Adding a minor twist to an existing IP these days has become standard practice with TV, yet somehow Syfy’s gender-flipped Van Helsing series is nowhere near as surprising as its helmer. Playwright and indie filmmaker Neil LaBute, of all people, will showrun the new Syfy vampire series, following the adventures of Vanessa Helsing.
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However difficult a time Gotham has navigating early years of Batman mythology, Man of Steel writer David Goyer’s Syfy Krypton looks to skirt its Superman problem by going hundreds of years in the past. Goyer offered up a few new details of the tone and setting of the proposed pilot, potentially tying into the Man of Steel mythos as well.
Intellectual property may be the name of the game these days, though we’re starting to see more misses than hits. To wit, Syfy’s Dominion adaptation of the moderate theatrical success Legion has officially lost its wings, canceled after a second season.
It’s grown old hat to accuse Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin of stalling on the franchise’s sixth installment The Winds of Winter, most recently by the revered author’s Sharknado cameo, so we have good news and bad. Martin will put in a zombified appearance on Syfy’s Z Nation, but may also finally drop Winter in 2016, according to reports.
We’re still feeling the loss of horror icon Wes Craven, who sadly succumbed to brain cancer this past Sunday, but the revered director’s influence will continue to be felt for years to come. Not only has Syfy opted to continue on with Craven’s TV work on two new series, but so too will MTV’s Scream pay tribute to the man with its upcoming season finale.
As Hannibal fans this weekend (and billions of others before them) can attest, too long has the antiquated Nielsen ratings system given an incomplete picture of a show’s viewership, swaying networks to and fro of cancellation. We may finally have some progress however, as Nielsen will begin taking into account streaming data from the likes of Hulu, Netflix and beyond.
Sharknado 3 may not have the same critical acclaim as its predecessors (this is a real sentence I just typed), but by gum, if they don’t know how to drive audiences into a feeding frenzy. Having already been to space, a fourth installment is officially ensured, but the return of one cast member will be up to you.
As if Sharknado or its sequel hadn’t assaulted your sanity enough, its impending trilogy may well take a golden chainsaw to it. The Sharknado officially becomes a “Sharkicane” threatening to devour the “Feast Coast” in Syfy’s extended threequel trailer, and between Frankie Muniz, storm-sensing and fighter jets, not even David Hasselhoff can rescue you from drowning in madness.
Should American Horror Story ever grow stale, Syfy has set about developing its own horror anthology cycle with some seriously creepy roots. The network has teamed with Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis to scare up Channel Zero: Candle Cove, basing its inaugural season around a horror tale spun by internet haven Creepypasta.
Sharknado 3 took its particular brand of Oh Hell No! insanity to the White House by the film’s first sneak peek, but with a frenzy afoot on Capitol Hill, out come the celebrities. Frankie Muniz, Lou Ferrigno, Penn Jillette and more are just some of the famous folk having sharks rained upon them in the latest trailer for our third national Sharknado.