SyFy Confirms Farscape Creator’s New Show For 2013

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The SyFy Channel seems to be going strong since changing its name from Sci-Fi to allow them more wiggle room to stop making things that are science fiction. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that when they announced their new slate of original programming, science fiction has very little to do with it.

The good news here is that SyFy is planning to make at least one science fiction series. In fact it’s the only new scripted series slated to appear on the network in the next couple of years. The show is called Defiance and the network has confirmed that it will premiere some time in 2013. Here’s how they describe it:

Defiance is in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. The series stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Fionnula Flanagan, Mia Kirshner and Oscar-nominee Graham Greene. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story. Defiance is directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

I hope you paid close attention to some of those names involved there at the end. This is the new show from Rockne O’Bannon, the genius mind behind Farscape. That makes this worth watching, no matter what it is.

The rest of the new programming slate announced by the SyFy network boils down to reality programming involving ghosts, or reality shows about people collecting things. There’s nothing there at all for real science fiction fans.

There is, however, some reason for optimism. Though the channel’s next crop of new programming will including nothing worth watching outside of Defiance they do have a few scripted shows in early stages of development, which may deserve attention if they ever end up airing. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the shows they’re considering for the future…

Rewind – Rewind revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter events and change the future — and avoid a devastating terrorist attack. Shane McRae stars as Sean Knox, ex-Special Forces who ranks as a field operative in a special division of the Department of Homeland Security. The pilot also stars Jennifer Ferrin, Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri, and is currently in production in Toronto. Jack Bender (Lost, Alphas) is directing the pilot, written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), who will also executive produce with Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. A production of BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions.

The Adjustment Bureau – In this drama, based on the hit movie starring Matt Damon, guardian angel-type agents work to keep the world according to The Plan. They create everything from plane crashes to coffee spills in order to steer people to realize their true destiny. But there is one thing the operatives and their Chairman can’t control — free will. Writers: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer (Melrose Place, Smallville). Executive producers: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum), MRC, Slavkin and Swimmer. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

High Moon – Based on the novel, The Lotus Caves, by John Christopher, this imaginative, out-of-this-world series explores a world where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon’s resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover its powerful secrets. Executive producer: Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies). Co-executive producer: Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies). Writers: Bryan Fuller and Jim Danger Gray. Executive producer: Granat Entertainment. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

Untitled Booster Gold Project – Based on the best-selling DC Entertainment Comic, this is the story of a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest superhero of all time. But instead of chasing criminals, his main priority is chasing fame and money. Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile. Writer: Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Warehouse 13). Executive producers: Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern, Arrow) and Andrew Kreisberg. Producers: Greg Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The Booster Gold comic book series is published by DC Entertainment, which will also act as an executive producer.

Defender – In the aftermath of an intergalactic war between humans and transhumans, the starship Defender, populated by a combustible mix of former enemies, is sent on a seemingly simple goodwill mission, which turns into a fight for their lives and for the safety of the Universe at large. Executive producer/writer: Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Alphas). A production of Universal Cable Productions.

The Family – For generations, an alien family has hid amongst humans in plain sight using their advanced intellect to carve out a life for themselves as their family grew. But when the family patriarch that kept peace amongst the factions dies, a war begins to brew with some members believing the time has come to reveal themselves, and their superior power, to the inferior human race. Writer: Dan Harris (Superman Returns, X2). Executive producers: Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street, Total Recall), Mark Verheiden (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica). A production of Sony Pictures TV.


  1. Tom says:

    I didn’t know it was already 2013 😛 But seriously I hope this is good.

  2. Sarah says:

    Isn’t ‘Rewind’ the same thing as ‘Seven Days’? Why not just bring ‘Seven Days’ back, it was brilliant. I was a big fan but have never managed to find it on DVD, I just have my VHS recording of it when it was on BBC 2.

  3. gospyro says:

    SyFy lost me as a viewer when then stopped actually showing sic-fi. And I have a hard time getting behind anything supposedly ‘sci-fi’ that they hype anymore or that they have ‘produced’ since it almost always sucks. And on the off chance that it’s good, they cancel it and drop another wrestling or of ghost/monster hunting show in it’s place. They should really change their name again to the BulShyt Channel.

  4. Cenny says:

    Eww, just make more farscape. Stupid. I almost guarantee Ben Browder would be on board. Probably the Vala chick too, since she doesn’t seem to be working. New Farscape would be an almost guaranteed cash cow for syfy, they have an established franchise, but make this and try to make a fanbase. I probably will give it a shot.

