Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween will take over the month of October with 600 hours of bloodcurdling programming including four scary new Syfy Original movies: Night of the Wild, Ominous, They Found Hell and The Hollow.
Adding to the fun will be holiday-themed episodes of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness along with such cult faves as Blade II; Underworld; The Fog; Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning; Cabin In The Woods; The Omen (2006); The Last Exorcism; Fright Night (2011); Hostel and Silent Hill: Revelation – not to mention fresh meat, like I Am Legend, Orphan to Insidious: Chapter 2 and new episodes of Z Nation, Dominion and Haven.
Syfy has ordered 13-epiosde second seasons for both of its Friday night space operas – Dark Matter (above) and Killjoys.
Dark Matter – which revolves around a crew of a mercenary ship who have had their identities wiped – comes from Stargate veterans John Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.
Kiljoys – following a trio of Reclamation Agents (bounty hunters) in a planetary system of terraformed moons – was created by Michelle Lovretta, who also created Lost Girl.
Both shows ended with rather mindboggling cliffhangers so it will come as a relief to many that they were renewed so quickly. The second seasons of both shows will air in 2016. For more, follow the jump.
Dark Matter (Syfy, Friday, 9/8C) reaches the end of its first season with back-to-back episodes that are so different that their only connection is that are happening to the amnesiac mercenary crew of the spaceship the Rasa.
Episode Twelve finds the crew and, especially, Two learning out where she came from; Episode Thirteen is, of all things, a bottle show – no guest stars and set entirely on the show’s standing Rasa sets. Both are gripping and relentlessly enthralling.
Dark Matter (Syfy, 10/9C) started off with a space vessel with a crew of six who couldn’t remember who they were. Before the premiere had ended, they’d learned that they were – with one notable exception – wanted mercenaries with extremely bad records.
Since then, the series has been about them learning who they are now – and that’s not necessarily the same as who they were before someone hacked their stasis pods to wipe their memories. Now, in the season’s antepenultimate episode, we learn that there may be a great deal more to learn about them – as the Rasa has been taken over by mercenaries who look to double their take by collecting the bounties on them. Oh, and Two has been spaced.
Syfy’s Incorporated – the first television series from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films – has added three quality genre veterans to its cast: Dennis Haysbert (pictured – 24, Now and Again), David Hewlitt (Stargate Atlantis, Dark Matter) and Ian Tracey (Wayward Pines, Continuum).
Set in a world where corporations run everything, Incorporated follows an executive, Ben (Sean Teale, Reign) who must change his identity to infiltrate a cutthroat world to save the woman he loves.
Haysbert plays Julian, Head of Security for one such corportation, SPIGA – he’s part investigator, part Torquemada (so, scary!). Hewlett plays Chad, a SPIGA executive who has risen through the ranks by sucking up to superiors and taking credit for the work of those below him. Tracey is Terrance, a corrupt businessman who may become a threat to Ben’s plans for SPIGA.
Frederik Pohl’s classic novel Gateway is being developed by Syfy as a scripted one-hour drama series.
In Gateway, humanity’s first first encounter is with a mysterious, alien race – The Heechee – through the discovery of ancient artifacts, which sets of a ‘gold rush’ searching for advanced alien technology.
Gateway is n Entertainment One (eOne)/Universal Cable Productions co-production with Battlestar Galactica’s David Eick and GvsE creator Josh Pate set to adapt. For further details, follow the jump.
Syfy’s The Expanse – based the on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey – will launch with a two-night premiere on Monday and Tuesday, December 14& 15 at 10/9C, following which the show will air on Tuesdays at 10/9C.
The series follows a classic hardboiled detective with a difference – he was born on Mars. When and a rogue ship’s captain investigate the disappearance of a young woman, it leads them to a conspiracy of interplanetary proportions.
The Expanse stars Thomas Jane and Steven Strait. For further details (cast list, fuller plot descriptions, etc.) follow the jump.
Syfy has announced the premiere date of its six-hour event series Childhood’s End.
The story of a peaceful invasion of Earth by the alien Overlord who promise an end to poverty, illness and war – but insist on hiding their appearance, and their ultimate plans for our planet – is adapted from the classic Arthur C. Clarke novel.
Childhood’s End will premiere on Monday, December 14-16 at 8/7C. Follow the jump for plot synopsis, cast list and more.
Syfy’s alien abduction series Hunters – based on the Whitley Strieber novel Alien Hunter (above) – has begun production in Melbourne, Australia.
The series follows an FBI agent as he is recruited into a secret government unit tasked with hunting a shadowy group of terrorists – who might not be human.
Hunters is executive produced by The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd and 12 Monkeys’ Natalie Chaidez – and stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) as Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck). Hunters will premiere in 2016. For more, follow the jump.