Sci-Fi & Fantasy

In Syfy’s Hunters, Gale Anne Hurd wants to make aliens scary again — and she succeeds

In Syfy's Hunters, Gale Anne Hurd wants to make aliens scary again -- and she succeeds

Among her many feature film and television credits, Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) seems to return time and again to the sci-fi and horror genres, and especially to aliens. Hurd notably collaborated with James Cameron to bring to life the nightmarish alien queen of Aliens (1986), and she thinks it’s time to make aliens scary again. That’s part of her stated goal as an executive producer of Syfy’s new series Hunters. Inspired by Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter, the series, featuring Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), follows a highly classified government organization known as the Exo-Terrorism Unit, which tracks and fights … Continue reading

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Preview: Supergirl teams up with The Flash in crossover event

Supergirl/The Flash crossover

The March 28 episode of Supergirl, “World’s Finest,” features a crossover with The CW’s series The Flash, as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his speedy superhero alter ego The Flash head to National City to join forces with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). The Flash suddenly appears from an alternate universe to help Supergirl battle Siobhan Smythe (recurring guest star Italia Ricci), a.k.a. Silver Banshee, and Leslie Willis (recurring guest star Brit Morgan), a.k.a. Livewire, in exchange for her help in finding a way to return him home. Supergirl: “World’s Finest” premieres on CBS Monday, March 28, at 8pm ET/PT. Photo: Robert Voets/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2016 … Continue reading

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Sharknado 4 casting announced

Sharknado 4 casting announced

Syfy’s Sharknado original movie franchise has, for better or worse, become a summer tradition, especially for Twitter snarkers who like to take jabs at the increasingly outrageous scenarios and cameos in the films. Sharknado 4 (working title) is currently filming, and Syfy has announced initial casting for the followup. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will return in their roles as Fin Shepard and April Wexler (apparently the film will reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign). David Hasselhoff, who first showed up in Sharknado 3, will also be back as Gil Shepard, and Ryan Newman will return as Claudia Shepard. New … Continue reading

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“LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises” animated shorts begin on Disney XD

"LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises" animated shorts begin on Disney XD

On Monday, Feb. 15, at 8pm ET/PT, Disney XD premieres an all-new series of animated shorts called LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises, which includes characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first episode, “Poe to the Rescue,” takes place before the First Order’s attack on Jakku and includes more stories involving Kylo Ren, Han Solo, Finn, Rey, BB-8, Maz Kanata and more. In “Poe to the Rescue,” Resistance pilot Poe Dameron attempts to rescue Admiral Ackbar, who is being held captive by Captain Phasma. Kylo Ren, C-3PO and BB-8 also appear. Preview: Disney XD will also premiere new animated series LEGO Star … Continue reading

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Joanne Whalley on Esquire Network’s “Beowulf”

Joanne Whalley on Esquire Network's "Beowulf"

Fantasy film lovers will certainly remember Joanne Whalley from her star-making turn in the 1988 Ron Howard-directed, George Lucas-produced Willow. Over 25 years later, Whalley is back in another historical fantasy type of project, this time a series based on the classic poem Beowulf. If you’re into Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, it’s worth a look, as Whalley told me in a recent interview that, “we have it all. It’s quite an epic.” Part of what gives the series its epic look is its filming location. “It’s the northeast coast,” Whalley said, “so Northumberland. It’s so beautiful and so untouched. It’s wild. … Continue reading

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The end is now: NBC’s darkly funny “You, Me and the Apocalypse”

You, Me and the Apocalypse

The new hourlong comedy/drama You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT beginning Jan. 28), a British import, is the darkly comic look at a number of complex characters in a complex situation — a comet is going to collide with Earth in 34 days and end life as we know it. For some of the characters, that’s about the best thing that could happen. The series opens at Day 0, with Jamie (Mathew Baynton) deep in a fortified bunker beneath the suburbs of Slough in England. He’s among 15 people in the bunker who represent the future of humanity, for … Continue reading

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Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve help conjure up Syfy’s “The Magicians”

Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve help conjure up Syfy's "The Magicians"

While those unfamiliar with the books may dismiss Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, as “Harry Potter for adults,” those who have become obsessed with the works know otherwise. And they should be pleased with Syfy’s series adaptation of the books, which begins Jan. 25. The concept of the series does sound Harry Potter-esque — it is set at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Here, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and other 20-somethings soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real, and poses grave danger to humanity. … Continue reading

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#TCA16: FOX’s “Lucifer” should be cast down to … well, you know

Lucifer

FOX’s new supernatural crime drama Lucifer (premieres Monday, Jan. 25, at 9pm ET/PT) feels like Castle if Richard Castle were the Prince of Darkness. Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer Morningstar — yes, Satan himself — who has grown bored reigning over Hell and is on holiday in a much more exciting place: Los Angeles. Lucifer is a tall, dark and handsome Brit who owns a nightclub called Lux, drives around in a high-end convertible (license plate FALL1N1) and gets people to reveal their forbidden desires. It’s all fun and games for Lucifer until a faded pop star whose career he helped launch is … Continue reading

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John Wesley Shipp on passing the Flash torch and playing Henry Allen

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John Wesley Shipp can feel his career coming full circle in many ways thanks in large part to the popularity of The Flash. Before there was a hit CW show, the veteran actor played the title role of the speedy crime-fighter in the short-lived 1990s series on CBS. Shipp has relived old memories and gained a ton of new ones portraying Barry Allen’s father Henry on the modern-day The Flash. When rumblings of the new show began, he was ecstatic. “It was about time,” Shipp said, gearing up for the Magic City Comic Con Jan. 15-17 at the Miami Airport … Continue reading

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Supergirl news: The Black Mercy! Indigo! Cast and creators talk what — and who — is on the horizon

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The cast and crew of the freshman superhero hit Supergirl took questions from Television Critics Association reporters yesterday on the CBS soundstage that housed the series’ D.E.O. headquarters. The first query pertained to the series’ powerful Red Tornado episode which showed Supergirl unleashing a torrent of emotions in the face of a formidable opponent — and the realization that General Lane sought her help and then sabotaged her.  Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist (dressed in Kara-appropriate prep wear and ponytail) took first comments. “That is one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done to date, just because of what I got to explore in that theme … Continue reading

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