Syfy’s Summer to Include Three New Series, ‘Sharknado’ Week

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It’s going to be a busy summer on Syfy, and not just because of its latest “Sharknado” movie. The network on Thursday announced a summer lineup that also includes three new series and the return of three others.

The slate includes new scripted series “Killjoys,” from the producers of “Orphan Black,” and “Dark Matter,” from the writers of “Stargate Atlantis.” Also on tap are the new unscripted gameshow “Geeks Who Drink,” hosted and exec produced by Zachary Levi; and returning seasons of scripted originals “Defiance” and “Dominion,” as well as competition series “Face Off.”

Syfy kicks off its summer on Friday, June 12, with the two-hour, third-season premiere of “Defiance,” followed by the series premiere of “Dark Matter.” In “Dark Matter,” the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage fueled by vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

It was created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and writers of the “Stargate” franchise, and developed with Prodigy Pictures. The series features Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland, with Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. The 13 one-hour episodes are based on the graphic novel “Dark Matter,” also by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics.

One week later, newcomer “Killjoys” takes the 9 p.m. slot between “Defiance” and “Dark Matter.” “Killjoys” follows a fun-loving, hard-living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multiplanetary class war.

From Temple Street Productions, the producers of “Orphan Black,” and writer and showrunner Michelle Lovretta, creator of “Lost Girl,” the original, 10-episode series stars Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore.

On July 9, Syfy returns “Dominion” (pictured) for a second season, at 10 p.m., and a week later it’s joined at 11:30 p.m. by “Geeks Who Drink.” Zachary Levi exec produces and hosts this new, original weekly gameshow based on the nationwide pub trivia contest of the same name. In each installment, two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” (including a celebrity captain) battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

The second annual Sharknado Week kicks off July 18 and features seven original movies — including “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” Other pics include “Sharktopus vs. Whale Wolf,” Roger Corman’s third installment in the “Sharktopus” franchise starring Casper Van Dien, and the world premiere of “Lavalantula,” in which Steve Guttenberg and fellow “Police Academy” alums Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow must battle lava-breathing tarantulas threatening to destroy Los Angeles.

And Syfy caps its summer programming with the season premiere of “Face Off” on Tuesday, July 28, at 9. McKenzie Westmore hosts, with Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page returning as judges. Hollywood makeup legend Michael Westmore serves as the contestant mentor.

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  1. Looks like Syfy is making an effort to go back to original Science Fictions shows…I still don’t know why they past up of a Battlestar Galactica or Stargate show, since those were their biggest shows back in the day. I love Defiance and Dominion; Helix just keeps getting better; 12 Monkeys has been crazy; Continuum was a great surprise, but its ending soon; Z-Nation is far from the Walking Dead and a bit corny, but its fun to watch; Dark Matter looks very promising; and looking forward to Killjoy, Childhood’s End, and The Expanse. I hope they reconsider BSG: Blood & Chrome, that would of been a great show; and Stargate Universe really needs some sort of continuation, because leaving them hangin’ frozen in space is just cruel.

  2. Looks like Syfy is making an effort to go back to original Science Fictions shows…I still don’t know why they past up of a Battlestar Galactica or Stargate show, since those were their biggest shows back in the day. I love Defiance and Dominion; Dark matter looks very promising; and Z-Nation is far from the Walking Dead and a bit corny, but its fun to watch. I hope they reconsider BSG: Blood & Chrome, that would of been a great show. I have yet to get into Haven, Lost Girl, or Bitten.

  3. Troublemaker says:

    This is getting ludicrous. Where is Haven? We get that Syfy is trying to drive off viewers by messing with the time slots, days and calling it a two part long season (which we all know is TWO SEASONS! ), but if you’re going to cancel it anyway, why not just air the remaining episodes and get it over with?! It’s an insult to the very loyal fans, to keep us strung along like this.

    • BM says:

      Where is Haven? Far in the back of their minds with the fans I guess or they just stopped caring due to other priorities. And I agree with you, they need to just air the episodes if it’s the end and get it over with if their minds are now on other shows such as the ones mentioned in the article above. I wouldn’t mind a new season, but doubting that due to how low of a priority Haven is now.

