Since I see so many people asking about Syfy channel’s shows coming out or returning in 2013, I figure why not write down the major ones in a quick glance. Monday is going to be the night for scifi and fantasy with CONTINUUM at 8pm, BEING HUMAN at 9pm, and LOST GIRL at 10pm. Can’t wait. Here is some of Syfy’s lineup.
Defiance - premieres April 2013 – This is the new series where Syfy is boldly weaving a TV show with a game based in the same Scifi world. DEFIANCE is a story set in the future where aliens take up residence on earth after a failed attempt to take the planet by force. Seven different races live among the humans in a war torn environment. Tensions are high, and lawlessness is ever present. The series stars Grant Bowler (Trueblood) as Nolan, Julie Benz, Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Tony Curran and Stephanie Leonidas as Nolan’s second-in-command alien companion – Irisa. The story will switch from the TV show to the game at times, with characters popping in and out of both. And some aspects of the series will be influenced by what happens in the game. It will be an interesting experiment, and I don’t thing any other network has the resources or ability to even attempt something like this. My thoughts are FARSCAPE meets FIREFLY meets MASS EFFECT. Can’t wait!
Alphas - Return Unknown. I don’t know what they are waiting for because ALPHAS is where it’s at! It’s a program about human beings that have special gifts. Mostly their Alpha Abilities manifest due to their unique brain configuration and physiology. It’s a mix of X-Men and Heroes (first season only), with a more personal touch. Every one of the characters are great and likable, even the bad guy Parish. It stars Malik Yoba, David Strathairn, Azita Ghanizada, and Ryan Cartwright as Gary, the guy with autism who can see the electromagnetic spectrum (cellphone and video signals in the air). I’m hoping Syfy doesn’t cancel this show because I think they haven’t tapped into the storytelling potential of it yet. Plus, it’s just a cool series. Check out season’s one and two on Netflix if you can, or something else if available.
Continuum – Premieres Jan. 14th 2013 at 8pm est. – Through the efforts of a friend, I had the pleasure of watching this Canadian series. It stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a cop from 2077 that’s transported back in time with a group of terrorist. You might remember Nichols as the green girl from the recent Star Trek film. Officer Cameron has to stop the terrorist from changing the timeline while at the same time keeping her cover as a fake Portland F.B.I agent a secret. She is helped by genius whiz kid Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), who actually invented the prototype of the tech that Kiera has embedded in her brain. Also Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) has her back, but doesn’t know she’s from the future (at least not yet). Tony Amendola plays the leader of the terrorists, Edouard Kagame, who is an odd mix of revolutionary and ruthlessness. It also stars Roger Cross, and the lovely Lexa Doig (Andromeda). The spin on the show is that the future is run by corporations and the terrorist are fighting to bring back democracy. Kiera is on the corporation side, but being stuck in 2012 might give her something to think about in that area.
Warehouse 13 - Returns April 2013 – It’s a campy steampunk adventure with a group of characters that are oddballs to the outside world, but heroes to the show. I still have to catch up to some of the episodes, but the writing is inventive and light, and I think it’s a show that young people can really get into. The ‘Warehouse’ is a place where objects with special powers are stored for safe keeping. Secret Service agents Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer join Artie in retrieving items that fall into the wrong hands. They are played by Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock and Saul Rubinek. They are joined by others like the female H.G. Wells, and Leena (Genelle Williams), Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).
Being Human - Returns Jan. 14, 2013 at 9pm est. – Yes! I like this Americanized version just as much as the BBC original series by the same name. It’s a great mix of comedy and drama where three supernaturals - a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf – live together in a house. Their troubles range from trying not to kill people (particularly their loved ones) to holding down a regular job and keeping a stable relationship. My fellow Geek Soul Brother Live! podcaster Shumara a.k.a. Illumeenous refuses to watch this state side version, but that’s her loss.
Lost Girl - Returns January 14th 2013 at 10pm est. – Now I would say that this show would be great for young people, except for the Extremely Erotic nature of the series. The ‘Lost Girl’ of the show is actually a succubus creature named Bo, who is part of a race called The Fey. They feed off of humans in various ways, Bo feeding off of their sexual energy, with fatal results if she isn’t careful. Bo refuses to take sides between the Light and Dark Fey, but that allows her the freedom to help one or the other when she can. It’s kind of like a modern day Xena, if Xena were shown on Cinemax! Actually, it’s not that bad (TV-MA) but some scenes get steamy. You would think that the sex would be the only attraction for the audience, but the characters and mythology of the show is what keeps them I think. Bo is played by the attractive Anna Silk, and her sister-in-arms Kenzi is played by Ksenia Solo. Kris Holden-Ried play Dyson, a werewolf of sorts, and K.C. Collins plays his partner Hale, who is a male Siren. Yes, a Siren, like control you through his voice, or whistle in this case. It’s a show originating from Canada where they aired it a few years ago. Lost Girl isn’t as campy as Warehouse 13, but it definitely has a fun factor to it amidst all the sex and swordplay.
There are other shows down the road, reality and fiction based, but I think these are the most popular series that people are looking forward to. Let me know if there is something you are waiting for in 2013. For more, check out syfy.com