Syfy Network Returning to its Sci-Fi Roots
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
In an effort to re-brand itself and get back to its roots, the Syfy network will be moving away from B-movies like Sharknado and bring back traditional fare that made viewers tune in to the network in the first place. Network executives are hoping that with this change, their audience will tune in to watch original, yet familiar, science fiction/fantasy programming.
Since its first re-branding five years ago, the network’s few scripted shows have failed to capture an audience. Their last hit was Battlestar Galactica, which wrapped in 2009. But since other serialized genre shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Teen Wolf are thriving, Syfy has decided to go back to the drawing board and recapture the magic they once had.
To usher in the change, the network has ordered a six-hour miniseries called Ascension from former Smallville writer and producer Philip Levens. The show is described as part Battlestar and part Downton Abbey, and, according to Syfy, follows a “covert space mission launched by the U.S. government in 1963 which sent hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship called Ascension to populate a new world. Passengers aboard the spaceship begin to question the true nature of their mission after the mysterious murder of a young woman takes place nearly 50 years into their voyage, as they being to approach the point of no return.”
Ascension is set to premiere in November 2014 and will air through December.
What do you think of the changes Syfy will soon be implementing?