Last year Syfy turned the famous whale room at New York's American Museum of Natural History purple to unveil its annual slate to the assembled press and advertisers corps. The network's 2013 upfront took place in the considerably less grand surroundings of Chelsea Piers' Silver Screen Studios, where they used to shoot Law & Order for the gazillion years that show was on the air. The downgrade in venue was somewhat ill-timed since the network's 2013-2014 line-up looks to be significantly stronger than its predecessor, which offered two scripted shows (including a series called Rewind that seems to have been scrapped entirely) and a bunch of dubious-sounding reality series, many of which never even aired (so long Awesome Foundation -- we're kinda glad we never got the chance to know you). Unlike the 2012 edition, 2013's slate feels potentially big enough to fill the Natural History Museum's cavernous whale room, whereas last year the surroundings just barely distracted from the thinness of the content.
With Battlestar Galactica dormant until that prequel movie Blood & Chrome arrives sometime next year and Stargate in deep freeze for the foreseeable future, Eureka is now the veteran franchise of SyFy's scripted series line-up. Heading into the second half of Season 4 (the first 10 episodes aired last summer), the show has steadily morphed into the channel's version of comfort food, offering light-hearted episodic misadventures in science (fiction), which generally involve some technical doodad malfunctioning, thus forcing the cast to spend the rest of the hour trying to fix it. (It's like a version of House starring Bill Nye, the Science Guy.) And despite the world-ending nature of some of these calamities, the stakes never feel all that high. That's because we've become trained to expect one our intrepid heroes -- usually Jack Carter (the always-charming Colin Ferguson), the sheriff of the titular small Pacific Northwest town where science is the sole industry -- to jerryrig some solution before everything goes kablooey. It's a routine, but engaging formula that's kept the show going for over 50 episodes now, so the writers have little reason to change it.
The Event has been thrown a life raft of sorts...
This weekend is the 200th Syfy original Saturday-night movie, Scream of the Banshee, and while the monster in it looks to live up to the standards set by Megashark, the star of the movie has a pedigree all his own. He's Lance Henriksen, star of dozens of science-fiction and horror movies, including a few bona fide classics and the TV series Millennium, and we got to sit in on a conference call with him to talk about the movie, his love of Westerns, and what he'd be doing if he wasn't acting.
Last night Syfy invited the press and advertisers to learn about their new shows, and see a private performance of the Broadway debacle Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (that will be getting its own entirely separate review, because I can't even begin to squish all my thoughts on that in here). Anyway, there was the usual hobnobbing, and then Syfy President Dave Howe took to the stage, along with a flipping costumed Spider-Man to unveil their multitude of new shows. We saw clips of a lot of them, and there's some potential... of course, there are more shows about ghosts (because, of course) and also even more cheesy original films coming our way in the next year.
Oprah gets even more money? Happy Friday, Oprah! Is Oprah's wealth ever news though?
The reunion is of course referring to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, who have apparently never actually really worked together, despite being the Britney and Christina of the '80s. Who knew! Well, Syfy, apparently, who teamed up with Asylum to create the most epic made-for-TV monster movie starring former teen idols ever: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, airing this Saturday at 9 PM. The two stars (again, the human female ones, not the mutant monster ones) participated in a media call to discuss the movie, as well as how much they think people fantasize about them (kind of a lot!), and I called in to give you the highlights.
Happy 90210 Day, everybody! In today's news, SNL wants to be funny, Big Bang wants to be nerdy, and Glee wants to be embarrassingly unhip. All is right with the world.
For some reason, the news today has made my little movie-and-comic-book-nerd heart grow three sizes.
Billy Ray Cyrus will make a guest appearance on The View. This is a fantastic blood bath waiting to go down...