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Penny Dreadful Season 2 a “make-or-break season,” says John Logan

Penny Dreadful Season 2 a "make-or-break season," says John Logan

“It is our make-or-break season, and we’re going for it.” So said John Logan, creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, at a press conference for the show’s second season earlier this year. The Victorian era thriller, featuring some of literature’s greatest supernatural characters, finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group — including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — unites to banish evil forces. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. … Continue reading

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“The X-Files” returning as event series on FOX

"The X-Files" returning as event series on FOX

The truth is still out there! Thirteen years after the end of its original run, The X-Files is returning as a six-episode event series on FOX, the network announced today. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return to their original iconic roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Series creator/executive producer Chris Carter will helm the limited series, with production set to begin this summer. Further details will be announced at a later date. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Chris Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time … Continue reading

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Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter join cast of “Sharknado 3″

Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter join cast of "Sharknado 3"

Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank “shark” Mark Cuban will be tackling sharks of a different sort when he appears as the President of the United States in Syfy’s Sharknado 3, the third installment of the network’s delightfully awful original movie series. Along with this announcement, Syfy also put shivers down liberals’ spines by saying conservative political commentator and author Ann Coulter will be joining Cuban in her role as Vice President.                 Previously announced cameos in Sharknado 3 include Bo Derek as May, the mother of April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; … Continue reading

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Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

In the wake of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy today, the Syfy channel will be airing a programming tribute to him this Sunday, March 1 — appropriate, given Nimoy’s greatest renown came from his portrayal of Spock on the original Star Trek, its various film incarnations, as well as the 2009 reboot Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. During the Leonard Nimoy tribute, the network will air an episode of The Twilight Zone (there are also two episodes airing just before the official start of the tribute that star William Shatner; perhaps they are tying him in for the Star Trek connection), as well as … Continue reading

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The Last Man on Earth: Will Forte survives the apocalypse. Hilarity ensues.

Will Forte The Last Man on Earth

In FOX’s The Last Man on Earth, Will Forte (Saturday Night Live) delivers a virtuoso comedic performance as Phil Miller, the planet’s lone survivor of a deadly pandemic. Free to do as he wants, Phil passes his time drinking, destroying things and trying to stave off loneliness. And, yes, it’s a comedy. The series begins with an hourlong episode Sunday, March 1, at 9pm ET/PT then moves to its regular Sunday time period beginning March 8 at 8:30pm ET/PT. In 2020, a deadly pandemic wipes out all human and animal beings, save one. Phil Miller travels through all of North … Continue reading

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Interview: Aaron Stanford of Syfy’s “12 Monkeys”

Interview: Aaron Stanford of Syfy's "12 Monkeys"

If you enjoyed Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys, you’ll have fun with the new Syfy series adaptation, premiering Jan. 16. Like its source material, the series is about a time traveler, Cole (Aaron Stanford), who journeys from the year 2043 to the present day (with a few other stops here and there) to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly eliminate the human race, leaving the people in Cole’s era desperately trying to survive in a bleak landscape. In our time, Cole befriends Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), whom the future generation has … Continue reading

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Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with “Christmas Icetastrophe”

Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with "Christmas Icetastrophe"

If anything, Syfy’s latest original movie, Christmas Icetastrophe, will give local newscasts a new term — “icetastrophe” — to add into their weather reports, along with “snowpocalypse” or “snowmageddon.” Given the film’s title, and tagline — “Don’t Get Iced” — it is surprisingly more serious than your average Syfy flick, and with not as many ice-related puns as I was expecting (I only noticed one, in fact, when a guy yells out “Chill!” just before getting crushed by a huge ice block). The movie takes place on Christmas in a small town in the mountains of Washington state. As the … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: A Very Unmerry Christmas

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: A Very Unmerry Christmas

On the midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries, Kai is home for the holidays and he feels that there’s no better way to spend that time than with family. He starts with his sister Jo, injecting her with something while she’s working on his stab wound victims at the hospital. Because nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like a good stab in the neck. Alaric realizes that Jo has been missing, which could only mean that Kai has come to town. In order to keep Kai from getting what he wants, Alaric and Damon let Elena know their plans on how they’re … Continue reading

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“Mad Men” in space? Tricia Helfer climbs aboard Syfy’s “Ascension”

Ascension Syfy

Tricia Helfer admits she has somewhat of a soft spot for science fiction. But there’s a good reason. “I started my career with Battlestar Galactica,” the 40-year-old actress explains. “And I got lucky for my first job to be on something that was so character-driven and something that made people think.” It was that combination of strong characters and storylines that drew Helfer to her latest TV project: Ascension (on Syfy Mondays at 9pm ET/PT beginning Dec. 15) a six-part series inspired by Project Orion, a real top-secret space mission authorized by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Ascension is a … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: Forever Alone

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: Forever Alone

This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries starts off with Alaric doing the task that Damon compelled him to do — get Jo to tell him where the ascendant is. He wines and dines Jo with a candlelit date night and sure enough, he’s able to deliver the ascendant to Damon. Stefan warns Damon about the consequences he’ll face if Alaric finds out what Damon did but Damon’s sure that won’t happen. I wouldn’t be betting on anything with the way your life has gone so far, Damon. Elena tells Jeremy about Bonnie still being alive in the prison but he’s … Continue reading

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