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Syfy acquires new series Dark Matter

by on Oct.15, 2014, under Television

Syfy today announced it has acquired the new original series Dark Matter, which will be produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl, XIII) and created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate franchise).

The 13 one-hour episodes will be based on the graphic novel Dark Matter by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics, and will air on Syfy in 2015.

Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Vanessa Piazza. The series will be distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Dark Matter is a refreshing and entertaining space opera that blends an intriguing premise with fast-paced suspense. It will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule next year.”

Said Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures: “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe and Paul, who have created a series that revolves around compelling characters that will keep its viewers guessing what’s coming up next.”

Said Cathy Payne, Chief Executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution: “We are excited to be involved with Dark Matter and look forward to launching this internationally in 2015, concurrently with Syfy.”

Dark Matter joins Syfy’s international co-productions Z Nation and Olympus (which premieres in 2015) along with popular acquired series such as Lost Girl, Spartacus and Bitten.

About Prodigy Pictures
Founded in 2006 by Jay Firestone and later joined by executive producer Vanessa Piazza, Prodigy Pictures leads the way in the production of quality television, film, and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically-acclaimed television series Lost Girl, which has electrified viewers around the world and amassed a cult-like following. Lost Girl just wrapped production on its final season. Prodigy’s other credits include indie horror The Dark Stranger and the original television miniseries XIII as well as XIII: The Series.

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Anna Silk announces that super-sized 5th season of Lost Girl will be the last

by on Aug.27, 2014, under Television

On Monday, star Anna Silk announced to the world via YouTube that the upcoming 5th season (set to start it December) will be the show’s last, but as a bonus the season has been expanded to 16 1-hour episodes, allowing “Bo’s journey to come to an epic conclusion,” Silk said. See the video below.

Lost Girl is carried by Showcase in Canada and Syfy in the U.S.
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Linda Hamilton to be recurring star in Defiance

by on Apr.10, 2014, under Television

Terminator star Linda Hamilton, who most recently had a couple guest stints on Lost Girl and had a recurring role as Chuck’s mother in Chuck, will now appear in Season 2 of Syfy’s Defiance in a recurring role as Pilar, the mysterious and long-separated wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) and mother to their three children.

Premiering its second season on Thursday, June 19 at 8PM ET/PT, the ambitious series delivered an average of 1.5 million viewers 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers in its first season, based on Live +7 data.

Separated from her family for a number of years, Pilar has now returned home. Pilar suffered from serious mental illness and in the aftermath of the Votan arrival and subsequent war, did not have access to her medication. With her mental state unchecked, Pilar snapped and tried to murder her children. Fearing for the family’s safety, Rafe sent her to an institution and told their children she had died. Now Pilar is back with both a steely resolve and a warm, maternal love for her family. But the motives for her return are unclear, and soon Rafe and others in town begin to question where she’s actually been these past years.

Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Hamilton triumphed in her breakout role as the iconic Sarah Conner in James Cameron’s action/sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator, followed by the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She is also well-known for her popular role on the television series Beauty and the Beast opposite Ron Perlman. Her additional film credits include Mr. Destiny, Silent Fall and Dante’s Peak.

Hamilton joins the previously announced James Murray, William Atherton and Anna Hopkins as new cast additions to season two of the series. Murray will portray the integral role of Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Atherton portrays high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado and Hopkins is Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rainier.

Grant Bowler will return as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley.

As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season two opener. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Defiance is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.

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Lost Girl season finale preview: “Dark Horse”

by on Apr.06, 2014, under Television

In the season finale of Lost Girl, Bo puts her faith in Dyson to protect the world from ruins. Check out “Dark Horse” tomorrow night at 10/9c on Syfy!
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Lost Girl preview: “End of The Line”

by on Mar.23, 2014, under Television

Bo is confronted by character from the past. SPOILER WARNING: Special guest star revealed!!!! Tune in for “End of the Line” tomorrow night at 10/9c on Syfy!
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Lost Girl preview: “Waves”

by on Mar.16, 2014, under Television

Dyson learns that the gang’s investigation involves very dangerous mythical creatures..tune in tomorrow night for “Waves” at 10/9c on Syfy
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Lost Girl preview: “Destiny’s Child”

by on Mar.08, 2014, under Television

Don’t these crows know better than to mess with Bo? Check out “Destiny’s Child” on Syfy Monday at 10/9c!
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Lost Girl preview: “Groundhog Fae”

by on Mar.02, 2014, under Television

Bo and the gang try to escape a time loop that can, and will kill every single one of them. Check out “Groundhog Fae” tomorrow night at 10/9c on Syfy!
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Lost Girl preview: “La Fae Epoque”

by on Feb.22, 2014, under Television

In the next Lost Girl, Bo and Lauren team up to venture into Dyson’s memory when he’s put on trial for murder. Tune in for “La Fae Epoque” Monday at 10/9c on Syfy.
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Lost Girl preview: “Let the Dark Times Roll”

by on Feb.09, 2014, under Television

On the next Lost Girl, Trick is summoned to appear before the mysterious Una Mens, while Bo and the gang crash a Dark Fae party. Tune in to “Let the Dark Times Roll” Monday at 10/9c on Syfy!
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