead in Dominion, Syfy‘s supernatural action drama pilot based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion that starred Paul Bettany. Alan Dale (Ugly Betty) and Tom Wisdom also have been cast in the project set 25 years after the events of the movie. Dominion picks up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. Set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth, the series follows the perilous journey of Alex Lannen (Egan), a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity. Dale, repped by APA and Management 360, plays Rysen, the general who led the humans to victory against the angels during the Extermination War. Read More »

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Syfy’s ‘Haven’ Gets Graphic Novel Treatment In Season 3 DVD Release

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 7:07pm PDT

Fans of the Syfy supernatural drama won’t have to wait until Haven returns for a fourth season on September 13 to learn what happened right after the explosive Season 3 finale. The Season 3 DVD set of the series will include an exclusive Haven: After The Storm mini-graphic novel. With 100,000 copies printed, the 16-page comic details the immediate aftershock of the meteor-falling season ender on the mysterious town of Haven, Maine. Among other things, that finale saw FBI agent-turned-local cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and the Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) character disappear into a vanishing barn. The DVD set comes out on September 3, and the graphic novel won’t be available anywhere else. The “Thanks For The Memories” episode of the eOne- and Big Motion Pictures-produced series, based on Stephen King’s 2005 novella The Colorado Kid, aired on January 17. The upcoming Season 4 of Haven actually picks up six months after the events of Season 3 finale, so the graphic novel partially bridges the gap between cycles.  Read More »

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‘12 Monkeys’ Drama Gets Pilot Order At Syfy

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 8:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has given a cast-contingent pilot order to 12 Monkeys, a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures/Atlas Entertainment film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. The 60-minute pilot, produced by Universal Cable Prods and Atlas Entertainment, was written on spec by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova). It follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Filming is tentatively slated to begin in November. Atlas’ Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy), who produced the feature, and Richard Suckle will executive produce, with Matalas and Fickett, repped by by ICM Partners and manager Brian Lutz, co-executive producing. Read More »

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Syfy Developing ‘Camera Ready’ Reality Series For Costume Designers

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 2:40pm PDT

Syfy is expanding its growing slate of reality programming with new competition reality series Camera Ready from Mission Control Media (Face Off). Ten visionary costume designers will compete in challenges to create works of costume art … Read More »

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Syfy Acquires New Zealand Series ‘The Almighty Johnsons’

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT

Building on the success of its international hits Lost Girl and Continuum, Syfy has acquired the first two seasons (23 episodes) of New Zealand scripted series The Almighty Johnsons from All3Media International. Season 1, consisting of … Read More »

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Bryan Fuller’s Syfy Pilot ‘High Moon’ Casts Leads, Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Adds Duo

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 6:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jake Sandvig (Easy A) and Chris Diamantopoulos are set as the leads of Bryan Fuller’s Syfy pilot High Moon. It explores what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Sandvig, repped by Innovative and Main Title, plays Marty Thurgood, an American astronaut investigated for engaging in possible espionage and sabotage when a giant blast goes off near an area where he was working. Diamantopoulos, repped by WME and Untitled, will play Marty’s older brother, a chief investigator for the American federal government who he has been dispatched to the moon to figure out who caused the moon explosion. Jim Danger Gray penned the script, with Fuller exec producing and Adam Kane directing for UCP.
Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect) and Charlie Tahan have landed regular roles on the Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan. Based on a best-selling novel, Wayward Pines is an intense thriller about Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillon), who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. Read More »

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‘Sharknado’ Sequel Name Revealed

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT

The Sharknado Twitter universe has spoken. After reviewing more than 5,000 Twitter submissions to its “Name Sharknado 2″ social media contest, Syfy announced today that the title of its Sharknado sequel is … Sharknado 2: The Second One.Read More »

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‘Sharknado’ Midnight Sales “Bloody Good”

By | Saturday August 3, 2013 @ 2:41am PDT

Fandango is reporting that Syfy’s Sharknado sold out midnight showtimes in three cities – New York, Boston, and Seattle – and additional showtimes were added continuously to meet fan demand. The cult phenom is playing on roughly 200 screens in movie theaters … Read More »

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