Syfy’s 2011 Season with Eureka, Ghost Hunters, Being Human, Face Off and More

by on November 29, 2010

in Entertainment

Syfy Channel

The 2011 TV season will be bringing us some new and old shows to the Syfy Channel.  Returning shows include Eureka season 4.5, Merlin, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International & Destination Truth.

New series on the Syfy Channel include Being Human, Face Off & Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen.  Read on for the details folks!

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Eureka

The Syfy Channel has a few new shows and a few old shows coming at us in the 2011 sTV season.  First up, the tried and true series of Eureka in the second of season for, it’s 4.5th season in 2011.

First up is the upcoming holiday episode of Eureka that will be airing on December 7th, so don’t forget that one!

The holiday episode of Eureka will premiere on Tuesday, December 7th at 9/8c as part of Syfy’s first-ever “Christmas Week.” This special episode will feature guest stars Chris Parnell (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) and former series regular Matt Frewer as Taggert.

Then in 2011, Eureka will be returning and they are building up a great guest list for the show.  That guest list includes Wallace Shawn (Gossip Girl, Toy Story franchise, The Princess Bride), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) and Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) join previously announced guest stars Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Ming-Na, and Stan Lee.

Eureka stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston & Niall Matter, amongst the cast.

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Merlin

Merlin, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Anthony Head returns to the Syfy Channel on January 7th.  It will be following WWE Friday Night Smackdown on Friday nights.

Other Syfy Channel Winter 2011 Programming

Other returning shows include Ghost Hunters International, which premieres on January 5th.  In GHI they’ll be visiting Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, the Castle of Nuremberg, the Huissen House of Horror in the Netherlands and the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia.  Barry FitzGerald leads the team of investigators, which includes newest member, Ghost Hunters’ Kris Williams from TAPS.

Ghost Hunters premieres sometime in February of 2011 for its seventh season folks with Rhode Island plumbers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson.  Twenty-five episodes of Ghost Hunters were ordered by Syfy.

Destination Truth with Josh Gates has the 2nd half of its fourth season is slated for a March 2011 premiere date on Syfy Channel.

They’ll be checking out spirits in Namibia, a sea monster in Cyprus, mysterious creatures in Panama and Argentina and they’ll also take a trip to check out strange phenomena taking place around abandoned research stations in Antarctica.

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New Syfy Channel Shows

Being Human

Syfy has gone off and remade Being Human, even though the original is still airing now on BBC America.  The timing of a remake, reimagining of a show that is still on confuses me and I’m sure it might confuse fans of the original, superior show that is written by Toby Whithouse and stars Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner.

Syfy’s version will be starring Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington.  It’s the story of three roommates… a vampire named Aidan (Sam Witwer), a ghost named Sally (Meaghan Rath) and the werewolf, Josh (Sam Huntington).

The Americanized version takes place in Boston.

What gives this show a fighting chance is the creative force behind it.

The Executive Producers are Michael Prupas (Pillars of the Earth), Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) and Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood) who are both the writers and showrunners.  Rob Pursey and Toby Whithouse are also involved. The producer is Irene Litinsky with Co-Executive producer Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes).

Syfy has thirteen episodes ordered for your consumption.

Below are the press release snippets of the other new shows:

Face Off

Face Off — Premieres Wednesday, January 26, at 10PM (ET/PT– Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain.  Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.  Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith serving as executive producers.

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Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen — Premieres February — Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen features molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron, one of America’s most notorious chefs on the cutting edge of the culinary field. At just 30 years old, Marcel has already made a name for himself with his polarizing turn as the season two runner-up on Bravo’s Emmy-winning Top Chef.  Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen follows Marcel as he begins to explore the potential next phase of his career.  In each episode, Marcel will be hired by a demanding client to produce and pull off extraordinary events and celebrations. Based on the clients’ requests, Marcel will have to dream up a menu for the event, from a dinner party for extreme sports enthusiasts to a multi-room extravaganza featuring live exotic animals.  He and his team of chefs will work alongside A-list party planners to create a transformative experience for guests through both immersive decor and innovative menus that emphasizes Marcel’s unparalleled brand of molecular gastronomy. Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen is produced by Mission Control Media.  Dwight Smith, Michael Agbabian, Andy Scheer and Dana Leiken Richards are executive producers.

