Childhood’s End; a three-night event, starting December 14, 2015:
Written by Arthur C. Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Written by Syfy
The Expanse; December 14, 2015:
* Syfy will previewed this 10-hour series [The Expanse] via on demand and digital platforms on Nov. 23 (still available now) ahead of its two-night premiere on Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets rely on the resources of the Asteroid Belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising between these three places. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it will take is a single spark.
It is within this future that The Expanse begins. The series follows the case of a missing young woman that brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system that will expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
The series is based on the popular New York Timesbestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers. Written by Syfy.
The Magicians; January 2016:
Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Vatican Tapes, Paranormal Activity 5), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie), and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one-hour drama.
Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers. Written by Syfy.
Hunters; April 2016:
From executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), Hunters is inspired by Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel, Alien Hunter, in which the disappearance of a decorated FBI agent’s wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists – shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.
The series stars Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) as Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past trying to piece together the disappearance of his wife. Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) will play Regan, who is one of the government’s most valuable operatives and may be keeping secrets of her own. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) portrays McCarthy, an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader.
Hunters will be tonally dark and offer a unique crossover twist between gritty crime drama and sci-fi thriller. The 13-part series will premiere in April 2016. Written by Syfy.
I don’t know about you, but they all look like they have potential. However, I am most looking forward to The Magicians.
I took a look at the early preview episode of The Expanse yesterday On Demand, and I wasn’t all too impressed based off that episode alone. The story seemed a little slow and what was happening was a little confusing, however, the base plot does seem like it will be a story worth knowing. I do plan to watch more to see if it picks up, but as is [based on the premiere episode] the script is lacking, but the acting itself is good – it’s too bad good actors can’t save a sad director/script. I’m going to cross my fingers it will get better after this episode.
How about you, what are you most looking forward to watching?