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Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).

As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes.

If Creature Shop Challenge has you busting out old VHS tapes and thinking of Henson memories past, know that you’re not alone. EW asked the puppet master to share some personal stories from behind the scenes of his greatest TV and film hits at the Creature Shop.


'Sharknado 2' filmmakers crowdfunding for bonus scene: 'It will involve chainsaws'

If you’re hoping for a Sharknado 2 chainsaw scene to rival the grand finale of the original film, you’re going to have to help pay for it.

The Asylum — the studio behind the gloriously cheesy Syfy hit Sharknado and its upcoming sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One — is asking fans to raise $50,000 via IndieGoGo to film a “bonus scene” that they promise will involve “sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks.”

Here’s their pitch: “You guys made Sharknado the most culturally relevant film of last year. Now we want you to be able to say that this time, you actually had a hand in making the film. You’re welcome!”

In the campaign video below, producer David Latt tells potential contributors that the scene will only be shot if the studio reaches its $50k goal. Only donors will be privy to what the scene is (until someone inevitably leaks the details online) and receive behind-the-scenes video and diaries from the set. Perks at different pledge levels include “sponsoring” a shark in the film ($45) recording a scream to be used in the film ($120), and receiving a walk-on role plus credits ($5,000). READ FULL STORY

Syfy orders 'The Expanse' series based on 'Leviathan Wakes' (think 'Game of Thrones' in space)

Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to an exciting-sounding new project based on an acclaimed sci-fi book series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group. The project has been described by industry insiders as “Game of Thrones in space” — not so much because of the specifics of the plot, but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that’s based on a respected series of novels.

The logline: “A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”

The Expanse is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. The most well-known title is probably the first in the series, Leviathan Wakes, which has been praised for reinventing and updating the old-school Star Wars/Firefly-style space opera. Syfy won a bidding war with another content producer to acquire the project. READ FULL STORY

Syfy orders zombie apocalypse series 'Z Nation'

To feed the people’s fascination with (or fear of) a zombie apocalypse, Syfy announced Monday it has ordered a new show based on just that.

The 13-episode series, Z Nation, will follow the struggle for humans to survive post-zombie apocalypse. Produced by The Asylum, the company who brought us the gem that is SharknadoZ Nation “will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” showrunner Karl Schaefer said in a statement. “[The show adds] a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies.” READ FULL STORY

Syfy picks up '12 Monkeys' drama to series

Syfy has picked up 12 Monkeys, a new drama based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film of the same name, to series. The show has been ordered for 12 episodes, including the pilot, which was filmed last year.

12 Monkeys is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock,” Syfy President David Howe said in a statement. “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 picks up Wil Wheaton's 'Talk Soup' for geeks'

Wil Wheaton has been given a new forum to discuss all things science fiction.

Syfy has picked up 12 episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), which the actor-blogger has dubbed “sort of like Talk Soup for geeks.” The half-hour show, hosted by Wheaton, will allow the geek hero to dissect the week’s biggest stories in sci-pop culture with the witty commentary that has made him a social media star. READ FULL STORY

Syfy orders six-hour event series 'Ascension'

Syfy, returning to its long-form programming roots, has ordered six-hour event series Ascension from Smallville scribe and producer Philip Levens.

The space opera, according to Syfy, will focus on a covert space mission launched by the U.S. government in 1963, which sent hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship called Ascension to populate a new world. Passengers aboard the spaceship begin to question the true nature of their mission after the mysterious murder of a young woman takes place nearly 50 years into their voyage, as they being to approach the point of no return.

Linda Hamilton to star in new Syfy movie 'Bermuda Tentacles'

The Terminator‘s Linda Hamilton is starring in Syfy’s next TV movie gem: Bermuda Tentacles.

In the movie, a Navy rescue team heads to the infamous Bermuda Triangle after Air Force One goes down. But once they arrive, they discover — and awaken! — a vicious monster that could destroy the entire world.

