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SYFY ACQUIRES ICONIC ANIMATED SERIES ‘FUTURAMA’ FROM TWENTIETH TELEVISION

October 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Full Series Acquisition Adds First Animated Series to Network’s Rebooted Lineup

NEW YORK, NY – October 3, 2017 – SYFY today announced that it has acquired the hit animated series “Futurama” from Twentieth Television in a multi-year, non-exclusive deal that includes all 140 HD episodes of the series. “Futurama” will make its SYFY debut in a special weekend stunt beginning Saturday, November 11, with the series airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8PM-2AM ET/PT and on Saturday mornings from 8-11AM ET/PT.

The “Futurama” acquisition comes as SYFY continues to aggressively expand its genre programming following its summer 2017 brand reboot. “Futurama” – the first fully animated series in SYFY’s rebooted lineup – will join a growing roster of ambitious scripted and unscripted originals and high profile acquired series and movies that reflect the rich depth of the genre.

“We’re continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best in genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to SYFY’s lineup than one of my personal favorites, ‘Futurama’,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks (USA and SYFY) for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

First airing on FOX from 1999-2003, “Futurama” was brought back in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies that subsequently aired as 30-minute episodes on Comedy Central. Based on their success, Comedy Central ordered new seasons of the series which debuted in June 2010. Over the course of its storied run, “Futurama” has earned six Emmy Awards®–including two for Outstanding Animated Program, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards.

“Futurama,” created by Matt Groening, developed by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

In addition to current acclaimed series like THE EXPANSE, THE MAGICIANS and CHANNEL ZERO, upcoming SYFY originals include the December 6 premiere of HAPPY!, an out-there graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni and featuring the voice of Patton Oswalt as the animated title character – and the highly anticipated Superman prequel KRYPTON (2018). SYFY is also currently developing several notable properties, including pilot orders for an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s space opera novella NIGHTFLYERS and a reboot of the 1990 cult classic TREMORS.

 

About SYFY

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About “Futurama”

Hatched from the mind of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Futurama blasts contemporary culture and science fiction alike with an animated comedy barrage. Hapless NYC pizza guy Philip J. Fry makes a fateful delivery to a cryonics lab on New Year’s Eve, 1999 when he’s accidentally flash-frozen until the next millennium. Reawakened in 31st century New New York, he finds work at his great-great-etc. grandnephew’s Planet Express delivery service. Together with his hedonist robot buddy bender and cyclopsian love interest Leela, Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe. Along the way they discover strange alien life forms, velour-clad lotharios, freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and the disembodied heads of celebrities throughout the ages.

About Twentieth Television

A leader in the U.S. program distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run, network and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable marketplaces. Off-net shows distributed by Twentieth Television include “Modern Family,” “Empire,” “Family Guy,” “Last Man Standing,” “COPS Reloaded,” “Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “American Dad,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Futurama” and “The Simpsons”. First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include television’s longest running court show, “Divorce Court”, the entertainment magazine program, “Dish Nation” and the Fall 2017 launch of “Top 30” and “Page Six TV”.

SYFY COMMEMORATES ITS 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE, MOMENTS AND MILESTONES THAT SHAPED SCIENCE FICTION

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

15-Part Podcast Series “SYFY25: Origin Stories” to be Released September 8,

Featuring Conversations with Genre Greats, Hosted by Adam Savage

Network Forms Advisory Council of Leading Voices in the Genre

Award-Winning Series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to Return to

SYFY Linear and Video On Demand Platforms September 22

NEW YORK, NY – September 7, 2017 – This September, SYFY – the only global multimedia brand dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero/comics programming – turns 25. To commemorate its quarter-century mark, the network is throwing sci-fi fans a month-long celebration of the collective history of science fiction, shining a spotlight on the creators, makers and fans of the ever-expanding genre, both on air and online at SYFY WIRE (www.SYFY.com).

“Over the past 25 years, science fiction has exploded in popularity, topping the charts with the biggest and most beloved television, movies, books and games,” said Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, USA Network and SYFY. “We thought what better way to pay homage to our anniversary than by turning the spotlight on the genre-at-large to celebrate all the things we love, as well as the personalities and fans who make it the greatest community in the world?”

