Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet's Monster Week 2014 to include a Shannen Doherty horror film

Animal Planet has gotten some flak in recent years for its “mockumentaries” about mermaids, which have been presented in a realistic format, albeit with quick disclaimers at the end indicating that they were more speculative than anything. For the network’s Monster Week 2014, Animal Planet can’t really be criticized in that regard for its new production Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which an Animal Planet release plainly indicates is a “horror film” (but they also do call it a “marquee two-hour special”). To further let you know that this program should not be taken as scientific fact, it … Continue reading

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“Sharknado” studio The Asylum to produce zombie series “Z Nation” for Syfy

"Sharknado" studio The Asylum to produce zombie series "Z Nation" for Syfy

Is there room on television for two series set in a post-zombie apocalypse landscape? Syfy and production company The Asylum (Sharknado) believe so. Today the network announced that this fall it will be debuting Z Nation, a 13-episode action-horror series depicting “the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.” The series will be produced by The Asylum, with Karl Schaefer (Eureka, The Dead Zone) serving as executive producer and showrunner. From Syfy: “In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known … Continue reading

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“Sharknado 2″ starts filming in February; Ian Ziering and Tara Reid to reprise roles

"Sharknado 2" starts filming in February; Ian Ziering and Tara Reid to reprise roles

As if New York City hasn’t seen its share of craziness lately, with snowstorms and the influx of Super Bowl fans and media, the Big Apple will be bitten again soon, when Syfy begins filming its sequel to last year’s social-media hit Sharknado. The network announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One will begin filming in New York on Feb. 13. Sharknado stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid (pictured below in a scene from the first movie) will reprise their roles as Fin and April, Syfy also announced. Also returning for Sharknado 2 are director Anthony Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin. “Sharknado was … Continue reading

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5 Things To Know About Season 2 of “The Following”

Kevin Williamson talks Season 2 of The Following

OK, first things first. So when does Season 2 of The Following premiere? A lot of confusion happened last week when FOX did some rejiggering of their schedule and added a “sneak preview,” which was more like the season premiere of The Following, which aired immediately after the NFC Championship game. Our DVRs weren’t prepared when post-game coverage stopped mid-hour and The Following immediately started resulting in many people missing the first 12 minutes. Not to worry. FOX always intended to re-air the episode as part of tonight’s two-hour premiere event. So here’s the lineup: The Following: “Resurrection” begins at … Continue reading

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Interview: Billy Campbell of Syfy’s “Helix”

Interview: Billy Campbell of Syfy's "Helix"

“I kind of think of this show as a mashup of The Andromeda Strain, John Carpenter’s The Thing and The Walking Dead,” Billy Campbell tells me of his new Syfy series Helix, premiering Jan. 10. Prior to the interview, watching the pilot, that is almost exactly what I thought about this 13-episode thriller (except, for me, parts of the show called to mind 28 Days Later more so than The Walking Dead). Helix does indeed combine classic sci-fi elements from those titles — a disease outbreak, a group of people at a fairly claustrophobic, remote Arctic outpost, and, eventually, at … Continue reading

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Dracula: Victoria Smurfit talks about Lady Jayne’s future on NBC thriller

Victoria Smurfit Dracula

SPOILER ALERT!!! Do not read if you haven’t already seen last night’s episode of NBC’s Dracula. Well, it appears that Drac- er, Alexander Grayson (Jonathn Rhys Meyers) has his would-be mortal enemy Lady Jayne Wetherby (Victoria Smurfit) right where he wants her. After staging an attack where he then attempted to come to her rescue, before allowing her to actually finish off her attacker, Grayson has convinced the vampire huntress that he is devoted to her. Her guard is down, and now she will look everywhere else but her new American lover when trying to ferret out her next undead quarry. … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 5: ‘Internment’

The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 5: ‘Internment’

Given everything that happened during last night’s claustrophobic, emotionally draining, completely nerve-jangling episode of The Walking Dead — aptly called ‘Internment’ — it seems kind of a shame to jump right to the end. But, really, how do you not? The Governor’s at the gate. In those few seconds, the tidy bit of episode assessment I was about to do about parents and children, hope for the future versus hope for the day and the notion of sacrifice suddenly took on a dozen more tentacles when the cameras went sidling off to the woods and the man lurking there turned his … Continue reading

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Best Halloween shows on TV Oct. 31, 2013

The Returned premieres on Sundance Channel Oct. 31

For the non-Netflix audiences who rely on linear television to provide them with an eerie evening of TV treats, this list of the best Halloween shows on TV for tonight — Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 — is for YOU! While these aren’t all “Halloween” related, each do provide the best creeps and scares to leave you satisfied. So sit yourself down in front of that tube and let the creepfest begin! Here are 8 picks you can’t got wrong with! (All times listed below are Eastern.) 1. The Returned Sundance Channel, 9pm Topping my list is Sundance Channel’s new series, … Continue reading

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“Spooksville”: Newcomer Keean Johnson takes up residence in Hub Network’s scary town

"Spooksville": Newcomer Keean Johnson takes up residence in Hub Network's scary town

Spooksville is a show about a young man moving into a strange new place and experiencing a life he never expected or thought possible. Minus the ancient curses and interdimensional monsters, it’s not all that different from the tale of its star, Keean Johnson. The young star is getting his first big break as the lead in the new Hub Network series, which is an adaptation of the popular book series by legendary young-adult author Christopher Pike. Johnson plays Adam, who moves with his dad (Steve Bacic) to Springville a seemingly sleepy small town that Adam is expecting to loathe. … Continue reading

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Tracy Morgan brings “Scare Tactics” back to Syfy; talks life without “30 Rock”

Tracy Morgan brings "Scare Tactics" back to Syfy; talks life without "30 Rock"

Halloween is a scary time for sure. Ghost, goblins, life without 30 Rock. OK, so that last one might just be specific to Tracy Morgan, who for the first time since 2006 doesn’t have Liz Lemon to befuddle. But the boisterous comedian has plenty going on to stave off any fearful boredom. There’s his new standup special, which he was in the process of editing when we talked, and a marathon of new episodes of Scare Tactics airing Monday on Syfy. The hidden-camera show, where people set up unsuspecting friends or family members for pranks meant to bring them to … Continue reading

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