Syfy announces new series, mini-series and more.
Syfy is not messing around. Granted, the network responsible for Sharknado 1, 2 and 3 (yes, a third movie is in the works), usually gets trounced by science fiction fans because some of its programming is reality and wrestling, but you have to admit that the dramatic series the network is putting out is top-notch. And it’s about to get even better.
Yesterday, Syfy sent me a ton of press releases with a ton of awesome announcements, so I’m just going to list them all right here.
Tricia Helfer to star in Ascension
Ascension is the new six-part mini-series that Syfy is planning. It starts in 1963, when the U.S. government launches a secret space mission that sends hundreds of people on a long voyage aboard a star ship called… you guessed it… Ascension. After 50 years in space, this group has gone beyond the point of no return and a murder has everyone questioning the mission. Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer is set to star. Her character will be the “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous” Viondra Denniger. She’s the captain’s wife and leverages of power over others on the ship. Yep, that sounds about right.
Ascension is set to air in late November.
New original series: Killjoys
We may be seeing the end of original dramas like Warehouse 13 and Being Human this season, but they’re being replaced with more science fiction-oriented series. This one is sure to be hit with producers from BBC America’s hit Orphan Black and the creator of Lost Girl behind the scenes. It’s also going to satisfy those people who are desperate to see some science fiction set in space. That’s right, Killjoys is taking us to space. It’s about a group of fun-loving interplanetary bounty hunters.
There’s no word on when this one will be airing, but I’m in. Oh, yes, I’m in. We’ve been wanting a show like this for far too long.
Frank Miller gets not just one, but two, mini-series
Syfy also announced that two Frank Miller graphic novels are getting mini-series adaptations for the network. Both Pax Romana and Ronin will be featured on the network.
Pax Romana is about a special forces team that travels back in time to fix the future, which is currently heading towards World War III. They end up in ancient Rome, which makes things interesting because they’ve brought their modern helicopters, tanks and soldiers with them.
Ronin takes place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. He wakes up in the future in the body of a medical experiment. Now Billy is chasing the demon, which has also reawakened.
New scripted series development
Syfy is also working on some new scripted series. The following are currently in development:
Clone: Clone is based on a graphic novel that features a retired soldier. Someone breaks into his house and he discovers that this someone is a clone of himself. Obviously, there’s government conspiracy and a secret biotech program with a hidden agenda. This sounds a lot like Orphan Black, so we’ll see.
Letter 44: This one also comes from a graphic novel. When one President leaves a letter for the incoming President, a secret is uncovered: seven years ago, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt (sorry, no mention of which one that is). A crew of astronauts are sent to investigate it.
Magicians: This one is based on a book series by Lev Grossman. It follows a group of young New Yorkers who find out that magic is real and that it is also dangerous to Earth.
So there you have it. Syfy is putting a lot of cards on the table right now. Will you be watching any of these new series? Tell me what you’re interested in (if anything) in the comments.