Throughout September, SYFY will roll out a month of fan-focused programming stunts, new content, events, partnerships and more:

  • SYFY25: Origin Stories Podcast Series: On September 8, SYFY will release a 15-part podcast series hosted by star and sci-fi superfan Adam Savage (“MythBusters”), featuring in-depth discussions with the creators, implementers and experts who have shaped the genre into what it is today. Select podcasts will also be made into custom animated short films. All assets will be available on SYFY WIRE (SYFY.com), Apple Podcasts and Google Play. The series is created in partnership with 72andSunny and production company HECHO EN 72. Interviewees will include:

o Sana Amanat, comic book creator and editor, and a director and editor at Marvel Comics;

o Rick Baker, Academy Award®-winning special effects makeup artist behind films such as the “Men in Black” series;

o Doug Chiang, Academy Award-winning artist and production designer who has provided visual effects art direction for films such as the “Star Wars” prequel and sequel series and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”;

o David X. Cohen, former writer for “The Simpsons” and head writer and executive producer of “Futurama”;

o DC Fontana, television writer and prominent creative force behind “Star Trek”;

o Jonathan Frakes, actor who portrayed Commander Riker on the iconic sci-fi smash “Star Trek: The Next Generation”;

o Neil Gaiman, award-winning author of books, graphic novels, shorts stories and films, including the basis for the critically acclaimed and Emmy®-nominated series “American Gods”;

o Chris Hardwick, standup comedian, actor, musician, television host, and former roommate of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast member Wil Wheaton;

o Kevin Kelly, Founding Editor at WIRED Magazine;

o John Knoll, Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who has helmed the effects on films including the “Star Wars” prequel series and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”;

o Ron Moore, Emmy Award-winning science fiction screenwriter and creator whose work includes BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, “Outlander” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”;

o Nnedi Okorafor, international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults;

o Frank Oz, legendary and award-winning science fiction director and creator;

o Kevin Smith, director, scriptwriter, actor and executive producer of the unscripted series “Comic Book Men”;

o Natasha Vita-More, designer, artist and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+.

  • Advisory Council: SYFY has convened an Advisory Council of diverse leading voices in the genre, from creators to influencers to on-screen stars and more, to provide guidance for the network as it embraces its renewed commitment to science fiction and fandom at large. Current members include: Carlton Cuse, Grant Morrison, Patton Oswalt, Luc Besson, DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, author and editor Bonnie Burton, Adam Savage, John Barrowman, Orlando Jones and Jamie Broadnax (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Nerds).
  • BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Anniversary Marathon: On its official anniversary weekend, September 22-24, SYFY will give fans an opportunity to view every single episode of the network’s Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. On Friday, September 22 at 8/7c, the network will air the miniseries that started it all, and Season 1 will air on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 beginning at 6/5c each day. And, also beginning September 22, all 76 episodes plus the miniseries will be available on-demand for 30 days.
  • SYFY25 Screening Series: SYFY and Alamo Drafthouse have partnered for the SYFY25 Screening Series, a fun-filled retrospective of genre classics taking place in theaters around the country, including:
    • o September 2: A one-night-only campout celebration of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” at the base of Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming.
    • o September 10: Livestream event broadcast from Dallas City Hall of “RoboCop,” including a live conversation and Q&A with the original RoboCop himself, Peter Weller.
    • o September 14: Special 30th anniversary presentation of director Sam Raimi’s beloved “Evil Dead 2,” shown deep in the woods at an outdoor screening in Austin, complete with a live Q&A with star Bruce Campbell immediately following the show.
  • Reddit Partnership: SYFY will head to where the fans debate and dissect news from the sci-fi world, partnering with Reddit on an AMA series, SYFY AMA: Geeking Out With…. The series will feature genre legends and leaders in the space, giving fans the opportunity to engage directly with the people who shape the content they love. The network will also team with Reddit on a SYFY25: Sci-Fi Gift Exchange that will pair users with a fellow science fiction-lover for a secret present swap – one user will even be matched with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
  • FANfare On-Air and Online: Finally, sci-fi and SYFY fans will see themselves celebrated across all SYFY platforms, with on-air content featuring real fan testimonials, anthems and odes to the genre and more, giving fans the spotlight and the microphone like never before. SYFY’s genre news site SYFY WIRE will take a look back at the genre with retrospectives, countdowns and op-ed pieces, while also inviting fans to share their own thoughts. Features will include daily curated lists of the best of the genre, from the “top fantasy movies of the last 25 years” to the
    “top characters we love to hate” to the “top sci-fi haircuts.”

