What happened to Syfy's original programming?

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    gweempose

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    I was just perusing through the guide and I noticed that Syfy barely has any original shows on anymore. Unless I missed something, Wynona Earp and The Magicians appear to be the only two shows still airing, and both of them have been around for a while. Most of their prime-time schedule consists of movies, and many of them aren't even science fiction. What the heck happened to this channel? They used to have so many great original scripted shows.
     
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    dianebrat

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    They have a few new ones coming up, but they're concentrating on making money and new shows cost money, so they've apparently moved to more movies.
    However that doesn't mean they're not doing anything new, Vagrant Queen is on the way as is Resident Alien
     
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    Tony_T

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    SyFy went downhill for me after they cancelled The Expanse.
     
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    JoeKustra

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    The guide descriptions are great. :)

    Magicians 3/11: "Margo learns to project. Josh goes to the spa."
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, I think their problem is in recent years, they've had a number of good but expensive shows that just didn't make enough money. With Magicians ending, I think the only ones they have left are Van Helsing, Wynonna Earp, and that vampire apocalypse thing (is that still running?), all of which seem very cheaply made.

    Unfortunately, that seems to be the direction they're going in. Fortunately, Resident Alien at least seems like a show that would be easy to make both good and cheap (it's based on a very good comic book). Vagrant Queen is also based on a comic, but it seems to me that would be harder to do both well and cheaply.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I wonder if SyFy is going to go the way of many niche networks and just offer general content or move to show something else. For example AMC used to be old movies but now shows general content. Travel channel (which changed to Trvl) shows nothing but paranormal now, almost nothing on Travel. I agree with Rob, it just feels like these networks just buy content on the cheap and show it rather than spend the money to develop their own content. If you own a series of networks perhaps you now limit your original scripted content to just a few channels now. For Comcast owned channels, they already have USA, so maybe that's where original content will be pushed to.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2020 #7 of 43
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Syfy is still developing their own content, but they seem to have gotten out of the prestige-show business. In the current fragmented market, it's hard for little channels to get the kind of numbers that can support an expensive show (like, e.g., Expanse). It kinda looks like they've given up even trying, and are looking for original material that can be done on the cheap.
     
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    dianebrat

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    The Magicians in particular has been doing this for a while and agreed, it's wonderfully hilarious and good at not giving spoilers.
     
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    SyFy used to have a new original movie every Saturday night.
     
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    I guess they ran out of Sharknados. Pretty much any movie they made for TV could have easily ended up as fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000.
     
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  11. Rob Helmerichs

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    I'm pretty sure that most of their "Syfy Originals" were movies that were made elsewhere (as in, Eastern Europe) and bought up on the cheap...
     
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    The network seems to oscillate between having unique programming and serving up leftovers. They grow a fan base, decide the programs fueling that fan base are too expensive, cut back.
     
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  13. Tony_T

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    fixed ;)
     
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    SyFy used to be my go to network - Eureka, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, Dark Matter, Killjoys, The Expanse and I am sure I am forgetting a few. Now with all of those cancelled or moved I m done I tried Magicians but I didnt even get through the first season. Now with show like The Feed on Amazon and Stranger Things on Netflix I get all I need of that type of show
     
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    ...and The Expanse on Amazon :)
     
  16. gweempose

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    They've had a bunch of great shows over the years. Besides the ones you mentioned, there was Farscape, BSG, 12 Monkeys, and all the Stargate shows. Even some of their second tier shows were pretty entertaining like Lost Girl, Alphas, Defiance, Haven, etc ...
     
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    I guess i wasn't kidding when I said I am forgetting a few. Everything you listed except for Farscape and 12 Monkeys are shows I watched
     
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    Raise a glass for "Helix" which was too crazy to last. I see nothing on the horizon to give me hope.

    Coming later this month:
    "Vagrant Queen" -- based on comics

    Coming this summer:
    "Resident Alien" -- based on comics

    in development:
    "The League of Pan" -- Peter Pan & Wendy & Neverland ten years later
    "Chucky" -- spinoff from the "Child's Play" movie franchise

    pilots ordered for evaluation:
    "Cult Classic" -- teens stalked by serial killer
    "Cipher" -- fighting the war over A.I.
     
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  20. Rob Helmerichs

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    Resident Alien was a great comic, and could be a great show...but not in the old-school SciFi way. More in the USA way.

    Only two issues of Vagrant Queen have come out, and I haven't really formed an opinion yet.
     

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