“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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Syfy sets date for return of “Defiance,” premiere of “Dominion”

Syfy sets date for return of "Defiance," premiere of "Dominion"

Syfy announced it will be kicking off a new Thursday night lineup on June 19, with the return of Defiance for Season 2, and the premiere of the new supernatural drama Dominion (pictured). Defiance Season 2 debuts at 8pm ET/PT on June 19. According to Syfy: “As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan (Grant Bowler) traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), Amanda (Julie Benz) has an unexpected new role in the … Continue reading

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“Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” Tuesdays on SyFy

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

New Reality Competition Focuses on Puppetry, Animatronics and Creature Effects Tonight, SyFy is premiering a new reality competition show, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10pmET/PT on SyFy) in hopes of creating a reality competition block that builds off the strength of its powerhouse makeup-effects competition, Face Off. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge follows 10 hopeful creature designers who have come to LA with a singular dream: to land a job working in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Now, they will pit their talents in creature design, fabrication and mechanization against each other because only one will be awarded a … 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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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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Syfy Twilight Zone New Year’s Eve Marathon 2013 episode schedule

Syfy Twilight Zone New Year's Eve Marathon 2013 episode schedule

It’s only a few more weeks until New Year’s Eve 2013, and today Syfy reminded us of that fact by announcing that its annual programming event favorite, the Syfy Twilight Zone New Year’s Eve Marathon, will be making its return this year, running over 40 hours from Dec. 31 at 8am ET/PT until Jan. 2 at 5am ET/PT. Once again, the lineup of Syfy Twilight Zone marathon episodes is pretty extensive, featuring several of the classics you all know and love (including many written or inspired by the late, great Richard Matheson, who passed away this year). Additionally, Syfy says … 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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George Takei appearance helps kick off Syfy’s new “Fangasm” series

George Takei appearance helps kick off Syfy's new "Fangasm" series

Oh, my! George Takei will make an appearance on the series premiere of Syfy’s Fangasm, a reality series that follows seven fanboys and fangirls. Which makes sense, since Takei — an original Star Trek cast member (Sulu) who also appeared in several Trek films — is a sci-fi fan icon, and currently has a legion of followers on his website and social media outlets, where he often passes along funny Internet memes. In the series premiere of Fangasm, George Takei makes a surprise visit that becomes a life-changing moment for the gang of fanboys and -girls. According to Syfy, Takei shares with the group some laughs … Continue reading

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Preview: “Ghost Shark” on Syfy

Preview: "Ghost Shark" on Syfy

For Syfy, this summer has been the Summer of Sharknado, with that particular original movie doing bang-up social media business, if not chewing up the ratings right away. There have since been a few re-airs of Sharknado that have picked up viewership, and a third re-air will take place this Thursday, Aug. 22, just ahead of the premiere of the network’s latest shark-themed original movie — Ghost Shark. As with Sharknado, Ghost Shark is about exactly what its self-explanatory title says it is about. The monstrous antagonist is, indeed, a ghost, and a shark. Specifically, it’s the ghost of a … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies

Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies

Fall seasons don’t only include the premieres of new series. New original movies usually abound, and Fall 2013 is no exception. Here are some of the Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies to check out over the next few months, from dramas to family films and more. All times are ET; check back for updates and additions. Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies An Adventure in Space and Time BBC America Premieres: November Who’s In It? David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Brian Cox, Sacha Dhawan
 What’s It All About? Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, this entertaining, and at times touching, … Continue reading

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