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SyFy Series: Rewind

This is exactly the type of show I want to see from SyFy, the network that was formerly the Sci-Fi Channel. I’ve been so tired of endless (and cheap) reality shows and wrestling (still, really?). Sharknado was a shot in the arm and I’m glad to see that SyFy is moving forward with new high-concept shows.

Tonight is the premiere of Rewind, a new series that mixes the end of the world, terrorism, and time travel. Add the fact that the pilot epsiode guest stars Lost alum Jeff Fahey and genre director David Cronenberg, and you have a show that is making the right early moves. The series stars Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes, along with Shane McRae, Robbie Jones, Jennifer Ferrin, and Keon Mohajeri.

Official Description, “Pilot”: A team of military operatives and civilian scientists travel through time using untested technology in order to alter events and hopefully prevent a devastating terrorist attack.

The first episode is two hours long, it premieres on the SyFy channel tonight at 9pm (and I’m sure will reair at least half a dozen times in the next week). It should be interesting to see where the series goes from here? Do they change the past and have to live with an unknown future? Do they keep going back in time trying to alter the future more? Are they stranded in the past with limited knowledge of how to stop what they know already happened? There are so many places that a series about time travel can go, I can’t wait to see the route Rewind chooses to take.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

WWE RawUSA: WWE Monday Night Raw (wrestling)
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (reality competition)
ANIMAL: Mud Lovin’ Rednecks (reality)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of OC (reality)
CNN: Anderson Cooper 360 (news showcase)
FUSE: Fuse News (entertainment news)
ID: I (Almost Got Away With It (docu)

9PM

Get Out AliveNBC: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (reality competition)
ABC: Mistresses (drama)
CW: Breaking Pointe (reality)
A&E: The Glades (cop drama)
ANIMAL: Mud Lovin’ Rednecks (reality)
BBC: Top Gear (docu)
ID: Blood, Lies & Alibis (docu)

10PM

Under the DomeCBS: Under the Dome (drama)
NBC: Siberia (drama/reality hybrid)
PBS: POV (docu)
A&E: Longmire (drama)
CARTOON: Bob’s Burgers (animated)
DISXD: Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (teen)
FOOD: The Shed/Bubba-Q (food shows)

It might not be the “end” for The Event afterall! NBC’s low rated gimmicky drama was recently canceled by the network, but it looks like a cable company under the NBC Universal family is interested in reviving the series.

The SyFy Channel is in talks to pick up the series and turning it into a mini series event (sorry for the unnecessary pun, but I had to). As with shows in the past, such as The 4400, if the mini series does well it could spinoff into a new regular series. The show has had 22 episodes and stars Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Zeljko Ivanek, Blair Underwood and Laura Innes. It would be very interesting to see how the show would be reshaped for the once “sci-fi” channel and how a much lower production budget would effect the show. Which cast members would return? Would the series take a more supernatural or science fiction turn?

It shouldn’t be too surprising that SyFy is looking at the canceled NBC series. Although I’m shocked that they aren’t gunning for the also canceled V remake. Sure, it was an ABC show, so the rights might be a little tougher (or more expensive to get), but it seems to fit so much better with the SyFy model. And out of the two shows, I think it had the better cast (Lost and Buffy alum in leading roles? Yeah, I’m in) and much more potential (What is The Event anyway?).  Fox also canceled the DC Comics adaptation Human Target, while not sci-fi, it could have been a cool fit for the network. Are there any recently cancled shows that you’d love to see revived on Cable? What are they? Sound off in the comments!

SyFy Taffany Gibson Movie

The SyFy Channel has created movies with a lot of epic battles, there was Lorenzo Lamas vs Raptors, who could forget David Hasselhoff vs Anacondas, and how about Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus? Well, now the network is bringing us an epic battle of ex-pop icons, Debbie Gibson vs Tiffany! Okay, so they will not be playing ex-pop icons that are out of control and eating people, but they will be fighting against each other!

The movie is Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and the line has been drawn in the sand and Gibson and Tiffany have chosen sides.  Gibson will be portraying a fanatical animal-rights activist in the side of the Mega Python, while Tiffany will be an an overzealous park ranger who is backing the Gatoroid!  Which fight would you prefer to watch? The giant snake vs giant gator or Gibson vs Tiffany? Or Tiffany vs the giant snake or Gibson vs the giant gator?

This movie is hot off the announcement that SyFy is letting fans craft an upcoming creature flick. Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is being helmed by Mary Lambert, who crafted the creepy Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary, and its sequel along with the forgettable straight to DVD horror sequel Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. This marks the first SyFy creature feature to be directed by a woman director, and she seems like a decent choice.  The flick is produced by Asylum, who brought us the enjoyable Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, and such classic rip-off films as Transmorphers, 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and 100 Million BC.

Excited for the new SyFy flicks? Wondering where Lorenzo Lamas is in the announcements? Sound off below!

SyFy Original Movie

Ever watch a movie on the SyFy channel and think to yourself, “I could have done that better” or “I have so many ideas that would make a great SyFy movie”? I know I have. Heck, I’ve even started scripting a spec SyFy original movie. I love the subgenre of b-movies that have been formed from the network (especially from its Sci-Fi Channel hayday).

Okay, so SyFy isn’t going to give you buckets of cash to go out and make your own “Lorenco Lamas gets attacked by dinofish” movie, but they are letting viewers help make the decisions for a new film. The network is teaming up with IGN and opening a new website, B Movie Mogul, where fans can come and vote and pitch ideas for the new movie.  They are promising that everything from the monsters, costumes, title, taglines, dialogue, and even character deaths will be decided by fans.  The website will begin on Friday, and we’ll post the link when it is up in our comments section.

The first voting stage is pretty cool, what should the overall concept be for the film be? Would you prefer a 2010 apocalypse story, a Bermuda Triangle-set creature feature or a Roswell, N.M.-set alien movie?  My vote is going toward the 2010 apocalypse story.

I really love this concept, and when all is said and done, we’ll have a fan crafted two-hour SyFy “original” movie. And for this one, we’ll have no one to blame for how bad it is besides ourselves.

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Posted on June 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Pulp 2.0 posted a very interesting article showcasing just how to write a Sci-Fi Channel original movie. The article breaks down the channel’s seven act structure and describes the elements that are needed for a script to be considered for the network and independent production companies that produce for the network.

Learn how to write a Sci-Fi Channel original movie here.