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teresa April 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

i dont like the new show, dont even watchs it, told my friends not 2 watch the new show maybe they will take it off.

teresa April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

will there be a new season of being human this fall on syfy .if not why

skip December 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I don’t think Eureka should end after the 5th season there is so many different places they can take the show,look how long Smallville ran and they diden’t even do it right Clark(aka superboy) never dated Lana or ran into anyone with powers caused in a meteor shower in his home town when he arrived,the whole storyline of superman’s life growing up and meeting all the other superheros,instead of moving to matropolis after leaving home and learning about his home planet.

Brad May 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

I agree with many of you that as it changed to Syfy, the entire channel’s direction has been lost. What’s this channel about? Seems like they forget that horror, lore, and fantasy are similar genres, but science fiction lovers want science fiction. Eureka, Warehouse 13, and SGU are the best examples on their scheduling. But now SGU is gone, and nothing else is playing that even remotely resembles science fiction. People have dvr’s these days. Put on wrestling during the day, b/c most scifi watchers are working; whereas the do-nothing idiots that enjoy wrestling are probably getting home from their hard labor job or do not even have a job. Put it on for 4 hours for all i care, just not during regular programming hours. They need to bring back scifi…like Roswell, or Farscape. SGU was finally getting somewhere and they cancel it. I, for one, am pissed b/c it was the only show I watch on there. GH was cool for the first season…maybe a little of the 2nd…but after adding GH International and the other retarded Academy show…it’s totally lost its luster. Fact or Faked could use better science and more thought out debunking techniques. Destination Truth was cool for a bit, but they don’t even cover remotely interesting things at times either. Haven I never got into b/c it’s kinda slow and lame. The chick is hot, but that shouldn’t keep a show around. Faceoff = bad idea for scifi… I’m a guy and could care less about special effects makeup and all that…lame. Marcel’s Kitchen better never come back on… it is absolutely horrible and that kid chef has no respect or skill. Alphas = a Heroes ripoff…hmm, that’ll be good (sarcasm). Why is it that other channels are picking up the slack and creating their own scifi themed shows? B/C SYFY doesn’t have any!!!! Fringe on Fox is better than 80% of SYFY’s cr*p. Falling Skies is coming out on TNT of all places. What the hell SYFY…get your act together or the fans might just quit altogether. So many shows I have enjoyed have been cancelled too early and it gets annoying. With the advent of Netflix and Hulu, people have grown tired of seeing tons of shows with only 2 seasons b/c tv execs have no backbone or respect for their own shows.
Are advertisers really that important? They used to pay diddly squat and tv was still amazing. These days, most people pay over $100/month for cable and the tv execs still care more about the advertisers? WHY? WE ARE THEIR CUSTOMERS. They all still use this out-dated Nielson ratings system that has place in the 21st Century. Syfy should be the first to open up the availability to buy their channel directly. I have internet and streaming capabilities. Don’t need the cable tv provider, or a dvr AT ALL. I’d rather pay SYFY $50/month in order to get the shows I want on there. I only watch about 10 channels in a list of 350 I pay for…it’s insane and illogical. Sadly, HD tv has ruined TV in general b/c they all act as though it’s too expensive to make shows now. What about when special effects just came out and those companies were raping the execs b/c they were the only ones that did that stuff at the time. nowadays, there are numerous companies involved in special effects (competition should drive the costs down). Every channel has at least 2-3 reality tv shows, to be extra cheap, and they still act as the advertisers are the most important thing…it kills me inside. I want to boycott it all and just download from now on, truthfully. If you, Bruce, have any sway with the PTB (powers that be), please ask if my idea is possible. I think it’d be a better, clearer way for them to track their true customers and to get a more proportionate amount of my cable payments. I used to watch Scifi 24/7… now only put it occasionally b/c they play cr@p all the time. But I would still count it in the top 5 channels b/c so many channels on tv are worthless, but I still have to pay for them – b/c f’ing cable providers suck @ss… We need to move forward and my idea is the only way to do that. Also, the waiting for shows is getting very old. Why cancel SGU if no other show will take it’s place? What a horrible business practice that shows the overall laziness of the execs.
Aside – when did the execs expect Scifi to ever compete with the major channels? It never has and probably never will… the mass majority of people are stupid…or at least happy in their diluted, uninformed and uninteresting lifestyles. The small percentage of smart individuals love and crave science fiction. It pushes the boundaries of thought outside the mainstream box and helps to shape our future. Cars and airplanes were once science fiction, but now science fact. Lasers, and tractor beams = science fiction, but now are science fact. This is the way of the world. It takes the smart intellectuals (who usually love scifi) to come up with the great ideas for the future of mankind… which scientists and engineers of the world can then try to make work. I’d love another Farscape or Earth:Final Conflict idea. The idea that aliens are out there is becoming more accepted every day, but the SYFY channel does not take the opportunity to have anything related on their programming? WOW…. Where’s the creativity and ingenuity that has always been an integral part of science fiction?
I just finished law school but feel like I should’ve gone into writing b/c the writers today apparently can’t think outside the box anymore.

