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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

'Blood Lake' trailer: See Shannen Doherty menaced by killer lampreys -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s now official that pretty much any sea creature can be turned into an unstoppable B-movie killing machine. In Animal Planet’s upcoming Blood Lake, killer lampreys are on the loose, and only Shannen Doherty (90210) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) can stop them. The first trailer is below.

Now I suspect many of you are wondering: What is a lamprey, exactly? I wasn’t sure myself, I only knew it was something like an eel. Once I read the Wiki entry I realized this is actually a pretty nightmarish-sounding fish: It’s described as jawless, and “the adult of which is characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth,” and that some species of lampreys “bore into other fish to suck their blood.” That’s definitely creature-feature worthy.

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is from The Asylum, which are the same producers who brought you Sharknado. From a branding perspective, it’s interesting to see Animal Planet verge into Syfy’s movie turf. The premiere is part of the network’s Monster Week, a 9-day programming event that kicks off May 18, with Blood Lake airing on Sunday, May 25. It also includes episodes of Animal Planet’s River Monsters and Nature’s Most Wanted. Check out the Blood Lake trailer: READ FULL STORY

Syfy developing Frank Miller's 'Ronin,' Robert Kirkman-produced 'Clone'

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Syfy is betting big on graphic novels.

The network is developing adaptations of Frank Miller‘s cult DC Comics series Ronin and Clone from Robert Kirkman‘s Image Comics imprint, Skybound. Oni Press’ political space thriller Letter 44 will also receive the TV treatment.

Ronin was written and drawn by Miller (Sin City, 300) and released as a six-issue series between 1983 and 1984. It tells the story of a dishonored samurai in feudal Japan who is given a second chance to avenge his master’s death in 21st century New York. Syfy’s adaptation would find the ancient Ronin awakening in a futuristic NYC in the body of Billy, a medical experiment, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. The demon that killed the samurai’s master has been newly revived, and Ronin/Billy must fight the big baddie for control of a magical sword.

Ronin would air as a miniseries and mark Miller’s first foray into television. Darren Aronofsky has been trying to adapt the story into a feature film since 1998. Syfy is still searching for a writer for the project. READ FULL STORY

Tricia Helfer to star in new Syfy space drama -- EXCLUSIVE

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Tricia Helfer is returning to Syfy to star in the network’s upcoming six-hour event series Ascension.

Helfer played the seductive cylon Six in Syfy’s acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. Here she’ll play a beautiful, manipulative and dangerous character named “Viondra Denniger,” who regards herself as a not-so-secret power broker aboard a starship with a mysterious mission.

The premise of Ascension: “In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.” READ FULL STORY

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.

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