TV NotesSyfy Announces 2011 Schedule
By Natalie Abrams, TVGuide.com
- March 22nd, 2011
Syfy network has unveiled its jam-packed 2011 lineup, which includes the premiere of the scripted ensemble drama Alphas.
The show, premiering in July, follows a team of ordinary citizens with extraordinary abilities. Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven are also slated to return in the summer.
"Our ambition in development is to push the boundaries of imagination, creativity, and story-telling," Syfy President Original Content Mark Stern said on Tuesday."We want to transport our audience with high-quality, thought-provoking experiences that allow them to explore the un-explorable, to believe the unbelievable, and to truly... 'Imagine Greater.'"
On the reality side, series greenlights include Haunted Collector, a paranormal investigation series focusing on haunted objects (premiere in June), rather than places; Legend Quest, which follows a real-life symbologist tracking down ancient mysteries (premieres in July); and Paranormal Witness, which tells the true stories of those who have lived through paranormal experiences (premieres in September). A new season of Hollywood Treasure will return in June.
Elsewhere, the network is developing more than a dozen other series projects.
On the scripted side those include another Battlestar prequel, Blood and Chrome, set in the 10th year of the First Cylon War, as well as three half-hour comedies. They are Me and Lee, starring stars Lee Majors as a man who turns a 20-something, whose back surgery didn't go well, into a bionic man. In the Dark centers on a team of wannabe paranormal investigators. Three Inches tells the story of a man who is struck by lightning and is imbued with the power to move things with his mind but only a distance of three inches.
Reality projects include: Culture Shock with Tommy Lee, where the rocker will attempt to uncover various rituals, symbols and mysteries of the secret societies around the world; Dinner with Deepak, which will feature Chopra bringing together noteworthy guests to share a meal; Monster Man, a behind-the-scenes look at Cleve Hall's workshop as he creates some of Hollywood's bizarre film creatures; Stunts Unlimited, about the dangerous world of stunt men; and Hi Tech Hoaxes, a Punk'd-esque prank show.
There's also Tyler Shields, from Heroes star Zachary Quinto, a docu-series featuring the Los Angeles-based unconventional artist; Overthunk, a one-hour series that follows teams of creators who compete to design massive chain reactions; Change the Day You Die will use state-of-the-art technology to transport its participants into "the future" to see the face of their own demise and set them on a course to prevent it; Imagination Nation will showcase the inventors behind Hammacher Schlemmer, who go on the road to meet other inventors; and America's Smartest Kids, a competition show where the country's brightest children are challenged with inventing a better future.
Heading into the holidays, Syfy will hold its Countdown to Christmas Week for a second year, highlighted by the TV movie Neverland, starring Keira Knightley as Tinker Bell. The network will also air holiday-themed episodes of Eureka, Ghost Hunters, Haven and Warehouse 13.http://www.tvguide.com/News/Syfy-201...e-1030998.aspx