Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Summer on Syfy: Expect ghosts, monsters and lots of reality TV

Courtesy Syfy
Brand new programming and returning favorites will shine this summer on the Syfy network. Since Memorial Day is the official start of summer, the network kicks off  the season with the Roger Corman Syfy Original favorites, Piranhaconda and Sharktopus. Of course, Independence Day wouldn’t be the same without the Twilight Zone marathon, with the grand finale being the premiere of the Syfy Original, Independence Day-saster.

In addition, new reality shows Exit (June 4), Joe Rogan Questions Everything (July 16), Notorious Hauntings (July 16) and Cosworld (Aug. 27) debut on Syfy this summer. And returning series include Total Blackout (June 4), Paranormal Witness (June 5), Continuum (June 7), Ghost Hunters (June 12) and Face Off (Aug. 27). Two new scripted programs will also be rolled out on June 8: Sinbad and the spinoff Primeval: New World.

For a complete breakdown of Syfy summer programming, go beyond the jump for further details!


Total Blackout
(All New Episodes)
Returns Tuesday, June 4 at 9PM – Hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters), the half hour, extreme game show Total Blackout returns with "Parental Blackout" – a special parent-child episode where three mother-daughter teams and one mother-son team square off to conquer challenges in pitch black.

(Series Premiere)
Premieres Tuesday, June 4 at 10PM – Based on the Nippon Television Network’s hit Japanese series Dero!, Exit is an all-new six episode series hosted by Curt Doussett (America’s Lost Treasures, Hazard Pay). In each nail-biting episode, four teams of two contestants will battle to escape a series of mind-bendingly diabolical rooms, each more challenging than the last. The team that manages to find their way out will win the $10,000 prize.

Paranormal Witness
(Season Three Premiere)
Returns Wednesday, June 5 at 10PM – In its third season, Paranormal Witness will continue to offer up truly spine-tingling tales of everyday people’s real-life paranormal experiences! These terrifying moments defy explanation with gritty cinematic reenactments and actual evidence of the events that occurred by seamlessly weaving their shocking firsthand testimonials. The 20-episode season explores inexplicable paranormal phenomena including hospital-dwelling “black angels,” demons, werewolves and ghosts.

(Season Two Premiere)
Returns Friday, June 7 at 10PM -- Moving into its new Friday 10PM time period, the 13 all-new episodes of Season 2 picks up following the gripping Season 1 finale when Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols/Criminal Minds, Alias) fought a ticking clock to prevent a cataclysmic act of terrorism. Cameron is a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day, swept along when a group of fanatical terrorists escaped their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time.

(Series Premiere)
Premieres Saturday, June 8 at 9PM – The 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan, Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett, The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels, Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian, The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas, Grange Hill).

Primeval: New World
(Series Premiere)
Premieres Saturday, June 8 at 10PM -- The 13-episode series stars Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, will direct several episodes.

Ghost Hunters
(Summer Premiere)
Premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 9PM – Amy Bruni’s back! Ghost Hunters kicks off five brand new episodes with the return of its old friend “Red.” Amy joins the team for her first investigation since going on maternity leave last year. In the summer premiere, TAPS is invited to Louisiana’s Shreveport Auditorium to investigate claims of paranormal activity at the famed venue where Elvis Presley played his first professional gig.


Independence Day-saster
(New Original Movie)
Premieres Thursday, July 4 at 9PM -- An alien invasion cripples America’s conventional defense forces. When the President’s helicopter is shot down, his brother (a small-town hero) and a renegade scientist must find the aliens’ weakness and defeat them. The movie stars Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3), Tom Everett Scott (Southland), Emily Holmes (Snakes on a Plane) and Andrea Brooks (Supernatural).

Joe Rogan Questions Everything
(Series Premiere)
Premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 9PM – Life-long unexplained paranormal mystery-addict Joe Rogan ventures into unknown worlds and untapped territories to search for answers to life’s most startling theories. Having explored these questions for years on his podcast, Joe now takes his journey to the next level, traveling the country and knocking on any door necessary to find the truth.

Notorious Hauntings
(Series Premiere)
Premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 10PM -- Produced by Pilgrim Studios – the company behind Syfy’s Ghost Hunters – Notorious Hauntings features a globetrotting group of researchers who investigate reports of extreme and dangerous supernatural activity around the world. In each of the six self-contained episodes, viewers will follow the investigators as they research the otherworldly activity at each site and explore the gruesome history of the infamous and heinous individuals. The team will stop at nothing as they dig deep into their crimes and victims to determine if they are the cause of the present-day haunting. Through the gathering of evidence and the uncovering of little-known history, Notorious Hauntings will explore some of the world’s most enduring mysteries, including the case of Jack the Ripper in London, Dracula-inspiration Vlad the Impaler in Romania and the bloodthirsty Borgias in Italy.


Face Off
(Season 5 Premiere)
Returns Tuesday, August 27 at 9PM– Syfy’s critically-acclaimed hit reality competition series Face Off returns for a fifth season of mind-blowing special effects ingenuity, offering a new group of rising SFX make-up artists the opportunity to compete and showcase their imagination and creativity.

(Series Premiere)
Premieres Tuesday, August 27 at 10PM -- Cosworld is a tantalizing six-episode docuseries that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay competition. The series follows some of the hottest cosplay stars as they make a splash at comic book conventions around the country. The show dives deep into their lives, following their process as they create extravagant and visually arresting costumes each week. These individuals will constantly defy odds and race against the clock to transform themselves into amazing fictional characters that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality, all in hopes of impressing the convention judges to win a cash prize and the chance to become a cosplay legend.

-Larissa Mrykalo