The Syfy Channel has announced 7 new scripted shows recently. I didn’t catch any air dates but I’m sure they’ll be coming within the year. Before this annoucement, I had all but given up on any new non-reality shows from the net.
At first when I saw the press release, I was building a head of anticipation but the quick descriptors of the shows are going off like warning bells for me. When a show describes itself as a show that is like “this show” meets “that show,” pinging off of uber popular TV series, I worry that they feel like they need to that to generate interest in a show. It’s an early-warning sign for me!
Regardless, check out my quick take on the different shows, but prepare yourself… some have already told me it doesn’t look pretty:
Imagine if you will, 2 people who don’t like each other, but whose super-powers only kick in when they’re near each other.
Better yet, what about a 20-year-old whose back surgery leaves him in such a bad way, that it takes Lee Majors talking him into becoming bionic to help set things right?
Then we have a show about a treasure hunter who snags, steals and buys relics for resale, all the while, staying one step in front of the bounty hunters on her trail.
Then we have a misfit crew flitting about in their spaceship, righting specific wrongs in the galaxy.
Or Kevin Sorbo playing himself, using what he knows about the mythology of Hercules to battle monsters in and around the Los Angeles area.
We also have an ad agency staffed by aliens looking to destroy the Earth and a zombie based series.
Yep, that’s the quick take on the new Syfy scripted shows.
Check out the press release below, (cs: with some commentary from me in the text):
SYFY’S ROBUST SCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT SLATE FEATURES PROJECTS FROM KEVIN SORBO, LEE MAJORS, SANCTUARY CREATIVE TEAM AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
Los Angeles, California – July 30, 2010 – Building upon solid ratings and critical acclaim for returning hits “Warehouse 13” and “Eureka,” and newcomer “Haven,” Syfy today announced a rich development slate of seven scripted projects featuring television icons Lee Majors and Kevin Sorbo; the “Sanctuary” creative team of Damian Kindler, Martin Wood and Amanda Tapping; a swashbuckling space opera and an alien version of “The Office” from Universal Cable Productions plus a single camera 1/2-hour about fighting zombies and a dramedy featuring supernatural villains.
In making the announcement, Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Programming, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions, said: “One of our key agendas is to continue the extraordinary growth and momentum of our popular dramas. Through partnerships with these formidable talents, in front of and behind the camera, we hope to expand our powerful brand by offering our viewers an imaginative next generation of programming.”
BALL & CHAIN
After months of emotional tumult, Edgar and Mallory call their relationship quits. As they say their final goodbyes, the ex-lovers are nearly hit by a meteorite that, it turns out, imbues them with extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, the powers only work when they are in close proximity to each other. Though the last thing they want to do is stay together, they’ll need to try if they hope to overcome the newly arrived other-worldly forces that threaten to destroy them and anyone else who gets in the way.
Executive Producers: Bob Cooper* and J.J. Jamieson for Landscape Entertainment
Executive Producer/Writer: Andrew Miller
Studios: A Universal Cable Productions/Fremantle Media co-production
(CS: Bob Cooper, as in Robert C. Cooper, of Stargate production fame??? IMDb shows Bob Cooper as an aka for Robert C. Cooper, but there are many other Bob Coopers out there in the industry. J.J. Jamieson??? Where’s Peter Parker?)
ME AND LEE
In this 1/2-hour single-camera series, a down-on-his-luck 20-something undergoes back surgery, only to find that the procedure did not go well. Enter Lee Majors, who claims he has the perfect solution. He entices the young man into his ultra high-tech lab and makes him bionic. Now intrinsically bound together, Majors tries helping his new partner get his life back on track.
Executive Producers/Writers: Matthew Salzberg and Jenji Kohan
Executive Producer: Steven Pearl
(CS note: Matthew Salzberg (“Weeds”, “Entourage”), Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”))
“National Treasure” meets “Firefly” in this swashbuckling space opera about an adventurous female relic hunter and her team as they hunt down — and sometimes steal — valuable and powerful objects to sell on the black market, all while staying one step ahead of the bounty hunters hot on their heels.
Co-Executive Producers/Writers: Dirk Blackman & Howard McCain
Co-Executive Producers: George Krstic & Ryuhei Kitamura
Supervising Producer: F.J. Desanto
Studio: Universal Cable Productions
(CS Note: Dirk Blackman (“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”, “Outlander”))
In this “Robin Hood” story for the 23rd century, a young man of privilege teams up with a misfit spaceship crew to right the wrongs of his family.
Writer: Damian Kindler
Executive Producers: Damian Kindler, Martin Wood, and Amanda Tapping for
My Plastic Badgers Productions
A 1/2-hour single-camera series in which Kevin Sorbo plays an exaggerated version of himself… a former syndicated television series star. When a fan approaches Sorbo to enlist his skills in combating the underworld mythological creatures that threaten to destroy Los Angeles, an unlikely partnership is formed. Together, they use their intimate knowledge of the myths of “Hercules” to defeat a myriad of beasts.
Executive Producer: David Eick
Supervising Producers/Writers: Adam Karp & Royal McGraw
Producer: Kevin Sorbo
Studio: Universal Cable Productions
(CS: Adam Karp (Minority Report))
“The Office” meets “Men in Black” in this project featuring an office Temp who slowly discovers that his off-kilter and odd-ball bosses at the strange hi-tech “ad agency” where he works are really aliens working on a plan to destroy the Earth.
Co-Executive Producer/Writer: Scott Prendergast
Executive Producers: Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally for 3 Arts
Executive Producers: John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky for Ternion
Studio: Universal Cable Productions
In this 1/2-hour single-camera satire, when the zombie population of Marshall City overcomes the 30-foot barrier separating the infected people from the rest of the city, the Zombie Extermination and Removal Operations company (the Zeros) are called in to keep the peace. When they can get out of their own way long enough to focus on a case, they are pretty effective with very unorthodox methods.
Executive Producers: David Kenin and Steve Brenner
Co-Executive Producers: Chris Provost & Dave Hales
(CS Note: I Think this is the new MICHAEL ROSENBAUM show, that he’s written and also stars in!)
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)