Syfy Upfront 2013: Defying Gravity

by Ethan Alter April 11, 2013 1:58 pm
Syfy Upfront 2013: Defying Gravity

Last year Syfy turned the famous whale room at New York's American Museum of Natural History purple to unveil its annual slate to the assembled press and advertisers corps. The network's 2013 upfront took place in the considerably less grand surroundings of Chelsea Piers' Silver Screen Studios, where they used to shoot Law & Order for the gazillion years that show was on the air. The downgrade in venue was somewhat ill-timed since the network's 2013-2014 line-up looks to be significantly stronger than its predecessor, which offered two scripted shows (including a series called Rewind that seems to have been scrapped entirely) and a bunch of dubious-sounding reality series, many of which never even aired (so long Awesome Foundation -- we're kinda glad we never got the chance to know you). Unlike the 2012 edition, 2013's slate feels potentially big enough to fill the Natural History Museum's cavernous whale room, whereas last year the surroundings just barely distracted from the thinness of the content.

Syfy Upfront: Ignite This!

by Ethan Alter April 25, 2012 2:33 pm
Syfy Upfront: Ignite This!

Are you the kind of person who likes to put your wildest imaginings into practice? Do you not just want to watch TV, but interact with it? If so, you might just be an igniter and therefore precisely the kind of person that the Syfy network wants amongst its audience. "Igniter" was the buzzword at Syfy's upfront presentation, which unfolded Tuesday night at New York's famed American Museum of Natural History, where the famous Hall of Ocean Life (you know, the one with that giant whale suspended from the ceiling) was bathed in the network's signature purple while DJ Spooky spun records and guests feasted on dishes created by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. But the evening wasn't all fun and food -- Syfy also revealed its plans for the 2012-2013 season and those plans include a lot more reality, a lot fewer scripted series and a whole lot of igniter-driven interactivity between viewer and show.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

by Ethan Alter October 15, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Travel back (forward?) to a time when Syfy was Sci-Fi.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, February 28, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 28, 2013 3:04 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Smits and Sons -- a perfect combination.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

by Samantha Rullo November 28, 2012 3:53 pm
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The man in the hat is coming back.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 08, 2012

by Samantha Rullo October 8, 2012 3:23 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 08, 2012

Apparently CBS doesn't even know how to make a show that's not a procedural anymore.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, July 6, 2012

by Samantha Rullo July 6, 2012 3:06 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, July 6, 2012

ABC is fulfilling every 5-year-old girl's dream.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, May 18, 2012

by Ethan Alter May 18, 2012 4:25 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, May 18, 2012

The upfronts are over. Time to start speculating about Glee's future again!

Today's TWoP News: Friday, March 30, 2012

by Hillary Goldsmith March 30, 2012 4:02 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, March 30, 2012

Do what you want, MTV, but I still miss Road Rules more than any of these shows.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 13, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Have you seen this show? (Don't bother.)

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