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12 Monkeys Syfy TV Series Adds New Cast Members

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Sure, we’d all the like the chance to be able to go back in time and stop Syfy from ever ordering a series based on Terry Gilliam’s awesome 1995 thriller 12 Monkeys. We’d like to stop Syfy from doing a lot of things, but this adaptation is over the top. Alas, the show keeps adding cast members, which means no one is getting cold feet on this one. The latest pair to sign up for this Army are Nikita star Noah Bean and TV vet Željko Ivanek (Revolution). Both talented guys, certainly, but neither is the magic ingredient needed to get me on board.

In Syfy’s 12 Monkeys TV series, Aaron Stanford (X2: X-Men United) will play Cole, a role Bruce Willis played with a wicked drool in the film. Cole has traveled to the present from a desolate future that has been wrecked by a deadly plague that could soon terminate most of the human race. Bean will play a political strategist who finds his relationship with Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) in jeopardy after Cole arrives. (Nothing says cockblock like time travel.) Ivanek will star as a genius philanthropist and capitalist involved in the same biological research that could end up crippling the planet, but no one would guess it, since he’s such a charmer.

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Farscape’s Gigi Edgley Hosting Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

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gigiLast month, Syfy unveiled their Face Off not-quite-spinoff Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge to the world, letting thousands of puppeteers realize that their lives were most certainly not for naught, and that they probably should take that cold gun out of their mouths. (Oh wait, it was only a puppet gun, thank goodness.) Rather than hiring someone off the street to host the show, like Oscar the Grouch, the Creature Shop Challenge is bringing in Australian actress Gigi Edgley, best known for playing the gray alien con-woman Chiana in Rockne S. O’Bannon’s fan-favorite series Farscape, which aired from 1999-2003. The show had its fair share of make-up and costume work, which I guess makes her somewhat qualified for the hosting gig. What does it take to be a host on Syfy?

It’s unfortunate that beyond the 2004 miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Edgley hasn’t really been a big name in American science fiction, but in the last few years she has starred in Australian series such as Rescue Special Ops and Trick Business. She was in the Syfy Original disaster flick Quantum Apocalypse, but that’s just an unfortunate blip on her resume. But now she’s off to meet the Muppets!

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Blake’s 7: Whatever Happened To That Reboot Series, Anyway?

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BlakesWhen word first broke that Casino Royale director Martin Campbell was putting together a reboot of the British cult sci-fi series Blake’s 7, it was met with mixed emotions. On the one hand, Blake’s was beloved by its fans, but, like classic Doctor Who, it very much showed its age. The thought of a new version that stayed true to the source material but gave it a Battlestar Galactica-style revamp definitely intrigued — among other things, B7 was a very dark show at times, and would likely be right up the alley of modern sci-fi fans, even those who hadn’t seen the original series. On the other hand, while Campbell’s Bond outing was awesome, his previous sci-fi credit was…Green Lantern. So if this went wrong, it could go very wrong indeed.

There was also the question of where the show would air. Initially it was said that it would be headed to Syfy, but after that initial announcement, we didn’t hear much of anything on the project for a long time. It finally resurfaced this past August with rumors that it would become an exclusive on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, a foray into scripted original programming they could premiere at some point after the release of their next-gen Xbox One console (which releases next month). Unfortunately, those rumors were soon denied by Microsoft TV producer Kate Barnes. (The Xbox rumors weren’t completely far-fetched — they are producing original content, specifically a new Halo TV series, produced by Steven Spielberg, no less.)

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Gale Anne Hurd Bringing Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter To Syfy

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alien hunterWhile producer Gale Anne Hurd may not always be involved with sci-fi projects, the ones she does sign up for are almost always worth your time. The Terminator and Aliens producer’s cred skyrocketed in the last few years with the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead (and the fact that she was never ousted from her duties), so she’s been heavy on the project development front recently. Her latest task is adapting the Whitley Strieber novel Alien Hunter as a thriller pilot for Syfy that will simply be called Hunters. I’m really hoping for something amazing with this one, even though it sounds incredibly by-the-books.

Alien Hunter, which just hit bookstores in August, centers on Flynn Carroll, a Pennsylvania detective who becomes a suspect after the suspicious disappearance of his wife. Determined to prove himself innocent by figuring out who took her, he stumbles onto a conspiracy, finding evidence that dangerous alien cells are living all over the place. It turns out the U.S. government has a super-secret organization that was created as a defense against extraterrestrial threats. I’m guessing everyone teams up after some initial huffing and puffing.

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Helix Pictures May Lead To X-Files Flashbacks

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Helix3After the acclaimed run and controversial ending of Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica, showrunner Ronald D. Moore followed things up with several TV projects that didn’t meet with much luck. The BSG prequel series Caprica only last one season, and Moore’s Virtuality TV movie and 17th Precinct pilots were pretty much non-starters. Some four years after BSG wrapped up, however, Moore is returning to the airwaves with gusto, shepherding not one, but two new series: the time-travel historical romance series Outlander for Starz, and the sci-fi thriller Helix for Syfy. The latter is set to premiere sometime in 2014, and now a new set of images from the show reveal we’re in for high levels of goop, not to mention some serious X-Files flashbacks.

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Bryan Singer And Syfy Team Up To Develop A Creature Feature Series

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Bryan SingerDespite the fact that Pacific Rim’s domestic box office take was significantly less massive than the studios had initially hoped, big ass monsters are all over the place right now. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla looms large on the horizon for next summer, and now it is being reported that X-Men director Bryan Singer is teaming up with the Syfy network to birth a creature feature series into the world.

Deadline reports that Singer, his Bad Hat Harry production company, Syfy, and Universal Cable Productions are working to make a show called Creature at Large a reality. Even though the title sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon show or a teen sitcom about a giant monster trying to survive in a human high school, there is definite potential in the premise.