THE MAGICIANS: Executive Producer John McNamara on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Stella Maeve in THE MAGICIANS - Season 1 | ©2016 Syfy/Lorenzo Agius

In Syfy’s new Monday night series THE MAGICIANS, based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman, magic is real. Some, like Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), study the magical arts at Brakebills University, while others, like Quentin’s lifelong friend Julia (Stella Maeve), learn more dangerously on the street. Magic may help explain how John McNamara, who adapted THE MAGICIANS for television with fellow executive producer Sera Gamble, is working out his schedule. McNamara is also executive-producing NBC’s Sixties-era crime drama AQUARIUS, starring David Duchovny, which will be airing its second season later this year, and discussing the Fifties/Sixties Hollywood blacklist […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Showrunner Naren Shankar chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Thomas Jane stars as Detective Josephus Miller in THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/Syfy

In Syfy’s THE EXPANSE, in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM, humanity has spread across the solar system without getting any more humane. A distress call from a missing young woman entangles the crew of the ice-hauling spacecraft Canterbury in both a murder mystery and political intrigue that could lead to interplanetary war. Show runner Naren Shankar, one of THE EXPANSE’s executive producers, has lots of experience in the science-fiction genre, with writing/producing credits that include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE OUTER LIMITS, FARSCAPE and GRIMM. He also spent nearly ten years as a writer/executive producer on CSI. […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Steven Strait on Holden’s dangerous journey – exclusive interview

Steven Strait stars as James Holden on SyFy's THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Rafy/Syfy

In space, your crewmates actually can hear you say something to the effect of, “I think the ship may be falling apart.” This is one of the many hazards on Syfy’s new series THE EXPANSE, now in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM and renewed for a second. Based on a series of best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey, THE EXPANSE has multiple interwoven plot threads. One of these concerns the Canterbury, a spaceship that is not exactly in ship-shape as it hauls ice across the solar system two hundred years from now. This is physically perilous work in […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Cas Anvar on the new Syfy series – Exclusive Interview

Cas Anvar in THE EXPANSE - Season 1 | ©2015 Syfy/Jason Bell

Based on a series of best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey, Syfy’s new series THE EXPANSE, Tuesdays at 10 PM, is set two hundred years from now. Humanity’s technical prowess has grown enough for people to spread throughout the solar system. Alas, humanity’s emotional and psychological flaws remain much as they are now, which means interplanetary war may break out. Cas Anvar plays spacecraft pilot Alex Kamal. The prolific actor, originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, also starred in Syfy’s series OLYMPUS earlier this year, and has three feature films out in 2015 alone: the award-winning ROOM, the exorcism thriller THE VATICAN […]Read On »

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CHILDHOOD’S END: Screenwriter Matthew Graham on adapting the classic novel – Interview

Charles Dance in CHILDHOOD'S END | © 2015 Syfy

Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel CHILDHOOD’S END has been regarded as a science-fiction classic for six decades now. For about the same amount of time, it has been regarded as unfilmable, even though Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of another of Clarke’s novels, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, has received near-universal acclaim and despite the fact that CHILDHOOD’S themes of an alien race arriving on Earth with tangible benefits (an end to war, disease and poverty) but dubious motives have been disseminated throughout countless other books, films and TV series. Syfy Channel has finally accepted the challenge and produced a three-part miniseries […]Read On »

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Z NATION: DJ Qualls chats Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

DJ Qualls in Z NATION - Season 2 - "The Murph" | ©2015 Syfy/Oliver Irwin

Actor DJ Qualls is at Amazon Studios’ section of the Television Critics Association to talk about his new Amazon Prime series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. The pilot, about an alternate history where Germany and Japan won WWII, debuted last year; the rest of the series becomes available in November. Our conversation with Qualls about HIGH CASTLE will run when the series premieres. Meanwhile, his Syfy series Z NATION, about a fast-running zombie apocalypse, is returning for its second season Fridays at 10 PM. Qualls plays Simon Cruller, aka Citizen Z, who’s been trying to keep scattered survivors informed […]Read On »

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KILLJOYS: Creator Michelle Lovretta tracks space bounty hunters – Exclusive Interview

Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch in KILLJOYS - Season 1 - "The Sugar Point Run" | ©2015Syfy/Woroner/Temple Street Releasing Limited

In Syfy’s KILLJOYS, Fridays at 9 PM, a trio of bounty hunters – Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), D’Avin (Luke McFarlane) and John (Aaron Ashmore) – who actually get along with each other track down wanted criminals throughout the solar system in their sentient spaceship, while the possibility of war brews around them. Michelle Lovretta, who previously created LOST GIRL, devised KILLJOYS and serves as show runner and one of the executive producers. She answers some questions about her new outer space adventure. ASSIGNMENT X: When did you start developing KILLJOYS? MICHELLE LOVRETTA: Good things take time to develop, so that’s my […]Read On »

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12 MONKEYS star Amanda Schull on Season 1 – exclusive interview

Amanda Schull stars as Cassandra Railly in the SyFy series 12 MONKEYS | © 2015 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Syfy’s series 12 MONKEYS, which has its first-season finale Friday, April 10 at 10 PM and will be back next year with Season 2, Aaron Stanford stars as James Cole, who travels from a plague-devastated 2040 back to 2015. In the 1995 feature film TWELVE MONKEYS, adapted from the French short film LA JETEE, the past could only be observed. However, in the television version, adapted by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas, time can be changed, and Cole hopes to prevent the apocalypse with the help of initially skeptical 2015 virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly, played by Amanda Schull. Schull […]Read On »

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12 MONKEYS star Kirk Acevedo talks time travel – exclusive interview

Kirk Acevedo as Ramse in the SyFy series 12 MONKEYS | © 2015 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Syfy’s Friday-night 12 MONKEYS, adapted from the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, which was in turn adapted from the French short LA JETEE, the human race is almost wiped out by a virus in 2015. In 2040, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) is sent back to 2015 to try to change history. Cole and Jose Ramse, played by Kirk Acevedo, start out as best friends in 2040, but as Jose realizes that Cole’s efforts could prevent Jose’s family from existing, the relationship turns to one of enmity. Acevedo is no stranger to science-fiction and primates – last summer, he appeared as […]Read On »

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12 MONKEYS co-star Noah Bean talks Season 1 – exclusive interview

Aaron Stanford stars as James Cole in SyFy's 12 MONKEYS | © 2015 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, Fridays at 9 PM, a plague wipes out humanity in 2015. Almost three decades later, unreliable time travel has been invented, and a small group of scientists send James Cole (Aaron Stanford) into the past to try to prevent the outbreak from happening. Cole teams up in the present with Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). This, at least initially, is of great alarm to Railly’s ex-fiancé Aaron Marker, played by Noah Bean. Bean previously worked with 12 MONKEYS co-creators Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas (the TV version is based in part on an original work by […]Read On »

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