Syfy has announced its 2014 fall programming schedule, featuring the return of an original series, two series premieres and the return of special horror-related events for October.

Highlights on the schedule include “Ascension,” a six-hour drama event series, new documentary series “Town of the Living Dead” and the seventh year of month-long programming block “31 Days of Halloween.”


“Haven” (Sept. 11 at 10 p.m.) When the series returns for its fifth season, “Haven’s” protectors are thrust into uncharted waters: Duke (Eric Balfour) is now a ticking time bomb, fighting to contain the Troubles within him, while Nathan (Lucas Bryant) faces his greatest fear that Audrey (Emily Rose) – the woman he’s fought so desperately to save – may be gone forever. Haven, which rose 11 percent among Adults 18-34 and 3 percent among Adults 18-49 during its fourth season, is based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author Stephen King.

Z Nation (Sept. 12 at 10 p.m.) In “Z Nation,” three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. “Z Nation” stars Harold Perrineau (“Oz,” “Lost”) Tom Everett Scott (“Southland,” “Beauty and the Beast”), DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), Michael Welch (“Twilight” trilogy), Kellita Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”) Anastasia Baranova (“The Darkness II”) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (“Big Fish”) as Doc and Keith Allan (“Rise of the Zombies”) as Murphy.

“31 Days of Halloween” (Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.) Running through Oct. 31, “31 Days of Halloween” will unleash nearly 600 hours of bloodcurdling programming featuring the tenth anniversary “Ghost Hunters” special, the Original Movies “Dark Haul” and “Finders Keepers,” and a wide array of spine-tingling theatricals including “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003 remake) and “The Reaping.”

“Town of the Living Dead” (Oct. 7 at 10 p.m.) The colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie, “Thr33 Days Dead,” now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series will follow the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to get to a final cut of their film, which could someday become a Syfy movie.

“Ghost Hunters” (Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.) This October, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, “Ghost Hunters,” celebrates two landmark events: Its tenth anniversary and its 200th episode. In the tenth anniversary episode, airing Oct. 8, the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team traveling to Brunswick, Ga.’s Old City Hall to investigate claims of paranormal activity said to be sparked by a 19th century shooting death. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Ghost Hunters marks the occasion of their 200th episode with a two-hour episode that has TAPS returning to one of their favorite haunted locations – the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va. Additional new Ghost Hunters episodes airing in October take place at: Elizabeth V. Edwards Elementary School in Barnegat, N.J. and the historic Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, Fla. (airing Oct. 15); and Ohio’s Cincinnati Music Hall (Oct. 29).

“Dark Haul” (Oct.) A team of secretive guardians transport a deadly creature and its half-human sister to a secure location, but the beast escapes and threatens to fulfill a prophecy – by destroying the world. Dark Haul stars Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Black Hawk Down”), Rick Ravanello (“The Cave,” “Hart’s War”) and Evalena Marie (“Remains,” “Serena and the Ratts”).

“Finders Keepers” (Oct.) A child becomes obsessed with an evil doll left behind by the previous occupants of her new home. “Finders Keepers” stars Jaime Pressly (“My Name is Earl,” “Two and a Half Men”).

“Ascension” (Nov. 24 at 9 p.m.) “Ascension” is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. The series stars Brandon P. Bell (“Hollywood Heights”) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town,” “The Bridge”) as the eponymous ship’s captain William Denninger and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

“Mutant World” (Nov.) A group of ‘Doomsday Preppers’ emerge from their bunker 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants. The movie stars Kim Coates (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”), Holly Deveaux (“Hannibal,” “The Phantoms”) and singer Ashanti (song “Foolish”).