Showrunner Karl Schaeffer Talks Z NATION, Biggest Challenges, What Makes These Zombies Different, and More

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The new Syfy series Z Nation is set three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood, in the hopes of using it to make a vaccine.  With the human race’s survival at stake, a ragtag group of individuals embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of post-apocalyptic America.  The show stars Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson and Keith Allan.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s premiere, showrunner/executive producer Karl Schaeffer talked about how this show is different from other shows like it, some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced, cranking out all of the make-up effects, what makes these zombies different, the importance of humor, that they have a five-year story arc, love interests, upcoming guest characters, and why zombies are so popular in our culture.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

I ORIGINS Director Mike Cahill to Helm THE MAGICIANS TV Show Pilot

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The Magicians TV show is finally taking shape.  Just after the third and final book in author Lev Grossman’s phenomenal The Magicians trilogy debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller list, THR reports that Another Earth and I Origins filmmaker Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm the pilot for Syfy’s TV series adaptation.  Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the books revolve around a group of twentysomethings who, after graduating from a secret magician school hidden away in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses a grave danger.  The books—The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land—are tremendous, and essentially tackle the premise with a realistic “what would really happen” bent, delving deep into issues of depression, loss, love, and friendship.  Seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Hit the jump for more on The Magicians TV show.

12 MONKEYS TV Show Trailer: Terry Gilliam’s Twisted Film Gets the TV Treatment on Syfy

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Syfy has released the first 12 Monkeys TV show trailer for its adaptation of director Terry Gilliam’s revered 1995 film of the same name.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  The series doesn’t appear to retain the offbeat nature of the film—only Gilliam can pull off that kind of crazy—and instead looks to be more of a straightforward time-travel thriller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  There’s a solid amount of mythology build-up in this trailer and Zeljko Ivanek can chew scenery like few others.  So far, this doesn’t look terrible.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series also stars Kirk Acevedo, Amanda Schull, and Noah Bean12 Monkeys debuts on Syfy in January 2015.

Thomas Jane to Lead THE EXPANSE, Syfy’s Series Adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s “Leviathan Wakes”

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While Syfy may suffer from the occasional Sharknado, every once in a while they attempt to bring some real science-fiction onto the screen.  Case in point: The Expanse, a new series adapted from James S.A. Corey’s “Leviathan Wakes” series.  The story follows a veteran detective and the captain of a ship in their search for a missing girl … oh, did I mention that it happens 200 years in the future and takes place in space?  Yeah.  There’s asteroid mining, space colonies, revolutionaries, and interplanetary intrigue.  And who better to lead this series?  Mr. Thomas Jane.  Hit the jump for more.

DOMINION Review: Syfy’s Angel Drama Is Still Looking For Its Wings

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Syfy’s new series Dominion opens with the assertion: “25 years ago, God left.”  It doesn’t say to where, or what it was about 1989 that annoyed Him so much that He saw fit to finally have enough with humanity.  What viewers can use to glean a little more of regarding the show’s backstory is the lackluster film the series is based on: 2010′s Legion, starring Paul Bettany as the archangel Michael, who has decided to side with humanity in a war against his brother Gabriel and a lower class of angels.  Michael is back in Dominion, this time played by 300‘s Tom Wisdom, and his main objective is still to protect a “Chosen One” who will save mankind from angels (or at least, TV specials about them).  Hit the jump for more about what these angels should learn from Wings of Desire.

Chris Egan and Showrunner Vaun Wilmott Talk Syfy’s DOMINION, the Show’s Relationship to LEGION, CG vs. Practical, and More

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Based on characters from the theatrical film Legion (2010) and with a pilot directed by Scott Stewart (who also directed the film), the epic new Syfy fantasy series Dominion is set in the year 25 A.E. (After Extinction), in a post-apocalyptic city called Vega (formerly Las Vegas), where an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes), has waged a war of possession against mankind, and archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom) has turned against his own kind to side with humanity.  As the war between the human race and the angels escalates, a rebellious young soldier named Alex (Chris Egan) struggles to help save the world.

During this recent interview to promote this intriguing new show, executive producer/showrunner Vaun Wilmott and actor Chris Egan talked about how they got involved with Dominion, how much of the mythology from the film will carry over to the show, what this world is like, 25 years after the events of the film, the challenges in bringing this story from the big screen to television, dealing with the special effects and stunts, the amount of CGI versus practical sets, and how far ahead the story has been planned out.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Syfy’s Slate Includes Adaptations of Frank Miller’s RONIN, Robert Kirkman’s CLONE, and Oni Press’ LETTER 44, Plus a New Show for Tricia Helfer

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For every campy creature feature like Sharknado that Syfy churns out, they also have a handful of quality shows that get much less attention.  Longtime fans of the network (and their title genre) are already familiar with the current slate of shows, but now a host of new projects are on the way.  They include adaptations of Frank Miller’s comic series, Ronin; Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, Clone; and Oni Press’ political space drama, Letter 44.  Plus, fans of Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer will be happy to hear she’s found herself a lead role on the new six-part space opera, Ascension.  Hit the jump for all of this and more.

HELIX Review: Putting the Science Back in Syfy

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The most promising aspect of Syfy’s new contagion thriller series Helix is the strength of its pedigree.  It comes from the creative minds of Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda (Lost), who helped shape the idea brought to the network by Cameron Porsandeh.  Moore’s influence is heavily felt, not only thanks to the occasional use of “frak,” but also in the concept of being trapped, remote, and living alongside your enemy.  Hit the jump for more on this promising series.

