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SyFy renews 'Z Nation'

SyFy has renewed Z Nation for a second season, EW has confirmed.

The renewal news has come in the midst of the show’s first season, which has achieved consistent, yet middling ratings since its series premiere. In spite of the non-Walking Dead numbers, SyFy is putting its weight behind the zombie drama.

The show centers on a post-zombie apocalypse that has ravaged the United States, where a group is tasked with transporting the sole survivor of a zombie wound to a lab across the country so that his antibodies can create a vaccine to save humankind.

Z Nation airs Fridays at 10 p.m. E.T. on SyFy.

 

Syfy orders 'Dark Matter' graphic novel adaptation to series

Syfy is jumping into the comic book-adaptation game, having acquired the rights to Dark Horse’s Dark Matter graphic novel series.

The network has picked up a 13-episode series based on Dark Matter, which actually only spawned four issues. The series will keep things in the Syfy family, as the original Dark Matter comics comes from Stargate writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon teaming up for 'Incorporated' on Syfy

The dynamic Good Will Hunting duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are once again teaming up: Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films is developing Incorporated for Syfy along with CBS Television Studios, Syfy announced.  READ FULL STORY

Syfy sets premiere date for '12 Monkeys' adaptation

Syfy has set a premiere date for the highly anticipated 12 Monkeys adaptation.

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Bryan Fuller makes science fiction fun again with 'High Moon'

Tonight, Americans have the choice between watching Dancing with the StarsMonday Night Football, and … a SyFy movie with gay Russian spies on the moon. Curious? You’re not alone: SyFy executives thought the same thing of Bryan Fuller’s newest creation, High Moon. For four years, Fuller and the channel entered into an on-again, off-again relationship. At first it was a pilot, then a miniseries, then back to a pilot, then back to… you get the idea.

“[B]ecause of how strange the development process was at the network, I don’t think anybody was surprised [that it wasn't made into a series],” Fuller said. “Right before we were ordered, the highest guy at the network told us he didn’t think this was science fiction. So we were like, ‘OK, this is gonna be interesting.’ [laughs] I think the bigger issue with them was just the tone because it was fun…and science fiction for them has to be serious because they need to be taken seriously as a network.” (SyFy declined to comment.)

In the end, Fuller and the network settled on a TV movie that airs Monday night at 9 p.m ET.  READ FULL STORY

Syfy greenlights Arthur C. Clarke's 'Childhood's End' as a miniseries

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Syfy is reaching into the science-fiction classics for source material. The network announced that it it will adapt the 1953 sci-fi novel Childhood’s End, written by Arthur C. Clarke, as a six-hour miniseries.

According to the press release, the series will follow a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Produced by Akiva Goldsman and Mike DeLuca, the project will be helmed by Nick Hurran and adapted by Matthew Graham.

In a statement, Dave Howe, President of Syfy, said, “As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present. The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”

The series is set to premiere in 2015.

Syfy's 'Z Nation' gets September premiere date

Syfy’s new zombie show, Z Nation, finally has a premiere date. EW has confirmed that the show, which follows a group of survivors three years after a zombie virus has attacked the country, will premiere on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.

In Z Nation, a group of people has to work together to transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab is located. Z Nation was given a 13-episode order.

Watch the full trailer here.

Syfy's 'The Expanse' space drama casts Shohreh Aghdashloo

Syfy’s next big space drama series The Expanse has nabbed an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee: Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, 24, House of Sand and Fog) will co-star in the upcoming space opera, which is based on James S. A. Corey’s bestselling book series. Also newly cast: Actor Steven Strait (Magic City, 10,000 BC). READ FULL STORY

Syfy developing sci-fi novel 'Old Man's War' into series

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Syfy has snatched up another acclaimed sci-fi novel. John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War series is being developed into a TV show at the network. Bonus: Syf has brought on a respected heavy-hitter producer for the project—two-time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One), along with fellow producer Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted). Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both developing a Winter’s Knight film) have signed to write the pilot.

The project will be titled Ghost Brigades. (You had to figure a title like Old Man’s War would be the first thing to change in a TV adaptation.) The story follows John Perry, who—according to Syfy’s official description—is “a 75-year-old who enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man’s expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as The Ghost Brigades.”

The development comes on the heels of Syfy greenlighting a pilot based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy series The Magicians and giving a direct-to-series order for The Expanse series, based on James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes.

'Sharknado 2' is coming to theaters (for one night only)

Maybe you’re a Sharknado super-fan. You watched both movies live. You bought the tie-in book. You even considered getting Tara Reid’s Shark-themed perfume. Well, now there’s a way to spend even more money and time on the Sharknado franchise.

The Wrap reports that Sharknado 2: The Second One will hit theaters for a one-night-only showing on August 21, 8 p.m. local time. The Syfy original movie will be presented in partnership with Fathom Events. Tickets are already available on their website.

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'Sharknado 2' becomes Syfy's most watched original movie

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Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

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Syfy greenlights pilot based on Lev Grossman's 'The Magicians'

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Syfy announced on Wednesday that it is moving forward with a pilot for The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy series, Deadline reports. The pilot was written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), with Michael London and Janice Williams onboard to produce.

Perhaps best described as Harry Potter for adults, The Magicians is the first book in a series focused on high-schooler Quentin Coldwater, who is surprised when he’s admitted to an exclusive college to study magic in upstate New York. While studying at the prestigious magic school, he and his friends indulge in drugs, sex, and alcohol. Upon graduation, Quentin and his friends move to New York City, where they find out that the Narnia-like world they read about as children is in fact very real.

This is the second time that a network has attempted to adapt Grossman’s best-selling series. In 2011, a pilot was in the works at Fox with London signed on as producer, but Fox decided to not pick up the series.

The Magician’s Land, the third and final installment in the series, is due to be published on August 5.

Syfy announces 'Sharknado Week' around 'Sharknado 2' premiere

As Tracy Jordan once said on 30 Rock: Live every week like it’s Shark Week.

Syfy seems to be taking that maxim to heart, announcing its own Shark Week of sorts (Sorry, Discovery), pegged to the upcoming release of Sharknado 2: The Second One. Sharknado 2, is, of course, a sequel to last year’s super-buzzy, low-budget television movie, Sharknado.

“Sharknado Week” will air July 26 through August 2; Sharknado 2 premieres Wed. July 30. Also in the programming block? Roger Corman’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (August 2), Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (July 26), and Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites (July 27). READ FULL STORY

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