SYFY unveils Updated Teaser for Prequel Series KRYPTON

Yes, it’s true: SYFY is still developing a prequel series that trace the House of El on Krypton long before Kal-El was rocketed to Earth to become Superman.

It seems the series wants to paint Kal as coming from a line of heroes, not just his scientific genius father, Jor-El. So, I guess it’ll be like GOTHAM? (Hopefully, less boring, tho, amirite?)

It’s hard to tell what the series will be like from the teaser, except that it will have chases, martial arts and explosions. Sigh.

The official line from SYFY is: Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, THE HALCYON) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. KRYPTON premieres in 2018 on SYFY.

Do you have any interest in watching the adventures of Superman’s grandpa on his home planet? Let me know in the comments section.

CONSTANTINE’s Next Stop Could Be on Syfy

constantinemoveWith CONSTANTINE’s 13-episode first season wrapping up tonight — Friday the 13th… what could be sinister about that? —  thoughts naturally are turning to next season, and since NBC has not announced a decision about renewal, will there even be a second season for the DC Comics-based series?

When NBC decided not to shut down production rather than give CONSTANTINE a “back 9” renewal for a whole season, it was not exactly a vote of confidence. And when NBC recently announced a bunch of renewals, CONSTANTINE was nowhere to be seen.

However, according to CineLinx, the series may have more options for continued life than originally thought: NBC is apparently mulling moving CONSTANTINE to its Syfy sister network and renaming it HELLBLAZER (just like the comic book). Along with the move (and name change) would come lesser expectations — shows don’t need blockbuster ratings to survive on basic cable — and greater creative freedom.
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12 MONKEYS Series Gets First Trailer

At first glance, turning Terry Gilliam‘s brilliant time-travel brain-twister 12 Monkeys into a weekly TV series seems… well, crazy. But after watching the first trailer for the forthcoming SyFy show, I think it’s… well, not as crazy as I used to.

Clearly they had to make changes to the storyline, and I’m not sure I agree with them — like having Dr. Railly give Cole the mission to travel into the past, and introducing a new potential Big Bad in Zeljko Ivanek‘s Leland. It’s not clear if this James Cole will meet a wacky Jeffrey Goines.

The movie starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt — who earned an Oscar nomination as Goines. The series will star X2: X-Men United’s Aaron Stanford in the Willis role and SuitsAmanda Schull taking over for Stowe’s psychiatrist.

At least the 13-episode 12 MONKEYS gives us something to look forward to this January.

Alert! Alert! SHARKNADO Warning!

sharknado2posterThe hotly anticipated followup to SyFy’s instant classic, SHARKNADO, has been rescheduled to run a day earlier than previously announced. SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE will premiere Wednesday, July 30, at 9 p.m.

The cast includes original SHARKNADO survivors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, along with newcomers Vivica A. Fox as an old friend of Ian’s Fin; Judd Hirsch as a NYC cabbie  (typecast much?); Andy Dick as a police officer; Judah Friedlander (30 ROCK) as a guy named Brian; Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) as Fin’s brother-in-law; and Kelly Osbourne (THE OSBOURNES) as a flight attendant.




Can GHOST SHARK Scare Up Viewers for SyFy?

Tonight sees the premiere of GHOST SHARK on (wait for it…) SyFy. Now, I’m not going out on a limb and predicting the same sort of inspired lunacy as SHARKNADO, but this flick looks like it has some potential.

On the downside, there’s something about the ghost of a shark that somehow sounds maybe a bit more plausible than a tornado whipping sharks at people, and that sorta makes it feel a little less fun. (Which means we’re counting on Mackenzie Rosman and her polka-dot bikini to pull out a win here.)

Here’s the SyFy description of the movie:

“First sharks fall from the sky and eat lots of people. Now a dead shark seeks revenge on the entire human race. Where will it all end? In the new Syfy Original Movie GHOST SHARK, premiering Thursday, August 22 at 9PM (ET/PT), a great white shark is tortured and killed by a fisherman, then returns from the dead, exacting vengeance on all humans. When Ava’s (Mackenzie Rosman/7TH HEAVEN) father is brutally murdered, no one believes that the ghost shark got him — except the crazy lighthouse keeper Finch (Richard Moll/NIGHT COURT). Ava and her friends take the problem into their own hands as they desperately try to survive the bloody wrath of the ghost shark.”

Sharknado: Perfect Storm, or Perfect Movie?

Coming to SyFy tonight at 9 o’clock, it’s a tornado — full of sharks! It’s SHARKNADO!

A massive hurricane sucks sharks out of the ocean and rains them down on Los Angeles, then spawns waterspouts that suck up the sharks again and hurl them at people. But some people have chainsaws.

This is shaping up to be the best movie The Asylum has ever produced for SyFy. It has sharks in the water, CGI blood, sharks flying through the air, more CGI blood, BEVERLY HILLS 902010’s Ian Ziering as a heroic bar owner, sharks swimming in the streets of downtown L.A., chainsaws, even more flying sharks, and MAKE IT OR BREAK IT’s Cassie Scerbo in a bikini!

Can a made-for-TV movie get any better?


Take Cover! It’s a Sharknado!

sharknadoDon’t think; just enjoy the madcap awesomeness of this poster for SyFy’s Sharknado. Even if the title Sharknado doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, it is nonetheless inspired.

This is sort of like Snakes on a Plane, in the sense that the title is the movie, but the image — as fantastic as it is — does make one wonder how the sharks got in the tornado in the first place. Well, the studio synopsis explains all that:

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air.

The humans battling this unnatural natural disaster are Tara Reid (American Pie), Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) and John Heard (Home Alone). So, nothing to worry about there…

Sharknado strikes SyFy on July 11.

Blood & Chrome Demoted to Web Series

Whatever happened to the promised BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel series, BLOOD & CHROME, set to follow a young Bill Adama’s adventures during the early years of the first Cylon War? Apparently, it’s been shot down.

Once envisioned for TV, the series pilot will now be seen online, and then aired on SyFy at a later date. In an effort to revive interest in the long-under-the-radar series, a trailer was released. And, frak me, what a trailer it is! It’s packed with pulse-quickening action that will leave any space opera fan drooling.

Unfortunately, NBC-Universal has been hunting down the trailer with the relentlessness of a cylon, so I have to link to the good people at GeekTyrant, who still have the clip up and running.
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WAREHOUSE 13 3.13: “The Greatest Gift”

Christmas specials are usually about two things: family, and the “magic” of the holiday. And there’s usually one other element crammed in: an old fat guy with a white beard who may or may not be Santa Claus — but who invariably turns out to be the real Santa, after all. (He even mentioned that bike you wanted as a child!)

The great thing about the WAREHOUSE 13 Christmas episode is that it wasn’t really about Christmas — it was the relationship between the characters we have come to know so well, and reveals that Pete is pretty much the lynchpin that holds the gang together. And, yes, they are a “family” of sorts. Oh, and there was no pseudo Santa — despite being one of the few shows on which such a character would actually work!
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EUREKA 4.21: “Do You See What I See”

They say there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. But there is a third — every episode of EUREKA will about some crazy invention/science experiment going out of control and wreaking wacky havoc that can only be fixed by technobabble and Sheriff Jack Carter’s down-to-Earth common sense. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the show usually pretty entertaining, but I’m just saying — it’s a pretty rigid template.

That formula is no different around the holidays. Since the motto of Eureka township must be “Better Living Through Science (or, at least, that what we intend),” Carter (Colin Ferguson) concocts a plan to turn the town into a winter wonderland using a super proton generator to manufacture snow. Of course, things don’t go exactly as planned.
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