Syfy docuseries “Town of the Living Dead” follows one town’s undying effort to make a zombie film

Syfy docuseries "Town of the Living Dead" follows one town's undying effort to make a zombie film

Zombie films and TV shows are hot right now, but the folks in Jasper, Ala., may have been ahead of the trend — six years ago they began efforts to make a zombie movie (called Thr33 Days Dead; don’t ask us how it is supposed to be pronounced) based on a town urban legend. It remains unfinished, and their attempts to finally complete the film are chronicled in the new Syfy docuseries Town of the Living Dead, which is a nice complement to the network’s ongoing scripted zombie series Z Nation, airing on Fridays. Thr33 Days Dead itself sounds like … Continue reading

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Syfy goes to zombie camp with The Asylum’s Z Nation

Z Nation - Season 1

Z Nation Syfy Premieres: Sept. 12 Airs: Fridays at 10pm ET/PT If you are heading into tonight’s premiere of Syfy’s Z Nation wondering who in their right mind would attempt a zombie show at the zenith of The Walking Dead’s popularity— uh, well, the Sharknado guys, that’s who. This is important information for several reasons. For one, it gives us e’er faithful Dead fans — and I am Activities Director of that camp around here — permission to tune in and blame it on curiosity about that pedigree. And for two, it also gives us permission to not be entirely … Continue reading

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Fall TV shows 2014: New drama series premiere dates, times and previews

Fall TV shows 2014 The Affair

If you’re a fan of the more serious side of television, Fall 2014 is a great time to be you, delivering a feast of fascinating storylines and compelling characters fleshed out by tried-and-true TV veterans and award-winning crossovers from the world of film. Below we round up premiere dates and times, previews and more for the new drama and dramedy series debuting now through December. Click on highlighted titles for more information. The Affair (pictured above) Showtime Premieres: Oct. 12 Airs: Sundays at 10pm ET/PT Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson star in this drama that tracks … Continue reading

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“Face Off” Returns To SyFy July 22

Face Off

Syfy’s special-effects makeup competition returns for a seventh season as the contestants explore the darkly delicious theme “Life and Death.” Each week, the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire and push their exploration of life, death, rebirth and mortality. In each episode, the contestants design, sculpt, cast, apply and paint elaborate character-defining makeups, and fabricate props, costumes and accessories. Some of the creatures the talented artists will create this season include an angry, twisted tree character; a new animal species; and a reptilian super solider that would fit into the world of G.I. Joe. The Face Off contestants … Continue reading

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TCA: “Sharknado 2″ is the feel-good movie of the summer

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Monday was NBCUniversal cable day at the Television Critics Association 2014 Summer Press Tour, with panels for shows from USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network and more. Kicking off the day was USA Network’s DaVinci Code-like new limited series DIG, starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. Described as a murder mystery set in the realm of biblical prophecies, DIG is in production in Jerusalem. Recent violence in the Holy Land may impact production of both DIG and FX’s Tyrant, but producers were still trying to assess the situation. We talked with Isaacs, who reveled in the opportunity to film … Continue reading

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“Sharknado 2″ highlights Syfy’s “Sharknado Week”

"Sharknado 2" highlights Syfy's "Sharknado Week"

Syfy’s original Sharknado was a social-media hit when it debuted last summer (though not necessarily a ratings smash, interestingly enough; more people seemed to snark about the film on Twitter than perhaps watched it). Naturally, then, there is now a sequel, which — after soliciting entries for a subtitle from fans via Twitter — Syfy and production company The Asylum have called, somewhat pedestrianly, Sharknado 2: The Second One. (A Sharknado 3 is also already in the works, set to debut in summer 2015, so Syfy is really going to ride this franchise until it jumps the shark, which may … Continue reading

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2014 Syfy Twilight Zone July 4 Marathon episode guide

2014 Syfy Twilight Zone July 4 Marathon episode guide

Syfy will once again be airing its annual favorite, the Twilight Zone July 4 Marathon. This year’s is a bit abbreviated (only 16 hours) compared to past marathons that have aired for days around July 4th and New Year’s Eve. The 2014 installment is airing Friday, July 4, from 8am-8pm ET/PT, and concluding Saturday, July 5, from 12am-4am ET/PT. But if you’re a Zone fan, you’ll take whatever you can get. Here is a rundown of the episodes that will be airing during the 2014 Syfy Twilight Zone July 4 Marathon (all times ET/PT): Friday, July 4 8am: “Five Characters … Continue reading

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“Legion” spinoff “Dominion” chronicles ongoing battle between humans and angels

"Legion" spinoff "Dominion" chronicles ongoing battle between humans and angels

In Syfy’s Dominion, we see archangels whose names may sound familiar depending upon your upbringing, but they aren’t often engaged in the most angelic behavior. The sci-fi/fantasy series is based on the 2010 feature film Legion, in which the archangel Gabriel waged a war of possession against mankind. Archangel Michael chose to side with humanity against Gabriel. Dominion is set 25 years after the events of Legion, with Alex Lannen (Christopher Egan), the child seen at the end of the film, revealed to be the “chosen one” that had been whispered about. Alex is a soldier in Vega (formerly Las … Continue reading

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Julie Benz takes her “Defiance” character down a darker path in Season 2

Defiance Syfy

By Eric Kohanik Somehow, the future never seems to be pretty in the world of science-fiction TV shows. And Julie Benz says there are good reasons for that. “I think, with the sci-fi genre, we’re able to explore issues that we’re all faced with today,” the 42-year-old actress points out. “We’re able to explore them in a deeper, darker way.” Benz is no stranger to the deeper, darker realm of the horror/thriller/sci-fi genre. Perhaps still best known for her role as Rita on Dexter, her TV credits also include such other gems as Roswell, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and … Continue reading

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Face Off Recap: Season 6 Finale

Face Off

The Season 6 finale of Face Off on SyFy had three remaining makeup artists vying for $100,000, a 2014 Fiat and a VIP trip from Kryolan Professional Make-Up. The three finalists, Tyler, Rashaad and George are all talented in their own rights, and each would be a worthy victor. George is an amazing sculptor, Tyler has fantastic and complex ideas and Rashaad is an incredible painter. The finale of Face Off always consists of some sort of dance performance, so the three finalists will have to create makeups that are flexible enough to allow movement, but also strong enough to … Continue reading

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