Ascension

Secret missions into space to save the Earth are so hot right now. Of course, there’s Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but now there’s also the Syfy miniseries Ascension. Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) stars in the show which surmises that, in 1963, the U.S. government sent a group of people into space to find and populate a new planet. Fifty years have passed at the start of the show and a new character shows up and poses the possibility that was never their purpose at all.

The six hour miniseries debuts on December 15 and, below, you can see a new trailer for it. There’s also a behind the scenes video discussing that other hot button topic, the reality vs. actual science debate. Watch the new Ascenion Syfy trailer below. Read More »

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A couple of years ago, Syfy gave a pilot order to High Moon, Bryan Fuller‘s adaptation of John Christopher‘s 1969 sci-fi YA novel The Lotus Caves. The bad news for fans of the Hannibal creator is that High Moon never got picked up to series. But the good news today is that we’ll get to see it anyway.

Syfy is repurposing the 90-minute High Moon series premiere as a TV movie, to air later this month. To tease the upcoming event, the network has just released the first five minutes of the pilot-turned-film. Watch it after the jump.

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12 Monkeys Tv show

An adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s underrated 1995 film 12 Monkeys is coming to TV. A twelve episode series has been ordered for the Syfy network with the aim to premiere January 2015. Charles Roven, who produced the original film as well as many of the DC comic book movies, is on board to produce and veterans of shows such as Friday Night Lives, Nikita, Terra Nova, V and Heroes are also behind the scenes. X-Men star Aaron Stanford will play the lead role of a man sent back in time to destroy a plague. Read more about the 12 Monkeys TV show below. Read More »

DMZ

After the second American Civil War, Manhattan is classified an independent demilitarized zone, also referred to as the DMZ. There, a photojournalist is stranded and becomes embroiled in complex politics and warring factions. That’s the plot of Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli‘s DC Comic DMZ, which ran from 2005 to 2012. Now, the story is coming to the small screen via some big screen talent. Former Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton have teamed with Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman to bring the comic series to the SyFy network at a TV show. Read More »

‘Beowulf’ TV Series in Development at SyFy

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Briefly: One of the next big fantasy projects to hit TV screens is rooted in a story that is hundreds of years old. SyFy is developing a new Beowulf show, based on the epic poem that tells of a hero, Beowulf, who helps out the Danish king with a little monster problem. The monster, of course, is Grendel, and after his initial battles with Grendel, the beast’s mother also becomes a problem. There’s also the minor matter of a dragon that Beowulf must face years later.

We know the story well, and have seen it on screen several times. (The pic above is from the mo-cap version by Robert Zemeckis.) SyFy describes the show only as “Adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel.”

Matt Greenberg (1408Reign of Fire) is scripting and will exec produce, says EW, with Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira also exec producing.

Helix

Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is returning to Syfy this winter with another tale of people isolated in inhospitable surroundings, as the threat of the end of all humanity looms over them. The specifics, however, are very different this time around.

Helix follows a group of CDC scientists who journey to the Arctic to look into reports of a disease outbreak at a research facility, and then quickly discover that the problem is much more horrifying than they’d feared. Check out the first real trailer after the jump.

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Ghost Shark

Syfy sees your enthusiasm for shark-related B-movies, and is doubling down with more of the same. Next on the cable channel’s schedule is Ghost Shark, which is exactly what it sounds like.

The first clip offered but a tiny taste of this new monster’s fearsome abilities, but this new full-length trailer really shows off what he (she? it? Let’s just go with “he” for simplicity’s sake) can do. Hit the jump to find out what exactly that entails.

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Ghost Shark

Sharknado may not have been a ratings smash, but it got to be a social media phenomenon thanks to its bizarre premise and tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign. Now Syfy’s big challenge will be to top themselves, and the first of their films to try will be the kinda-sorta-not-really similarly themed Ghost Shark.

As with Sharknado, the title is entirely self-explanatory. Taking the Ian Ziering / Tara Reid slot of fondly remembered ’90s star this time around is Mackenzie Rosman, best remembered as little Ruthie Camden from 7th Heaven. Yes, that’s her in the bikini above, and yes, it’s super weird to see her all grown up. Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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