First Trailer and Images for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Producer Ron Moore’s New Syfy Series HELIX

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It’s been a long time since the excellent sci-fi remake Battlestar Galactica came to a close, but executive producer Ronald D. Moore has now finally gotten not one but two new series to television.  He’s currently filming the first season of Starz’s Outlander book series adaptation, but before that hits the airwaves we’ll see Moore’s Syfy series Helix.  A new full-length trailer for the thriller has been released online, and it looks very much like a TV series adaptation of The Thing.  The story follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak.  As one can surmise, things do not go well.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some new images from the show.  The series stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Neil Napier, Mark Ghanime, and Meegwun FairbrotherHelix debuts on Syfy January 10th at 10/9c.

Bryan Singer Bringing Giant Monsters to Syfy in CREATURE AT BAY; Plus, a New Image from Behind the Scenes of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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If you liked what Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim brought to the big screen this summer, then you might want to tune in to Syfy to see what Bryan Singer is cooking up.  The X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer is developing the drama series project, Creature at Bay, by way of a 90-minute pilot script.  “Set in the wake of the U.S. military taking down a giant, rampant creature just off the Northern California coast, a middle-management Undersecretary from the California Emergency Management Agency is charged with leading the clean-up efforts as the small town becomes the focus of the entire world.”  Here’s hoping Charlie Day gets that role!

Hit the jump to check out a new image from X-Men: Days of Future Past tweeted by Singer from the editing room earlier today.

Syfy Greenlights Pilot for 12 MONKEYS TV Series

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The TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.  Syfy has greenlit a pilot for the TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi film, with production scheduled to begin in November.  Gilliam is not involved with the TV series, but the show will draw heavily from his feature film as the plot follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.  Terra Nova and Nikita scribes Terry Matalas and Travis Ficket wrote the pilot script and will serve as co-executive producers.

Casting has yet to begin, but the 60-minute 12 Monkeys pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment.  Should Syfy take a liking to the pilot, we could see a 12 Monkeys TV series on the air come next year.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

SyFy Greenlights DOMINION Pilot Based on LEGION Characters, Plus a TWELVE MONKEYS Series, Two Space Adventures and an M. Night Shyamalan Project

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Early news out of TCA has a handful of series pilots on deck at SyFy.  So far, a 90-minute pilot has been greenlit for Dominion, a series based on the characters and story of Scott Stewart’s 2010 film, Legion.  The project has been in the works for over a year from co-writers Stewart and Vaun Wilmott (Sons Of Anarchy).  Stewart will direct the pilot of the series, which is pitched as “an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. It follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity.”

Hit the jump for more possible pilots and series for SyFy, including two space-based adventures and a project from M. Night Shyamalan.

Executive Producer Jack Kenny Talks WAREHOUSE 13 Season 4.5, Appealing to New Viewers, Being a Gateway Drug for Sci-Fi, Season 5, and More

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Picking up where the series left off in its shocking mid-season cliffhanger, Season 4.5 of the Syfy series Warehouse 13 kicks off with the shocking revelation that a vengeful Artie (Saul Rubinek) has infected not only the team but the entire world with the deadly Black Orchid Artifact.  The team – Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly), Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and Steve (Aaron Ashmore) – must contain the damage within 24 hours or the world will face a pandemic the likes of which has not been seen since the Dark Ages, all while still guarding and protecting the unsuspecting masses from dangerous artifacts.

During this recent interview at the NBC Summer Press Day, to promote the return of the popular series, executive producer/writer Jack Kenny talked about how they determine which stories they’ll explore with the artifacts, still trying to appeal to new viewers, why their show is a gateway drug for sci-fi, that there will be an arc that goes through the season but that it won’t be as heavily serialized, and that they’re already thinking ahead to Season 5.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Stephanie Leonidas Talks DEFIANCE, What Drew Her to the Character, Her Knife Training, The Make-Up Process, and More

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The Syfy drama series Defiance, which is also a multi-platform video game, is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story.  Set in the near future, the show is a story about survival under extreme circumstances, with humans and aliens trying to co-exist peacefully in this new civilization.  From executive producer Kevin Murphy, the show stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Stephanie Leonidas – who plays Irisa, an Irathient warrior who is also the adopted daughter of Nolan – talked about the appeal of this project, what drew her to this character, why it’s important to her that Irisa keep her edge, the relationship between Nolan and Irisa, what Irisa’s journey is like this season, the knife training she did, the make-up process she goes through, what these elaborate sets are like to work on, and how excited she is to continue to explore who Irisa is.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Jamie Foxx To Write, Produce, and Direct New Horror Anthology For Syfy

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Syfy has just unveiled that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and his production company Foxxhole are bringing a high-profile horror anthology series to the small screen later this year.  In fact, Foxx is doing just about everything: he plans to executive produce, write and direct the series’ five episodes, which are set to debut in the fall during Syfy’s month-long celebration of all things Halloween.

The as of yet unnamed series will riff off of classics such as Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, focusing on creepy tales of woe for those engage in bad behavior (as Bela Lugosi would say, “Beware … beware!”.  Hit the jump for more on the series.

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