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Syfy Teams With Jamie Foxx, Expands Reality Slate

Meat Loaf, Jim Henson Creature Shop among the big names for new schedule

Syfy is teaming with Jamie Foxx for a halfhour horror anthology, ordering five episodes slated for October, topper Dave Howe revealed at the cabler’s upfront on Wednesday.

Program will be in the vein of “Tales From the Crypt” and “The Twilight Zone.” Foxx will exec produce, pen and direct the series, with Universal Cable Prods. attached to the project.

The NBCU cabler has also renewed “Ghost Mine” for a second season, and will develop  eight unscripted programs in the year ahead.

Season two of “Ghost Mine” is due to bow in September with 12 hourlong episodes. The show, from 51 Minds, centers on a team of miners and paranormal investigators panning for gold and answers to supernatural effluvia in Eastern Oregon’s Crescent Mine.

In its first season, “Ghost Mine” averaged 1.25 million total viewers on a live-plus-seven-day basis, Syfy said, citing Nielsen data. “Ghost Mine”  occupies Syfy’s Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot.

The eight new unscripted programs include “Unbreakable,” a competition based on an extreme endurance race held annually in Vermont; “The Jim Henson Creature Shop,” in which aspiring puppeteers and even Muppeteers can win an apprenticeship with the fabled maker of Kermit the Frog; “Meat Loaf Rocks the Paranormal,” starring the musician, his two daughters and his son-in-law, Scott Ian of Anthrax, traveling to America’s most famous haunted locales; and “Dead Famous,” that sets out to answer questions about celebrities who died young by collecting personal items and holding a séance.

Howe stated at the upfront that the cabler will continue its emphasis on transmedia content, which the net has dove into with “Defiance.”

“Syfy will create and deliver buzzy and highly social event programming every quarter that will stand out in the marketplace. These interactive tentpoles embrace the second screen experience our unique and valuable ‘igniter’ viewers now expect, and deliver greater and deeper partnership opportunities for our advertisers’ brands.”

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