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Syfy Acquires New Original Series 'Dark Matter'

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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.

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Syfy Teams With Ben Affleck, Matt Damon For New Drama

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Syfy announced today it is partnering with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios to develop Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.

David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

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Syfy Sets January 16th Premiere Date for '12 Monkeys'

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Syfy’s anticipated adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will make its series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT. Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.

12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.

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Syfy Releases First Trailer For 'Ascension'

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They say in space no one can hear you scream. We bet that theory could be put to the test right now. At this very moment, there are thousands of science fiction fans screaming their heads off with the first official trailer released by Syfy for its miniseries Ascension.

First reported by Entertainment Weekly, the short trailer is packed with alot of action and looks to be a winner for the network.

Ascension is inspired by the Project Orion that existed under President John F. Kennedy. The miniseries follows 600 people who are sent into space in an ark to save humanity and populate a new world. Of course, everything doesn't go as planned and we get to see what happens during this voyage.

The series stars Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer as the wife of the ship's captain who is played by Brian Van Holt.

Ascension is set to debut on Syfy on November 24th. Until then, take a look at the trailer below.

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Syfy Renews 'Defiance' & 'Dominion'

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Syfy today announced a third season for its original series Defiance, giving a 13-episode order to the action packed drama, and a second season for the epic supernatural thriller Dominion, which will also consist of 13 episodes. Both series are produced by Universal Cable Productions and are slated to return with all-new episodes in 2015.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion.

Season to date, Dominion and Defiance are the top two cable programs in the Thursday 8-10pm time period among P25-54s. With most current Live+7 data, both series are averaging 2.7 million total viewers, 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers 25-54. Drawing an especially engaged social audience, Dominion was the most social drama on Thursdays across all of TV in tweets (15.4K) and tweets per unique (8.0).

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Syfy Greenlights New Scripted Series 'Hunters'

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Syfy today announced it is greenlighting a new 13-episode scripted series, Hunters (working title), about an alien terrorist network on Earth, from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator Trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), who will also be the writer.

Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio with Valhalla Entertainment as the production company. Hunters is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2016.

In Hunters, based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop's wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists - shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

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'Z Nation' Debuts Big For Syfy

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Syfy’s new zombie series Z Nation bit 1.6 million total viewers during its Friday, September 12 premiere at 10PM (ET/PT), becoming the channel’s highest rated acquired scripted series premiere since Dr. Who in 2006.

The dynamic action-drama from The Asylum (producers of the Sharknado franchise) also chomped on 695K Adults 18-49 and 853K Adults 25-54.

Z Nation was #1 in the 10PM time period among total viewers, Adults 25-54, Men 25-54, Women 25-54 as well as #2 among Adults 18-49.

In the past week, more L+SD total viewers fell victim to Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA.

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Syfy Greenlights Six-Hour Miniseries 'Childhood's End'

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Continuing to boldly expand its premium science fiction programming, Syfy today announced that it is greenlighting one of science fiction’s most beloved and influential novels, Arthur C. Clarke’s classic Childhood’s End, as a six-hour miniseries premiering in 2015.

In making the announcement, Dave Howe, President, Syfy, said: “As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present. The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”

Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) are attached as executive producers. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC's Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes). Universal Cable Productions will be the studio.

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Syfy's 'Helix' Adds Steven Weber

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With TNT's drama series Murder in the First recently airing its season one finale, Steven Weber has already lined up his next job.

Deadline is reporting that the veteran actor has been cast on the hit Syfy series Helix in a recurring role.

Steven will play Brother Michael, the charismatic leader of the cult, a brilliant speaker and sermonizer, and also a first-class geneticist.

Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of disease. Helix stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé and Luciana Carro.

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Syfy Releases First Teaser For Sharknado 3

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside and live a normal life, Syfy throws a monkey wrench in your plans. The network has just released the first teaser trailer for Sharknado 3.

First they wreaked havoc in Los Angeles, then they took a bite out of the Big Apple in Sharknado 2: The Second One. We wonder what city will be the next victim of a Sharknado?

The second installment of the so-bad-it's-good movie set a record with almost four million viewers and one billion Twitter impression!

Sharknado 2: The Second One starred Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath. The movie featured guest appearances from Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and Perez Hilton.

The third Sharknado television movie will debut in 2015.

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