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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Reveals Changes From The Film In This Featurette

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Over the next few months, Syfy is definitely upping their game. Next week you have the big event miniseries Ascension kicking off, Helix returns to your TV screen early next year, and on January 16, you’ll finally get a look at their adaptation of 12 Monkeys. To hype that particular series, the network has released this new featurette to give you a better idea of the world you’re walking into.

Like Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel film, this 12 Monkeys revolves around James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from the future, sent back in time in order to stop a plague that wipes out most of the human race and forces the remnants to struggle for survival. On his journey, he meets Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), and enlists her help to save the human race from a dismal, post-apocalyptic future. As you probably guessed, there also appears to be some romance in the air.

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Syfy And David Goyer Are Making A Superman Show…Sort Of

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ManOfSteelI remember when Smallville was first announced, hearing the whole “no tights/no flights” rule and thinking, “How the hell is that going to work?” It ended up working better than it had any right to, even though it was far from a perfect show. Now we’ve got Gotham, a Batman show without Batman. It takes the Smallville concept even further by showing us adventures in Batman’s burgh before young master Wayne has even gone through puberty. Well, brace yourselves, folks, because DC’s just getting started with this shit. Next up, a Syfy series focused on Superman’s Kryptonian grandpa. Great Caesar’s ghost! (Stay tuned for the inevitable series about Perry White’s great-grandfather’s adventures during World War II.)

We first mentioned the possibility of a Krypton series in October, when word broke that Man of Steel/Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer was developing a Superman prequel series that would focus on Kal-El’s homeworld. At the time, details were scarce — and actually, they’re still pretty scarce, but now we at least know the network involved. Syfy, amidst its full-court press to regain respectability and become the go-to destination for scripted science fiction TV, is partnering with Goyer, Ian Goldberg (FlashForward), and Warner Horizon Television to develop Krypton. Goldberg is writing the pilot script, based on a story conceived by Goyer and himself. And look, they have a logo!

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Continuum Is Coming To An End, Get The Details Here

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continuum06Well this sucks. Unfortunately it isn’t ever entirely unexpected when a fantastic sci-fi show is cancelled prematurely, but that doesn’t make it sting any less when it actually happens. We could run down the list of genre shows that were taken from us well before there time, but that would take too way long, and now it is one name longer, as Continuum has been cut off. The one bit of silver lining here is that it will get a final, albeit truncated season.

Deadline reports that the embattled time travel police procedural has finally been officially renewed for a fourth season, though it will only run for six episodes and be the last in the series. This isn’t an ideal situation, of course, but it’s better than having no resolution at all. In a statement, star Rachel Nichols says, “All great stories deserve an end.” Canadian channel Showcase will continue to produce the series, and Syfy will still handle the U.S. side of things, with the final episodes airing sometime next year.

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Unmakes History With This Poster

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12 MonkeysSyfy’s push back into producing promising original genre content keeps right on rolling. Their zombie series Z Nation is shuffling along, their monster/plague drama Helix is coming back for new season next month, and their event miniseries Ascension blasts off a week from today on December 15. Another show that we’re curious to see, their remake of 12 Monkeys, also hits soon, and the network has unveiled a new poster and some hints at how the new series is going to be different from the original.

Based on Terry Gilliam’s buggy 1995 time travel thriller, which itself is “inspired by” the 1962 experimental French short La Jetee, the details, at least on the surface, are fairly similar. The action follows a man named James Cole (Aaron Stanford) who is sent back in time in order to stop the spread of a vicious plague that decimates the human population and forces the survivors to live underground.

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Rich Inventors And Great Ideas Are Getting A Reality Series

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silicon valleyHBO’s comedy series Silicon Valley follows a group of computer-savvy innovators living together to develop the start-up company Pied Piper, which produces a music app with a super-snazzy compression algorithm. Syfy is currently developing a real-life version of Silicon Valley called Bazillion Dollar Club, which will be about big brains turning big, sci-fi-friendly ideas into reality. I’d joke about wanting to live in the future where I could watch this show on a portable screen I can carry in my pocket, but I can already do that.

The Bazillion Dollar Club has been ordered straight to series, though it’ll only consist of six hour-long episodes. The docuseries will take place in the middle of California’s real world Silicon Valley and will center on two of the most progressive minds out there. Dave McClure is a West Virginia-born entrepreneur who worked for a series of large companies (not to mention creating one) before founding the highly successful investment-oriented company 500 Startups, which has put money into over 500 companies thus far, and has raised roughly eleventeen-jabrillion dollars. Ignite co-founder Brady Forrest is currently the vice president of hardware startup accelerator. Both men are well versed in giving money to other people to make fortunes. Not a talent I happen to share.

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Syfy’s Childhood’s End Casts This Under The Dome Star In The Lead

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Mike VogelSyfy is trying their level best to distance themselves from the schlock factory image they’ve had over the past few years. To list all of the ambitious titles they have in the works would take all day, but the network is developing a ton of projects that we’re totally psyched to see, and one of those that we’re most excited about is their adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Casting wise, they have a couple of pieces in place, but they just added a key player as Mike Vogel has been tapped to take the lead role.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Under the Dome star has been cast to front the six-hour event miniseries based on Clarke’s classic 1953 novel about aliens coming to Earth. He joins Game of Thrones star Charles Dance on the call sheet, as well as Ashley Zuckerman of Manhattan and Osy Ikhile (Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea).