Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself

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DMZ is based on Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s Vertigo comic book series that ran from 2005 – 2012. It’s set in a near-future United States in the midst of a new civil war, with the island of Manhattan reduced to a demilitarized zone between the United States of America and the secessionist Free States of America. Only a quarter of its former population remains, with most of them being unfortunates trapped in a violent hellscape filled with, to quote our own Nick Venable, “triads, military contractors, separatist groups, and nuke-happy faux governors.”

The protagonist of the series is a photojournalist named Matty Roth, who is on assignment for the Liberty News Network to cover the conditions on the ground within Manhattan. Unfortunately, his crew is slaughtered shortly after arrival, leaving Matty stranded and unable to communicate with the outside world. He likely wouldn’t survive long except he’s soon rescued by a woman named Zee, and he’s faced with the choice of trying to escape the island or instead covering the story of a lifetime. DMZ ran for 72 issues, so there will certainly be plenty of material to mine should the Syfy series last longer than a single season.

The TV adaptation of DMZ is being shepherded by Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, who are partnering with Warner Bros. and Gravity producer David Heyman. The Jacquemettons, who parted ways with Mad Men last year, also wrote the script. There’s certainly plenty of quality talent involved in DMZ, and sadly the subject matter is still all too timely given how divided our country remains politically. It’s also the sort of material that could all too easily wind up as a sub-par 24, but hopefully the Jacquemettons will explore the issues in a more nuanced and interesting way. – David

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  1. Dr_Bathroom_MD says:

    Looks interesting to be honest.

  2. Hypnotoad says:

    Wow… Battlestar Galactica much? Oh wait Tricia Helfer is on the show so that makes it different!

    • golmore says:

      You are an idiot. Colony ships are a very common theme in Sci-Fi and this premise is very original.

  3. Parker says:

    If Killjoys ends up being anything close to Firefly or Farscape, they can count me a faithful watcher.

  4. Ka'uilani Kim says:

    About time they get rid of all that crap. I miss the old Sci-Fi Channel.

  5. joe1254 says:

    So maybe I’ll start watching Sci-Fi channel again. Mini series thought, Dresden Files done again but this time let’s follow the books!

  6. couponnut2460 says:

    pick up revolution it was a good show hated how it ended

  7. midnightdrunkard says:

    WWE signed a new deal with NBC, sorry but Wrestling will still be there…

  8. sounder says:

    Z Nation damn another zombie show.

  9. Teeaj says:

    SyFy still lost me, that is until they bring back some of our Paranormal Shows and some descent Sci-Fi Movies. I’m so over vampires and Zombies. Not everyone thinks Paranormal Shows are Cheesy so SyFy needs to get a grip that there people out here that believe in the Paranormal and give us our shows back.

  10. Fergun Connell says:

    Syfy should have something more for 2015, I hope.

  11. Carmen Damocles says:

    Maybe it could have a few more supernatural reality shows, even for a short time.