Debbie May 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I personly think the BBC one sucks,it doesnt have the personality that the new Syfi one has.In fact i didnt even know there was another one until my husband was telling how bad it was.And even then i could not even make it through a whole episode,thats how bad the BBC ones is.

Bruce Simmons April 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Bullwhacker, nope, never said I am Syfy. I said this is my site. Just to clear that up. And yes, full authority to use their logo. It comes with the press access they give me to their media assets. Thanks for asking.

Despite your rudeness in your first few lines of each reply, which isn’t needed to convey a point, you do have interesting points, like the mindlessness of some of the programming and about viewers chipping in when they tune into a show… if they’d do that.

Sadly, advertisers are the ones that dictate our viewing futures (I never said I liked it.) and the cash flow and not the viewers. (I’ve actually said this somewhere else on the site in multiple posts.)

And to close this out, your first reply, about my comments not being wanted or welcomed… if you actually absorbed the content around my replies to this, my article, you might see I’m in agreement with the fans who are chiming in here. You’re not making the best case for yourself with the low-brow attack out of left field.

I don’t mind and look forward to differing opinions on my articles here, but I have a low tolerance for approaching a conversation with insults and name calling. Just saying!

But in all sincerity, still, I do appreciate your coming by and chiming in with your opinion Bullwhacker….

Bullwhacker April 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Oh I see; I thought YOU were with the “SYFY” Channel due to YOU using THEIR LOGO?
YOU do have their permission to use their logo?
Also your smart a** response isn’t welcome nor is your comments even related to the subject posters are putting up..
Fans of the SCIFI – oops SYFY Channel being upset where the channel has gone and ignoring the people who keep the channel alive – watchers like me and others…
Starting and stopping a show series and then tell “Fans” it is for a 5-6 week per season or a show listings over six months in the future when the show starts again ( taking it from last year )…
I clearly showing the people at the SYFY Channel are deliberately killing shows.
Bottom line a number of shows even though Science Fiction or Fantasy on this channel is more family oriented than allot of the programing crap now on the ” BOOB TUBE “..
The bottom line is money and it will always be about money.
On another thread I suggested the shows can be fan based and a pay per viwew option for donating say a dollar to go to the shows production. As long as the fans keep donating the show continues. These donations go entirely to the production – none take for “administrative costs”. THAT can come from the advertisers…

Bruce Simmons April 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Bullwhacker… oh, sorry. For a second there I thought this was my site and I thought I’d interact. What was I thinking?

Bullwhacker April 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh Brucie? – Bruce Simmons?
Your comments to other poster are unwanted nor are they welcome. Your comments are not related to the subject at hand and all you post is YOUR rebuttals directed to the posters.
The posters my self included are avid readers, are very intelligent and also SICK AND TIRED of what “SYFY” ( jeez) has done to the channel in the first place.
I don’t WATCH THIS CHANNEL ( rarely now ) for the WWE, and other stupid ” reality shows” and non Science Fiction programing.
WHY CALL IT SCIFI? Whoops SYFY…
The Star Trek Franchise didn’t become a multi BILLION DOLLAR FRANCHISE from advertisers nor WWE farce wrestling or a Ghost show where guys squeal ” Something Touched me “…
It became that Huge franchise from the FANS people like me and others.
When I come home from dealing with the crappy world realities – I WOULD LIKE SOME SIMPLE FANTASY ESCAPISM FOR ONCE…
This channel has gotten so bad I again hardly watch it now..
I have gone back to reading more books and in reading I don’t have to put up with this stupidity programing.
Look at the dumbing down programing now days.. TNA – juggle and a wiggle video’s ( Hey I like TNA, BUT when you see a rear end wiggling around it like a bowl of jello to “music” I hurl at the thought ); drug rapping video’s; killing rapping video’s; who’s cheating on who video’s, who’s screwing over who video’s, and more…

Bruce Simmons April 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

bigdogralph! Ah, therein, the wisdom of your words, is the answer my friend!

