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12 Monkeys TV Adaptation Gets Series Order at Syfy

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Syfy has officially announced that the network has picked up the “12 Monkeys” television adaptation for a full series. The first season will have 13 episodes and is planned for a January 2015 premiere.

“12 Monkeys” stars Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull alongside Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo.

Similarly to the film of the same name that the series is based on, the drama will focus on a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Natalie Chaidez serves as the showrunner. Feature film producer Atlas Entertainment is on board to executive produce the series. Charles Roven, who produced the film, will exec produce the series alongside Atlas’ Richard Suckle and Jake Kurily. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett penned the pilot and will co-exec produce. Jeffrey Reiner directed and exec produced the pilot.

12 Monkeys is a captivating time-travel adventure and high-stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects including the recently announced event series Ascension and the second season renewal of Helix from Ron Moore.”

Syfy Orders Zombie Drama “Z Nation”

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Syfy is once again trying to tempt audiences with by utilizing the zombie genre. Their newest straight-to-series order is the zombie drama, “Z nation.”

The show is described as an action-horror series that depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The show will debut in the fall on Syfy.

Syfy senior vp programming Chris Regina said in making the announcement Monday, said,

Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before. [The show adds] a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

The upcoming 13 episode series comes from Karl Schaefer, most known for his work on the series “Eureka.” Schaefer will serve as executive producer and showrunner on “Z Nation.”

Syfy described the series, which has yet to be cast, as an ensemble show that will take viewers into a fully imagined post-zombie America. The series is set three years after a mysterious zombie virus has gutted the country and follows a team of everyday heroes tasked with transporting the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of unexpected terrain.

Syfy Debuts Official Teaser for “Dominion”

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Syfy has debuted a teaser trailer for the upcoming series, “Dominion.” The series is a television adaptation of the film, Legion.

“Dominion” stars Christopher Egan (“Kings”), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (“Game of Thrones”), Alan Dale (“LOST”), Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Luke Allen-Gale (“The Borgias”).

“Dominion” is set in the year 25 A.E., “Dominion” explores a transformed post-apocalyptic future where an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

Stewart directed the pilot and is one of the project’s Executive Producers. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the film, are also Executive Producers. Vaun Wilmott wrote the pilot and will also serve as Executive Producer on the series.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BOLD Films, and filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

You can watch the teaser below:

Watch the First 15 Minutes of Ron Moore’s Helix

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Thanks to Syfy we now have the first 15 minutes of their upcoming series, “Helix.” The series comes from executive producer Ron Moore and it premieres on Friday, January 10th.

“Helix” is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential “hot zone” at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada plays Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program. The show also stars Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier as Dr. Peter Farragut.

You can watch the 15 minutes below:

Syfy Starts January 2014 with Seven New and Returning Series

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Syfy is starting the new year off with seven new and returning original series in January 2014. The network will be premiering new series “Helix” from Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) with a two episode premiere with limited commercial interruptions airing on Friday, January 10 at 10/9c. Also premiering is “Opposite Worlds,” the competition reality event, the channel’s first weekly live series broadcast, debuting on Tuesday, January 21 at 10/9c.

The supernatural drama, “Bitten” will join “Being Human” and “Lost Girl” on Mondays beginning January 13 (“Lost Girl” at 8/7c, “Being Human” at 9/8c and “Bitten” at 10/9c).

Rounding out the new year’s blockbuster line-up are the Season 6 premiere of competition reality series “Face Off” (Tuesday, January 14 at 9/8c) plus new episodes of “Ghost Hunters” (Wednesday, January 22 at 9/8c).

Per tradition, Syfy will ring in 2014 with its annual New Year’s “Twilight Zone” marathon beginning December 31 and concluding on New Year’s Day.

You can see the full list of new series and returning series below:

SERIES PREMIERES

HELIX

(TWO EPISODE PREMIERE) FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 10PM

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic BioSystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel. Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic BioSystems and its mysterious viral research program. Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural) as Dr. Julia Walker; Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros; Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan; Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov; Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle, and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

OPPOSITE WORLDS

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 10PM

An all-new reality series pitting contestants in a past vs. future competition – featuring a live social experiment – Opposite Worlds will run for 12 episodes over six weeks (two episodes per week), with the second weekly episode featuring a live element (a first for a Syfy reality series). In Opposite Worlds, 14 people from all walks of life face off in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other’s every move. Every week, as cast members compete in a series of fast-paced challenges, viewers will be asked to participate in real-time on social media and affect the outcome of each player’s fate.