This June, SYFY rebooted with a renewed commitment to the genre and fandom at large. This included an all-new look and feel, an expansion of its news division, SYFY WIRE, and high profile additions to the network’s ambitious original programming slate, including Superman prequel KRYPTON (airing in 2018) and graphic novel adaptation HAPPY!, starring Christopher Meloni (premiering Wednesday, November 29 at 10/9c). Compared to the months leading up to the reboot, SYFY has increased +12% among P18-49 in Prime (L7).

Since its September 1992 launch as the Sci-Fi Channel, the cable network has consistently delivered of-the-moment, fan favorite and award-winning programming to its diverse audience of sci-fi aficionados. From the paranormal to beloved comics to the occasional flying shark, SYFY has provided cultural touchstones both zany and critically acclaimed. The network’s portfolio of hits throughout its history has included critical darlings like THE EXPANSE, THE MAGICIANS, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and more; an arsenal of awards including Hugos, Emmys and Peabodys; and cult traditions like the “Twilight Zone” New Year’s Day marathon and the quirky summer hit film series SHARKNADO.

For more on SYFY and the SYFY25 celebration, visit www.SYFY.com or join the network on social @SYFY.

About SYFY

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About SYFY WIRE

SYFY WIRE is a genre news and editorial destination for superfans, by superfans. Featuring up-to-the-minute genre news, in-depth analysis and thought-provoking original content, SYFY WIRE covers the latest in nerd culture across TV, film, books, comics, games and technology. SYFY WIRE is online at www.syfy.com and on air on the SYFY network.

SYFY BRINGS FANDEMONIUM TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH WALL-TO-WALL TAKEOVER

July 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

15 Panels and Screenings Featuring the Biggest Names in Sci-Fi and SYFY, Including a ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reunion A 3-Night Live TV Event Hosted by Zachary Levi, and Round-the-Clock Coverage by SYFY WIRE Fan Parties, Cosplay Karaoke Buses, Trivia Trolleys, Cosplay Repair Carts and a Sci-Fi Drumline Superfan Nuptials Officiated by Orlando Jones (Yes, really.)

NEW YORK, NY – July 5, 2017 – As SYFY celebrates its 25th anniversary and its recent brand reboot, the network is headed to San Diego Comic-Con bigger and better than ever before. In addition to 15 SYFY series panels or screenings, the network is rolling out a host of events, activations and parties designed to leave no fan behind. And SYFY will once again extend the fun to fans nationwide, with a three-night live TV event, SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON, hosted by Zachary Levi.

“San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle event of the year for sci-fi enthusiasts, and as the only network dedicated to the genre 24/7, we can’t wait to celebrate in a big way,” said Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, USA Network and SYFY. “SYFY is going to San Diego this year with a singular focus: to put fans first.”

SYFY’s SDCC takeover includes:

PANELS AND SCREENINGS!

