Happy Birthday, Syfy! On Monday, December 10 at 9PM (ET/PT), the Channel will celebrate two decades of award-winning, imaginative entertainment programming during the star-studded Syfy 20th Anniversary Special.
From iconic series such as Farscape, Battlestar Galactica and Warehouse 13 to Ghost Hunters, Face Off and the upcoming transmedia experience Defiance, the special will look back on Syfy’s launch and evolution, and ahead to the future through the personal, behind-the-scenes insights of the creative talent themselves.
Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “For 20 years, Syfy has been the leader in visionary and provocative entertainment programming. In this celebratory special, the extraordinary talent at the heart of the powerful Syfy brand will talk exclusively about the lasting impact Syfy has had on the media landscape for the last two decades.”
Polly Walker (Clarice on Caprica, John Carter) will guest star on Syfy’s hit series Warehouse 13 as Charlotte Dupres, a nemesis of the Warehouse Team who compounds mystery with intrigue and whose innumerable layers and secrets will unfold over the course of Season 4.5. Walker’s story arc will encompass five episodes.
Warehouse 13 returns in April 2013 with 10 all-new episodes.
Warehouse 13 follows a team of government agents who work at a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota, which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) and Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him control the Warehouse itself.
Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.
Caprica star Alessandra Torresani (who played the first Cylon, Zoe Graystone) reunites with co-star Sasha Roiz (who played Sam Adama) who returns as the mysterious Marcus Diamond next Monday on Warehouse 13!
Torresani will portray Megan, a young girl whose destructive power seems to violently incinerate those around her. In trying to deal with this ability, Megan finds an unexpected confidante and friend in Claudia (Allison Scagliotti).
Also returning as guest stars from last week’s episode are Anthony Michael Hall (“Sykes”) and Kate Mulgrew (“Jane”).
Here is a quick preview of the episode, “Shadows”: Myka and Claudia are rummaging through an apartment in search of an artifact until they realize that it may be taking affect on the girl that lives in the apartment even though it’s not there. They decide they have to take her with them to find it and control it. Her landlord catches them leaving the complex and claims she’s two weeks late in paying. The situation escalates to anger and the girl affected by the artifact takes her state to a physical level of harming the landlord, and runs away in fear of her own power. You’ll have to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c on Syfy to see if Myka and Claudia can not only find the artifact, but first find the person it’s controlling.
I already tweeted about this, but it bears repeating – if you are planning for your DVR to automatically record the final five episodes of Caprica on Syfy (in a single block starting at 6PM ET Tuesday), double check your recording schedule. Several data sources, including Tribune (used by TiVo), do not have the episodes marked as “new” or “first run”, so if your settings for Caprica only include new episodes, it may not record be default. This may be due to the data having the originally scheduled air date…
The remaining five episodes of Caprica, which was canceled last month and pulled from the schedule, will air as a single block on Syfy on Tuesday, January 4th, starting at 6PM ET.
After the announcement of the cancellation of Caprica Wednesday, there has been a lot of fan response – and a lot of it directed squarely at Syfy’s Twitter account. Craig Engler, the SVP of Syfy Digital and head Tweet, has crafted some responses, and I thought I’d pass them along…
Rumors surrounded the possibility after the announcement of a new prequel series and the lack of a pickup order when other shows got theirs, but Syfy has now officially canceled Caprica. Remaining episodes are being pulled from the schedule, and will be aired in the first quarter of 2011. It’s too bad, as I think the show was just starting to hit stride.
Mark Stern, the executive VP for original programming, said in a statement, “”We appreciate all the support the fans have shown for ‘Caprica’ and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”
Out on Twitter, stars Allessandra Torresani and Sasha Ruiz showed their appreciation of fans. Allessandra said, “Its a very sad day….time for mama cylon to go cry a river! Its ok I have you lil cylons to make me smile! I love my fans! You make me smile! XXX,” while Sasha said, “My sincere gratitude to the fans. It was a joy to be a part of this quality show. Thank you for letting us into your home and imagination. It was a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. I’ll miss Sam and the world we created. Thanks again for following and supporting.”
No less than THREE sneak peek clips at next week’s Caprica episode, “False Labor”: A gloomy theme heats up as Graystone Industries provides an opportunity to never lose a loved one thanks to breakthrough technology. Others are staring down the same path as the deceased when held at gunpoint, and even still others are doing the gun-holding against another life-force. What the frak will they do? Be sure to tune in on Tuesday at 10/9c on Syfy to see how it all plays out.
I have had a full preview of the upcoming 10/19 episode of Caprica, “Things We Lock Away”, so I thought I’d throw out some things we’ll be seeing this week, hopefully without spoilers…gladitorial combat in New Caprica; Lacy’s torn emotions; corporate and mob blackmail, backstabbing, and the repercussions; Zoe finds what she is looking for, and they aren’t pleased with her; and the genesis of Avatar Zoe.
And don’t forget this sneak peek clip:
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The last of the original scripted series panels (and last panel overall), was for Caprica, with producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, along with the ever-present Mark Stern, Executive VP of Original Programming at Syfy. Caprica had just started the second half of its first season.