BITTEN

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 10PM

Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, the 13-episode Bitten is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena (Vandervoort) has abandoned her Pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her Pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her Pack. Bitten also stars Greg Bryk (A History of Violence) as werewolf Pack “Alpha” Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt (Alcatraz) as Elena’s werewolf ex-boyfriend Clayton Danvers, and Paul Greene (The Client List) as Elena’s current beau, Philip McAdams.

SERIES RETURNS

LOST GIRL

(SEASON 4 PREMIERE) MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 8PM

This season on Lost Girl, fate casts a wide shadow over the Fae world. With Bo’s (Anna Silk) return, the lines between Dark and Light Fae are blurred, causing her embark on a journey of discovery. Bo and company will ultimately realize that, regardless of the challenges and enemies they face, they’re stronger when they confront them together. George Takei (Star Trek) and Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) are among the new season’s guest stars. Lost Girl also stars Ksenia Solo as Kenzi, Bo’s human sidekick and street-smart confidante; Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson, the shape shifting homicide detective and noble warrior of the Light Fae; Zoie Palmer as Lauren, the brilliant human doctor who competes with Dyson for Bo’s affection; Rick Howland as Trick, Bo’s grandfather and the ancient and mysterious Blood King, and K.C. Collins as Hale, Dyson’s partner and a Light Fae siren born of noble blood. Paul Amos returns as the ever devious Dark Fae Mesmer, Vex, and Emmanuelle Vaugier reprises her role as the evil Dark Fae leader, The Morrigan.

BEING HUMAN

(SEASON 4 PREMIERE) MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 9PM

Season 4 of Being Human picks up four months from last season’s shocking finale and, for Aidan, Sally, Josh and Nora, the past is about to come back to haunt them! Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Nora (Kristen Hager) struggle to save Josh (Sam Huntington), who is trapped in his wolf form. At the same time, an unbelievable visitor collides with Aidan, forcing him to make impossible choices between the people he loves the most. Meanwhile, Sally (Meaghan Rath), having been dragged down into her death spot by Witch Donna (guest star Amy Aquino), finds herself trapped and at the mercy of her foe, but Sally’s newly imbued magical powers could change everything.

FACE OFF

(SEASON 6 PREMIERE) TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 9PM

The critically-acclaimed hit reality competition series Face Off returns for a sixth season by introducing 14 new makeup artists in what will be Face Off’s boldest season yet. In the new season, the contestants will face extreme challenges that will inspire them to create the most magnificent characters and creatures in Face Off history. Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

GHOST HUNTERS

(ALL-NEW EPISODES) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 AT 9PM

Ghost Hunters, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, returns with brand new investigations this winter. For its first episode back, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Jason Hawes, heads to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. There, the team collects impressive paranormal evidence at a variety of locations. Other famed sites getting the Ghost Hunters treatment this season include Buffalo and Erie County’s Naval & Military Park, Historic Jordan Springs in Winchester, Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation in King George, Virginia.

Syfy Making Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda Movie

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Oh Syfy. I love you and everything you represent. Please, don’t ever change.

Syfy has announced their plans to begin production on a brand new movie and yes, it is exactly as ridiculously amazing as you hope in your heart of hearts. According to ShockTillYouDrop, the Lake Placid versus Anaconda movie will begin shorting in Bulgaria in early december.

The exact type of mashup this film will be remains unclear. Whether anaconda will appear in Lake Placid or if the giant crocodiles are making their way to the Amazon (as IGN noted crocodiles can swim in both fresh and salt water) we can expect the film to be awesome. Also it will likely involve some genetic experimentation gone wrong giant animal of some sort. Anacondiles? Crocacondas?

You might remember Lake Placid as the 1999 thriller film that went on to somehow spawn three sequels. Anaconda also graced us in the 90’s for it’s 1997 release that starred Jennifer Lopez and Jon Voight. It also received three sequels.

Syfy Finishing Casting for Dominion Pilot

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Syfy has announced their new casting updates for their upcoming science fiction series, “Dominion” based on the film, Legion. The pilot episode has added Anthony Stewart Head, Roxanne McKee, Luke Allen-Gale and guest star Shivani Ghai to the initial cast. Continue reading Syfy Finishing Casting for Dominion Pilot