Briefly: It’s a good week for the much-maligned Kevin Costner action film Waterworld, which was a famous flop when released in 1995. This morning we saw the trailer for The Baytown Outlaws, in which the best line is probably the Waterworld joke. And now, from Forbes, comes the news that Syfy is thinking of making a sequel to the film, either as a standalone TV movie, or even a series.

Why? Because whenever Syfy shows Waterworld, it does really well. So, whether because of genuine appeal or the ironic attention given to a famous dud, the movie has a real fan base, and Syfy wants to exploit it. (Personally, I like the movie. It’s goofy, but fun, and next to The Postman looks like genius.) And, thanks to the deal with Universal that saw the creation of Syfy Films, the company has access to Waterworld and a reason to make a movie. Ironically, Syfy president Dave Howe tells Forbes that his company wants to make modestly-budgeted, story-driven films — not exactly the sort of movie for which Waterworld is a poster child. But if the company can turn the setting and story framework into a good story, more power to them.


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Transformers. Real Steel. Robot Jox. Movies that fulfill the boyhood promise of toys like Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots. A promise that one day real robots would really fight. It’s a promise that, until now, has only been possible in the movies or on a small scale, like with Battle Bots. The next step in that robot evolution takes place in 2013 as SyFy has just green lit Robot Combat League, which premieres February 26. Hosted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, it features large robots very similar to the ones recently seen in Real Steel duking it out, controlled by a shadow boxing operator. See more photos and read a bunch of additional details after the jump. Read More »

Between American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, almost half of this post is FX teasers. After the jump:

  • Syfy will reboot the Brit cult sci-fi series Blake’s 7
  • Fox picks up a new comedy by the Parks & Rec team
  • Dwight-centric Office spinoff The Farm begins casting
  • Jessica De Gouw joins The CW’s Arrow as the Huntress
  • See Breaking Bad stars on old episodes of Seinfeld
  • Doctor Who gets a premiere date and a new trailer
  • Watch three more trailers for FX’s Sons of Anarchy
  • See more creepy teasers for American Horror Story

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Today’s TV Bits is jam-packed with geeky goodness. After the jump:

  • Arrested Development starts filming new episodes
  • New character and plot details emerge for NBC’s Hannibal
  • Syfy and Bryan Fuller are adapting The Lotus Caves
  • Guillermo del Toro talks about Marvel’s Hulk TV series
  • The Wire‘s McNulty was almost on Game of Thrones
  • Showtime has new promos for Season 2 of Homeland
  • Take a peek at the second season of NBC’s Grimm
  • Watch a new trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Treme
  • NBC unwraps an extended preview for Revolution
  • Get a first look at Ashley Tisdale on Sons of Anarchy

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M. Night Shyamalan‘s movie career has been on a steep downward trajectory for the past several years, but as someone who enjoyed his earlier films I’m still rooting for the guy to turn things around. And maybe he still can. It’s too soon to say how After Earth will turn out, but from what we’ve seen so far it looks… okay.

More intriguing is his other upcoming project, which sees him shaking things up by switching mediums. Shyamalan and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Marti Noxon are set to co-write and executive produce Proof, a drama for the Syfy channel. More after the jump.

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Two big-shot feature filmmakers are headed to the small screen, albeit in two very different capacities. Michael Bay will executive produce Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails, while David Cronenberg is set to guest star on Syfy’s time-travel thriller Rewind. Also after the jump:

  • Go behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season
  • The first set photo from Season 7 of AMC’s Dexter drops
  • The CW’s Arrow is virtually “a lock” for pick-up
  • January Jones says to expect more “Fat Betty” on Mad Men
  • The BBC orders a brand-new zombie drama

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Whether you’re a new parent or a singleton, whether you’re into video games, drugs, cable news, there’s a little something for everyone in this rather random edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan admits has no idea how his AMC series will end
  • SyFy taps Legion helmer Scott Stewart to direct video game-related series Defiance
  • Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, formerly known as More As This Story Develops, may have a new title
  • ABC’s Up All Night and Fox’s New Girl land guest stars from 30 Rock and True Blood, respectively

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We bring nothing but good tidings in this edition of TV Bits, which is all about giving you more of shows you love. After the jump, read about:

  • Renewals for Boardwalk Empire, Haven, and The Simpsons
  • A webisode prequel to The Walking Dead
  • Not one, but two new villains for Raylan Givens on Justified

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Universal Creating SyFy-Branded Theatrical Film Label

While watching a film like Sharktopus, have you ever wished that you were experiencing the film on a much larger screen? If so, Universal and SyFy have a deal for you. The companies are teaming up to great a genre label called (wait for it) Syfy Films, which will “develop Syfy branded content for the bigscreen.”

The goal is to make one or two “sci-fi, fantasy or horror pics annually” from 2012 on, with Universal distributing to theaters. No one is currently in place to run the day to day aspects of the company, but Syfy programming head Mark Stern will oversee the company. At this point we don’t know exactly what sort of films will be the result of this deal, but expect something a bit less blatantly ridiculous than some of the typical original SyFy films like Sharktopus. Think along the lines of Skyline instead. That may not inspire much interest; I think I’d rather have a couple Asylum-style animal/monster mashups on a bigger budget. [Variety]