By Karen Moul
NBC is pulling out all the stops for its new series, The Cape, a crime drama with a comic book sensibility. Curious viewers have seen the promos and explored the show's website, which includes an online graphic novel and official message board. The marketing blitz reached a high point just before Christmas, when the show's creator and executive producer, Thomas Wheeler, made time for a Q&A session with digital journalists.
The show stars David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, a good cop framed for crimes he did not commit. Presumed dead in an explosion, Faraday teams up with a gang of carnival workers who help him assume the persona of The Cape - his son's favorite comic book hero. Taking the law into his own hands, Faraday fights to defeat the criminal forces of Palm City and win back his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward).
Syfy's popular series Merlin
returns for a third season starting January 7 at 10PM ET/PT. Colin Morgan reprises his role as the young wizard Merlin, who must protect Prince Arthur, played by Bradley James. The new season finds the kingdom of Camelot in turmoil by the return of Morgana.
This season also brings new guest stars, including Harry Melling, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margoyles, and Mark Williams from the Harry Potter
movies. Guest stars from last season Emilia Fox and Santiago Cabrera also return.
Both Morgan and James sat down with the digital media to discuss the new season.
Growing up in Canada, Brendan Fehr did not plan on being an actor. For some quick-cash he stopped by Look Talent Management for a modeling assignment when the manager suggested he try acting instead. The rest is history.
Most people probably know Fehr for his work on Roswell
as the character Michael Guerin, or perhaps from CSI: Miami
. He however, has also appeared in other series, such as Millennium
and Samurai Girl.
He has worked in film as well, landing roles in Disturbing Behavior
, Final Destination
, and The Forsaken
, to name a few.
Fehr now can be seen starring in the Syfy original movie, Ice Quake
, premiering tonight on Syfy at 9PM ET/PT.Ice Quake
, which also stars Victor Garber (Alias
), takes place on Christmas Eve, when the Alaskan permafrost thaws, creating underground rivers of liquid methane, causing earthquakes. A family is separated and must find each other and work together to stop an explosion that could wipe out the planet.
Brendan Fehr sat down with the digital media to discuss life and this upcoming role.
Christmas is just around the corner and your favorite Syfy shows are back for the holidays with special standalone episodes. On December 7th, fans will get to see what the holidays are like in the town of Eureka in "Oh Little Town…" Global Dynamic employees celebrate at a holiday party, when as usual an experiment goes wrong. Carter’s plans are put on hold when he, Zoe, and the rest of the town are trapped in Eureka during a heat wave. Matt Frewer returns as Taggert and Chris Parnell guest stars.
Colin Ferguson, who stars in Eureka
, and also directed the Syfy original movie Triassic Attack
that premiered last weekend on Syfy, sat down with the online media to discuss Christmas in Eureka and his other endeavors.
By Karen Moul
As The Walking Dead
approached the halfway point of the season, the writers took a step back and gave us some character development and group dynamics. Episodes like this are needed to sustain the major themes through the rest of this season and into next. While it seemed as if not a lot happened, we had a huge advance in the Rick-Lori-Shane storyline. Add in some compelling action among the supporting cast and overall this was another excellent episode.
The Grimes family reunion was handled beautifully. I actually had a knot in my stomach waiting for Shane and Lori to see Rick. I can't remember the last time a TV show made me feel that much tension and anticipation, probably not since Lost
. Sarah Wayne Callies was excellent in this scene, in just a few moments you could see the disorientation on Lori's face, then the recognition, and perhaps a split second of joy before her expression turned to horror. Andrew Lincoln's reactions as Rick saw his son were also moving. Nice work all around.
In light of the holidays right around the corner, Syfy is continuing in the Christmas spirit with a new Saturday Original movie called Ice Quake, as a family is forced to fight for survival among cataclysmic disasters instead of simply fighting the thought of whether or not to have another plate of leftovers. While caught on a mountain that’s covered in white as far as the eye can see the surface begins to rumble and the land begins to open. An invisible field pops up out of the crack that causes a turn for the worst. Watch the clip and tune in on December 11th at 9/8c only on Syfy.
