Syfy looks to be moving past its Saturday night mutant monster phase with a slate of new original programming for 2013 and beyond.
With the $100 million game/TV hybrid “Defiance” showing that Syfy is willing to take a gamble with their programming, the network is teaming up with showrunner Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal”), director Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future,” “Polar Express”), and actor Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”) to help create some of their new shows. Let’s do a quick rundown based on this story from EW:
“Untitled Jamie Foxx Horror Anthology”: The “Ray” star will write, direct, and produce this five-episode horror anthology set to debut during Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween in October.
“The Test”: Robert Zemeckis joins Gale Anne Hurd in producing this adaptation of the Top Cow comic by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Hawkins. The story centers around a high-tech gated community abruptly cut off from the rest of reality, and the one man in communication with the powers-that-be responsible called “The Rift.” He’ll have to use this unique ability to lead the survivors out of the void.
“High Moon”: The latest from Bryan Fuller (have you watched the first episode of “Hannibal? It’s quite good), is adapting the book “Lost Caves” by John Christopher. It’s follows the aftermath of Earth’s colonization of the moon and the subsequent first contact with new life.
Additionally, Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” will both receive miniseries, the former following a science team’s investigation of a mysterious alien artifact, the latter showing life in the aftermath of a peaceful alien invasion.