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TV Review: Blood Drive 1.1 “The F…ing Cop”
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Blood Drive 101-01

Blood Drive
Season 1 Episode 1: “The F…ing Cop”
Directed by David Straiton
Written by James Roland
Created by James Roland
Starring Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa, Thomas Dominique, Marama Corlett, Colin Cunningham, Andrew Hall, Darren Kent
Air Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 10pm

Midnight Grindhouse debuted Blood Drive Wednesday night on Syfy. With a story straight out of a cheap schlocky drive thru double feature, and promising splatter effects akin to Peter Jackson’s early filmography, James Roland’s Blood Drive offered something wholly different from what you’re used to in mid-week cable dramas. Cars with engines that devour human beings, heroes that curse, and all sorts of horror-themed “grindhouse” characters… Blood Drive has it all. The previews promised all sorts of “grindhouse” inspired baddies like cults, cannibals, monsters, and all the raunch you can throw in. Plot and acting are not what is important here. This show proudly attempts to be as in your face and graphically visceral as possible. I’m genuinely excited to see not if the show crosses the line, but how far past the line the show can go.

Spoilers below.

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Check Out ‘Sharknado 5: Global Swarming’ Teaser Trailer!
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Sharknado 5 Global Swarming

Big Ben! The Great Wall of China! The Sphinx! Nowhere on Earth is safe from flying monster sharks. “You see where this is going… right?” That’s all you get in this 20-second teaser for the fifth, yes, fifth installment of the Syfy channel series from B-movie mega producer, The Asylum. Sharknado 5 will span the globe as the shark-fueled natural disasters follow our main characters to various locations hosting climate change summits. Hence, the topical subtitle, “Global Swarming.”

Check out the teaser for Sharknado 5: Global Swarming below.

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Sharknado 5 Gets A New Title and Tagline!
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Sharknado 5

Topical political satire is the trendy thing. Even Netflix’s House of Cards felt cut and pasted out of the newspaper headlines. So with climate change on everyone’s mind, and the same week President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Accords, we now get the brand new title for SyFy’s newest entry in the “in”famous Sharknado series… Sharknado 5: Global Swarming! The fifth film will debut on SyFy channel on August 6th, carrying the tagline, “Make America Bait Again.”

More below.

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TV Review: Incorporated 1.1 “Vertical Mobility”
Dr. Zaius   |  

Incorporated 101--01

Season 1 Episode 1: “Vertical Mobility”
Written & Directed by David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Starring Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond, Dennis Haysbert, Damon Herriman
Air Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 10:00pm

Incorporated made its debut last night on SyFy, and perhaps right in time for President-Elect Trump. The show is based in the year 2074 and corporations govern all… freaky right? The series is executively produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Todd, and created, written and directed by the Pastor Brothers (Alex and David). They co-wrote the 2015 film Self/less starring Ryan Reynolds, and wrote and directed the underrated and underseen 2009 plague film, Carriers. As we learn in the opening crawl, the world was destroyed thanks to global warming (you hear that PE Trump!), and now the corporations rule, secretly battling over Earth’s dwindling resources. Humanity is divided into zones. Green is good for those working for one of these corporations. Red is for the rest of us.

Spoilers below for the premiere of Incorporated!

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Check Out Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ & ‘The Expanse’ Trailers & Premiere Dates!
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The Magicians The Expanse

Good things come to those who wait, and we all have to wait until 2017 (but not too far in) for the second seasons of two of SyFy’s signature series’, The Magicians and The Expanse. One, a mystical medley, and the other, a space opera, both resonated with fans with their unique storylines and vivid styles. Premiere date info comes with bonus trailers!

Check out both trailers and synopses below.

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SDCC 2016: Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con Night 2
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SDCC 2016 Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) The Walking Dead

Can’t make to San Diego for Comic-Con? Don’t worry, the Syfy channel has you covered. Every night of the 4-day Super Bowl of geek culture, Syfy goes live for an hour, bringing you interviews and footage straight from the SDCC convention floor.

On Friday night’s schedule were some of the biggest stars from the hottest shows on television, including Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) from AMC’s The Walking Dead — a show so big it gets its own mini-con (Walker Stalker) — and most of the key actors from USA’s Emmy-nominated series Mr. Robot, which just began its second season. Hosting for Syfy is Will Arnett (Arrested Development, The Lego Movie).

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Syfy Greenlights ‘Dominion,’ A New TV Series Based On The Movie ‘Legion’
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Paul Bettany As Archangel Michael In Legion

Sure Syfy Channel has a ton of reality television, but if those inexpensive shows help fluff the network’s budget for a few good scripted genre shows then they can hunt for ghosts wherever they like!

The network’s President, Dave Howe, announced yesterday that they have greenlit a new supernatural series to full season. The show is titled Dominion, and it is a sequel to the movie Legion, which starred Paul Bettany as archangel Michael, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, and Kevin Durand as archangel Gabriel.

Read more about the new show from the press release below.

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Terry Gilliam’s Science-Fiction Classic ’12 Monkeys’ To Become A SyFy Original Series

12 Monkeys

SyFy is on the hunt for more new series to add to their roster of original programming, and now they’re looking to the mid-1990s for some inspiration.

The network is developing an ongoing series based on 12 Monkeys, the 1995 post-apocalyptic thriller directed by Terry Gilliam. In the film, Bruce Willis played a criminal in a future where most of Earth’s population has been wiped out by a virus supposedly unleashed by a terrorist organization that called itself the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Willis’ character is enlisted by a group of scientists to travel back in time to the early 1990s to pinpoint the origins of the virus and possibly stop the Army from destroying most of the human race. Once he reaches his destination he discovers that everything he knew was a fabrication and must rely on the help of a psychiatrist (Madeline Stowe) and the insane son (Brad Pitt) of a prominent virologist (Christopher Plummer) to save the world while simultaneously attempting to deduce if he is actually going mad and the entire adventure is a figment of his imagination.

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The Star and Producer Of ‘Eureka’ Talk Final Season and the Future
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Eureka Final Season

One of the Syfy Channel’s most beloved shows, Eureka is began its final season on April the 16th. Leading up to the series premiere the network offered a group of journalists the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with the series creator Jamie Paglia and star Colin Ferguson. Of course, the event began with the most basic of questions: What’s coming up on the show? Though not wanting to spoil anything, Paglia does share that some story elements that were obviously meant to be a larger part of the show’s mythos are being brought to completion in this season, with Beverly Barlow and the Consortium being a specific example.

Eureka premiered as a unique series in the genre. At the time the show started Battlestar Galactica was a big success and Stargate was also still successful. These were shows with spaceships and aliens, the parts that make up the space opera puzzle. Eureka had none of that, plus it had comedy. After the success of Eureka, the possibility of other similar leaps into this sort of grounded sci-fi with comedy seemed possible. Thus Warehouse 13 was born a show this is extremely successful for the Syfy Channel. So it’s an easy assumption to make that the show had some influence of the genre as a while.

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Syfy Renews ‘Being Human’ For A Third Season
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Being Human Logo

Just four episodes into season two of Syfy Channel’s “original” series Being Human the network has renewed the series for a third season of 13 episodes.

Viewership for the second season has increased by an impressive +27% in Adults 18-49, +35% in Adults 25-54, and +15% in total viewers; 52% of the viewers are female making Being Human the most female skewing series ever on the network.

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