Friday, November 22, 2013

Syfy Kicks Off 2014 With Seven New and Returning Series

Syfy rings in 2014 with the return of four fan-favorites as well as three new programs, including "Helix, "Bitten" and "Opposite Worlds." Returning favorites include the sixth season of the special effects make-up competition series, "Face Off," as well at the fourth season of "Lost Girl" and "Being Human." Syfy's longest running unscripted series, "Ghost Hunters," returns on January 22. Of course, the annual New Year's Eve "Twilight Zone" marathon will begin on December 31 and conclude on New Year's Day.

Here are more programming details thanks to the press release:

SERIES PREMIERES

"Helix" Two Episode Premiere: Friday, January 10, at 10 p.m. ET
"Helix" is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic BioSystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic BioSystems and its mysterious viral research program.


"Opposite Worlds" Series Premiere: Tuesday, January 21 at 10 p.m. ET
An all-new reality series pitting contestants in a past vs. future competition - featuring a live social experiment - Opposite Worlds will run for 12 episodes over six weeks (two episodes per week), with the second weekly episode featuring a live element (a first for a Syfy reality series).

In "Opposite Worlds," 14 people from all walks of life face off in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other's every move. Every week, as cast members compete in a series of fast-paced challenges, viewers will be asked to participate in real time on social media and affect the outcome of each player's fate.


"Bitten" Series Premiere: Monday, January 13 at 10 p.m. ET
Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, the 13-episode "Bitten" is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence.

Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena (Vandervoort) has abandoned her Pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her Pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her Pack.


SERIES RETURNS
"Lost Girl" Season Four Premiere: Monday, January 13 at 8 p.m. ET
This season on "Lost Girl," fate casts a wide shadow over the Fae world. With Bo’s (Anna Silk) return, the lines between Dark and Light Fae are blurred, causing her embark on a journey of discovery. Bo and company will ultimately realize that, regardless of the challenges and enemies they face, they’re stronger when they confront them together. George Takei (Star Trek) and Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) are among the new season’s guest stars.

"Being Human" Season Four Premiere: Monday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET
Season 4 of "Being Human" picks up four months from last season’s shocking finale and, for Aidan, Sally, Josh and Nora, the past is about to come back to haunt them!

Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Nora (Kristen Hager) struggle to save Josh (Sam Huntington), who is trapped in his wolf form. At the same time, an unbelievable visitor collides with Aidan, forcing him to make impossible choices between the people he loves the most. Meanwhile, Sally (Meaghan Rath), having been dragged down into her death spot by Witch Donna (guest star Amy Aquino), finds herself trapped and at the mercy of her foe, but Sally’s newly imbued magical powers could change everything.


"Face Off" Season Six Premiere: Tuesday, January 14 at 9 p.m. ET
The critically-acclaimed hit reality competition series "Face Off" returns for a sixth season by introducing 14 new makeup artists in what will be Face Off’s boldest season yet. In the new season, the contestants will face extreme challenges that will inspire them to create the most magnificent characters and creatures in Face Off history.

"Ghost Hunters" All New Episodes: Wednesday, January 22 at 9 p.m. ET
"Ghost Hunters," Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, returns with brand new investigations this winter. For its first episode back, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Jason Hawes, heads to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. There, the team collects impressive paranormal evidence at a variety of locations.

Other famed sites getting the Ghost Hunters treatment this season include Buffalo and Erie County’s Naval & Military Park, Historic Jordan Springs in Winchester, Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation in King George, Virginia. Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Studios (The Ultimate Fighter, Fast N' Loud, Wicked Tuna). Piligian and Mike Nichols are Executive Producers, along with Tom Thayer and Alan David.


-Larissa Mrykalo

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