Quietly growing its audience from week to week, this reality series is surprisingly effective considering the tools in its arsenal are pretty familiar. It retells scary and unexplained stories using a mixture of reenactments, interviews with actual people, archival audio and video and lots of spooky sound and lighting effects. So basically, things 'America's Most Wanted' wasn't doing. But the show transcends the sum of its parts, and I think it comes down to great writing and great casting.
More casting news after the jump.
On 'Scare Tactics,' a worker believes he's been exposed when he accidentally drops a barrel -- and at a mad scientist's party, a caterer serves up more than he's bargained for when he meets a serial killer.
Tentatively titled "Air," the premiere will follow a research team that gets cut off from Earth after boarding an Ancient ship with failing life support and a steampunk Stargate. The premiere will feature appearances by franchise vets Richard Dean Anderson and Michal Shanks and will, of course, introduce us to the new crew, including Robert Carlyle, David Blue and Lou Diamond Phillips. (Does anyone else out there have the feeling that LDP is gonna bite it, Robert Patrick style, in the premiere?)
Syfy also announced fall premiere dates for returning shows, including Sanctuary and Destination Truth. Check out the schedule:
(10PM, Comedy Central)
Sure, the usual news suspects will be reporting on election day results all night long.
But after what has seemed like the longest presidential campaign in history, we're looking for a little humor, a little snark with our election night news, so we'll be tuning in for the unique wrap-up that only Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can provide.
Though which presidential candidate -- John McCain or Barack Obama -- will be leading our economically-challenged country through the next four years is obviously the biggest race of the day, it's not the only important decision voters will have made; 35 senate seats, all 435 House of Representative seats and 11 governors' slots are also up for grabs.
(10PM, MTV) series premiere
What kind of girl would aspire to be a Paris Hilton bestie? Get a look at 'em here, as 16 potential new sidekicks (including two dudes) shack up with Paris and compete in various challenges to try and prove themselves BFF material.
From flying off to Japan, sans luggage, and being told to get themselves red-carpet ready to having to gain entry into Hollywood hotspots when their names are not on the list, the contestants will have to respond to Hilton's every whim if they want to be her new Nicole Richie, or, as Paris puts it, "someone who could be like my sister."
Except that, unlike Paris's actual sister, the new BFF's not getting a cut of the family fortune.
(10:30PM, Comedy Central) 2nd season premiere
This one should be a battle royale. Which is more likely the root of all evil: ultimate fighting or bloggers?
Tough call, but comedians Patton Oswalt and Andrew Daly will make their best cases in the season opener of the show that, at its best, is a great excuse for host Lewis Black's trademark rants.
Last season, Black presided over the mock court as Oswalt, Daly and fellow comics argued the inherent evilness of everything from Donald Trump and Viagra to high school and 'American Idol,' with Daly compiling a 2-0 record to Oswalt's uneven 2-2 tally.
Here's hoping the funny dudes finally get a chance to take on the match-up that, according to Black, has been banned so far: The nefarious natures of Scientology vs. Disney.
Rarely does a show hit television that's so serialized it's almost impenetrable to come late into. And even more rarely does a network let it last past ten episodes; FOX'll yank it in one if they think they can get enough videos of aquatic life attacking compiled in time for a special. Well, never fear ... it's Sci Fi to the rescue!
That's right, starting September 15th, you can catch four episodes of Lost every Monday on Sci Fi. And Lost is a show that works even better in large chunks like that. I recorded the entirety of season three to my DVR before I even started it and wolfed it down in a weekend! But wait, there's more ... like what that picture has to do with this story!
Tracy Morgan is a busy man. Along with his role on the NBC comedy 30 Rock, now entering its third season, Tracy is also taking on the reigns of host of the SciFi Channel program Scare Tactics, also in its third season. Premiering on July 9th, Scare Tactics is a hidden-camera, reality-comedy hybrid that allows friends and loved ones to set up unsuspecting victims into a series of horror hoaxes that are staged with movie-style special effects and makeup.
Earlier this week, Tracy, who is the third host of the program after Shannen Doherty and Stephen Baldwin hosted the first two seasons, joined Tactics' Executive Producer Scott Hallock on a conference call to talk about this upcoming season.
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