This Friday evening, Syfy channel‘s new show that replaced Sanctuary on Friday nights is called Urban Legends. It is a show where people tell a story and folks, viewers who tune in, have to try to decide if it’s true or not.
Something in the back of my mind was nagging at me about this show, this “original series” as Syfy channel calls it. This is much like the old TV series, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, that was hosted first by James Brolin and later by Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation). The show ran from 1997 to 2002. It even aired on the network when it was known as the Sci Fi Channel, but in syndication. Yet, don’t be fooled by what looks like a long run from ’97 to ’02. It was a fragmented run at best.
Season 1 (’97) had only 5 episodes, season 2 (’98) had 13 eps; the third season aired in 2000 and had 12 eps and the 4th season ran in 2002, holding 12 eps then.
Then in 2007, there was a show of the same name, Urban Legends, that aired three stories each episode, 1 or 2 of them were fake and it was up to the viewer to try to figure out which was what. It aired on the Biography Channel and hosted by Mark Dolan.
It’s now 2011 and the Syfy channel is pitching Urban Legends as an original series, airing now on Friday nights. It’s narrated by David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis). I’m a bit confused on the tagline of “original series” term. They used that on their remake of Being Human. I’d love to see the definition of what they think the term “original series” means.
With Being Human, they even followed nearly the identical plot lines of the first season of the original Being Human from the BBCA, which by the way, is still airing, just a few seasons ahead of the Syfy channels time.
I doubt I’ll be tuning into the new Urban Legends on Syfy… Blue Bloods, an excellent family/police procedural is on CBS… If anyone out there has checked out this new show, chime in and let us know what you think of it!
PS: The replay of Monday’s Sanctuary plays after Urban… does the show feel different with this episode? The camera work seems different… particularly in the action scenes.