In an interview with Entertainement Weekly, Bill McGoldrick, the programming chief for SyFy laments on the fact that while shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, hard hitting genre stuff, became huge hits, SyFy was producing lighter shows such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka, this coming after the success of Battlestar Galactica. Now I loved Battlestar Galactica, but it was really dark and somber, hardly any light hearted moments in the show. I’m not saying I want a comedy, but you need the release every once in a while. So I hope Syfy can find the right balance as opposed to going all the way to the other side of the spectrum, for instance, Alphas dealt with it quite well, dealing with heavy topics and situations but having moments of comedy to lighten the mood slightly.
SyFy have 5 shows coming that EW claim will be the 5 shows to lure people back to the Syfy channel, here they are with descriptions:
Ascension. Mini-series; possible series. Six hours. Stars Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer. The show sets up an alternate version of reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of the Earth, decided to launch a covert space mission. They sent 600 men, women and children into space on a century-long voyage aboard the Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. Their mission is to populate a new world, known as Proxima, assuring the survival of the human race. Nearly 50 years into the journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman—the first homicide since their departure—causes the ship’s crew to question the true nature of their mission. Premieres Dec. 15, 2014.
12 Monkeys. Series, 13 episodes. Stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull and Kirk Acevedo. A complete re-imagning of the Terry Gilliam film. A time traveler from a decimated future journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race. Premieres Jan. 16, 2015.
Childhood’s End. Mini-series, 6 hours. Stars Charles Dance. Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic, follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Premieres 2015.
The Expanse. Series, 10 episodes. Stars Thomas Jane, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Steven Strait. Based on the series of books by James S.A. Corey, a thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. No date.
Hunters. Series, 13 episodes. Based on Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter, a Philadelphia cop searches for his missing wife leads and discovers a secret government unit that assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists who may not be from this world. Premieres 2016.
Some good stuff here, I like the idea of a miniseries as well, not everything needs to go on for 5 seasons, if a story can be properly told in 6 hours, let it be told in that amount of time.
I’m also excited for Ascension, as we’re getting space opera again, something that TV is severely missing at the moment, but with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Star Wars, I’m sure more space opera TV and movies are being greenlit.