“Those who read”

And those who don’t read watch television and are the ones that set the standards by which the advertisers spend their money on. I once read a study that said the average family buys one book a year…

bigdogralph April 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

You would think that if a company wanted to establish a brand, i.e. syfy, they would focus on suitable content. Did these businessmen graduate from the school of “I don’t knowwhat the **** I’m doing?
Studies have shown that people who read and, presumably watch, science fiction are more intelligent than any other group.
SyFy Please return to your science fiction roots. Please.

Bruce Simmons April 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

Bullwhacker… check it out here:

http://brusimm.com/2011/04/16/syfy-channel-return-dates-for-eureka-warehouse-13-haven-more/

I always try to stay on top of Syfy Channel news… so keeping tuned here is a good option… Thanks for coming by and I can’t disagree with your take on the issue, that’s for sure.

Bullwhacker April 19, 2011 at 5:01 am

My two cents is for some unknown reason syfy idiots are upsetting fans on purpose and deliberately messing with popular show schedules to kill off the fan base so they can just cancel good shows for stupid ones that appear to them make more money.
This quantum Kitchen – barf so what if I wanted to watch food cooked I’d watch the food channel.
Where is Eureka, warehouse13, Haven, and the others?
Chuck came back due to THE FANS and the great sponsor “Subway” – hey go buy one of their sandwiches..
I don’t watch the “SYFY” Channel for stupid WWE and Smack down shows…… Yet you see Ghost Hunters and some other idiot shows keep going and going and going. I watched it for a little while and saw the part where the guy is jumping around yelling something “touched” him? I wonder where he was “Touched”? Jeez….

Bullwhacker April 19, 2011 at 5:00 am

My two cents is for some unknown reason syfy idiots are upsetting fans on purpose and deliberately messing with popular show schedules to kill off the fan base so they can just cancel good shows for stupid ones that appear to them make more money.
This quantum Kitchen – barf so what if I wanted to watch food cooked I’d watch the food channel.
Where is Eureka, warehouse13, Haven, and the others?
Chuck came back due to THE FANS and the great sponsor “Subway” – hey go buy one of their sandwiches..
I don’t watch the “SYFY” Channel for stupid WWE and Smack down shows…… Yet you see Ghost Hunters and some other idiot shows keep going and going and going. I watched it for a little while and saw the part where the guy is jumping around yelling something “touched” him? I wonder where he was “Touched”? Jeez….

kyle April 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

I foundthis site looking for Eurekas return. Syfy is definitely a joke now. When they stated increasing viewership they apparently meant for the brain dead, no cost, no talent low budget reality shows and the constant 25 made-for-TV replays. Eureka is the best and one of the very few things on this network worth watching.

cori March 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

the problem with syfy is that they just don’t understand that to keep an audience you have to give them what they want. and we want EUREKA!!!!!!!!! after being disappointed by my other favorite stations and their idiocy i could really use a pick up. like hint hint the Invisible Man so tragic breaks my heart. Darien will always have a special place in my heart.

adogsbreakfast March 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

July if we’re lucky

Jonathan Esperto March 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

When exactly is Eureka returning?

adogsbreakfast March 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Man, seeing great show after great show cancelled (SGA, Caprica, SGU…outside of syfy I’ll never get over Arrested Development) and seeing the few shows left capable of keeping me engaged, entertained and thinking – like Eureka – put on the back burner for wrestling, reality TV and octoshark versus dinocroc has turned Mike Judge’s Idiocracy from a comedy to a pretty grim – and accurate – prediction in my mind.

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) March 14, 2011 at 6:12 am

Tina,
My take is this: I don’t need to watch 90% of their other programming (Even though I’ve found myself intrigued by FACEOFF) and I can just hope that the few shows that have captured my imagination, continue on, due in part, to the support that the “other programming” brings in. I can only hope.

The day the SYFY CHANNEL hangs up the scripts of the shows I like, is the day I stop being mad at them, writing about them or anything else. I’ll just move forward and support the next best station I can find.