15 SYFY panels and screenings, including:

  • A frakking great BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reunion! With creator Ron Moore and cast from the hit series.
  • The ultimate sci-fi debate throwdown! Moderated by John Hodgman, the biggest names in the sci-fi universe duke it out over the most influential moments, milestones and people in the genre’s history. In “SYFY Hosts the Great Debate,” our expert panel will have the final word (or not!) on important topics like: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? Did Han or Greedo shoot first? And just who was the most influential captain of all time?
  • Panels for 11 SYFY shows! Including:
    • o SYFY’s upcoming Superman prequel series KRYPTON and the graphic novel adaptation HAPPY! (KRYPTON panel is co-hosted with Warner Bros. Television Group, and HAPPY! is co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions)
    • o Stars and creators of current SYFY hits THE EXPANSE, THE MAGICIANS and 12 MONKEYS (THE MAGICIANS and 12 MONKEYS panels are co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions)
    • o Fan favorites SHARKNADO, VAN HELSING, WYNONNA EARP, Z NATION and DARK MATTER — and upcoming new series GHOST WARS (All panels hosted by their respective studios)
  • Two big screenings! SYFY and Universal Cable Productions are screening an all-new episode of the grindhouse series BLOOD DRIVE and the premiere episode of “NO-END HOUSE,” the next installment in SYFY’s hit horror anthology CHANNEL ZERO.

 

EVENTS AND ACTIVATIONS!

  • SYFY fan parties! Stripping away the exclusivity of traditional Comic-Con parties, SYFY is throwing two nights of first-come-first-served bashes. Hosted at the Children’s Museum on Thursday, July 20 and Saturday, July 22, the themed parties feature photo booths, hourly surprises, live performances and more.
  • Superfan nuptials! Who says Comic-Con isn’t romantic? Actor Orlando Jones makes fans’ dreams come true, as he presides over pop-up nuptials at TBD locations throughout the weekend.
  • Trivia trolleys! Test your sci-fi knowledge and compete to win prize money and other giveaways on SYFY trolleys roaming the streets of San Diego.
  • Cosplay karaoke buses! Take the stage – and the mic – to belt out your favorite sci-fi theme songs on SYFY buses traveling throughout the city. You might even be surprised by one of your favorite stars!
  • Cosplay repair carts! Get an expert makeup touch-up or costume repair at these roaming carts, designed to ensure that all cosplaying ‘con-goers are at their camera-ready best.
  • A SYFY drumline! A drumline marching through the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, playing sci-fi theme songs and commemorating major moments in science fiction history? Yes, please.
  • The Nerd Party lives on! SYFY is partnering with Zachary Levi to co-host his annual invitation-only Friday night party.

ROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE!

  • Levi will host SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON, a three-night live television event that allows fans across the country to experience the best Comic-Con has to offer, dissect breaking ‘Con news, and hear from their favorite stars and creators. Airing Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22, the live event is produced by Wilshire Studios.
  • SYFY WIRE’s intrepid reporters and correspondents are providing 24/7 coverage of all the breaking news from the ‘Con, online via www.syfy.com and on air on SYFY (including SYFY LIVE FROM COMIC-CON).

About SYFY

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About SYFY WIRE

SYFY WIRE is a genre news and editorial destination for superfans, by superfans. Featuring up-to-the-minute genre news, in-depth analysis and thought-provoking original content, SYFY WIRE covers the latest in nerd culture across TV, film, books, comics, games and technology. SYFY WIRE is online at www.syfy.com and on air on the SYFY network.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Damnation,” “Falling Water,” “Playing House,” “Shooter,” “The Sinner,” “Suits” and “Unsolved” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Blood Drive,” “Channel Zero,” “Happy!,” “Killjoys,” “The Magicians,” “Nightflyers,” on SYFY; “The Purge” on USA and SYFY; “All That Glitters,” “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” and “Imposters” on Bravo; “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; “HarmonQuest” on Seeso; and “Impulse” on YouTube Red. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

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ZACHARY LEVI SET TO HOST ‘SYFY PRESENTS LIVE FROM COMIC-CON’

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Produced By Wilshire Studios, the Three Night Event Will Broadcast Live From San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22 at 11/10c

NEW YORK, NY – May 13, 2017 – SYFY today announces that Comic-Con fan favorite Zachary Levi (“Chuck,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Tangled”) will host the network’s second annual SYFY PRESENTS LIVE FROM COMIC-CON, produced by Wilshire Studios. Airing live on SYFY from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22 at 11/10c, the three-night broadcast will once again bring the largest genre-focused celebration in the world to fans across the U.S. In addition to his hosting duties, Levi and David Coleman will serve as executive producers through Levi’s Middle Man Productions banner.

