Syfy Channel Announces Return Dates and Saturday Movies [SGU, Sanctuary]

by on February 22, 2011

in Entertainment

Syfy ChannelThe Syfy Channel has announced the return dates for several series and some of their upcoming Saturday Night “Original” movies. (Sigh. You’ll see in a moment.)

First up, the returning TV series coming back to the Syfy Channel:

Stargate Universe– Monday, March 7

Sanctuary – Friday, April 15

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files – Season 2 Premiere March 23

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen – Series Premiere March 22

Destination Truth: Live St. Patrick’s Day Investigation — March 17

The return of Stargate Universe (SGU) marks the return of the final ten episodes of the series as it signs off for the final time since the show was not renewed. SGU stars the most excellent Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Ming-Na, Alaina Huffman and more. I know it is not possible, but wouldn’t it be funny if a huge amount of people tuned it, giving it huge numbers? Eh, don’t worry, March 7th is a Monday, taking it off of the Tuesday death slot the first half of the second season aired in.

Sanctuary returning, marks yet another season for what was originally a web series filmed almost entirely against green screen backgrounds. Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping, Christopher Heyerdahl (A household favorite in my camp), Robin Dunne & Ryan Robbins and … others.

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In regards to the Syfy Saturday Night Original Movies, get ready to groan like you have never groaned before, but airing on March 12th is the TV Movie,

Battle of Los Angeles. Yes, Not Battle: Los Angeles, the real movie, but Battle of Los Angeles. You’ll never guess the synopsis:

Hundreds of extra-terrestrial ships swarm Los Angeles, causing death and chaos ahead of an impending alien invasion. A small group of United States military personnel are able to get underground, where they learn the only way to stop the invasion is by destroying the mothership from within. It falls to two determined soldiers to finish the job before the human race is demolished. Stars Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars) and Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel)

Syfy? Seriously?  Is there no shame?  LOL.  We know that they’re quick to do knock offs of real movies coming to or having shown in the theaters, but dang, I think this hits a whole new level of …. “knock off.” This is near akin to subject or content scraping amongst competitive web sites. LOL.

On March 26th, marking the 200th Saturday Original movie:

Scream of the Banshee– Premieres Saturday, March 26, at 9 p.m. – When a college professor opens a strange, ornate box discovered in the basement of her University, she and her students hear the horrifying scream of a bloodthirsty Banshee. Everyone who hears the scream dies a strange and terrible death. Now the professor and a few stragglers must try to stop the Banshee. Stars Lauren Holly (NCIS) and Lance Henriksen (Alien). This film marks Syfy’s 200th Saturday Original Movie.

Ferocious Planet – Premieres Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. – An experimental device enabling viewing of alternate dimensions goes haywire on its first test, dragging the entire test lab (and its occupants) into a dangerous alternate universe. Led by a resourceful Colonel and a tough female scientist, they have to figure out how to get home. Stars Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings).

Roadkill – Premieres Saturday, April 23, at 9 p.m. – Six young friends on a road trip in Ireland run afoul of gypsies who curse them for accidentally running down an old woman. The curse takes the form of a terrifying flying beast that tries killing them all. Stars Stephen Rea (The Crying Game).

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There ya have it… the next four upcoming Saturday Original Movies from the Syfy Channel, though if I were them, I’d be tentative in calling Battle of Los Angeles an original movie, but heck, there I go again, pretending to be a TV marketing programmer!

You can follow @Cinema Static on Twitter for a lot of Syfy Channel news.

[Inside TV]

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I hear you Cliffs! Have you seen my latest Syfy article on the site today? Another extremely sad knock-off coming our way. Ug… Many do. I’m pretty agitated myself about SGU going away.

Cliffs May 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’m boycotting Syfy as soon as the last episode of SGU airs and I’ll be encouraging all my friends to do the same.

SGU is right up next to Firefly for me. I’ve grown out of the campy stuff and into the gritty and mature plots that are a little closer to “reality”. Too bad the execs only have $$$ in mind.

muckdog February 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Just finished all 5 seasons of Stargate: Atlantis (after watching 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1 over last summer).

SGU is my least favorite, but sad to see the franchise leave TV. It’s been the best quality Sci-Fi stuff out there.

Of course, I have watched zero Sanctuary yet, so that’s next on the agenda.

Thanks for the update on the SyFy channel. And Joe Flanigan in a movie? That summary looks like a prequel to an interesting series, although similar theme to “Sliders.”

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