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Syfy’s Ascension Gets A Clever First Trailer

As soon as it was announced, Syfy’s space opera miniseries Ascension became one of our most anticipated new shows of the upcoming television season. Though we have to wait until this late this fall to actually lay eyes on the series, we’re going to be excited the entire time. That much was a given, but once we laid eyes on this new trailer for the show, we got even more pumped up.

Of the wide array of shows Syfy currently has in development—we’re working on a group article that details them all—Ascension is one of the most exciting and promising, and this teaser fits that profile. Called a six-hour event series, this story begins in 1963, at the lead edge of the global space race. That’s where this video picks up. You start off with what seems like a slice of idyllic American life, complete with a JFK speech playing over the top. Then you start to notice things that are ever so slightly askew, just a little bit off, like that American flag with the stars in a different pattern. Eventually you realize that you’re not on Earth at all, that you’re on a starship hurtling through the depths of space.

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Town Of The Living Dead Comedic Docuseries Greenlit By Syfy

When filmmaker George Romero directed Night of the Living Dead over 40 years ago, there’s no way he could have known how many people would: A) take his undead characters, call them zombies, and put them in every conceivable plot device; and B) use his “of the Living Dead” title to spice up their own zombie-related work. (Not to mention all the puns, like 1990’s Night of the Living Bread.) Syfy is heading into a new territory for zombie media with the upcoming comedic docuseries Town of the Living Dead, which will chronicle a filmmaker’s troubled attempts to create a piece of art, in this case a zombie movie called Thr33 Days Dead.

But this isn’t just some hack film student trying to gross his friends out; this is a passion project for an entire community. Town of the Living Dead will film in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, where many of its citizens, especially director John M. Ware, have spent the past six years of their lives trying to turn Thr33 Days Dead into a full independent feature.

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Robert Kirkman Developing Clone Series For Syfy

CloneThis just in: Syfy is now making ALL THE SHOWS. Seriously, it’s like they’re trying to make up for lost time and redeem everything since the dumbass name change, all in a matter of weeks. I have literally lost count of how many new series announcements we’ve covered in the last couple of days, but it’s done the nigh impossible and nearly overshadowed the Episode VII casting news. So what the hell, let’s bring on another new Syfy series announcement! Now it seems Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is joining in the barrage, developing a new sci-fi drama series called Clone.

The show is based on a best-selling comic series, but in spite of Kirkman’s involvement, he didn’t create this one; he’s just an executive producer. Clone is published by Kirkman’s Skybound Imprint, however. Created by writer David Schulner and artists Juan Jose Ryp & Felix Serrano. It launched in November 2012 and released its 14th issue last February. Schulner will both write and executive produce the TV incarnation of Clone. Here’s what it’s all about, via the Syfy press release:

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Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer Joins Space Opera Miniseries Ascension

tricia helferWhen I woke up this morning, nobody explained to me that this was going to be one of the most illogical days in history, with Syfy unveiling one promising project after another to add to their already expansive upcoming schedule. But they can’t just keep greenlighting projects without actually casting some of them. So it’s excellent that today also brings the announcement that one of the network’s most recognizable faces of the past is returning, as Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer has signed on to star in the intriguing space opera miniseries Ascension.

Who better to lead Syfy’s explosive return to science fiction than someone from one of the network’s greatest accomplishments? It’s barely a coincidence that the network’s name changed from The Sci-Fi Channel to Syfy around the same time that Battlestar Galactica left the airwaves. So maybe Helfer will help to usher in a new era of dynamic space fiction. Ascension is the first miniseries Syfy has developed since 2009, and Helfer’s casting offers us a few more details about this potentially amazing story.

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Action Comic Pax Romana And Space Adventure Killjoys Come To Syfy

pax romanaTry to come up with the best idea imaginable for a TV show. Got it? Too bad, because there’s a good chance that Syfy has already acquired it while I was talking to you just then. The cable network is getting a little ridiculous with its slate of upcoming projects, but each one sounds nearly as interesting as the last, so we’re not complaining. In anticipation of today’s upfront presentation, Syfy has announced they’re moving forward with the space-bound adventure series Killjoys, and are developing an adaptation of the time-traveling graphic novel Pax Romana. I would trade in everything currently airing on the network to assure these two projects get made, except for that whole “not running Syfy” thing.

First up is the more questionable project, Killjoys, which is the product of Orphan Black producers Temple Street Productions and Michelle Lovretta, creator of Syfy’s Lost Girl. The adventure drama has been picked up for a 10-episode season, and will center on a threesome of “fun-loving, hard living” interplanetary bounty hunters employed in the Quad, a distant star-system nearing an all-out multiplanetary class war that will no doubt end in death and destruction for many. Yet the trio still remain fun and airy as they zip around, chasing down deadly targets.

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Spacey Political Comic Letter 44 Gets Series Development At Syfy

letter 44With seemingly little disregard for a potential overload, Syfy has been busy the last couple of months attempting to rebuild their brand with a new outlook towards legitimate science-fiction programming. President Dave Howe has lined up project after project in the network’s deep development slate, and the latest addition to their list is one of the more exciting new comic series on the market. With a formal announcement pending, Syfy will try to turn the Oni Press mystery thriller Letter 44 into a full series, making this yet another space-based piece of fiction for the network. Maybe my thousands of angry letters to Syfy’s creative teams over the years finally got through.

To bring this tale of political sci-fi to audiences, the network has tapped genre filmmaker Jonathan Mostow to take the multi-hypenate job as writer-director-executive producer, the latter of which is a duty he’ll share with Closed on Monday‘s Eric Glitter and Peter Schwerin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Rene Echevarria (Terra Nova). Mostow’s last few projects have been in our genre of course, as he directed 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and 2009’s so-so graphic novel adaptation Surrogates. His last writing gig was the story for Mark Tonderai’s derivative thriller House at the End of the Street, and he directed at least one episode of Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of The Last Ship. Obviously he isn’t the most standout of filmmakers, but his source material is damn near flawless this time around.

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