“We are excited to be back in business with Zac as we prepare for this year’s LIVE FROM COMIC-CON,” said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production, USA/Syfy. “Not only is he an immensely talented multi-hyphenate, but he’s a true fan himself and a Con favorite. With Zac as our host, we are guaranteed to bring a fan first perspective to our coverage, providing an all access inside look at breaking news, celebrity interviews, and the on the ground interactions that make San Diego Comic-Con the premiere genre event!”

“I am beyond thrilled to be collaborating with SYFY during such a powerful year for their network.” said Levi, “As always, we are hard at work trying to bring the fans the most entertaining experience and content possible. My hope is that this year in San Diego will be one of the most memorable ever.”

Previously, for SYFY Levi hosted and produced GEEKS WHO DRINK, a game show based on the pub trivia contest of the same name.

Levi portrayed the beloved character Chuck for five seasons on NBC’s “Chuck” and recently made his return to the network for “Heroes Reborn.” On the big screen, he appeared in “Thor 2” in the role of Fandral. In addition to his on-screen accomplishments, Levi has also seen success on Broadway, earning a Tony Award® nomination for his role in the revival of “She Loves Me.” Later this fall, Levi can be seen in the upcoming drama “Alias Grace” and is currently reprising his role as the delightful Flynn Rider, reteaming with Mandy Moore’s Rapunzel for the “Tangled” television series.

LIVE FROM COMIC-CON is produced by Wilshire Studios, the studio behind E!’s LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, and the newly acquired PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS.

About Syfy:

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY Wire (www.syfywire.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Wilshire Studios:

Wilshire Studios develops and produces engaging and innovative non-scripted, original programming for all media platforms. A division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Wilshire is invigorating its slate with a focus on attracting high caliber producing talent and diversifying its content strategy with thought-provoking docu-series, news programming, reality and competition formats. Wilshire produces E!’s signature “Live from the Red Carpet” series, which provides in-depth coverage of Hollywood’s biggest nights. The studio also produces SYFY’s “Live from Comic-Con,” a three-night telecast which broadcasts live from one of the biggest fan conventions, San Diego Comic-Con; the People’s Choice Awards on E!; and “Mysteries and Scandals” and “What Happened to…Jessica Chambers?” on Oxygen. Wilshire has also produced 300 episodes of the dating game show “Baggage” for the Game Show Network.

SYFY UNVEILS SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayhem-Fueled Grindhouse Series BLOOD DRIVE Starts its Engine June 14 LIVE FROM COMIC-CON Returns for Three-Night Telecast from the Heart of San Diego Comic-Con SHARKNADO 5 (WT) Goes Global on August 6 Returning Series include 12 MONKEYS, KILLJOYS, DARK MATTER, WYNONNA EARP and FACE OFF

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – April 7, 2017 – Syfy announced its spring/summer schedule today, which includes the new unapologetic orgy-of-action grindhouse series, BLOOD DRIVE, from Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, the summer staple SHARKNADO will return for its 5th installment, and Syfy will once again feature live coverage from the summer’s biggest genre event, San Diego Comic-Con.

SERIES PREMIERE

BLOOD DRIVE – Series premieres Wednesday, June 14 at 10/9c

Get uncomfortable…! In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, BLOOD DRIVE is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood! The series is from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers John Hlavin (“Underworld Awakening”), David Straiton (“Bates Motel”) and Frederik Malmberg (“Let Me In”), along with producer Mark Wheeler (“Becoming”). James Roland (“Weeds”) created the project and is a co-executive producer on the series.

MOVIES AND LIVE EVENTS (in order of air date)

LIVE FROM COMIC-CON – Coverage runs Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 at 11/10c

For the second year in a row, Syfy telecasts live from the heart of San Diego Comic-Con. Bringing the hottest party of the summer to the fans, with direct access to the biggest stars, breaking news, insider party coverage, exclusive content and sneak peeks of the most anticipated films and TV series, each night will bring you the news you need to know from the ‘Con.

