UPDATE: Syfy has officially given a pilot order to Krypton, reports Variety. Our original story from April 21, 2016 follows.
Not to be outdone by his best frenemy (and fellow Martha fan) Batman, Superman is also getting his own hometown prequel TV series. For the past couple of years David Goyer has been working with Syfy on Krypton, which follows Superman’s grandfather, two generations before the planet blew up and baby Kal-El was sent hurtling toward Earth. Now the series has taken some big strides forward, picking up an official pilot order, a new showrunner, and a new director. Read More »
Syfy’s new series Hunters could be a cross between V and Homeland. An FBI agent discovers a terrorist organization called Hunters, who are actually aliens from another world. Nathan Phillips and Britne Oldford play agents pursuing the Hunters, and Julian McMahon plays the main Hunter.
Hunters is produced by Natalie Chaidez and Gale Anne Hurd, adapted from the book Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber. We got to speak with Chaidez, who also used to produce Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, after her Hunters panel for the Television Critics Association. Hunters premieres Monday, April 11 at 10PM on Syfy. Read More »
Gale Anne Hurd has made movies about aliens. In fact, one of the greatest of all time, the sequel Aliens. She also produced one of my personal favorites, Alien Nation. So the news that Gale Anne Hurd is back in the alien game should mean a lot. She is producing the new show Hunters on Syfy.
Hunters is about a race of alien terrorists who have infiltrated humanity, and the FBI agents who pursue them, including a Hunter working for us. Natalie Chaidez developed the adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s book Alien Hunter for television. We got to speak with Hurd after her Hunters panel for the Television Critics Association. Hunters premieres Monday, April 11 at 10PM on Syfy. Read More »
SyFy has never been shy about making movies that are clearly meant to be terrible. We’re talking about a network who has release movies with titles such as Rock Monster, Ice Spiders and of course, the Sharknado franchise, which has opted to not only jump the shark, but thrown them around in a bloody cyclone of nonsense. And now they’re bringing some nostalgic flare into the fray for their latest awful TV movie.
Dead 7 is a horror western that rounds up the fallen stars of 90s boy bands such as Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees and O-Town and has them all facing off against a horde of zombies. It’s an amazing time to be alive. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Our studies at Brakebills will continue for another year. The cable network has just renewed The Magicians for a second season, just three episodes into its first season. Frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups,” the fantasy drama follows a group of graduate students attending the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The new Syfy series The Magicians premiered in January. Based on the books by Lev Grossman, it tells the story of a group of young magicians at Brakebills University in New York. Our students include Quentin (Jason Ralph), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Kady (Jade Tailor), Penny (Arjun Gupta), Margo (Summer Bishil), Julia (Stella Maeve) and Eliot (Hale Appleman).
At the NBC networks party for the Television Critics Association, I met The Magicians showrunner (and former Supernatural showrunner) Sera Gamble. She explained some of the rules for magic and spells we might see on future episodes of The Magicians. Find out what we learned after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Syfy gave us an early Christmas present last month, in the form of an early broadcast of the pilot episode for its new fantasy series The Magicians. But if you missed it the first time around — or if you did catch it, but like its fantasy-obsessed protagonist are eager to dive back into a world of magic and mayhem — you’re in luck. The network has put the entire first episode online for free, several days ahead of its (second) on-air premiere.
Based on the novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians is sort of a grown-up Harry Potter. Quentin (Jason Ralph) is an unhappy young man at the end of his college years. He discovers that the kind of magic he’s read about in children’s fantasy novels is real, and enrolls in a magical graduate school called Brakebills. But this exciting new world isn’t exactly what he imagined. Watch the full The Magicians pilot after the jump. Read More »
Syfy‘s The Expanse is one of those shows that makes me feel guilty for cutting the cord. Sure, I’ll be able to experience this gritty space opera soon enough when it decides to hit a proper streaming service (you can watch it on Syfy’s official site right now, but it feels less than ideal), but it feels like it has the potential to be the next great science fiction show, a proper heir to the likes of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly. Not being able to be part of the weekly conversation with a show that feels so far up my alley is more than a little maddening.
At the very least, it’s good to know that there will be plenty to explore when I do ultimate dive down this particular rabbit hole. Syfy has renewed The Expanse for a second season and it will premiere sometime in early 2017.
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Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Superheroes may be ruling screens both big and small these days, but caped crusaders and masked avengers are playing second fiddle to the little guys at your local comic book shop. While Marvel and DC continue to churn out reliably entertaining work, it’s the niche publishers like Image, Boom!, and Dark Horse that are delivering the real goods. While some truly great independent and creator-owned comics are making their way through film and television development right now, Syfy has acquired the rights to a series that deserves your complete and undivided attention.
That series is Harrow County and it is the best horror comic books being published in 2015. If it’s half as good in 2016, it’ll still be one of the most clever and spooky and oddly charming comics I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Hit the jump for more details on the Harrow County TV series.
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There have been two great depictions of Van Helsing on the big screen. Edward Van Sloan played him as a strong-willed doctor in 1931’s Dracula. Then over 60 years later Sir Anthony Hopkins gave a completely different performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s (Apocalypse Now) adaptation, as a wild, funny, and arguably crazy Van Helsing. When Universal attempted to turn the character into an action hero played by Hugh Jackman in 2004 with Stephen Sommer’s CG-infested monster movie, the result was disastrous. Now, the character might return, except this time around on the small screen. Playwright, writer, and director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) is working on a Van Helsing show for Syfy.
Learn more about the TV series after the jump.
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