12 MONKEYS showrunners give the scoop on Season 1 – exclusive interview

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

On Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, Fridays at 9 PM, the world’s population has been almost wiped out by a devastating plague and most of the survivors are vicious to the point of being bestial. A small group of scientists send James Cole (Aaron Stanford) back in time to 2015, just before the plague breaks out, in the hopes that he can prevent it from spreading and thus change history. 12 MONKEYS is based on the 1995 feature film TWELVE MONKEYS, directed by Terry Gilliam from a screenplay by David Webb Peeples & Janet Peeples, which is itself based on the French […]Read On »

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ASCENSION co-creator Philip Levens talks about the Syfy series – Interview

ASCENSION Key Art | ©2014 Syfy

In Syfy’s six-hour, three-night event ASCENSION, which concludes Wednesday December 17, the eponymous spacecraft launched from Earth back in 1963 as a secret project meant to save the human race from nuclear war. The inhabitants of Ascension, now in their fiftieth year of space travel, are halfway to the nearest habitable planet; the older voyagers who are alive now will be very old if they survive to reach their destination. No one has had contact with Earth since shortly after launch and consequently doesn’t know if the world even exists any more. The people aboard Ascension are still very much […]Read On »

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TV Review: ASCENSION – Season 1 – “Night One”

A female who was murdered on board the spaceship ASCENSION gets sent off into space in "Night 1" | © 2014 Syfy

Cast: Gil Bellows, Tricia Helfer, Brandon P. Bell, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Jacqueline Byers, Emily Vanderhaus, Ryan Robbins, PJ Boudousque, Ellie O’Brien Writers: Adrian Cruz, Philip Levens, Melody Fox Director: Mairzee Alams Network: Airs on SyFy, Monday @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: December 15, 2014 ASCENSION is an interesting mix of THE TRUMAN SHOW meets BIOSHOCK meets TWIN PEAKS meets DOCTOR WHO. If you are unfamiliar with BIOSHOCK, it is an award winning video game based on an idea that a slew of rich people disgusted with the way America was turning broke off from the Union in the […]Read On »

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ASCENSION star Brian Van Holt lifts off – Exclusive Interview

Brian Van Holt as Captain William Denninger in ASCENSION | ©2014 Syfy/Diego Uchite

Syfy’s miniseries ASCENSION, which runs in three two-hour blocks this week, is set in space – in the present. In creator Adrian Cruz’s premise, President Kennedy secretly authorized a project to send a number of people on what will be a hundred-year mission to reach the nearest inhabitable planet, which will be the salvation of the human race if Earth is destroyed by the nuclear threat that then seemed imminent. It’s now fifty years into the journey. The population aboard the Ascension has reached six hundred, though no one aboard has any contact with Earth or indeed even knows if […]Read On »

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TV Review: Z NATION – Season 1 – “Puppies and Kitties” – Series Premiere

Harold Perrineau as Hammond in Z NATION - Season 1 - "Puppies and Kitties" | ©2014 Syfy/Oliver Irwin

Stars: Harold Perrineau, DJ Qualls, Tom Everett Scott, Kellita Smith, Russell Hodgkinson, Michael Welch, Anastasia Baranova, Keith Allan, Pisay Pao, Nat Zang Writers: Jennifer Derwingson and Karl Schaefer Director: John Hyams Network: Syfy, Fridays @ 11 PM Original Airdate: September 12, 2014 If you don’t like zombies, this show is not for you. If you are a zombie aficionado and can debate the merits of the classic slow-moving zombies of genre-meister George Romero, THE WALKING DEAD and Max Brooks’ WORLD WAR Z novel vs. the running zombies of the Zack Snyder/James Gunn DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, Danny Boyle’s 28 […]Read On »

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Robert Hays flies again in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE – Exclusive Interview

Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE | © 2014 Will Hart/NBC

Actor Robert Hays has a huge amount of film and television credits, including the title role as an alien with a half-human son in the TV series version of STARMAN. However, it’s likely that the Maryland native will always be best-known and loved for his role as disaster-plagued Captain Ted Stryker in the comedy classic film AIRPLANE! and AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL. Hays has once again taken to the unfriendly skies as an airplane captain, this one named Bob Wilson, in Syfy’s monster hit SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE. For those who still don’t know, like last year’s SHARKNADO, the […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE star Jesse Rath talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, now in its second season Thursdays at 8 PM, it’s been thirty-five years since seven different species of aliens crash-landed on Earth and began interacting with the human population. The Castithans, all white with golden eyes, are among the most prominent – and certainly the most class-conscious – of the off-world races. Jesse Rath plays Alak Tarr, son of Datak Tarr, played by Tony Curran, and Stahma Tarr, played by Jaime Murray. With Datak as a lethal, social-climbing gangster and Stahma as an outwardly proper, privately manipulative poisoner, one might expect Alak to be not very nice, […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE star Stephanie Leonidas talks Season 2 – Exclusive

Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa on DEFIANCE | © 2014 Joe Pugliese/Syfy

In DEFIANCE, now in its second season on Syfy, Thursdays at 8 PM, it’s thirty-five years after seven alien races have crash-landed on Earth and are now sharing the planet, some more amicably than others, with humans. One of these races is the Irathients. English actress Stephanie Leonidas (BBC’s DRACULA, THE BIBLE) plays Irisa, a young Irathient woman who was adopted as a child by human nomad-turned-Defiance town sheriff Jeb Nolan, played by Grant Bowler. Irisa, who is tough and rebellious but also yearning for connection with fellow Irathients, underwent a transformation both literal and spiritual at the end of […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy chats about Season 2 – Exclusive – Part 2

Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Kevin Murphy, the co-creator/executive producer/show runner of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, he talks about metaphor, Votan races and why he never wants to work with feathers again. AX: At what point did you realize the series was in part a metaphor for human on human interaction? KEVIN MURPHY: I think that was always part of it. I’m as proud of this show as anything I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of stuff over the years, and I think it’s really a testament to, we were in a supportive environment with a […]Read On »

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THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS star Emmett Skilton is Godly – Exclusive

Emmett Skilton in THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS - Season 1 | © 2014 ALL3MEDIA & South Pacific Pictures

THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS has already shot and aired three seasons in New Zealand, but its first season just started airing on Syfy Channel in July, Fridays at 10 PM. In the series, contemporary New Zealand native Axl Johnson finds out on his twenty-first birthday that he’s actually the incarnation of Odin, king of the Norse gods. More, Axl’s three brothers are also incarnations of Norse gods. Their powers aren’t all that powerful yet, but they will be if Axl can complete a quest. If he doesn’t complete it, they all die and possibly the world will come to an end. […]Read On »

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