  4. BM says:

    Wow Haven fans are alienated by Syfy again due to no air date for season 5B that we helped to fight for? Why do the show-runners, writers, and Syfy continuously alienate devoted fans? Just frustrating.

  5. We were told OVER AND OVER again by Syfy Senior Executive Ted A’Zary that “Haven” would be returning THIS SUMMER for season 5b. The writers, the producers…all said the same thing. Yet, here is the summer schedule and where is “Haven”?! First, they bring in new writers that DECIMATED the established character hierarchy and that alienated much of the demo audience; now this? It’s about time for Syfy to just come right out and be honest with “Haven’s” fans. They have never promoted the show] it has been fan driven from the start. They have even pushed it into the Syfy “death time slot” trying to drive the ratings even lower to justify their 5 seasons and you’re out mentality. Syfy is their own worst enemy.

  6. Hellen Miles says:

    This article should say that Dark Matter is made by the producers of Lost Girl

  7. Ricky Somers says:

    stupid sharknado 3 get a life think about normal ppl for a change when u do line ups 40-60 yrs of age we are the ones that stay home during the summer

  8. NOLANOLA says:

    They really need to do something about the 9 month/1year waits between seasons. DOMINION,
    12 MONKEYS, HAVEN to name a few. One right behind the other might help SOME of us get over the disappointment of such short season.

    • I AGREE! Syfy is RIDICULOUS! I have worked in television before…nothing major, however I do understand marketing and to have these long breaks between seasons does NOT help keep viewers interested; especially with the short seasons Syfy shows typically have. Also, calling “Haven’s” 5th season 5a and 5b, just so you can keep the actors/production/crew around without having to give them a new contract and (potentially) more money, was very transparent and in poor form. “Haven” is a very good show, with a lot of potential. I have never seen a show with a more dedicated and loyal fanbase; IN SPITE of all the changes to the detriment that Syfy has forced upon the show and the direction that the new writers have tried to force the show in. “Haven” wins EVERY SINGLE fan poll it is entered in. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Yet, Syfy has NEVER acknowledged this. It NEVER acknowledges the fans that keep the show in the media. (Lucas Bryant has won Entertainment Tonight’s “Hottie of the Week” THREE times…once with co-star Emily Rose. They both also won Best Couple 2015 from the Canadian Screen Awards…beating out MAJOR network shows. Lucas Bryant was also the ONLY Syfy Network actor EVER to be nominated, let alone WIN a round in E!’s Alpha Male Madness. The SHOW wins EVERY poll it is entered in also…Spoiler TV, Cancelled Sci-Fi, etc…).

      “Haven’s” rating have slipped, but Syfy also moved it out of it’s normal time slot, put it on MUCH earlier and then pitted it against “Thursday Night Football” in the US! One of the things “Haven” fans loved BEST about the show, was Tweeting with the cast and their friends in Canada, LIVE while watching the show, Fridays at 10pm EST…just like we have for years. As an American-Canadian, I want to watch MY show with my friends and family in Quebec and Ontario again, after the kiddos are in bed at 10pm with a beer in one hand, and my keyboard in the other! Later that night, I’ll watch it re-air with my pals on the westcoast. I also have a Canadian satellite so I can watch “Haven” through that provider on Showcase, but my point is, I shouldn’t have to. Syfy shouldn’t try to alienate their fans. WE make it possible for THEM to go to work everyday. WE deserve their respect and for them to be HONEST with us. After all, WE help them EVERYDAY by promoting their shows…whether they like it or not.

  9. Truth says:

    SEE THEY USED ME AND EXPLOITED ME FOR FIVE YEARS WITHOUT PAYING ME THEN THEY GET ME TO TRAIN THEIR E-HANDS SO THEY CAN CONTINUING HANDING OUT DEALS TO THE SAME LAZY ASSED THIEVES. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HUNG AND SHOT.

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