Other stars include Trevor Donovan, Mya Harrison, and Jamie Kennedy.

Bermuda Tentacles debuts on Syfy April 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

'Sharknado 2' gets July premiere date

Sharknado fans, you only have to wait five short months for the sequel. Syfy confirmed to EW that Sharknado 2: The Second One will premiere on July 31 at 9 pm ET.

The movie features kind-of stars like Tara Reid, Kelly Osbourne, and Judah Friedlander as they struggle through a massive storm system that wreaks havoc on New York City — and results in the second dreaded Sharknado. So, a bit like The Day After Tomorrow… except marine-themed. And without Jake Gyllenhaal. But it does costar Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, so that’s something to look forward to.

'Sharknado' sequel adds Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick and more

The Sharknado sequel may just have a soundtrack by Sugar Ray.

SyFy announced Thursday that Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, and Vivica A. Fox will all appear in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant; Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch will be a cab driver (duh) named Ben. McGrath will play Ben’s brother-in-law and Fox will portray Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (the returning Ian Ziering). Don’t worry: Tara Reid will be returning as well.

In a press release announcing the casting news, this is the plot description given: “A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites.”

One can only hope that, once again, someone chainsaws their way out of a shark — maybe this time while standing on top of the Empire State Building?

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How a 'Sharknado' happens


On Saturday, July 11, a perfect storm hit Twitter in the form of Syfy’s original movie Sharknado, an L.A.-set “unnatural disaster” creature feature starring Beverly Hills 90210‘s Ian Ziering and American Pie‘s Tara Reid. With 387,000 total tweets, the film came within 2,500 tweets of tying Game of Thrones‘ “Red Wedding” episode. Here, Syfy’s EVP of Programming and Original Movies, Thomas Vitale —  who’s in the midst of developing a New York-set sequel to air in summer 2014 — explains how the phenomenon happened. And people still want to know: Vitale apologized for phoning EW late because, “I had a movie producer in here saying, ‘How can I make you a Sharknado?’ That’s a fact, those exact words,” he said. “‘We want to make your next Sharknado.’” Read more stories behind this year’s top TV and top movie moments throughout the month of December.

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Aaron Stanford of 'Nikita' and 'Suits' star Amanda Schull cast in Syfy's '12 Monkeys' pilot

Syfy’s 12 Monkeys has filled its two leading roles: Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) have been cast in the 60-minute pilot.

Offscreen, Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, Heroes) will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner (Helix, Friday Night Lights) is set to direct the pilot in addition to serving as executive producer. Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment will produce.

The show is based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film Twelve Monkeys, in which a man living in a post-apocalyptic world travels back in time to determine and stop the source of a virus that will obliterate humankind. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt starred in the sci-fi thriller.

Stanford will play Cole, “a desperate and haunted man from the near future, who travels to the present day to stop a deadly plague from being released on the world,” according to the press release. Schull will play Cassandra Railly, “a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.”

InsideTV Podcast: 'Sharktopus' producer Roger Corman names his favorite Roger Corman movie ever

Roger Corman has made hundreds of the cheesiest, craziest, cheapest, most far-out movies you’ve ever seen. In other words, he rules. So when we had the man responsible for everything from biker classic The Wild Angels to killer car classic Death Race 2000 to recent camptastic Syfy movies like Sharktopus stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studios recently to appear on EW Morning Live, we had to find out which of his movies was his absolute favorite. (You may be surprised by the answer.) We also asked the living legend about working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Sylvester Stallone, and Gale Anne Hurd. Now you can hear his anecdotes for each on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

But that’s not all! We also welcomed the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge to the show. A favorite from her turns in Christopher Guest films like Best in Show and her role as Stifler’s Mom in American Pie, Coolidge now can be found busting out the funnies on 2 Broke Girls as well as her new movie Austenland. Listen in as she obsesses over the size of Keri Russell’s face and the pros and cons of good on-set catering. You will not be disappointed. READ FULL STORY

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