It’s the 25th Anniversary of the birth of Syfy and what do you do when there’s a big anniversary? You celebrate!
Syfy’s celebration includes: a 15-part podcast series, SYFY25: Origin Stories, hosted by Adam Savage, and premiering on September 8th; the fomation of the Advisory Council of Leading Voices in the Genre (already including names like Carlton Cuse, Grant Morrison and Patton Oswalt); the return of Battlestar Galactica to Syfy linear and video on demand platforms on September 22nd, a SYFY25 Screening Series; a partnership with Reddit, and FANfare On-Air and Online as the network puts the spotlight on its fans.
Syfy is bringing the Fandemonium to San Diego for Comic-Con 2017 – 15 panels and screenings including: a Battlestar Galactica Reunion; debates – which is better: Star Trek or Star Wars; did Greedo shoot first; panels for new shows Krypton and Happy!, and screenings of a new ep of Blood Drive and the first ep of Channel Zero: No-End House.
Syfy Fan Parties; Superfan nuptials (Orlando Jones makes fans’ dreams come true, as he presides over pop-up nuptials at TBD locations throughout the weekend); Zachary Levi’s annual invitation-only Friday night party!
San Diego Comic-Con 2017 takes place at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, during the weekend of July 19 – July 23.
Production has begun in Vancouver on Syfy’s highly anticipated 2-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga which chronicles young William Adama’s adventures in the first Cylon War. Universal Cable Productions will produce the event with Syfy, utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport. From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor form a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and directed by Jonas Pate. David Eick, Jonas Pate and Michael Taylor will serve as executive producers.
Players eagerly awaiting Battlestar Galactica Online, the highly anticipated space combat MMOG from Bigpoint, can get a ‘jump’ on the competition and be the first to launch a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider by visiting Syfy.com and Syfy.co.uk where the open beta for the new game will be available exclusively for ONE WEEK ONLY beginning today Tuesday, February 8th (date may be subject to change). Also available to players only at Syfy.com and international Syfy Universal websites are a frakkin’ awesome set of Syfy-inspired Viper and Raider designs, which players can choose to represent them in the on-going battle between the Colonial and Cylon fleets.
Battlestar Galactica Online (http://battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/) is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Bigpoint, the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), designed and produced the game, which is based on Syfy’s award-winning, internationally popular television series Battlestar Galactica.
SyFy’s popular new program Hollywood Treasure is a different type of reality-based show. It has a premise and format that hooks the viewer through the presentation of interesting Hollywood memorabilia, while tapping into the curiosity factor of wanting to know not only how much they are worth but what others are ultimately willing to pay for them. The show has an addictive, quick-paced formula basically consisting of three ‘hooks’ and each week presents two half-hour episodes. There are even special auctions held to benefit charity. And the best part is that SyFy also makes it possible for viewers to take part in auctions. This includes unique items from fan favorites Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Warehouse 13, as well as trip packages for Comic Con with VIP access, and an all-expense paid weekend with the Ghost Hunters. You can also get your hands on scripts signed by the cast of Stargate Universe or Warehouse 13. Or how about the purple dress worn by Alessandra Torresani on Caprica? These and many other items are now up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Syfy has announced the cancelation of the Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica. The series has been pulled from Syfy’s schedule effective immediately.
Caprica, which was conceived to tell the story of how the Cylons were created – the stories of two key families whose destinies were intertwined – started with an exposition-heavy pilot and early eps took awhile to put key elements into play. The result was a slow start in the ratings. It’s too bad that the lost audience didn’t check back in after week three, because the series went on to become a richly rewarding one with fine writing, excellent performances and intelligently conceived action.
If all goes well, Battlestar Galactica fans will be able to see the original Toasters in action. Syfy has greenlighted a two-hour pilot called Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome – to be set during the tenth year of the first Cylon War. Its entry point will be the assignment of the young William Adama to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica!
On Battlestar Galactica, James Callis played a self-serving, opportunistic, conniving genius. This summer, on Syfy’s hit series Eureka, Callis will play Dr. Grant – a former resident of the town whose unexpected return is cause for serious alarm and – considering his romantic interest in Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) – significant friction with Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson).
Once again this season series stars Colin Ferguson and Joe Morton (“Henry Deacon”) will direct episodes and also making her directorial debut is female lead Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Also, special guest stars returning this season include Jaime Ray Newman (“Dr. Tess Fontana”) and Matt Frewer (“Taggart”).
Eureka seems like any other cozy, Pacific Northwest town, but is actually a secret community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they’ve unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does. In addition to Ferguson, Richardson-Whitfield, Morton, and now Callis, the series also stars, Erica Cerra (“Jo Lupo”), Neil Grayston (“Douglas Fargo”), Niall Matter (“Zane Donovan”) and features Jordon Hinson (“Zoe Carter”).