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Enter The All New SyFy And Witness Warehouse 13

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13Today was the day. The Sci Fi Channel is dead, replaced by SyFy, whatever that is. The name change will probably be used to allow them to show more Ultimate Fighting, but there may still be a little science fiction programming left on the channel. For instance, there’s Warehouse 13.

It’s the SyFy channel’s latest original series, a solve the sci-fi problem of the week show in the mold of the X-Files with a touch of Eureka probably thrown in for good measure. We’ve got a sneak peek from Warehouse 13. Get a taste of what this newfangled SyFy channel is up to in the video after the jump:

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Trailer For Battlestar Galactica’s Spinoff Movie: The Plan

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BSG is long gone from television, but the old girl’s got one last gasp in her. This fall the SyFy Channel will release a new Battlestar movie called “The Plan”. It takes what you’ve already seen on the show and then flips it on its head, telling the BSG story from the perspective of those dastardly Cylons. Hopefully this means more Dean Stockwell. You can’t really have too much Brother Cavill.

The first ever trailer for “The Plan” is out, and ready for you to watch. Must see material, below:

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TV Review: Sci-Fi Channel’s Star Runners

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starrunnersTime is running out for the Sci-Fi Channel which, in a matter of weeks changes its name to SyFy so they can, presumably, run less science fiction and sell out to the infinitely more profitable world of ultimate fighting. Maybe it’s for the best. Sci-Fi has never been as sci-fi focused as its name suggests and when they try, it always turns into a bad horror movie. Case in point: Their latest made for TV movie Star Runners.

It starts out in the right direction, with old school pulp lettering in the credits and an outer space chase sequence. That seems sci-fi enough, doesn’t it? Former Trek helmsman Connor Trinneer stars as Tycho and Heroes best-buddy James Kyson Lee is Lei Chen, a pair of transport pilots or “star runners” with an illegal shipment to slip past the feds. It seems at first that they’re going for a Han Solo/Chewbacca dynamic here between the two of them, smugglers shaking patrols cracking wise at one another. It never quite works, mostly because Trinneer and Lee play their characters as if they’ve just taken a heavy dose of sleeping pills, but at least the script seems to be trying, even if it’s not succeeding.

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SyFy Channel President Attempts To Excuse Name Change

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syfySyFy Channel president David Howe talked to the folks over at our sister site Cinema Blend today about their newly announced name change. Dead and gone is the Sci Fi Channel, replaced by the more idiot friendly SyFy.

Howe right off the bat, compares the naming of his TV channel to choosing a name for drugs. No really. He says:

If you look at brands that launch now, on the whole, new brands have to have a name which is completely made up so it will be a word that you’ve never seen before. You see this particularly with drugs. You look a name like Celebrex, Viagra or Cialis. Any of these drugs. You have to invent a word that doesn’t exist.

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SciFi Channel Finally Stops Pretending And Becomes SyFy

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11The SciFi Channel has finally fessed up and stopped pretending to be what real sci-fi fans knew it wasn’t all along: A science fiction channel. From the beginning the channel has dedicated a dissappointingly low percentage of its actual programming to real science fiction. Instead more often than not, it’s flooded with bad horror programming or more recently, bad superhero reality shows. The SciFi Channel never was the Science Fiction Channel and now we can all stop pretending it is since they’ve changed their name.

The SciFi Channel will now be known as the SyFy Channel, reflecting our culture’s increasing need to marginalize science fiction and rebrand it in a way that will seem less geeky to brain dead cool people who instantly turn the channel whenever they see something set in outer space. This gives SciFi license to drift even further away from good science fiction programming. In their press release accompanying the name change they admit the change was to allow them an even broader range of programming which won’t be science fiction related.

Though SciFi never ran much science fiction, this is still bad news for Sci-Fi geeks. It’s just another sign that we’re being pushed out of the mainstream. Geeks conquered the world… and now everyone would like to go back to ignoring us. Welcome to the SyFy Channel, where they’ll happily meet all of your wrestling and reality television needs.