"Don't look up." That's the tagline of the new science fiction thriller, Skyline, which opens tomorrow in theaters. The movie stars Eric Balfour as Jarrod, who recently sat down with Jamie Ruby of Sci Fi Vision and Media Blvd. for a private, exclusive interview.
Balfour is probably best known for his work on series such as Six Feet Under, 24, and more recently his role as Duke Crocker in Syfy's Haven. He however has also appeared on the silver screen, in films such as What Women Want, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Spirit.
Balfour's fans will be happy to know that he and the rest of the cast and crew will resume filming Haven in April with an airdate scheduled for the end of June. He and his costars are excited to get back to filming.
Imagine talking about one of your favorite series, when suddenly the creator of the show calls in to join the discussion. That's exactly what happened last night on our podcast, Fandom Access. Riese: Kingdom Falling creator, writer, and producer Ryan Copple surprised the cohosts and the fans by calling in to the show live to answer questions.
According to Copple, the story of Riese did not originally start out as a web series. "It started as a short that I wrote with a friend of mine. And it was really inspired by a lot of personal events, because I’ve traveled a lot, and some anime influences. We took it to Kaleena Kiff, who is the other creator of Riese. We asked her to direct the short and she was like “No, no, no, this isn’t a short; this is a series." So Kaleena and I co-created it into a world. Whereas the short was about Riese herself, traveling with a wolf, it was more of a standalone journey, entering a really weird town and having some sort of moral dilemma that she faced. We were able to build it as a world and a series that had lots of characters to bring it to life and a whole serialized arc that could carry it throughout the show. And it just sort of grew from there, from both of us.
We were actually referencing a lot of [steampunk] before we actually knew what steampunk was, and then eventually I think I found a Wikipedia entry and I said to Kaleena, “This is what we’ve been talking about this whole time. It’s exactly what it is: steampunk.” We always say we’re steampunk-inspired, because we’re not the purest steampunk where it’s more the Victorian era. Instead we see Riese as more of a Dark Ages-Medieval meets World War I time period...It feels very fantasy and medieval, but at times there are certain hints of modern technology. Like when she’s in the hospital there are some very modern things, and it’s sort of the blending of those two eras. And that’s what’s really fun about steampunk, the “what if” of it, just imagining what could be in a different future."
Syfy's all new drama Being Human is not being considered a remake, but a "re-imagining" of the UK series of the same name. The show will star Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, and Mark Pellegrino as Bishop. Thirteen one-hour episodes of the series has been ordered.
The show follows the lives of the three paranormal roomates living together in Boston, as they try to hide their new secrets.
Sam Witwer, who plays Aidan, the vampire, is well known for his work in science fiction. He is probably best known for the roles of Crashdown on Battlestar Galactica, another Syfy re-imagining, and that of Davis Bloom and Doomsday on the series Smallville. He also had reoccuring roles on such series as Dexter and CSI. Witwer has also appeared on the silver screen as well, in films such as The Mist and Gamer. Witwer has also done voice work, such as for the video game Star Wars: Force Unleashed, and more recently, its sequel.
Sam Huntington, who plays the part of Josh, the werewolf, first started his career on stage, where he landed roles such as that of Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. He first film appearance was in Jungle 2 Jungle. He can also be seen in such movies as Superman Returns, in which he played the part of Jimmy Olsen, and has had guest appearances on series such as CSI: New York and Human Target.
Meaghan Rath plays the part of the ghost, Sally. She landed her first professional role in the Sundance Festival hit Lost and Delirious. She starred in the Canadian series 15/Love as well as the series the The Assistants. She also appeared in movies such as 10.5: Apocalypse and I Me Wed.
Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, and Meaghan Rath sat down in a recent press tour in Orlando to discuss the upcoming Syfy series.
By Karen MoulThe Walking Dead
was back this week with another great episode. It was perhaps not as excellent as the pilot but still worthy of an A-. At first look, "Guts" seemed to offer slightly less action than last week's episode, but that was mostly due to time contraints. The pilot was 90 minutes, and this week we had to settle for a normal one-hour show. But that hour gave us fast-paced storylines, great effects and very creative use of zombie guts.
