'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' coming to cable, plus Syfy's spring premiere dates -- EXCLUSIVE

terminator-sarah-connorImage Credit: Jill Greenberg/Fox Another former Fox sci-fi fan favorite is heading to cable: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been picked up by Syfy.

EW can exclusively report that Syfy has gained the rights to all 31 episodes of the series, which ran for two seasons on Fox from 2007-09. This will mark the first time the show has aired off broadcast.

The news comes on the heels of Science Channel making waves by picking up Fox’s cult fave Firefly. Sarah Conner Chronicles will launch on Syfy on Thursday, April 7 at 9 p.m., with an airing of Terminator 3 for a lead-in. Its regular time slot will be Thursdays from 7 to 11 p.m. (So, yes, four episodes in a row!)

Also, Syfy has just announced wide its spring return dates for Stargate Universe and other shows:

Stargate Universe– Returns Monday, March 7, at 10 p.m. (Final Episodes)

Sanctuary – Returns Friday, April 15, at 10 p.m.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files – Season 2 Premiere Wednesday, March 23, at 10 p.m.

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen – Series Premiere Tuesday, March 22, at 10 p.m.

Destination Truth: Live St. Patrick’s Day Investigation — Thursday, March 17, at 9 p.m.

Plus, here’s a rundown of the network’s upcoming Saturday night creature features:

Battle of Los Angeles – Premieres Saturday, March 12, at 9 p.m. – Hundreds of extra-terrestrial ships swarm Los Angeles, causing death and chaos ahead of an impending alien invasion. A small group of United States military personnel are able to get underground, where they learn the only way to stop the invasion is by destroying the mothership from within. It falls to two determined soldiers to finish the job before the human race is demolished. Stars Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars) and Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel)

Scream of the Banshee– Premieres Saturday, March 26, at 9 p.m. – When a college professor opens a strange, ornate box discovered in the basement of her University, she and her students hear the horrifying scream of a bloodthirsty Banshee. Everyone who hears the scream dies a strange and terrible death. Now the professor and a few stragglers must try to stop the Banshee. Stars Lauren Holly (NCIS) and Lance Henriksen (Alien). This film marks Syfy’s 200th Saturday Original Movie.

Ferocious Planet – Premieres Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. – An experimental device enabling viewing of alternate dimensions goes haywire on its first test, dragging the entire test lab (and its occupants) into a dangerous alternate universe. Led by a resourceful Colonel and a tough female scientist, they have to figure out how to get home. Stars Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings).

Roadkill – Premieres Saturday, April 23, at 9 p.m. – Six young friends on a road trip in Ireland run afoul of gypsies who curse them for accidentally running down an old woman. The curse takes the form of a terrifying flying beast that tries killing them all. Stars Stephen Rea (The Crying Game).

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  • Valerie

    When in the world is SyFy going to air the second half of Season 4 of Eureka? It’s been almost a year since the first half aired. Sheesh!

    • Will

      One of the producers have said on Twitter that it would probably be this summer :( It’s only been about 6 months since the first half finished, but that’s still too long.

    • ks

      I believe it is a summer priemer

      • TQB

        That’s bananas! The first half was LAST summer!

      • Rack

        Anybody know when Haven is coming back? I wasn’t aware that Stargate Universe will air “final episodes”–when did it get cancelled?

    • Peggy

      Eureka is a summers-only show. A Christmas show aired this winter, but Eureka only runs in the summer.

  • Sonny

    Never heard of ‘em.

  • Del Taco

    Summer Glau as Cameron.
    There has never been a hotter woman on TV.

    • KJ

      You need to get out of your mom’s basement more often

    • UGH

      I really can’t argue with Del Taco on that one. Top 5, easily.

    • yup

      shes a super hottie, and i live in my own place, not my moms basement kj

    • rtflone

      You said it brother! And I don’t live in my mom’s baseman either.

  • single mom

    Rats! I misread that – thought they were going to start the series up again.

    • Al

      I would be jumping up and down with joy if that were true.

  • myprettypony

    you can get both seasons on netflix streaming so why is this news? unless they are planning on filming new episodes of this and firefly these headlines are much ado about nothing. :(

  • Al

    That show was awesome!

  • Jim

    Terminator was a GREAT show. I think people were turned off by it because it didn’t link up to the movies too well. But its low ratings caused the writing staff to take a ton of risks, and they paid off for the most part. Great actors, great characters, great writing. Give it a try.

