What happened to Syfy's original programming?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by gweempose, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 26, 2017
    Elizabeth, CO


    Helix - another one I enjoyed. While it was still good the second season really wasn't up there with the first season. It is also a show I point out as an excellent way of ending a season when you are unsure of renewal. The season 1 finale would have been a great series finale with just some very minor editing, just take out the scenes of Ilaria Corp. in France and let the destruction of Arctic Biosystems end it.

    I have no issue with comic based shows so I will probably check out Resident Alien
  2. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Isn't Walking Dead the most successful show on AMC? It's really good, although I guess I got bored with it. I just checked... I have 38 unwatched episodes sitting on my TiVo, from S8E5 to S10E10. I'm going to need a three day weekend to binge that many episodes.

    ObOntopic: I really like most of SyFy's original series. I think I've watched all of 'em. Its movies, OTOH, are generally terrible and MST3K worthy. Of the current crop, Van Helsing, Wynona Earp, Magicians are all good. Love Magicians. I read the books before the show came out, which might make it easier to understand, although the TV series has now gone way beyond the books, which were covered in... what, just one or two seasons?
  3. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Not so much that they covered the books, as they wandered further and further away from them, until you can no longer see the books from where you are.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that, as long as they keep the quality up. And they have, in a way that's, well, very different from the books.
  4. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I guess falling within the actual science fiction genre is no longer a requirement for this channel.
  5. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000


    Unless the serial killer is...

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  6. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Most of their movies suck, but they've had some very solid mini-series. I loved "The Lost Room", and I thought both "Dune" and "Children of Dune" were quite good. I even kind of enjoyed "Ascension". I'm sure there are some others I can't think of at the moment that I liked.

    Edit: Now that I think about it, wasn't the BSG pilot originally presented as two part mini-series?
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  7. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Land of...
    I seem to remember at one point they had plans to produce a series or miniseries of Ringworld. I was really looking forward to that. I have no idea what happened to that one.
  8. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Yeah, it was announced a couple times. First in 2004 and again in 2013, but nothing came of it.

    Netflix supposedly was going to do one too but never got around to it I guess.
  9. Fixer

    Fixer Fixin' it!!

    Mar 29, 2005
    The Great...
    Hell, they don't even broadcast that much second-run programming anymore. I think I've only seen The Twilight Zone and Futurama. How about reality, like Ghost Hunters and the like?

    When I was younger, I loved the all day marathons of classic shows like The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers, original BSG, et al.
  10. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I suspect the advent of streaming services (and their need for material) has driven up the price for old programming..?
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    A lot of their bad Eastern European "original" movies are probably now bad Netflix "original" movies.

    I was checking IMDB to see if one of my favorites, "FDR:American Badass" was a SyFy movie when I found a link to this hitherto unknown masterpiece: Helen Keller Vs. Nightwolves
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  12. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Once upon a time, MST3K was a Sci-Fi Channel original series!
  13. AlphaDelta

    AlphaDelta Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Not watched anything on SyFy since Dark Matter was cancelled.
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  14. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    A lot of second-run (10th+ run?) SF programming is on the Comet, Heroes and Icons, or MeTV channels:

    COMET TV Shows / Series

    Babylon 5
    Hammer House of Horror
    Mystery Science Theater 3000
    Stargate SG-1
    The Outer Limits

    H&I | Shows

    Adventures of Superman
    The Dead Zone
    The Green Hornet
    Mutant X
    The Pretender
    Relic Hunter
    Star Trek
    Star Trek: Deep Space 9
    Star Trek: Enterprise
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Star Trek: Voyager
    Wonder Woman

    MeTV / Shows

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
    The Invaders
    The Invisible Man
    Land of the Giants
    Lost in Space
    Mission: Impossible
    Planet of the Apes
    Star Trek
    The Time Tunnel
    The Twilight Zone
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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  15. thewebgal

    thewebgal MacAphile AV geek

    Aug 10, 2007
    DC 'burbs
    Didn't they run WWF (or whatever wrestling is called these days) for a while?
    Its been a LONG WAYS from Science Fiction for a really long time. Even their made for TV movie about the generation ship that turned out to be a psych project in a warehouse was predictable and poorly done. Expanse was great - and too good for SYFRY.
    I don't regard Sword and Sorcery or fantasy stuff as Science Fiction - tho I could enjoy some of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser tales, if well done.

    I think there was a single made for TV movie from that - and that was it! -
    Oh wait, that was RiverWorld! Great potential but only a one shot!
  16. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    Farscape was their biggest mistake. A show at its peak and cancelled at the wrong time. Bonnie Hammer made the call. I will remember her name until the day I die. It is impressive how much original programming they have had over the years.
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  17. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    El Rey Network is airing Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Starhunter Redux, and Quantum Leap.
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  18. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Yeah, she's the one who tried to turn the SciFi Channel into the Wrestling Channel.

    She famously disliked science fiction.

    But Farscape is an example of the kind of show that has been both the gemstone and downfall of SciFi/Syfy...something really, really good, but too expensive to survive in that environment.
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  19. Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004

    They don't air MST3k anymore. The best bet for those is either Netflix or a streaming service like Pluto TV, Twitch or Shout Factory. Also Svengoolie on Metv also airs the Hammer House films. In fact last night he aired The Horrors Of Dracula.
  20. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Yes they do. It's on the air right now. According to my TitanTV schedule, upcoming episodes:

    Sun, Mar 22 1:45 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Killer Shrews
    Fri, Mar 27 10:00 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Hercules
    Sat, Mar 28 12:15 AM Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Killer Shrews
    Sun, Mar 29 12:00 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Night of the Blood Beast
    Sun, Mar 29 1:45 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Indestructible Man
    Fri, Apr 03 10:00 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Night of the Blood Beast
    Sat, Apr 04 12:15 AM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Indestructible Man
    Sun, Apr 05 11:30 AM Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Last of the Wild Horses
    Sun, Apr 05 2:45 PM Mystery Science Theater 3000 Cave Dwellers

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