The worst part of the episode? Nothing ruins an opening scene like seeing your two most hated characters having sex in the dirt. Ew. Shane's not an unattractive character. His conversation with Rick in the pilot made me think he is a jerk who doesn't like women all that much, and he seems to rule his little band more by bossiness than true leadership. And during a zombie apocalypse he thinks it's funny to sneak up behind someone and scare her? Very funny, jackass. He's lucky Lori was unarmed. Of course she's not too attractive either, she abandoned her comatose husband and she seems pretty into having sex with a jerk. So thanks writers for the sex scene, but I'd prefer to look at that zombie eating the rat.
Felicia Day is probably best known for her quirky comedic roles, such as her leading role as Penny in Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, and of course for her role of Codex in the web series she herself created and writes for, The Guild. She has also appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Vi, and has had guest spots on such popular shows as House M.D. and Lie to Me. She continues to take on more serious roles with her role of Mag in Dollhouse, and now as Virginia in Red: Werewolf Hunter, which premiered on Syfy in October.Red: Werewolf Hunter is a modern day take on the Little Red Riding Hood story, where Day her descendant, whose family secret is that they hunt werewolves. The Syfy original movie also stars Kavan Smith as Day's fiance.Day was also recently involved in the video game Fallout: New Vegas, where she voiced the role of Veronica. She currently is also part of the voice talent in a new mobile game for Syfy's new web series Riese. Day can also be seen as Dr. Holly Marten on Eureka sometime next year.Day sat down with the digital media to discuss the new Syfy original movie, Red: Werewolf Hunter.
In preparation for an upcoming interview, Sci Fi Vision was given a press release for two original Syfy movies. Interview will be forthcoming.
SYFY KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH NOVEMBER SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES THE LOST FUTURE AND TRIASSIC ATTACK SEAN BEAN (LORD OF THE RINGS) BATTLES DEADLY BEASTS WHILE RAOUL TRUJILLO (TIN MAN, TRUE BLOOD) CONFRONTS RESURRECTED DINOSAURS
New York, NY – October 25, 2010 – Syfy will get a jump on the festive holiday season with a pair of November Saturday Original Movies featuring mutant creatures and rampaging dinosaurs.
Starring Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), The Lost Future, premiering Saturday, November 13, at 9PM (ET/PT), is set in an exotic and dangerous future world where an isolated tribe battles for survival in a landscape overrun by mutated beasts carrying a mysterious and deadly illness. A production of Tandem Communications GMBH, The Lost Future also co-stars Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors).
Directed by Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Triassic Attack, premiering Saturday, November 27, at 9PM (ET/PT), is about the Native American owner of a kitschy roadside museum who accidentally brings to life three dinosaur fossils. Now really annoyed, the giant dinos wreak havoc on the small town and the local university. Triassic Attack stars Raoul Trujillo (True Blood, Tin Man) and Steven Brand (Scorpion King). A production of UFO International Productions.
As part of the Syfy Saturday Dino Night during the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, Jurassic Park will lead into Triassic Attack beginning at 6PM (ET/PT).
By Karen Moul
Syfy continues to shake up the schedule and expand beyond its sci-fi roots with new and different programming, and things got very different this month when WWE Friday Night SmackDown premiered on October 1.
While many have had trouble understanding the move, SmackDown could be a shrewd move for Syfy as the network looks to expand into other entertainment platforms, including gaming. SmackDown is a big draw among a critical audience, males aged 18-49. If the existing WWE audience makes its way over to Syfy, the network has the opportunity to engage them in other Syfy programs and grow its overall audience.
It's a good move for WWE too. By joining Syfy, Friday Night SmackDown is now part of the NBC Universal family. That means considerable marketing across NBC platforms which include such properties as USA, Telemundo, the Universal theme parks, and Hulu. Opportunities for cross promotion are almost endless.
So far SmackDown is settling into its new home nicely. The ratings for the past four weeks have been pretty solid and SmackDown continues to be a top five show among males 18-34. It was actually down a bit last week (October 22), but the Major League Baseball playoffs over on TBS have been stiff competition. Nevertheless, SmackDown was the number two cable show among males 18-49, behind the final game of the Yankees-Rangers series. It will be interesting to see what happens after the World Series when viewing habits get back to normal.
