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Z Nation Unveils The First Footage From Syfy’s Zombie Adventure

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Perusing the upcoming slate of shows currently in development or production over at Syfy, there are definitely a few popular types of shows that the network hopes to capitalize on. Among others, there’s a clone drama (Clone), a time travel adventure (12 Monkeys), and, of course, zombies. Their upcoming entry into the undead sweepstakes, Z Nation is set to debut this September, and now we have our first good look at the series.

Aside from the bare bones of the story and set up, you don’t learn too much about Z Nation from this trailer. Action and post-zombie mayhem are the key features in this video, that and a zombie baby. You can bet their going to play that card in order to traumatize a character that can’t believe he has to shoot a baby in the head. People seem to have a big problem doing that.

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Syfy Orders Alien Invasion Drama Absolute Zero

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SyfyHaving been writing about pop culture in one form or another for over a decade, it’s still completely surreal for me to find myself excited to write about Syfy’s original programming lineup again. For the longest time, Syfy seemed to have completely lost its way and embraced the lowest common denominator, a tragedy epitomized by the goofy name change from “The Sci-Fi Channel” to “Syfy.” But now, against all odds, Syfy seems to have found its mojo again, greenlighting one intriguing project after another…and much of it actual science fiction, by Crom! Now we can add another to the ticker, as Syfy is developing a new alien-invasion thriller series called Absolute Zero.

Deadline reports that Absolute Zero unfolds in the year 2124, set in a mining colony on one of the moons of Jupiter. Some of the miners uncover a frightening alien species, a discovery which puts the Earth right in the crosshairs of an alien invasion. It will be interesting to see where the show goes from there, assuming it goes to series. Would the larger show continue to be centered on the mining colony, or would the threat of impending invasion pull the action out to other locales? The premise is pretty basic at this point, so it’s hard to get a feel for what this show might be like in the long run. We’re cheerleaders for any new science fiction shows, however, especially ones that are actually set in outer space.

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Casts Brad Pitt’s Wingnut As A Woman And Adds A New Villain

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12 MonkeysFrom the first moment we heard that Syfy was reworking Terry Gilliam’s wingnut time travel adventure 12 Monkeys into a continuing series, my first question has been, what about Jeffrey Goines? We’ve heard about the casting of most of the key roles, and even seen a trailer full of footage from the pilot episode, but there wasn’t even a peep about the character played by Brad Pitt. That is until now. But, like the rest of the show, there have been some significant changes made to the part, chief among them, the character is now a woman. They’ve also added a new villain into the mix.

According to a press release, Emily Hampshire (Cosmopolis) has been cast in the role, though there is no word on what her name might be. Part of my hopes they just keep it Jeffrey Goines, because why the hell not. In Gilliam’s 1995 original—which is itself based on the avant-garde French short La Jetee—Jeffrey is a rich lunatic that the time travelling James Cole, played by Bruce Willis in the film and Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2) in the series, meets in a present day mental institution.

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Nick Cannon + Science Fiction Improv + Syfy Network = Nectar Of The Demons

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nick cannonSyfy, you old son of a bitch. Here I thought you were dedicated to revitalizing your brand and intent on bringing only mid-to-top quality material to future audiences. Now you go and climb into the metaphorical bed with Nick Cannon and that all came crashing down to—name a location!–Earth. Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment will work with the network to develope an as-yet-untitled sci-fi/fantasy improv series. Because if there’s anything hardcore geeks want to get excited about, it’s Whose Line is it Anyway, Zaphod?

Cannon and collaborator Michael Goldman will executive produce the series, which will be an hour-long weekly contest taped before a live studio audience. The premise involves a “home team” of 4-6 “national comedians” taking on a different amateur improv team each week. The challenges, naturally, will be different unscripted games, and we’re assuming that help from the studio audience will be needed. So, there’s time travel, dragons, space, fairies, and aliens. That’s about as hard as I think this show’s studio audience will put its collective brain to work.

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Syfy’s Bounty-Hunters-In-Space Series Killjoys Casts Its Three Leads

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Aaron AshmoreSyfy is getting back into producing original genre content in a big way coming up. We’ve been hearing story details, casting announcement and other news, and even getting our first glimpses of some footage from a few the nine new shows the network is developing. One of the new projects we haven’t heard too much about is their deep space mercenary drama Killjoys, but there has been some movement on that front, as they have now added a trio of actors to the cast.

TV Line reports that Killjoys has cast a face that will be familiar to Syfy viewers, adding Warehouse 13 alum Aaron Ashmore. They’ve also signed up Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and British actress Hannah John-Kaman (The Hour). Basically, the core cast is made up almost entirely of pretty young folks running around outer space.

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12 Monkeys’ Full Trailer Offers A Familiar But Different Look At A Plague-Riddled Future

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Syfy is making a big push to get back into the original content game, or at least the semi-original content game. Either way, it’s nice to see them actually turning out new genre shows. Much of what their producing and developing are based on preexisting properties, including The Expanse, based on James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan novels, the Robert Kirkman-produced adaptation of the comic book Clone, and their series interpretation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel drama 12 Monkeys. The network has now dropped a full trailer for the show, which will premiere early in 2015, and the results are a rather mixed bag.

Yesterday we talked about the various ways that producers promise that their series will differ from the source material, which in turn differs greatly from short film it is based on, La Jetee. In this two-minute preview, you get to see a lot of that—similar but different is a good way to think about it—and it is both good and bad.