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Syfy Announces Real Steel-Style Robot Fighting Show

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Whether you liked Hugh Jackman’s robot-boxing flick Real Steel or not, you have to love the core concept: remote-controlled robots beating the ever-loving snot out of each other. It takes the brutal appeal of boxing or MMA fighting but adds the ability to punch your opponent’s head off or rip his arms out of their sockets. We are still not at Real Steel levels of tech, but we just inched a little closer. Syfy has unveiled a new robot-fighting series called Robot Combat League that is, for all intents and purposes, Real Steel: The Reality Show.

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New Defiance Trailer Offers More Explosions and Oddly Shaped Eyes

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Next year, if you weren’t already aware, SyFy will be premiering what could be a revolutionary experiment combining the worlds of gaming and television…but it probably won’t be, given Syfy’s lack of anything revolutionary beyond misspelling. Four years in the making, Defiance aims to combine televised storytelling with the personal experience of playing an MMO game. You can’t tell, but I’m trying really hard not to scoff while saying any of this, though I could be eating these words by April of next year, when the show debuts.

With “Watch the show. Play the game. Change the world,” as its tagline, the show still isn’t selling me based on premise alone, but the trailer actually does a good job of presenting a series that, while caught up in something gimmicky, isn’t going to rely on gimmicks alone. Hang onto your hat, and watch it below.

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Editorial: Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome Could Save Syfy’s Soul

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Hey, Syfy, how’s it going? Yeah, I know, I don’t visit as much as I used to. Sure, I still swing by for Alphas each week, but I know you’re really busy these days, what with all the wrestling and the ghost hunting and the game shows about people bumping into things in the dark. I don’t want to take up too much of your time here, but we need to have a little talk, you and I. It’s about Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. I think it could save your soul.

Look, Sci-Fi…can I call you Sci-Fi, just like in the good old days? No? Fine, “Syfy,” whatever. So here’s the thing. Yesterday your official Twitter feed told us that the incredibly awesome-looking Battlestar Galactica prequel spinoff, Blood and Chrome, was not dead, but would indeed air at some point, in some form. Probably. And while it’s great to hear that Blood and Chrome hasn’t been relegated to the trash bin, I have to ask…what the hell are you thinking, man?

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Syfy Premieres New Digital Series, Nuclear Family, On Xbox 360

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Syfy decided to do something a little different for their latest new digital series, called Nuclear Family. The network has made all 22 episodes of the series available exclusively on the Xbox 360. That’s right, if you’ve got an Xbox, you can watch the whole run back-to-back now via the Syfy Digital app (which up until now has been pretty useless). The digital series won’t be posted to Syfy.com, Hulu, and the like for another two weeks.

Nuclear Family is, as you might guess from the title, set in the aftermath of a mysterious nuclear explosion. Written and directed by Kyla Rankin (The Battle of Shaker Heights), Nuclear Family has cast of familiar faces, including Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop), and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue). Here’s the gist of it:

Nuclear Family is about John and Lynn who struggle with their family to survive after a mysterious nuclear explosion occurs. They stay on the move in the woods searching for their son, Grant, who becomes lost amidst the post-apocalyptic chaos. Meanwhile society has disintegrated and is now run by a savage clan called the Berserkers lead by someone who calls himself The Man.

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SyFy Shows Stargate-level Confidence In Warehouse 13

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SyFy’s Warehouse 13 may not be strictly science fiction per se, but it is one of the nerdiest shows on television.  It’s done time-travel, regularly resurrects and references great scientific, literary, and film stars, and brought us a badass female H.G. Wells.  It’s the only show (other than Futurama) to reference one of the pioneers of television technology and Nikola Tesla every week.  Warehouse 13‘s heroes are even a bookworm and a comic book fan who grew up to be Secret Service agents.  

In August, SyFy announced that it was renewing Warehouse 13 for a fourth season at the same 13-episode size the show has maintained since its premiere.  Last week, the network demonstrated increased confidence in the show by ordering an additional 7 episodes for next season.  That brings the total order up to 20 episodes, which is more in line with shows like Battlestar GalacticaStargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis than what SyFy has been ordering from its original programming lately.

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Did I Do That?! SyFy Channel Hires Urkel

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Syfy’s newly acquired and still ill-fitting moniker hasn’t really had much use over the past two years. Sci-Fi channel execs decided to change the name so that A. girls didn’t know what it was and would be tricked into watching the channel, and B. to open doors to programming that isn’t just specifically science fiction. Despite those changes, the network hasn’t really opened its doors, but that’s slowly changing.

It was announced a couple of days ago that Syfy has acquired the rights to Total Blackout, which pits contestants against each other in a series of tasks played out in complete darkness, and has next to nothing to do with sci-fi. The show has appeared in many other countries around the world, including, not surprisingly, Japan, whose game shows are always weird as hell.

The show will be hosted by none other than Steve Urkel himself, Jaleel White, who shockingly has been keeping himself quite busy. He’s got three movies in various stages of production, but is still very excited to fill his free time with hosting duties on Total Blackout. Check out the video of him talking about the show.