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It Came From Outer Space

Syfy Announces New Projects From Folks Behind Pushing Daisies, The Walking Dead, and Smallville

Come with me, into a world of infinite possibilities. No, not the genre of science fiction. No, not the actual future lineup of the Syfy channel. This is just the projects that Syfy has announced it is putting into development, which means that they’ve got writers and producers and maybe directors and if everything miraculously works out, the channel might some day do something as awesome as Battlestar Galactica ever again.

That’s what I mean by infinite possibilities.

Among the seven projects announced there are a few that particularly caught our attention. High Moon, for example, has already been ordered to pilot stages. It’s being executive produced and written by Bryan Fuller, the guy that every Pushing Daisies fan wants to see get a solid job going, and concerns the colonization of the moon. Humanity discovers aliens living there and “chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, humorously thrilling and always unexpected fashion,” so, basically, a Bryan Fuller series.

Orion, which would be a lady-led series about a “relic hunter” looking for valuable artifacts as well as the secrets to her own past is still just in development. So, okay, yeah, that’s a bit cliche, but it’s set during an intergalactic war between humans and aliens where Orion, that lady-lead, must “decide whether to use her abilities to save herself or commit to the cause and unearth long hidden artifacts that could free all of humanity from a horrible fate.” There’s potential for some kind of alien Lara Croft with Chosen One powers there, and that’s something I’d absolutely watch. Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes Burton of Alphas are all ready to write and produce.

Sojurn is about the first space-mystery, I suppose, on a starship on a generational journey to colonize another planet. A “vast conspiracy” ensues and you should probably forget about any Space Mutiny jokes because the thing’s being written by one of the guys from Smallville. The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd has another space conspiracy-type project with Clandestine, a story about “a clan of bandits” who must take refuge in the derelict starship of their enemies, and then masquerade as them in order to not be destroyed. Of course, until they discover a “shocking realization” about the “good guy” organization they’re pretending to be a part of.

To take a look at all the projects Syfy just announced to be in development, check The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • Travis Fischer

    Since when is SyFy interested in science fiction? Weird.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like a television apologist today, but…

    Syfy (or Sci-Fi Channel upon launch) was extremely committed to science fiction programming once upon a time. However, like most channels that traffic in a very specific commodity (MTV, History Channel, Food Network, etc, etc, etc), they quickly discover that a lack of “variety” in their programming leads to a decrease in viewership. If Syfy is broadcasting reality shows, wrestling, and bad c-grade monster movies it’s because they weren’t doing any better with a 24 hour lineup of space operas and cyperpunk shows. I, for one, appreciate this renewed interest in science fiction, though I doubt half those shows make it to air.

  • Travis Hughes

    SyFy is dead to me. They crapped on SGU, crapped on Caprica, and didn’t even give the AMAZING Blood and Chrome a chance. They can rot in hell.

  • Travis Hughes

    The reason why this is true? There are too many goddamn channels. If there were much, much fewer channels, niche channels would have a much better chance at doing well.

  • Anonymous

    Certainly this is part of the issue; broadcast networks used to have shows that would bring in tens of millions of viewers every week before Cable Television hit the scene (the days of 100+ million viewers for a tv finale like MASH are long gone). But, the reason we have so many channels today is because people demand variety. People want more options than just NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and a few other stations. And that means that to cut through the clutter and get decent viewership numbers you have to generate massive buzz (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, American Idol). And buzz requires that you cater to current tastes (Reality shows mainly; see TLC, History, A&E, etc for examples of the explosion of “reality tv”. How many redneck shows can we support on cable? Apparently an infinite amount. How many “ghost hunter” shows can Syfy produce? Apparently not enough.)

    The sad truth is that outside of the occasional outlier (BSG, X-Files, Lost, etc) it is very difficult for genre shows to generate this kind of mass interest. To be honest, any genre – not just sci-fi and fantasy – has this issue. Syfy had to change their approach to survive in a world of hundreds of channels, they did, and while they got criticized by hardcore sci-fi fanboys and fangirls, they survived long enough to put quality shows like BSG, Stargate SG1, and Warehouse 13 on the air. The reason they could afford to spend as much on BSG as they did, or air numerous Stargate spinoffs, or produce shows like Being Human, Alphas, etc is because those reality shows and wrestling shows that we like to criticize brought in enough ad revenue (thanks to viewers who otherwise would not have tuned to Syfy) to allow Syfy to produce those shows.

    If we were to weed out a bunch of channels the first ones to go would probably be the “niche” channels that failed to diversify their lineups. Syfy has stuck around as long as it has because they were smart enough to put practicality above idealism. Now they’re in a position to play in the sci-fi sandbox again. Hopefully that’ll mean more BSGs rather than Ghost Mines… But if we want these shows to stick around we have to watch. It wasn’t enough that Firefly was a great show. If it doesn’t capture the imaginations of enough people it won’t last (and we can blame Fox for scheduling issues all we want, but the ratings were so dismal that even a proper ad blitz and proper scheduling wouldn’t have produced a big enough viewership to keep it on the air – a hard truth, but the truth nonetheless).

  • Joseph Finn

    Did they announce a proper name for their network as well?

  • Anonymous

    “Rot in Hell?” Really, dude?

  • Anonymous

    HA! They published my tip…or were just reading Yahoo like me.

  • brandon smith

    To be honest, Blood and Chrome sucked.