SHARKNADO 5 (Working Title) – Premieres Sunday, August 6 at 8/7c

The pop culture phenomenon SHARKNADO blows into town this summer… and this time, the shark-infested storms pick up wind as the world braces for the inevitable – a global shark takeover. Will our chainsaw-wielding hero Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and partner in crime April Wexler (Tara Reid) save the world from this jaw snapping-nado…again?

RETURNING SERIES (in order of air date)

12 MONKEYS – Season 3 premieres over 3 consecutive nights Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11/7-10c (Previously Announced)

Critically-acclaimed series 12 MONKEYS follows the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from 2043 sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). In Season 3, the duo embarks on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse – a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair.

DARK MATTER – Season 3 premieres two episodes back-to-back Friday, June 9 at 8/7c (then single episodes air weekly on Fridays at 9/8c)

Based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, DARK MATTER centers on an intergalactic crew who awaken on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. After the EOS 7 space station is destroyed, the survivors fight to stay alive and find the rest of their crew.

WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 premieres Friday, June 9 at 10/9c

Based on the IDW Publishing comic book created by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP follows the life of famous lawman Wyatt Earp’s demon-fighting great-great-granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), who inherited Wyatt’s mythic abilities. In Season 2, Wynonna and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost Triangle.

FACE OFF – Season 12 premieres Tuesday, June 13 at 9/8c

The award-winning competition series FACE OFF features innovative artists competing for a grand prize and top honor of being Hollywood’s next great special effects make-up artist. McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multigenerational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host.

KILLJOYS – Season 3 premieres June 30 at 8/7c

After sustaining serious personal losses, our trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle.

About Syfy:
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

SYFY RENEWS ‘THE MAGICIANS’ FOR SEASON 3

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Season 2’s Penultimate Episode Airs Tonight, April 12 at 9/8c

NEW YORK, NY – April 12, 2017 Syfy today announced a 13 episode third season pickup of the critically acclaimed Universal Cable Productions drama THE MAGICIANS. Hailed as “one of the best shows on TV” by Wired, the series continues to buck industry trends, performing stronger in its second season than its first. To date, Season 2 is up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and has nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms.* The sophomore season currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy, and the must-see finale will air Wednesday, April 19. Season 3 of THE MAGICIANS will premiere in 2018.

For a look ahead of what to expect in tonight’s penultimate episode, please select the following embed:

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Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, THE MAGICIANS centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.

THE MAGICIANS stars Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. The series is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

Website: syfy.com/themagicians
Facebook: facebook.com/MagiciansSyfy
Twitter: @MagiciansSyfy #TheMagicians

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Falling Water,” “Playing House,” “Shooter,” “The Sinner” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Killjoys,” and “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” and “Imposters” on Bravo; “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” on Seeso. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

SYFY RENEWS ‘THE MAGICIANS’ FOR SEASON 3

April 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Season 2’s Penultimate Episode Airs Tonight, April 12 at 9/8c

NEW YORK, NY – April 12, 2017 Syfy today announced a 13 episode third season pickup of the critically acclaimed Universal Cable Productions drama THE MAGICIANS. Hailed as “one of the best shows on TV” by Wired, the series continues to buck industry trends, performing stronger in its second season than its first. To date, Season 2 is up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and has nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms.* The sophomore season currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy, and the must-see finale will air Wednesday, April 19. Season 3 of THE MAGICIANS will premiere in 2018.

For a look ahead of what to expect in tonight’s penultimate episode, please select the following embed:

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Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, THE MAGICIANS centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.

THE MAGICIANS stars Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. The series is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

Website: syfy.com/themagicians
Facebook: facebook.com/MagiciansSyfy
Twitter: @MagiciansSyfy #TheMagicians

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Falling Water,” “Playing House,” “Shooter,” “The Sinner” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Killjoys,” and “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” and “Imposters” on Bravo; “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” on Seeso. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

* Live +7 and ListenFirst, additional sourcing available upon request

BOBBY MOYNIHAN CAST AS TITULAR VOICE OF HAPPY FOR SYFY!

