Syfy’s The Expanse may not debut on the network until December 14th, but in an interesting move Syfy has made the first episode available starting today across many streaming platforms – and you can watch it right here (via YouTube)!
The CW has released the first trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which features characters spun off from Arrow/The Flash, including the Atom (Brandon Routh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), plus newcomers Hawkman (Falk Hentschel, Knight and Day) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who), united to fight Vandal Savage (Casper Crump, Almost Perfect)…the show itself will debut on January 21st at 8/7c, where it will be followed by the third season premiere of The 100 at 9/8c.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will actually get a kickoff next week during the two night crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash, titled “Legends of Yesterday” and “Legends of Today”, appropriately enough…
The Expanse mixes political, detective and action drama all into one, and sets it in space…not far off, though. It’s based in our solar system, set between Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt, set about 200 years in the future. Earth and Mars are in a state of cold war, competing for precious resources, especially water, which is available in the belt. But the Outer Planets Alliance based on Ceres, which represents the “Belters”, are also unhappy, seeing themselves as slave labor mining the belt for ice and other resources for the others, where they also need need it – water and air are the most precious materials to them.
Detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane, Hung, The Mist), a gruff alcoholic Belter who other Belters seem to consider a “traitor to his people”, is called on to investigate the disappearance of young woman, but finds that it might be part of a much greater conspiracy. On Earth in New York City, UN Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala (Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam, House of Sand and Fog) has to deal with the three way tension with Mars and the OPA. Meanwhile on board the ice freighter Canterbury, a distress call is received from another ship and reluctant executive officer James Holden (Steven Strait, 10,000 BC, Magic City), an Earther among a Belter crew, must decide between profits and doing the right thing – and his decision might be the catalyst to all-out war.
It looks like Legendary TV’s planned reboot of Lost In Space has found an outlet in Netflix. Deadline reports that with multiple suitors in the mix, Netflix came out on top, with an eye to a straight-to-series order. Development is still taking place, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) writing and Neil Marshall likely to direct. Sazama, Sharpless and Marshall will executive produce along with Kevin Burns and Marc Helwig.
Syfy will attempt another anthology series, this time in the form of a limited long-form anthology called Channel Zero. The channel has ordered two six-episode self-contained stories to air as two separate seasons to air in the Fall of 2016 and 2017 during their 31 Days of Halloween programming event.
The first run will be based on Candle Cove, a creepypasta (a viral story copy and pasted around the net) written by Kris Staub that takes the form of a forum discussion about remembering a short-lived children’s TV show.
Nick Antosca (Hannibal) write the pilot and will executive produce with Max Landis (Chronicle).
Ahead of their season finales tonight, Syfy has renewed both Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness for 13 episodes each.
In Season 11 of Ghost Hunters, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) founder Jason Hawes will lead investigations at reportedly haunted locations including the Cleveland, Ohio’s Midwest Railway Preservation Society, believed to be tied to the notorious, unsolved Cleveland Torso Murderer serial killer case; Crown Point, Indiana’s Old Lake County Jail, famed for being home to gangster John Dillinger…until he escaped; and the Toledo Yacht Club in Toledo, Ohio, said to be haunted by a boy who died over a century ago.
The fifth season of Paranormal Witness: True Terror will delve deeper into actual horror stories, while continuing to feature eyewitness accounts of the most frightening and compelling first person accounts of paranormal encounters, alongside dramatic reenactments of those experiences.
Both series will have their current season finales tonight, Wednesday, November 18. At 9PM, Ghost Hunters returns to author Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, to investigate claims of increased paranormal activity since the team’s last visit in 2008. At 10PM, Paranormal Witness concludes with a terrifying account of a young family that moved into a house plagued by the vengeful spirit of their great aunt.
Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws, The Ultimate Fighter). Piligian, Mike Nichols, Thomas Thayer and Alan David serve as executive producers.
Paranormal Witness: True Terror is produced by Raw TV (The Imposter, Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush). Executive Producer is Mark Lewis, Series Producer is Crispin Reece, and Supervising Producer is Simon Mills.
Phillipa Boyens, well known for her collaboration with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit franchises, has signed on to help Disney kickstart a new fantasy franchise – this time based on T. A. Barron’s The Merlin Saga books, about the early life of the wizard of Arthurian legend.
With something of a void to fill in the fantasy series realm after years of hobbits and young wizards (Warcraft is on deck, along with some new Harry Potter films, but our journey in Middle-earth is done, and even YA post-apocalyptic franchises are reaching their conclusions), Disney is hoping to launch a new title, and Barron has already created a wide setting (spanning 12 books) that could take the legend closer to a Harry Potter audience, and Boyens, who shared the 2002 Oscar with Jackson and Walsh for The Return Of The King, could be perfect for leading a expansive vision on screen. Gil Netter (Life of Pi) is producing. No director has been named yet.
The project was previously set up at Warner Bros where it seemed to be making progress, but after a couple years of silence it moved to Disney last year.
Last year we attended Rhode Island Comic Con – “The Biggest Show in the Smallest State”, and there were a number of issues relating to its explosion in size (the fire marshal closed the doors due to capacity issues at the Convention Center)…but aside from capacity related issues it was still a fun time. This year they were expanding to make use of space at the connected Dunkin’ Donuts Center (a hockey arena) to hopefully spread things out, which would also come with more entrances, more concessions – but above all, more space for celebrities (and the lines of fans), vendors, photo ops and more. But they are still learning how to deal with their own size. Nothing as serious as last year, but more things that hopefully will be addressed for next year.
The first TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released last night, “Every generation has a story”…it’s getting closer!