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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adaptation Spreads The Disease Starting Early Next Year

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12 monkeysSyfy has a ton of interesting shows in various stages of development at the moment. (Which begs the question, if they’re so heavily invested in unproven commodities, why can’t they step up and save Continuum from cancellation, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.) While many of them are interesting and even pretty damn exciting, one of new offerings we’re most curious to see is their adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s time travelling plague story 12 Monkeys. Now we know when we’ll get to see the series, and it isn’t too far off.

The network announced that their spin on 12 Monkeys—which itself is inspired by La Jetee, an experimental 1962 French short film told exclusively via a series of still photos—will premiere on Friday, January 16, 2015. This date just so happens to be almost 19 years, to the day, after Gilliam’s movie opened in theaters in 1996.

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Syfy’s Town Of The Living Dead: Reality TV And Zombies Are A Surprisingly Fun Pair

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town of the living deadThe world of Syfy reality TV is usually invested in the paranormal and movie make-up, but their newest docu-series Town of the Living Dead is a fun and intriguing entry in the network’s recent attempt to recapitalize on its science fiction roots. Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Jasper, Alabama residents Tina Teeter, John M. Ware, and many others are working towards their dream of making the zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead, working with low funds and relying solely on the dedication of its cast and crew. How long have they been doing it? Oh, about six years.

One part behind-the-scenes production diary and one part Southern slice-of-life comedy, Town of the Living Dead is all on its own in the TV world, mixing the frustrations of sub-microbudget filmmaking in with the actual process itself. The series premiered with two episodes last night, “Jasper Needs Zombies” and “Premature Explosion,” and it looks like each of this initial season’s installments will be focused on particular Thr33 Days Dead scenes being shot, and the problems that ensue.

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Continuum’s Future Is In Limbo And May Be The Next Sci-Fi Casualty

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ContinuumOver the course of three seasons, Continuum has quietly become one of best science fiction shows on your TV. Season three left the series on a big time cliffhanger, but since then we’ve heard almost nothing. This is primarily due to an announcement about the renewal, or lack thereof, for the series that has become long, long overdue. To point that people are starting to worry about the future of the time travel series and it becoming yet another in a long line of fantastic sci-fi shows that leave fans far before their time.

Though the show airs on Syfy in the U.S., but it airs on and is produced by Showcase in Canada. Filmed in Vancouver, BC, which is kind of like a gray, overcast, more polite Hollywood of the north, part of the reason for this delay is the shifting landscape in the Canadian film business. A show like Continuum, with a decent amount of special effects and big set pieces, is an expensive proposition, and according to producers the show is “in limbo” while they try to find a “financial formula” that will allow the show to remain economically viable. If that sounds worrisome, that’s because it is.

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Syfy’s Ascension Delivers A Tension-Filled First Trailer Full Of Murder And Tricia Helfer

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Syfy is working on developing a number of potentially fantastic shows to augment their steadily growing stable of original content, which already features the likes of Continuum, Z Nation, Defiance, and Helix. Out of all of these, however, we may be most excited by, and interested in, Ascension. The cast features a number of strong actors, including at least one sci-fi fave, and it’s an ambitious adventure set in space, which is always something we want more of. There hasn’t been too much revealed yet, but as we approach the premiere, we now have the first trailer for the limited series.

Granted, this is a very short look at Ascension, and it doesn’t reveal much about the plot, but there is still a good deal to dig into here. There’s the basic set up, a massive ship has been launched in order to insure the future of the human race, which is similar, thematically at least, to Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. We know that on this ship there is a horrible crime, which you also get hints of, which you get when you see Brad Carter (True Detective) freaking out and holding a gun on people.

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Syfy Returns To Defiance For Season 3 And More Alien Action

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DefianceS2Syfy is making a big push when it comes to producing original content, with a dozen or so shows on in various stages of development, and some new ones, like Z Nation ,already joining the likes of Helix and Continuum on the air. This isn’t entirely new, however, as they dangled their toe back into that pool a while back with Defiance, with good results, and fans of that show don’t need to worry about their favorite program getting lost in the shuffle, as the network has just renewed it for another season.

According to a press release that dropped yesterday, Syfy is giving the action heavy alien drama an order for a 13-episode season 3, which will premiere on the network in 2015. Universal Cable Productions will continue to produce the show—as well as the supernatural thriller Dominion, which was also renewed—and Kevin Murphy will resume his duties as showrunner and executive producer.

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Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter Adaptation Gets Straight To Series Order From Syfy

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SyfySyfy is going through something of a reinvention. Over the last few years they’ve gone from being an oasis of genre programing to filling their schedule with schlocky, poorly made creature features, reality TV shows, and even professional wrestling, which, though definitely outlandish at times, has little to nothing to do with science fiction. That’s changing, however. The network is making a hard push at getting back in the original sci-fi content game, broadcasting the Canadian hit Continuum, debuting Helix earlier this year, Z Nation just premiered, and they have an insane slate of shows in various stages of development. And now they’re adding one more notable title.

Deadline reports that Syfy has given the alien drama Hunters, which is only a working title at this point, a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, also not a particularly good name, the series is also bringing along super producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator 2, and far too many genre favorites to mention) for the ride. Natalie Chaidez, who worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, and V, among others, is handling the writing duties and will also help with the executive producing duties. All of that taken together, you understand why the network gave it the go ahead so fast.