SyFy Releases Spring/Summer Schedule: Some Good, Some “Ugh”

SyFy Spring and Summer is Near

It’s that time again when all the ‘serious’ fall series shows are coming to an end and it’s time to entertain us while they are on hiatus. SyFy just released their schedule for this spring and summer so we’ll post it below and take a crack at determine what’s good and what’s not-so-good.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – April 7, 2017 – Syfy announced its spring/summer schedule today, which includes the new unapologetic orgy-of-action grindhouse series, BLOOD DRIVE, from Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, the summer staple SHARKNADO will return for its 5th installment, and Syfy will once again feature live coverage from the summer’s biggest genre event, San Diego Comic-Con.

So we’re already off to a bad start when their biggest announcement comes from two potentially terrible ideas.


BLOOD DRIVE – Series premieres Wednesday, June 14 at 10/9c
Get uncomfortable…! In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, BLOOD DRIVE is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood! The series is from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers John Hlavin (“Underworld Awakening”), David Straiton (“Bates Motel”) and Frederik Malmberg (“Let Me In”), along with producer Mark Wheeler (“Becoming”). James Roland (“Weeds”) created the project and is a co-executive producer on the series.

This is one of those things that could be a fun ride full of antics but has a lot to prove. My first instinct here is a board room full of execs throwing darts at posters and those who land the closet for getting the highest points on “Mad Max” and “Z Nation” and winning the prize for merging them together “win”.
We shall see.

MOVIES AND LIVE EVENTS (in order of air date)

LIVE FROM COMIC-CON – Coverage runs Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 at 11/10c
For the second year in a row, Syfy telecasts live from the heart of San Diego Comic-Con. Bringing the hottest party of the summer to the fans, with direct access to the biggest stars, breaking news, insider party coverage, exclusive content and sneak peeks of the most anticipated films and TV series, each night will bring you the news you need to know from the ‘Con.

This should be interesting at least as Comic-Con is still going strong year after year, despite the super hero fatigue that’s starting to set in. As a long time fan, it’s a bit jarring to see it become some red carpet style extravaganza filled with stars, news and sneak peek content that seems to dominate the ‘fun’ – but the thousands of people showing up and having a great time, as well as those covering things for their blogs and youtube channels keep things fresh. I give this a thumbs up.
SHARKNADO 5 (Working Title) – Premieres Sunday, August 6 at 8/7c

The pop culture phenomenon SHARKNADO blows into town this summer… and this time, the shark-infested storms pick up wind as the world braces for the inevitable – a global shark takeover. Will our chainsaw-wielding hero Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and partner in crime April Wexler (Tara Reid) save the world from this jaw snapping-nado…again?

I can’t even fathom how this exists, much less is on its fifth take. But at least it isn’t out there trying to take itself seriously. This is the epitome of mindless summer fun, so take it or leave it I guess.

RETURNING SERIES (in order of air date)

12 MONKEYS – Season 3 premieres over 3 consecutive nights Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11/7-10c (Previously Announced)
Critically-acclaimed series 12 MONKEYS follows the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from 2043 sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). In Season 3, the duo embarks on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse – a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair.

Okay, now we’re getting into some good stuff. This is a series that has taken the high concept of the original movie and built an entire universe of characters and time travel on it. I’ve been very impressed and have enjoyed the first two seasons a great deal and find the cast to be a wonderful group.
They’ve built a lot of ground work here and we’ve seen many tragedies both undone and made worse as the episodes go by. This is definitely a watch and is highly recommended.

DARK MATTER – Season 3 premieres two episodes back-to-back Friday, June 9 at 8/7c (then single episodes air weekly on Fridays at 9/8c)
Based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, DARK MATTER centers on an intergalactic crew who awaken on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. After the EOS 7 space station is destroyed, the survivors fight to stay alive and find the rest of their crew.

Another one of my favorite series that was based on an original comic. This is also a wonderful cast that has a perfect mixture of drama, action and light-heartedness in such a bleak futuristic universe. Made up of actors from a variety of other shows that are no longer being produced, it’s wonderful to see them in such a rich setting.

WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 premieres Friday, June 9 at 10/9c
Based on the IDW Publishing comic book created by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP follows the life of famous lawman Wyatt Earp’s demon-fighting great-great-granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), who inherited Wyatt’s mythic abilities. In Season 2, Wynonna and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost Triangle.

This show has gotten a LOT of attention from the folks at IDW comics who produce the comic book series. I’ve watched season one in chunks and I’m still a bit indifferent about it. The acting is mostly good and I have high hopes for the cast overall, but the story felt like it dragged along a bit too much and I’m at the point where season two will have to win me over to keep me tuned in.

FACE OFF – Season 12 premieres Tuesday, June 13 at 9/8c
The award-winning competition series FACE OFF features innovative artists competing for a grand prize and top honor of being Hollywood’s next great special effects make-up artist. McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multigenerational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host.

Having multiple seasons per year, which has led up to the Season 12 premier has been hit or miss. On one hand, it’s hard to keep the ideas fresh from year to year and group to group. On the other hand, there has been a lot of nice stuff produced, tons of star power guest judges and a strong commitment to the core judge group who are truly the unsung masters of traditional special effects in movies and TV. Many spin-off type shows based on similar concepts have come and gone since the start of “Face Off”, but it seems only “Face Off” reigns supreme.

KILLJOYS – Season 3 premieres June 30 at 8/7c
After sustaining serious personal losses, our trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle.

I’ve always considered this show a counterpart to “Dark Matter”. Definitely a lighter theme for the bleak science fiction future this show has a great core cast and a ton of interesting and original ideas that it’s throwing out there. Between this, “Dark Matter” and “12 Monkeys” it’s a toss up between which one is my favorite at any given time, but they are definitely in the top three on this list.

So that’s it

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