March 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

ilot is from Universal Cable Productions

BOBBY MOYNIHAN will voice the title role of Happy the Horse — a goofy little blue unicorn with a relentlessly cheerful personality. Together, Happy and Nick Sax (Chris Meloni) make the oddest of oddball buddy double acts.

Moynihan joins the previously announced cast led by Meloni, along with Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie Coster and Zabryna Guevara.

Moynihan is in his ninth season as a cast member on “SNL” and is currently shooting a single-camera comedy pilot called “Me, Myself & I.” Additionally, he voices the role of Panda on the animated series “We Bare Bears,” Louie on “Ducktales” and Hal on “Nature Cat.”

Moynihan’s past film credits include “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sisters,” “Staten Island Summer,” “Inside Out,” “Monsters University,” “Brother Nature,” “The Invention of Lying,” “Grown Ups 2” and “When in Rome.” He will next be seen in the upcoming films, “The Book of Henry,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and “Why We’re Killing Gunther,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Moynihan is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. He is also a co-founder of the sketch group “Buffoons” with friends Charlie Sanders and Eugene Cordero. Moynihan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He hails from Eastchester, N.Y., and lives in New York City with his wife.

New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) wrote and executive produced HAPPY!. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson, HAPPY! follows Nick Sax – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) will also executive produce. Taylor also directed the pilot.

HAPPY! is one of four pilots currently in development at Syfy including the Superman prequel KRYPTON from Warner Horizon Television, THE HAUNTED and THE MACHINE both from Universal Cable Productions.

COSPLAYERS PUT THEIR SKILLS TO THE TEST IN SYFY’S NEWEST COMPETITION SERIES, ‘COSPLAY MELEE’

March 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

HOSTED BY YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, SERIES PREMIERES TUESDAY, MARCH 21

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – February 16, 2017 – The world’s most innovative cosplayers go head to head each week in Syfy’s new transformation competition series COSPLAY MELEE – an epic showdown of creativity, eye popping costumes and one of a kind characters. Premiering on Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c, the hour-long battle is hosted by actress and self-described “super fan girl” Yvette Nicole Brown (“The New Edition Story,” “Community”) and executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador Content (“Lip Sync Battle”).

 

Each week, four world class cosplayers compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes – but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including world class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and A-list costume creator, Christian Beckman (“The Hunger Games,” “TRON: Legacy”). At the end of every episode, the winner will walk away with $10,000 … and the right to claim cosplay supremacy.

“Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theater all rolled into one,” said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production at USA/Syfy. “At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of COSPLAY MELEE will blow your minds with their transformational creations.”

“As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the COSPLAY MELEE runway,” said host Brown. “These talented artists are going to shine!”

Best known for her roles on NBC’s “Community” and having recently starred in “The New Edition Story,” Brown began her television career on “Girlfriends” and currently stars as Dani on the reboot of “The Odd Couple.” Previous film credits include “Little Black Book,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Meet Dave,” “Dreamgirls” and more.  Brown can also be seen peeking through prosthetic makeup as one of the Three Fates in the Percy Jackson sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” and has lent her voice for several characters on the big and small screens, including roles on “Family Guy,” “Pound Puppies” and, most recently, “Yellowbird.”

About Syfy:

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Matador Content:

Matador is a full-service content studio with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 2013 by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, the company is a creative collaboration between two experienced producers and longtime friends, bringing together their unique vision and knack for making popular and innovative content across a variety of platforms. After only three years, Matador has produced over twenty-two series for TV as well as sports and feature documentary specials, virtual reality content and digital programs across multiple networks, including the series that turned into a phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle (Spike) and most recently, Give Me Future, the forthcoming documentary about Major Lazer’s free concert in Cuba that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Outside of the Emmy Nominated Lip Sync Battle, Matador’s output has shown an impressive range across networks and genres, from the horror-themed competition of Hellevator (GSN) to the historical hilarity of Great Minds with Dan Harmon (History) to the real life stakes of Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime). Matador’s renegade art documentary Banksy Does New York (HBO) was nominated for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming at the 36th Emmy Awards, the ESPN 30 for 30 short Mecca fused sports and aesthetics in truly unique fashion, while Hurricane of Fun – The Making of Wet Hot (Netflix) got fans to fall in love with the cult comedy classic all over again. With a whole slew of new exciting shows – including Vice’s first scripted series What Would Diplo Do? (Viceland) and the spinoff Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nickelodeon) – Matador is showing no signs of slowing down.

