SyFy Announces new programming. Oh look, a LOT more reality TV!

It seems like SyFy Channel is deciding to go more and more towards reality programming and less towards scripted drama, judging from the announcement made yesterday about new programming. I should not be surprised, but I am seriously disappointed. I understand that reality is cheaper to produce, but I would watch quality over quantity any old day, wouldn’t you?

But all hope is not lost. There are some interesting things on the horizon for the channel that once gave us all sci fi all the time.

First there’s Defiance, which is scheduled to premiere next year. Defiance is in collaboration with Trion Worlds and will include a  multi-platform shooter MMO that will come out simultaneously with the series. The series itself stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Fionnula Flanagan, Mia Kirshner and Oscar-nominee Graham Greene. Now that’s a cast to get excited about, isn’t it?

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

Defiance is a great concept, but I honestly am not sure SyFy is going to be able to pull it off.

There are also six… count them… SIX new reality shows scheduled to air in the next year or so. I will not go into those. Six? It’s ridiculous!

In the scripted development/dramas, SyFy did announce several new series. As these might never actually air (remember Blood & Chrome?), I’ll just list them here briefly:

Rewind Rewind revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter events and change the future — and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.

The Adjustment Bureau – In this drama, based on the hit movie starring Matt Damon, guardian angel-type agents work to keep the world according to The Plan.

High Moon – Based on the novel, The Lotus Caves, by John Christopher, this imaginative, out-of-this-world series explores a world where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon’s resources.

Untitled Booster Gold Project – Based on the best-selling DC Entertainment Comic, this is the story of a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest superhero of all time.

Grave Sight – From the best-selling author of True Blood, this Charlaine Harris book series follows Harper Connelly – a young woman with a unique gift. After being struck by lightning as a teenager, Harper can sense the location and last memories of dead people.

Seeing Things – Based on the comic Grey Legion from Platinum Studios, after a cop meets his violent demise, he returns as a ghost to close his last case. But the only person who can help him is a socially awkward man who is realizing for the first time that his hallucinations may not be all in his head.

Defender – In the aftermath of an intergalactic war between humans and transhumans, the starship Defender, populated by a combustible mix of former enemies, is sent on a seemingly simple goodwill mission, which turns into a fight for their lives and for the safety of the Universe at large.

The Family – For generations, an alien family has hid amongst humans in plain sight using their advanced intellect to carve out a life for themselves as their family grew. But when the family patriarch that kept peace amongst the factions dies, a war begins to brew with some members believing the time has come to reveal themselves, and their superior power, to the inferior human race.

In the long form scripted development category, the news is much better. SyFy plans on adapting Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon into a mini-series. A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of good to fight for what is rightfully his.

Other long form scripted development dramas include:

Darkfall – When, without warning, modern forms of power and technology become a thing of the past, Los Angeles, and the world at large, becomes a place where magic rules and life as we know it is turned upside down.

One Mile Straight Down – When a powerful earthquake hits California and opens up a chasm bigger than the Grand Canyon, it reveals an enormous hidden ocean lying deep beneath the earth’s crust.

After that? 17 more reality shows are in development. 17!!!  Maybe SyFy should change their name to Reality TV. Because really, again, that is ridiculous. But hey, I’m happy there are still some scripted projects in the works.


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