DAMAGES Saved By DirecTV, Funny or Die Short Spawns Reality Series, RED FACTION TV-Movie Headed to SyFy

     July 20, 2010

Yet another TV show has found itself saved from cancellation thanks to DirecTV. After facing the executioner, EW reports the FX legal drama Damages has been picked up by the same satellite provider that so graciously saved Friday Night Lights after NBC canceled it awhile back. However, unlike the deal with NBC which allowed new episodes of Friday Night Lights to be aired on NBC after their premiere on DirectTV, this deal for Damages will have the episodes air exclusively on DirectTV. The satellite provider has picked up two more seasons of the series consisting of 10 episodes each which will start airing in 2011. I haven’t watched Damages yet but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the series and performances from Glenn Close, Ted Danson and Timothy Olyphant.

Hit the jump for a new SyFy TV movie based on the Red Faction video game series and a brand new reality show inspired by a Funny or Die video.

Though there’s plenty of famous faces who bring their brand of comedy to the sketch video website Funny or Die, now the laugh fueled video site has brought about a concept or a television show of its own. Deadline reports that all the buzz around a recent video which features chart topping singer Jewel in disguise while singing her own songs at a karaoke bar to a stunned audience. Funny or Die and the video’s creator Eric Appel are shopping  concept for a new reality show that would feature music stars from the past 4 decades going undercover to places where comedic situations will ensue, showcasing their talent. A similar concept has been seen in the celebrity driven series I Get That A Lot and even with the surprisingly interesting show Undercover Boss. No deal has been made for this new reality series to get picked up but apparently there’s quite a lot of buzz about it. Stay tuned to see how it develops.

THQ and SyFy just announced via press release that they will work together on Red Faction: Origins a two-hour live action TV movie adaptation of the Red Faction video game series. Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe, Boston Legal) wrote the script which will follow the lineage of rebel hero Alec Mason and the Mason family, set during a period between the yet-to-be-released games Red Faction Guerrilla and Red Faction Armageddon. You can check out a more detailed synopsis, courtesy of the press release, down below:

Twenty five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom…and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake.

Jake Mason, Alec’s last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of Mars, his sister was still alive.  Now, just as a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, he’s found her, only to learn that his long lost sister is one of them…a cold blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman.

Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.


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