‘Sharknado’ officially becomes a trilogy

‘Sharknado’ officially becomes a trilogy

Syfy officially announced that their camp phenomena “Sharknado” will get a third installment next summer, with “Sharknado 2: The Second One” already in the can and set for a July 30 premiere. Apparently summer is all about sharks again, in a way we haven’t seen since “Jaws.” And definitely in a different way than “Jaws.”

Hey, there’s a place for all approaches to the shark genre.

In the first “Sharknado,” Ian Ziering and Tara Reid fought to save the city of Los Angeles from killer sharks invading the city via tornado transport. In “Sharknado 2,” Ziering and Reid return to fight a new batch of spinning sharks in New York, joined by the likes of Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judah Friedlander and Vivica A. Fox.

C’mon Vivica… you were in “Kill Bill,” for chrissakes. Is this really where you want to be? You’ve worked with freakin’ Tarantino for cryin’ out loud.

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First look: Photos from Syfy’s ‘Dominion’

DOMINION — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Tom Wisdom as Michael — (Photo by: Ilze Kitshoff/Syfy)

Syfy has released the first photos of its upcoming series “Dominion,” based on the theatrical film “Legion.”

“Dominion” is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

Dominion stars Christopher Egan (“Kings”), Tom Wisdom (“300”), Roxanne McKee (“Game of Thrones”), Alan Dale (“Lost”), Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Luke Allen-Gale (“The Borgias”).

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Syfy jumps on the zombie bandwagon with new series ‘Z Nation’

Syfy announced April 6 in a press release they will debut their own zombie horror show, “Z Nation,” this fall. The 13-episode series will focus on the struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?

The series will be produced by The Asylum, the company that brought us the pop culture phenomenon “Sharknado,” so this show might have a little more dark humor than that other zombie show, “The Walking Dead.” Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Karl Schaefer — whose previous credits include “Eerie Indiana,” “Eureka,” and “The Dead Zone” — will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

“‘Z Nation’ will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” said Schaefer in the press release. He also said the show adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse — our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

It isn’t clear whether the show will play up any humor, but Syfy’s Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, said it wouldn’t be as bleak as other zombie series, without specifically naming the show he was obviously referring to.

“‘Z Nation’ is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”

“Z Nation” will pick up the story three years after the apocalypse, where survivors have found one person who seems immune to the zombie virus, and holds the key to a cure in his blood. But it won’t be that simple, because apparently our potential world-saving hero has a secret he’s keeping from those trying to transport and protect him.


‘Bitten’ stars talk favorite moments of first season

BITTEN — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers, Greg Bryk as Jeremy Danvers — (Photo by: Matt Barnes/Syfy)

As “Bitten” wraps up its first season Monday night, series stars Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt and Greg Bryk sat down for a media conference call Friday to preview the season finale, and talk about some of their favorite moments filming the rookie series for Syfy. Here’s what each of the three had to say:

Greg Bryk: I’m going to say that I have favorite moments with each of the characters. With Greyston, I really love the moment when I was sick in bed and there was just like — for me, with a son, and this sense of there’s tensions and people grow … Clay was forced to deal with his incredible burden so soulfully.

But that sense that the younger will look after you in your moments of vulnerability to me was very resonate.

And for Laura, it really was there was the two moments: one when she was going to be leaving and told me, and the heartbreak of that. And then the fear of having to tell her the truth. Like there was just — there was such honesty and danger for me as a person, as an actor — and just how gracious they are as fellow performers, fellow artists, that it just made it so wonderful to reveal that about yourself. It’s an extraordinary cast. I feel blessed, you know, to love people.

Laura Vandervoort: Yes. And thanks Greg. I mean, like, it’s true. You can’t pick one scene because I feel like I’ve had — like you said, in ones with everybody that just really touched me, and more than I expected it to. You know, you read the scene and it’s emotional and dramatic, but you actually get into it and you’re looking into the other person’s eyes and they’re genuinely there.

And we all care about each other so much that it just feels genuine and it’s easy to work off of.

And, I remember that one of my favorite scenes with Greg — well, there’s a couple, and Greyston — Greyston and I had our first sort of moments of being nice to one another. We both said it was odd in the flashbacks .. We were both saying, “It’s weird to smile and be nice to one another,” because we had just been so horrible.

And then also, we had, you know, a wonderful scene by the fire place where we sort of connect for the first time and let down their guard.

In terms of episodes, there was an episode that — it was four or five where Elena changes for the first time with Greg — and the turmoil that she goes though … I loved, you know, the entire day just being exhausted and really putting everything into it, in the cage, and that fatherly/daughter relationship of him trying to help me get through it.

I just thought it was so well done and everyone was great.

Greyston Holt: And if I can get to pitch in. I would have to agree with Greg. My favorite scene, Greg, was with the same scene. I just wanted – it’s really interesting to show like these tender moments. You know, these – you know, where we can have the tendency to be quite violent in this show, and you know, it’s really – it’s nice to play these tender sides – the tender side of us, you know, and these intimate moments.

And with Laura, there’s a scene coming up that I really like that hasn’t aired yet in 13. We’re in the bathtub and I’m weak and you’re taking care of me, and after all that’s happened, it’s a really beautiful scene and obviously working with both of you guys and the whole cast has been such a treat and a blessing.

Laura Vandervoort: And Greyston, I’ve seen the finale. I’ll talk to you after about what’s not in it anymore.

Uh-oh. That didn’t sound good.

Let’s hope Holt didn’t get a big scene cut, as sometimes happens. But if you do want to find out what happens on the season finale of “Bitten,” be sure to tune into Syfy tonight.

Spoilers: The final episode of ‘Being Human’

BEING HUMAN — Season:4 — Pictured: (l-r) Sam Witwer as Aidan Waite, Meaghan Rath as Sally Malik, Kristen Hanger as Nora Sergeant, Sam Huntington as Josh Levison — (Photo by: Art Streiber/Syfy)

Syfy’s “Being Human” comes to an end Monday night after a four season run, and you can expect the series to go out with a major bang tonight. Warning: below are spoilers from a preview screening of the finale Monday afternoon.

Expect a Trip Down Memory Lane

There will be reminiscing about the history and the stories over the course of the series in tonight’s finale. Just as fans will be going through a sense of loss at the end coming, so are the characters, as well.

Expect a Sacrifice

One character will make a sacrifice to save another. While that obviously brings more loss and sadness, it also creates a humorous entertaining segment in regards to the character saved.

Yeah, I know how vague I’m being. You don’t really want me to tell all, do you?

Expect a Transformation

One character will go through a very dramatic change in regard to their otherworldly status. In other words, not just a change of heart, but a real change.

Expect a New Beginning

Sorry, guys, we’re not talking spinoff here so much as the promise of a character or characters moving on and being okay. Happy even, with the promise of future blessings.

Expect a Death

Yes, expect a death. At least one, maybe more. And the kind of death where you don’t come back in some other form. And with that, comes the final expectation.

Expect Tears

Yes, have that box of tissues handy for many sad and bittersweet moments, because you’re gonna cry. (That means you guys, too.) Bridges will be burned to ensure that things could never go back to the way they were. It’s really over, fans. But unlike the outcry some shows have had over series finales, you’ll probably be very happy with how they end it.

Well done, writers and cast. Well done.

The “Being Human” series finale airs Monday night on Syfy.