  5. BialislawPL says:

    The “Defender” project looks like it might become a promising core sci-fi show – which probably means it won’t get picked up for production considering SyFail’s current policy on the genre…

  6. disappointed with SYFY says:

    i think syfy will cancel the show after its first season or two you just have to look at their track record so i am not going to be holding my breath

  7. sleepychecker says:

    ‘Rewind’ sounds just like ‘7 days’, so not an original idea. But they can easily make that an awesome show with their own spin on it. I’d watch it. Hope they eventually make ‘The Family’, that is the most intriguing of the bunch.

  8. not thrilled says:

    Syfy pretty much sucks nowadays. They have no comment to shows and will cancel things after a season. Or keep changing the story about what they will do. Like with BSG: Blood and Chrome. I stopped watching well over a year ago.

  9. Ric says:

    Yeah Stargate Universe (By far the best of the Stargate series) seemed like the final straw to me……….

    • EK says:

      I’d watch if they bring back Stargate Universe. Not without its issues but one of the best sci fi series. Needed a bit more continuity and fewer no name characters- with a ship load of 100, we could at least meet more of them. But the cast and direction were solid, and at least someone was attempting continuity.

    • California Conservative says:

      I’m sorry, but Stargate Universe seemed to be the worst of the series to me.

  10. Phil niethe says:

    I think it would be great if syfy would pick up every canceled scifi program and make a 13 episode finale season to give people closure. Think about it V the final season, firefly season “the other half of 1″, farscape seaon 5, enterprise season 5, heroes ” the return of sylar”, fringe season “the last half of 5”, JUST THE ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD JOLT RATINGS. they could do 3 shows back to back on friday and obliterate the death slot with the resurection of scifi friday.

  11. Phil niethe says:

    IMAGINE GREATER! i have taken the syfy slogan literally, and i imagine i will find something greater on a different channel, cause aint nothin on syfy, maybe a rich guy will come along and think: Hey! Wouldnt it be great if there was a science fiction channel

  12. Jim Jenia says:

    Sorry, but after the cancelled Stargate SG-1, then Atlantis(Best series ever) and even Stargate Universe .. They lost me.
    I’m just not that into hand held cams chasing ‘Ghosts’ or ‘Paranormal Fake or Faked’ …
    They have abused the name Science Fiction for the last time as far as I’m concerned.
    If FIOS removed the SyFy channel completely, I’d still have just as many science fiction shows to watch.

    I WILL however, buy HBO, Showtime, etc, Whomever, gets with MGM and Brings back the Gate, at least in some form (An Atlantis spinoff would be my first choice).

  13. Starance says:

    I too stopped after they cancelled Stargate.

  14. wait and see says:

    i wii start watching it after all the seasons are complete, no cliffhangers, hello stargate universe and sanctuary, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…

  15. kingohay says:

    To make a real show it takes imagination and foresite to understand what people want to see
    And its pretty evident that scifi has neither. Its realy evident with tje shows they air now.the people run.ing the channel are talentless hacks.they dont know the type of shows they are suposed to be airing evedently. If by chance they do run upon one it scares the crap oit of them.and they dump it cause the monkeys run out of material to write.so they bring back those stupid unimaginably dull reality shows.and they expect us to be loyal to the channel well the only time i watch the channel is to see what stupid dishwater dull minded show ill be surfing past in hopes one day, and i hope soon that there might be something worth watching,heck i would even like to see my old friend farscape reair hell it would be better than the ca ca they show.heck id even like to see babbalon 5 than the crap on now.one day ill tell you how i realy feel about the scyfy channel.

  16. hyperion34 says:

    Bring back BSG and Farscape Cancel the 20 f**king variations of Ghost Hunters.

  17. trm says:

    I’ve been watching Dr Who since I was a kid great show, BBC at least is trying

    • johnny5isalive says:

      The absolutely best show on T.V. yes you have to build into it but once you get in omg. I am dying to watch the New companion hell when i first saw here I thought to myself damn she would be great for the DR.

  18. mark says:

    I liked farscape, Stargate/1+Atlantis, Stargate Universe had potential but they missed the best part of it, also enjoyed Sanctuary, Wharehouse 13, Merlin, and all I can think of now. Hope they haven’t given up on Science Fiction there are tons of fans.. bye/adios

  19. HarryTC says:

    Only about 20% of the Syfy channel is actually Syfy! Wrestling for god’s sake! How about all the best induction cooking, cleaning equipe, and the $19.99 Gym! I can’t wait to watch those! When it costs a $110 per month to get Direct TV,

  20. c9ux9d says:

    Defiance sucks.Syfy sucks Farscape was nice but long dead. In act all tv sucks now except premium. Hbo,stars,netflix or nothing. If anything on cable strikes soothing cord it will be cancelled in favor or alien lumberjack conspiracy karoake singoff reality crap. So f the syfy channel and every other channel. Premium stuff via torrent is where its at. 9 thumbs down to all tv executives. Dance + your grave. Thats where we stand.