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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 5-11

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 4th 2011 2:00PM
Gossip GirlMONDAY, DECEMBER 5

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)
midseason finale
Lily throws Charlie a party to officially introduce her to New York society. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-boyfriend, Max, throws a wrench into Charlie's future as an Upper East Side princess. Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings for her.

'MAD' (8.30PM ET, Cartoon Network)
The satirical cartoon spoofs 'Captain America,' 'Supernatural' and 'My Super Sweet Sixteen.'

'Neverland' (9PM ET, SyFy) miniseries finale
This new prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic, 'Peter Pan,' comes to a close. Starring Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature 'Hook'), and Charlie Rowe as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan.

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Danica McKellar, Apolo Ohno Will Take on 'Tasmanian Devil'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 11:30AM
Danica McKellar, Apolo Ohno Tasmanian Devil'Wonder Years' star Danica McKellar is teaming up with Olympic speed skating champion Apolo Ohno for 'Tasmania Devil,' a new Syfy original flick.

The Syfy movie will see base jumpers get pursued by grizzly bear-sized Tasmanian Devils who were created to protect the Tasmanian national park land from intruders.

The movie also stars 'Jericho' actor Kenneth Mitchell. It begins production in Canada later this month with a 2012 premiere in place.

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'Haven' Renewed for Season 3

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 12th 2011 2:30PM
HavenThe supernaturally inclined citizens of Haven, Maine will stick around for one more season.

Syfy has renewed the hit series 'Haven' for a third season. The 13-episode Season 3 is set to air in 2012.

Based on the Stephen King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' 'Haven' follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker who stumbles upon a small town and discovers that its residents harbor supernatural abilities.

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Jaleel White to Host Syfy Game Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:30PM
Jaleel WhiteThe man formerly known as Steve Urkel is now officially on a TV comeback streak.

Hot off his guest stint as a convict buddy of House's during the 'House' season premiere, Jaleel White has booked another gig.

The 34-year-old actor will host a new game show on Syfy called 'Total Blackout.' According to the network, the unscripted series is not your typical wacky challenge-based show -- the entire thing takes place in complete darkness. Contestants will face their fears as well as their competitors in spooky games full of surprises.

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Helen Confronts the Real Jack the Ripper on 'Sanctuary' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 7:30AM
'Sanctuary' - 'Tempus'In last season's finale of 'Sanctuary' (Fri., 10PM ET on Syfy), Helen Magnus followed Adam Worth through a time portal. In the premiere, she landed in 1898 London, where Adam was hoping to use modern technology to cure his daughter of a blood disease.

Helen was more concerned with disrupting the time stream, not only if Adam succeeded, but if either of them interacted with their past selves -- as both of them were around back then as well. In fact, the show did have a couple of scenes where both of their selves nearly crossed paths.

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A Few Thoughts on the 'Alphas' Season Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 27th 2011 12:05PM

How about that last scene of the 'Alphas' finale? If you're anything like my spouse, your immediate reaction was, "When does season 2 begin?"

The bad news is that the next season of the show won't arrive until some time in 2012. Despite the wait, I think the network has a potential hit on its hands. If the network is smart, it will keep 'Alphas' laser-focused on intelligent writing and character development, because those elements will make or break 'Alphas' future.

If the drama's writers, cast and directors are able to capitalize on what season 1 did right, it could break out as a hit for the network.

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'Alphas' Sets Season 1 Marathon and Extra-Long Season Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Just a heads up for 'Alphas' viewers -- the show's season finale, which airs 10PM ET Monday, runs 63 minutes. If you're recording the show, make sure your DVR is aware of the overrun.

Another thing you should be aware of: Syfy is airing a marathon of the entire first season of the show, starting at 11:30AM ET Monday. So if you haven't caught up with 'Alphas,' now's your chance.

I wrote here about how the drama grew on me over the course of its first season. Its last couple of outings were particularly good, and it's heartening that the show got more confident and interesting as its debut season progressed.

But if, in this busy fall season, you don't have time to check out every episode of the show, I'll give you a list of the selected episodes you might want to check out before the season finale arrives.

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'Alphas' Gets a Second Season from Syfy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 7th 2011 2:50PM
'Alphas,' Syfy's show about a crime-fighting team with special powers, has gotten a second season from Syfy, TVLine reports. The show, which wraps up its debut season Sept. 26, will return in 2012 with a super-sized number of hours -- 13 episodes, as opposed to this season's 11.

'Alphas,' which stars David Strathairn as the leader of a group of men and women with special abilities, has emerged as one of the most promising new shows of the year, as I wrote here. The drama has overcome a rocky beginning to become an enjoyable and intelligent take on superhero-flavored storytelling, and after a strong debut, it's been pulling in more than 3 million viewers each week,

Check out this article to find out which season 1 episodes you should watch to get caught up (if you're not already), and we've got intel below on what to expect when the show returns Sept. 12 with guest stars Brent Spiner ('Star Trek') and Rebecca Mader ('Lost').

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'Alphas' and Syfy Want You To Win an iPod!

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 31st 2011 2:15PM
Alphas giveawayWhat could possibly be cooler than a t-shirt honoring 'Alphas,' Syfy's best new show of the summer?

Well, a super-cool 'Alphas' t-shirt and an iPod, obviously!

