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Continuum’s Future Is In Limbo And May Be The Next Sci-Fi Casualty

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ContinuumOver the course of three seasons, Continuum has quietly become one of best science fiction shows on your TV. Season three left the series on a big time cliffhanger, but since then we’ve heard almost nothing. This is primarily due to an announcement about the renewal, or lack thereof, for the series that has become long, long overdue. To point that people are starting to worry about the future of the time travel series and it becoming yet another in a long line of fantastic sci-fi shows that leave fans far before their time.

Though the show airs on Syfy in the U.S., but it airs on and is produced by Showcase in Canada. Filmed in Vancouver, BC, which is kind of like a gray, overcast, more polite Hollywood of the north, part of the reason for this delay is the shifting landscape in the Canadian film business. A show like Continuum, with a decent amount of special effects and big set pieces, is an expensive proposition, and according to producers the show is “in limbo” while they try to find a “financial formula” that will allow the show to remain economically viable. If that sounds worrisome, that’s because it is.

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Syfy’s Ascension Delivers A Tension-Filled First Trailer Full Of Murder And Tricia Helfer

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Syfy is working on developing a number of potentially fantastic shows to augment their steadily growing stable of original content, which already features the likes of Continuum, Z Nation, Defiance, and Helix. Out of all of these, however, we may be most excited by, and interested in, Ascension. The cast features a number of strong actors, including at least one sci-fi fave, and it’s an ambitious adventure set in space, which is always something we want more of. There hasn’t been too much revealed yet, but as we approach the premiere, we now have the first trailer for the limited series.

Granted, this is a very short look at Ascension, and it doesn’t reveal much about the plot, but there is still a good deal to dig into here. There’s the basic set up, a massive ship has been launched in order to insure the future of the human race, which is similar, thematically at least, to Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. We know that on this ship there is a horrible crime, which you also get hints of, which you get when you see Brad Carter (True Detective) freaking out and holding a gun on people.

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Syfy Returns To Defiance For Season 3 And More Alien Action

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DefianceS2Syfy is making a big push when it comes to producing original content, with a dozen or so shows on in various stages of development, and some new ones, like Z Nation ,already joining the likes of Helix and Continuum on the air. This isn’t entirely new, however, as they dangled their toe back into that pool a while back with Defiance, with good results, and fans of that show don’t need to worry about their favorite program getting lost in the shuffle, as the network has just renewed it for another season.

According to a press release that dropped yesterday, Syfy is giving the action heavy alien drama an order for a 13-episode season 3, which will premiere on the network in 2015. Universal Cable Productions will continue to produce the show—as well as the supernatural thriller Dominion, which was also renewed—and Kevin Murphy will resume his duties as showrunner and executive producer.

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Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter Adaptation Gets Straight To Series Order From Syfy

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SyfySyfy is going through something of a reinvention. Over the last few years they’ve gone from being an oasis of genre programing to filling their schedule with schlocky, poorly made creature features, reality TV shows, and even professional wrestling, which, though definitely outlandish at times, has little to nothing to do with science fiction. That’s changing, however. The network is making a hard push at getting back in the original sci-fi content game, broadcasting the Canadian hit Continuum, debuting Helix earlier this year, Z Nation just premiered, and they have an insane slate of shows in various stages of development. And now they’re adding one more notable title.

Deadline reports that Syfy has given the alien drama Hunters, which is only a working title at this point, a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, also not a particularly good name, the series is also bringing along super producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator 2, and far too many genre favorites to mention) for the ride. Natalie Chaidez, who worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, and V, among others, is handling the writing duties and will also help with the executive producing duties. All of that taken together, you understand why the network gave it the go ahead so fast.

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Z Nation Unveils Gloriously Disgusting Zombie Carnage In This New Clip

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It’s got to be frustrating for Syfy and Z Nation‘s producers that people can’t talk about the show without inevitably comparing it to that AMC show…you know the one. (And no, we don’t mean Mad Men, although there are some angry male characters in Z Nation.) The clip above is a good example of how tonally different this show is from The Walking Dead. In the latter show, revealing a splattered zombie in a vehicle’s wheel well would probably be presented with a grandiose air of heaviness and retrospect about what it might have taken for a zombie to get into that situation. In Z Nation, it’s more like, “Whoa, there’s a fucking zombie in this wheel well! Check it out!”

Z Nation, which is produced by the D-grade feature churner The Asylum, takes place three years after a zombie phenomenon has left the bulk of this country’s population dead. (Or undead, depending on how they died.) A military man named Hammond (Harold Perrineau) is transporting a man named Murphy (Keith Allan) from one side of the country to the other, because he alone may have the antidote inside of him that could make people immune to zombie bites. When communication goes down, they end up crossing paths with another group of survivors, led by Charles Garnett (Thomas Everett Scott). His squad includes badass Roberta (Kellita Smith), Mack (Michael Welch), Addy (Anastasia Baranova), and the methy Doc (Russell Hodgkinson).

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Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End Gets The Greenlight From Syfy

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childhood's endIf science fiction’s most popular writers were still alive today, they’d be pulling in truckloads of money at this point. (Not that some of them weren’t already wealthy, but still.) Syfy is getting into the Arthur C. Clarke business with an official order for the miniseries Childhood’s End, first announced a couple of weeks ago. Is anybody else besides me just waiting for Syfy to announce that of all their recent pickups have been a joke and they’re actually just going to air Scare Tactics and wrestling for 24 hours a day?

Childhood’s End will be presented as a six-part miniseries executive produced by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and mega-producer Mike De Luca (Dracula Untold). To direct the project, the team nabbed British filmmaker Nick Hurran, arguably most notable around these parts for directing The Day of the Doctor, as well as a few other Doctor Who episodes. He was also recently recognized with an Emmy nomination for his work on Sherlock: The Last Vow. Taking on screenwriting duties is Life on Mars co-creator Matthew Graham.