More New Shows Coming to Syfy

I'm really enjoying some of the shows I mentioned in my essay "The Redemption of Syfy." Since then, Continuum and Defiance have lived up to the hype (for me at least). 

The Syfy channel also had a surprise hit with its cheesy Sharknado TV movie, in which a fierce storm drops man-eating fish on Los Angeles, and is planning a sequel. Sharknado 2 promises to be equally stupid -- I mean campy.  Syfy is asking fans to send title suggestions. Too bad actress Tara Reid won't be coming back.

If deadly sea creatures landing on land isn't your cup of tea, there are a couple of less silly and more promising projects in the works.  First up is Helix, by Ron Moore who successfully rebooted Battlestar Galactica. The drama deals with scientists investigating a disease outbreak with the stakes for mankind's survival rising as new twists and turns unfold.

Also in development is a series based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie 12 Monkeys that starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeleine Stowe. It was one of my favorite time-travel films -- or is it just a story about a guy gone crazy?  Hopefully, the series will capture the same mind-trip coolness of the original (which was adapted from the short flick La Jetee).

Finally, Timur Bekmambetov will direct a new miniseries titled The Warriors of Oz, an action-fantasy version of L. Frank Baum's beloved classic. This can go either way. Syfy already had a successful reboot of The Wizard of Oz with its hit Tinman mini-series starring Zooey Deschanel. The Oz stories are in the public domain, which explains why so many adaptations, spinoffs, and reboots based on the saga are coming out. Timur has directed some interesting motion pictures that I've actually enjoyed -- Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Let's see if he can deliver with his take on Oz.

Syfy has been making some bold moves. I'm looking forward to seeing what else they have in store for us.