But that’s just me!

(Thanks for coming by Tina.)

Tina March 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I understood when they changed from sci-fi to syfy they were trying to bring in more viewers. Thats just good business. My compliant is why leave the long term fans hanging. Those of us who love Sanctuary, Eureka, Warehoude 13, even the new series Haven are only getting more and more frustrated. They have quality shows and instead of producing them they continue to produce movies and other items that most 10 year olds think are lame. So my question is do I give up now or hold out hope for more superior programming? I really miss the dependable “SYFY”

Bruce Simmons March 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Miriam, if it’s one thing I have noticed about Syfy, they sure to love to keep you guessing about their schedule as long as is feasibly possible. Grr.

Miriam March 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Was just checking out the schedule on SyFy. After months of no Eureka, there is an 8 hour marathon scheduled for April 22nd. There is no schedule yet posted for April 29th.

My guess? The marathon is there to renew excitement for the show and April 29th is the return date for season 4.5. Fingers crossed.

On another note, SyFy needs to get it together. Eureka is the only show I watch on the channel so far, because I don’t want to get caught up another badly scheduled series I’ll watch Warehouse 13 when it ends for good, or when SyFy’s seasons aren’t ridiculously spread apart.

kikilo February 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

Could someone tell me why we are deprived of good series, like SGU and yet forced to watch the same sad re-runs. They run the same old series, like Star Trek, yet out of the 100 or so shows Star Trek recorded they broadcast the same ol’ 10 or 12 every week! Boring!! And, why would they expect us to watch an old series over and over when it never had an ending to begin with! At least end a series so it is worth our time to watch.

Bruce Simmons February 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hey Eagle, Syfy has been expanding it’s programming venue to capture more viewers and make more money. From the business side of things, it makes sense. From the fans side of things, at least the long-term fans, it does feel like we’re all being abandoned.

Eagle February 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Excuse me for asking, Why is WWE Smack down on Sy Fy it is not considered Science fiction? I have seen some that are not Si Fi shows but this takes the cake. I miss Rossewell as an example. Just a little puzzled.

Randall January 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I am tired of fooling with SyFy when it comes to Eureka. What kind of loyalty can one to have to a series that only lasts a few weeks at a time, and then when it is promised to be back on, and the promise was for November in case they forgot, they don’t keep their word. And, then do not even give an update. Syfy is a joke network, and they have lost this viewer. They have become a horror channel, not as science fiction channel. Good by, Syfy
A lost viewer

zip January 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

Okay… I’m glad it isn’t just me that is frustrated with the Syfy channel. I’ve been trying to find out when Eureka and others are coming back on but syfy seems to think it should be a secret. I’ve decided to not even look anymore after finding this site… by accident. I’ll watch reruns on Netflix if I’m still interested in anything Syfy has to offer.

b bye Syfy

Bruce Simmons December 31, 2010 at 8:17 am

You and me both Tracy.

Tracy December 30, 2010 at 5:56 am

I am still not satisfied, why can’t I get a positive answer concerning Eureka. When is it coming back!!!!

Bruce Simmons December 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

Hey Cheri, that’s been one of my frustrations with Syfy’s scheduling. Despite a network having everything booked out months in advance, they seem to not give out air dates of their more popular series until a month or so ahead of time. Grr.

Cheri Lewis December 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Can we even get a hint of the month Eureka might start? We need something to look forward to. And why is a season only 5 or 6 weeks? Writers got brain lock or something?

Bruce Simmons December 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

That’s a great point Spencer… I updated his credits after you pointed out something I missed… “inconceivable!!!”

spencer December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

It makes me sad that they have to say Wallace Shawn (Gossip Girl) instead of Wallace Shawn (any one of the 100 respectable works he’s done). What about princess bride?

Laura Lee December 7, 2010 at 3:19 am

I don’t think that it is a good idea for the psy-fy channel to recreate or remake a show that’s just getting it’s footing and has become so well known and popular in America already. BBC America’s original version of Being Human should suffice and yet, someone thought it a good idea to rip off a idea that already has a built in fan base. Stupid is the only word I can conjure up to express how I feel about this foolish decision.
No worries I won’t be complaining about the psy-fy’s version of the show because I won’t be watching. I’ll stick with the original,

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