Syfy and 'Alphas' want you to spend the rest of the summer -- well, not Monday nights at 10PM, when 'Alphas' is on -- in style with a brand new t-shirt and 8GB iPod Nano.

To win, just tell us what power you'd like to have if you were an Alpha. Read the full rules below.

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Checking In on 'Alphas,' the Summer's Most Promising New Drama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:00PM
In my 'Happy Endings' piece yesterday, I noted that I'm using this week to check in on shows I won't be able to write about during the September premiere crush. Today's program: Syfy's 'Alphas.'

The bad news is, 'Alphas' doesn't return until Sept. 12. The good news is, you have almost two weeks to catch up on this Syfy drama, which has turned out to be surprisingly good, especially in recent weeks.

I say "surprisingly" not just because much of Syfy's recent scripted fare has been lightweight, unambitious or slipshod (or all three), but because so much could have gone wrong with this particular show, which follows a team of investigators with superhuman abilities.

Not only has 'Alphas' successfully avoided many of the pitfalls that have bedeviled other superhero-flavored projects, it's done a good job of balancing character-driven moments with taut, well-paced storytelling. Not every episode has been an unqualified success, but the Aug. 15 and Aug. 22 outings, to name my favorites, were truly excellent, if not downright badass.

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TNT, Syfy, USA, Lifetime Announce Fall & Winter Premiere Dates

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 23rd 2011 5:45PM
Burn NoticeWhile the broadcast networks have had their fall schedules lined up since May, cable networks have stuck to their summer programming during these warm months. Now, as autumn approaches, TNT, Syfy, USA and Lifetime have announced their schedules for the fall and winter months.

TNT is bringing back 'Leverage,' 'The Closer' and 'Rizzoli & Isles' in November and will premiere the fourth season of 'Southland' in 2012, while Syfy has saved plenty of paranormal-themed shows for the spooky month of October. The network's four-hour original movie 'Neverland' with Keira Knightley will debut Dec. 3.

USA will premiere the sixth season of 'Psych' in October, and bring back summer hits 'Covert Affairs' and 'Burn Notice' for six-episode runs in November. Lifetime, meanwhile, has announced several sure-to-be-classic TV movies for the month of October.

Click through for more deets on the fall schedules.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Battlestar's' Jamie Bamber Nabs TNT Role, 'Caprica' Vet Invades 'Alphas' & Intel on 'Blood and Chrome'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Jamie BamberTwo veterans of the 'Battlestar Galactica' universe have landed upcoming guest roles on very different shows.

Jamie Bamber, who played Lee "Apollo" Adama on 'Battlestar Galactica' and went on to appear in 'Law & Order: UK,' will have a recurring role on the new TNT series 'Perception,' which stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, an odd neuroscience professor who helps the FBI crack cases.

Bamber will guest at least twice on 'Perception' as a new professor who catches the eye of Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook), Pierce's FBI handler and former student.

'Perception,' which also stars Kelly Rowan and Arjay Smith, premieres in the summer of 2012. And no doubt Bamber fans are aware that Bamber was also recently cast in a guest role on 'CSI: Miami.' (More nerd-bait casting: 'Star Trek' actor LeVar Burton will recur as a dean at Pierce's university.)

Another veteran of the 'BSG' universe, 'Caprica' actor John Pyper-Ferguson, will have a key role in the season finale of Syfy's 'Alphas,' a drama about people with extraordinary abilities.

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'Warehouse 13' Renewed by Syfy for Fourth Season

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 12th 2011 1:30PM
Good news, science fiction fans. Syfy has renewed 'Warehouse 13' for Season 4. The show will be back for -- wait for it --13 episodes in 2012.

The series follows two secret service agents (played by Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock) stationed in a a top-secret storage facility in South Dakota known as 'Warehouse 13 that houses supernatural artifacts collected by the U.S. government.

The show has emerged as Syfy's top-rated program ever this year, averaging a 2.2 HH rating, including 3.1 million total viewers through its first five episodes of Season 3, according to a press release.

"Under Executive Producer Jack Kenny's leadership, this superlative team of writers, cast, and crew continue to turn out a series that only gets better and better with every episode. Warehouse 13 is deservedly the most popular series in our history and we're delighted to renew it for a fourth season," Syfy president of original content Mark Stern said in a statement.

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'Haven' Launching Twitter Storyline

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 10th 2011 6:00PM
HavenSyfy's 'Haven' is going to where they claim no show has gone before: Twitter. According to Syfy, the series will launch a seven-episode storyline that will flow between the show and Twitter.

"The 'Haven' writers and producers have done an amazing job of crafting a story line that seamlessly moves between the TV show and Twitter," Craig Engler, general manager and senior vice president of Syfy Digital, said in a statement. "Although there have been simple integrations before, no one has fully and organically integrated Twitter into the fabric of the show in the way 'Haven' is doing. If you watch 'Haven' and use Twitter, you're in for a real treat."

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Syfy Cancels 'Eureka'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 9th 2011 7:20AM
'Eureka' CastBad news for 'Eureka' fans: It's been reported that Syfy has changed its mind about giving the series a sixth season.

Last week we heard that Syfy had ordered a final six episodes to close the series out with a truncated sixth season in 2013 but, according to 'Entertainment Weekly,' those six episodes have now been nixed.

In a statement, Syfy said: "After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of 'Eureka.' But 'Eureka' is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy."

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