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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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'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.”

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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.
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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.

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