PREPARE TO BE SCARED WITH SYFY’S ANNUAL ‘31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN’ CELEBRATION

October 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

October Spook-a-thon Includes New Anthology Series ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove,’ Five Haunting Original Syfy Films and Movie Screamers Including “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Horrifying Halloween Brain Candy Offered On-Air and Across Syfy’s Digital and Social Platforms

The scare is everywhere during Syfy’s 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN! All October, the network will unleash a mix of spooky Syfy originals and nightmare-inducing horror movies, in a cross-platform celebration of the most wickedly wonderful time of the year.

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN highlights include the premiere of Syfy’s original anthology series CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE, on Tuesday, October 11 at 9/8c. Based on a popular “creepypasta” story shared on the internet, viewers will want to keep their nightlights on for this chilling tale. The spook-a-thon also features the Syfy movie premieres of horror favorites “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Zombieland,” “The Strangers,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Wrong Turn,” “Maleficent,” “I, Frankenstein” and “Drag Me to Hell.” Additionally, audiences will discover new scares with five original Syfy fright films airing Saturday nights, including THE CROOKED MAN, STAKE LAND 2 and THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN. New episodes of VAN HELSING, AFTERMATH and Z NATION will also continue to air throughout the month.

To accompany this terrifying cache of programming, Syfy will feature blood-curdling Halloween lore, as well as horror movie trivia on air throughout the month. The network will also plunge viewers into the middle of the action at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” with on-the-ground fan interviews. Syfy.com and its editorial arm, Blastr.com, will offer a veritable Halloween editorial graveyard, with daily Top 13 lists, party tips to make your guests scream and horror trope bingo cards, along with interviews with genre insiders. On the network’s social channels, viewers will be asked to submit their best costumes, screams and holiday décor – and the most frightening entries will be featured on-air and on Syfy’s official Snapchat and Instagram Stories of the Week. On Monday, October 31 at 7/6c fans can celebrate Halloween with Syfy’s social team as they take them inside the New York City Greenwich Village Halloween Parade on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.

Original programming airing as part of 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN includes:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 at 9/8c – THE CROOKED MAN

Original Syfy Movie Starring Michael Jai White (“Spawn”) and Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) 

Singing a nursery rhyme summons a demonic figure known as Crooked Man. Once you sing the rhyme, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 9/8c – DAY OF RECKONING

Original Syfy Movie — Some years ago, the world experienced a “day of reckoning” when creatures came up from below and purged humanity of evil…now, it is happening again.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 9/8c – CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE

Syfy Original Anthology Series — CANDLE COVE centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE is from showrunner and executive producer Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” “Teen Wolf”), who wrote the CHANNEL ZERO pilot, and Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra”). The six-part anthology series will continue on Tuesdays at 9/8c through November 22.

CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE New Embeddable Trailer:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 9/8c – STAKE LAND 2

Original Syfy Movie Starring Nick Damici (STAKE LAND) and Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”)

Vampires have evolved, and Mister must save a young woman from an evil brotherhood.

SATUDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 9/8c – SHADOWS OF THE DEAD

Original Syfy Movie — A group of teenagers try to escape a creature that lives among the shadows and is hunting them down one by one.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 at 9/8c – THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN

Original Syfy Movie Starring Bailee Madison (“The Fosters,” “Good Witch”) and Anthony Lemke (DARK MATTER, “American Psycho”)

When a Halloween prank goes wrong, it unleashes a creature that will hunt each of the participants down and kill them, unless they can figure out how to transfer the curse to someone else.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

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