    • Al

      Well, it didn’t link with the 3rd one, but it had tons of references to the 1st and 2nd one.
      And I agree, the show is a great piece of Sci-Fi.

    • Cygnus

      Too bad it ended without really having any closure. You get the feeling that there’s so much more storyline that can fill in between where the series ends and where T3 picks up.

      • Johnny

        I totally agree – but I believe the writers stated that this was an alternate universe to the world created by T3… but I can’t cite where so I may be wrong

  • Psac

    I really miss this show.

  • Kem

    I totally thought for a second SyFy was picking it up for a new season or something, starting it back up. They totally should! Deceiving title.

  • Strepsi

    EW, this is news — that specialty cable networks show old re-runs?

    As a Sci-Fi fan, I have to say SyFy, YOU SUCK.

    You leech off network reruns, but for original programming you’re doing Reality TV! And as a genre fan, I love some B-movies, but why are your B-movies actually D-movies? Man, they’re almost unwatchable…. the secret is, aim for A movies, and you’ll get B movies anyway. By aiming for B movies, you;re getting crap.

    Please, for the love of god, make a new Sci Fi series!

    • Simon Jester

      @JPX – Feel free not to watch. Personally, I’m pretty excited to have a change to watch this again… it was a *much* better series than I ever expected it to be.

      • zeke

        People should really buy this series! I bought the two seasons on dvd and now am about to buy them on blu-ray. If the intrest is picked up on the right radar (anyone but Fox, they could give a **** less about what people want) its possible that the series would either be picked up again or the movie that has long been in talks will begin filming. I’m starting to lose faith that this will happen though. And it wouldn’t really bother me if they change actors, hell they’ve done that with John Connor every movie so far! lol

  • Julie

    When is Haven coming back?

    • Kay

      Damn, at first I thought they were going to continue the show…..then I saw they only bought the rerun rights. I really miss the show, it was clever and going in a really interesting direction… but who’s surprised? Fox always cancels every show that has an inch of intelligence in it….look were Fringe is going :(:(:(:(

      • rtflone

        Gotta agree with Kay on this one. I,too, thought Syfy had purchased the whole enchilada for TTSC and were going to show the 31 existing episodes before launching a new season. Guess that’s me wrong.
        The programming execs at FOX do have sh*t for brains tho. Some of the best longest running shows in TV history had iffy early years and TTSCC was top dog it’s 1st. season. FOX killed a great show.

    • jinq

      This summer. And I, for one, am eagerly awaiting its return. I loved it!

  • JPX

    No one wants to see reruns of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. No one watched it when original episodes were on, why would Syfy believe that there would be any interest in this? The Syfy channel is such a disappointment. I’d rather see a steady flow of popular sci-fi movies and TV shows rather than the awful stuff the network vomits out these days. I never watch this channel anymore.

    • alice

      I watched it, I’ll watch it again. With Firefly back on the Science channel (which I did not know existed) and TTSCC back on SciFi (I refuse to use the stupid new name) this will make up for the lack of Summer Glau on network TV once The Cape is cancelled.

    • Carrie

      In its 1st season, it was actually the highest-rated new show, then FOX moved it to the Friday night death slot. Just because a show isn’t a huge hit in the ratings does not mean it’s a bad show, and a lot of TV shows have gained popularity in reruns. “Terminator” is still a huge franchise. I’m sure a lot of people would be interested in watching these reruns. I personally loved this show and I know I’m not alone.

      • Leslie

        I watched the original series and really enjoyed the rerun last night. And I NEVER watch reruns, I think they are a waste of my time. But, it shows the quality writing and acting this series had if they reruns can be enjoyed. I too was disappointed by EW’s story. I wish SyFy would pick up the series and make more. It’s almost hard to watch knowing that the show ends with no closure and huge cliff hanger.

    • Gojko

      What are you talking about? Everybody who liked Terminator also liked the show. TTSCC is very good show!

  • Gwen

    How long do we have to wait for “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13″ to return?

  • TC

    Oh look.. one excellent show (SGU) that’s been canceled and 3.5 pieces of crap (I’ll give Sanctuary a .5 – I just don’t like it but at least it’s scripted)

  • Pamela

    I will no longer support Syfy. They cancelled SGU and they have reality shows. Nuff said.

    • Al

      SGU is probably going away because the plot is just too lame, the characters uninteresting, and the set is morbidly dark. SG1 was the best of the lot IMHO. Still love to watch an occasional rerun of the movie.

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