Meanwhile, the WWE crew is getting comfortable in their new digs. "We have a whole new audience now with Syfy," says two time women's champion Beth Phoenix, "and I feel like WWE is just as excited to cross over with them as they are to have us cross over." Superstar Cody Rhodes is taking the crossover very seriously - in August he was a guest star on Warehouse 13.
Beth Phoenix and·Kofi Kingston recently met with journalists to discuss life as WWE Superstars. Two of the most engaging performers on the press tour, they discussed everything from diet and exercise to their favorite Syfy shows.
By Karen Moul
Caution - Spoilers!It looks like AMC might have a hit with The Walking Dead, the new six-part series based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman. Sunday night's opener drew 5.3 million viewers, more than any series premiere this year on any cable network, according to SpoilerTV. It was also the highest audience for any series ever on AMC (the season finale of Mad Men drew half as many viewers.) Most critics seem to think if AMC can hold a good chunk of that audience, a renewal is likely.
This show deserves it. AMC has assembled a dream production team that includes Kirkman, writer/director/producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), and effects and makeup guru Greg Nicotero, whose credits include more than a hundred feature films. Together they created a show that satisfies die-hard zombie fans as well as viewers new to Kirkman's story. And the network has clearly put some money into this show - great production values, great special effects (for TV), great music. The zombies look awesome.
Halloween Horror Nights XX: Twenty Years of Fear
, one of the nation's best and most intense Halloween events, opened at Universal Orlando Resorts last month. For twenty four nights (through October 31st) Universal Studios Florida transforms into a place of horror where guests will face their deepest fears. Every year there are special "icons" of terror that showcase the event. Halloween Horror Nights XX
is about Fear himself. It is not a anniversary event. Every year Halloween Horror Nights
creates a unique experience for its guests, which is why people travel from around the world to experience it. This year, Halloween Horror Nights
in Orlando boasts eight all-new haunted houses as well as new scare zones and live shows. So even if you have come in the past, you have not seen everything Halloween Horror Nights
has to offer.
Syfy's hit reality show, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
, returns tonight. The team chooses two cases to investigate. Ben Hansen, Austin Porter, and Chi-Lan Lieu, investigate a strange mist that seems to have a mind of its own at McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois. Meanwhile, Bill Murphy, Jael de Pardo, and Larry Caughlan, Jr. investigate a delta shaped UFO sighting in Fremont, California.
Ben Hansen and Jael de Pardo sat down earlier in the week with the digital press to talk about their show and its upcoming premiere, which airs tonight at 10pm ET/PT.
Following on the heels of the success of Syfy's Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, it's spin-off and prequel, first aired in January of this year. The series tells the tale of how the Cylons came to be -- at the hands of humans. The show stars Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone and Esai Morales as Joseph Adama. Two fathers who have lost their daughters, one of them who will stop at nothing to bring her back, regardless to the cost to humanity. The series also stars Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone, Magda Apanowicz as Lacy, Polly Walker as Sister Clarice Willow, and Sasha Roiz as Sam Adama.
The second half of the first season of Caprica premiered earlier this month.
Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, executive producers of the series, who will also be producing the upcoming Battlestar Galactica spin-off, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, took part in a panel at the digital press conference in Orlando, Florida, to discuss the series and its future.
Syfy's summer reality hit, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
, is back for season 1.5. The series follows a team of investigators as they discover the truth behind unexplained and "paranormal" videos. The team includes Ben Hansen, a former special agent of the FBI, scientist Bill Murphy, journalist Jael de Pardo, effects specialist Larry Caughlan, Jr., photography expert Chi-Lan Lieu, and stunt expert Austin Porter. They use their expertise, as well as CSI-like techniques to try to recreate the videos to prove whether they are fact, faked, or sometimes simply misidentified.
In Orlando, Flordia, in a recent press tour, Ben Hansen, Bill Murphy, and Jael de Pardo sat down to discuss their hit show.