Many moons ago Dave Howe promised that when he took over Syfy, he was going to first get the network be a competitive force amongst the advertisers and then start applying their momentum (and income) to good sci-fi. And taking a look at these next few programming offerings, it seems that Howe and the network are holding to that. (If you are a long time Syfy fan, you know how upset folks were when Howe came on board and started delivering digital content, reality TV and wrestling. Crickets. But these moves paid off and now they’re reinvesting their monies.)
Below are bits on their new shows 12 Monkeys, Ascension and Childhood’s End. And they all sound like they have promise.
via press release(s)
In case you had not heard the news or seen the promos yet, Syfy is taking a swing at a series based on the movie of the same name that came out 20 years ago.
Syfy’s anticipated adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will make its series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT. Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.
12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.
Ascension is a 3-night, 6-hour series event, premiering on Monday, December 15th, and continuing on the 16th and 17th.
Created and written by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens (“Smallville”), “Ascension” is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
The series stars Brandon P. Bell (“Hollywood Heights”) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town,” “The Bridge”) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).
Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, James Toback.
If you’re a fan of Arthur C. Clarke’s work, and happen to have enjoyed Childhood’s End, well, Syfy has ordered a six-hour miniseries based on the novel.
Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) are attached as executive producers. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes).
The miniseries will be directed by Nick Hurran, who received a 2014 Emmy Award nomination for Sherlock: His Last Vow and a Hugo Award nomination for Dr. Who.
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
The mini-series will premiere in 2015 on Syfy.
Check out this “bonus” non-Syfy news:
Greatest American Hero
Did you know that FOX is taking a swing at a remake of Greatest American Hero?
I remember the show being fun to watch, for what it was, at the age I was at. I can only wonder just how much different they’ll make it. For now, they’ve committed to a pilot order and potential season. Showrunners will be Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street”).
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