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Syfy Plots Return to Its Roots, Hopes For Another ‘Battlestar’-Style Breakout

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Once home to the celebrated reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, Syfy in recent years has become best known for outlandish, if wildly popular, B-films like Mansquito and Sharknado. However, parent company NBCUniversal hopes to change that with a return to the cable channel’s sci-fi roots — and a desire to discover the next Game of Thrones or Walking Dead.

“We want to be the best science-fiction channel that we possibly can, and in some respects, that means going back to the more traditional sci-fi/fantasy that fans often say they feel we’ve exited,” Syfy President Dave Howe told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re going to occupy that space in a way we haven’t for the past few years.”

To that end, Syfy’s new executive vice president of original content, Bill McGoldrick, has given two mandates, which the website states are to “greenlight a space opera a la Battlestar and usher the network back into the golden age of high-profile, big-budget miniseries now duplicated by so many of its competitors.”

The first project looks to be Ascension, a limited series about a century-long space voyage of colonists fleeing an Earth threatened by the early Cold War; it’s characterized as Battlestar Galactica meets Downton Abbey.McGoldrick also plans more international co-productions, like Continuum and Lost Girl, while cutting back on those B-movies — although the hit Sharknado will likely stick around, with sequels airing as an annual event.


  • dekko

    Personally, I think we’re due for a new “Buck Rogers” … ;)

  • lewis4510

    Hopefully this means wrestling won’t consume an entire night of programming.

    I’m tired of the woe is me I’m a werewolf, vampire, ghost, etc. angsty soap opera bullshit shows. So count me as glad that Being Human is ending.

  • Dean_Winchester

    BRING BACK STARGATE YOU MOTHER&^%$#@$! I’d settle for SGU, but would prefer Atlantis.

  • mel

    Or a good version of Flash Gordon. Not that crap from a few years ago.

  • JamesRae

    Helix needs a second season.

  • Jack Saat

    Awesome it’s about time, Maybe they can revisit the Stargate IP like it really not got a ending yet just cliffhangers :(

  • Jack Saat

    and one 3rd!

  • Eldarain Aklaneth

    They should do a Warhammer 40,000 series focusing on the Inquisition. WIth the parent company farming their IP out to shovelware video game makers it might be possible.

  • Ra Armentia

    Bringing back classics like Logan’s Run and Space 1999 would be cool, but also some new never before imagined stuff would be great. Maybe a series based on Heilein’s Lazurus Long or some other celebrated authors work.

  • coolkidofdeath

    The Expanse series by James s.a. Corey would make a fantastic series if treated similarly to galactica. Great characters in a pulpy sci-fi yarn.