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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.

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SyFy’s New Battlestar Galactica Series Blood & Chrome May Not Be Shown On TV

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Continuing the network’s trend towards no longer showing any science fiction programming at all, SyFy exec Mark Stern has revealed that their new Battlestar Galactica series may not appear on the network.

The series, titled Blood & Chrome, was announced several months ago and is currently in production. It’s a more battle-oriented take on the Battlestar universe, in particular in follows a young William Adama during the first Cylon War. Sounds like a great idea for a series, right? An improvement on their last attempt at a BSG spin-off at least, which mostly seemed to be about a bunch of lawyers.

Except Stern tells AOL they still haven’t decided whether Blood & Chrome is worth showing on television, they do after all have a lot of very important ghost-related programming on the schedule. Watching people act scared of absolutely nothing gets ratings, original sci-fi programming apparently does not… anymore (RIP Eureka and Stargate: Universe). So there’s a chance that the two-hour debut movie may simply be dumped online as a web series. SyFy’s execs are still weighing their options and watching rough cuts of the Blood & Chrome footage completed so far.

For BSG fans, this doesn’t sound very hopeful. If only there were some television network out there, maybe something called the Sci-Fi Channle, which was actually interested in showing original Sci-Fi programming. Sadly, such a thing no longer exists, unless you count BBC America.

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Sci-Fi Siren: Eureka’s Sexy Deputy Erica Cerra

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If there’s anything at all to hate about SyFy’s exceptionally affable original series Eureka, it’s that as they role into their fourth season they’re still dressing Erica Cerra in those unbearable dumpy, unisex police uniforms. That seems unlikely to change any time soon, but even hidden beneath bad khaki Deputy Jo Lupo’s one of the best reasons to keep coming back to their quirky little show. Besides, there was that one episode with the red dress.

Cerra is a Vancouver, BC native of Italian decent and the thirty-one-year-old actress has been working pretty steadily in film and television since 2001. You might have seen her in Blade: Trinity as the Goth Vixen or caught her in The 4400, or if you were really lucky seen her steaming it up on The L Word. But it’s the part of Eureka’s tough as nails Deputy Lupo that really earned her serious geek attention. The town wouldn’t be the same without her.

Eureka kicked off its fourth season this week and that seems as good a time as any to spend some time on some of Cerra’s all too rarely appreciated attributes. In addition to being a dependable actress, she’s kind of a looker. Here’s the evidence:

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Images From Haven: SyFy’s New Cops Investigate Weird Series

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When the Sci-Fi Channel changed their name to SyFy, most assumed it was so they could start showing more wrestling. But apparently “SyFy” is some sort of code for “government employees investigating weird occurences”. SyFy has set about producing all sorts of new, science fiction related programming but… for some bizarre reason… it all seems to be centered around this same, X-Files knockoff theme.

Some of them are entertaining, like Eureka, others are Warehouse 13. Here’s their latest entry in the odd cops investigate freaky stuff genre: Haven.

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TV Review: You Could Do Worse Than Warehouse 13

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131The SyFy channel completed its name change this week and yet, even though they seem to have gone “Poochie” with their network’s branding, they haven’t abandoned geek programming entirely. Along with the name change came the premiere of their latest original series Warehouse 13. They’re looking for another genre programming hit here, with Stargate aging and undergoing changes and Battlestar Galactica drifting off the air. This is just the first in a long series of new ideas on the channel, and surprisingly it’s unlikely to be the worst.

Warehouse 13 feels a lot like Eureka, one of SyFy’s few successful returning series. It has that same sense of restrained whimsy, it has a sense of humor, it seems to know what it is and goes about doing it anyway. That Eureka feel is melded with something akin to the X-Files as two Secret Service agents are put to work investigating the weird and possibly dangerous of the world. The twist here is that they’re more artifact hunters than alien finders.

In the two-hour season premiere, Agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering are ordered to a remote location in the desert where, they find a massive and mysterious warehouse. It’s manned by Artie, a man with nearly as many secrets as the treasure trove he protects. Inside Artie’s warehouse are the secrets of America, miles and miles of boxes and shelves stocked with things beyond man’s comprehension. They’re stored here, until we finally get around to comprehending them.