Syfy has cast their 13-episode scripted series called Dark Matter, based on the Dark Horse graphic novel by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (executive producers and writers for the Stargate franchises).
Dark Matter is the story of the crew of a derelict spaceship who are awakened from stasis with no memory of they are or how they get there.
The cast includes: Melissa O’Neil (Broadway production of Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight) with Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl).
The series is produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl. Production begins January 7th with Summer 2015 launch planned. For more, follow the jump.
Syfy’s Helix took a cool story – an outbreak scenario – and turned it on its head in its season. For Season 2, Dr. Alan Farragut’s team is going to learn that there’s even more weirdness lying in wait as Ilaria, the company that owned Arctic Biosystems has tentacles that reach further than anyone could have expected.
Helix, Season 2 premieres on SyFy on Friday, January 16 at 10/9c. For more, follow the jump
Syfy’s three-night event series Ascension (9/8C) premieres tonight and continues through Wednesday. It’s the story of a generation ship that was launched in the early 1960s, taking a selection of humanity to a new home on a planet orbiting Proxima – because the ship’s creator/architect was convinced that the Cold War was about become hot and destroy the Earth.
It’s also the story of that man’s son, in the present, trying to preserve his father’s legacy. It’s also a serious mindbender of a concept – with one helluva twist.
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into this journey, a young woman is murdered. As unrest starts to develop, it causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. This mystery drama comprised of 6 one hour long episodes. The show is created by showrunner/executive producer Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. Al Sapienza plays Councilman Rose, one of the leaders on the ship. I had the chance to chat with him about Ascension which premieres on Syfy on Monday, Dec. 15 at 9/8c.
WTF? Holy crap! Syfy and Warner Brothers are teaming up to bring us a brand new television show about…..KRYPTON! Yes the place that gave us Superman. This will be either incredibly cool or a disaster of epic proportion, either way it should be great television. I mean we don’t know much about Krypton, so they’ll have a lot of leeway in f’ing with Superman’s history. Jor-El better be a dick in this. I’m sure somehow Zod will be the hero of the show for at least the first few seasons. I bet SyFy Presy Dave is walking around the offices with his pimp stick this week.
Syfy, in a twist, has pulled a couple of budding stars out of a hat with its announcement today that Jason Ralph and Sosie Bacon (pictured) have been cast as the leads in the network’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.
Ralph, who recurs in upcoming crime series Aquarius, will play Quentin Coldwater, ‘a brilliant, withdrawn yet strangely compelling young man who feels like an outsider among his accomplished peers.’
Bacon will play Alice, ‘an intensely shy and delicately lovely young woman. Born of a magical but neglectful family, Alice is an outcast among her fellow students at Brakebills, but nonetheless emerges as the most brilliant magical practitioner in her class.’
The Magicians began production in New Orleans yesterday. For more, follow the jump.
Once again – and for the twentieth year – Syfy has announced its annual year end Twilight Zone Marathon. This year, the Twilight Zone Marathon will run beginning at 8am/7C on Wednesday, December 31st through 5am/4C, then resume on Thursday, January 1st at 6am/5C and going for another 24 hours.
Episodes will include classics like Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, To Serve Man, Time Enough at Last and Eye of the Beholder.
Christmas Icetastrophe will be broadcast on December 20th (9/8C); December 23rd will see a marathon of Wizard Wars’ first season, beginning at 6/5C, and Christmas Day will feature a full day of cold weather-themed movies. For further details, follow the jump.
Syfy continues to find intriguing subjects for unscripted series. The latest, The Bazillion Dollar Club is a Silicon Valley-based docu-series about ‘the brilliant and cutthroat world of today’s forward thinking innovators.’
The series will follow two men – Dave McClure and Brady Forrest – whose companies ‘offer two of the world’s most aggressive accelerator programs that mentor startups leading up to the launch of their billion dollar idea.’
The six episode series will air in 2015. For more, follow the jump.
As Haven’s final episodes run down, William Shatner is joining the show in a recurring role that has a four-episode arc. Naturally, his character is pivotal and has the potential to affect the town an its fate.
Haven (Syfy, Fridays, 7/6C) reaches its mid-season finale on December 5th – by which point, Mara’s endgame will be revealed.
The show’s final 13 episodes will air in 2015. For further details, follow the jump.
Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey is being adapted as a TV miniseries for Syfy by Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Productions company.
Per the Syfy press release, 3001 is “an epic story of a man lost in time. Arthur C. Clarke’s final Odyssey book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals and dark, thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.’
No premiere date has, as yet, been announced. For further details, follow the jump.
Who doesn’t like a good adventure thriller about time travelling? Inspired by the classic blockbuster film of the same name, this show explores the provocative story of a time traveler from the future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Using a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day. He has a mission – locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. “12 Monkeys” makes its series premiere on January 16, Friday at 9pm ET/PT.