SyFy recently announced their slate of new series for their channel, a quick refresher if you’ve forgotten:

  • Ball & Chain – After months of emotional tumult, Edgar and Mallory call their relationship quits. As they say their final goodbyes, the ex-lovers are nearly hit by a meteorite that, it turns out, imbues them with extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, the powers only work when they are in close proximity to each other. Though the last thing they want to do is stay together, they’ll need to try if they hope to overcome the newly arrived other-worldly forces that threaten to destroy them and anyone else who gets in the way.
  • Me And Lee – a down-on-his-luck 20-something undergoes back surgery, only to find that the procedure did not go well. Enter Lee Majors, who claims he has the perfect solution. He entices the young man into his ultra high-tech lab and makes him bionic. Now intrinsically bound together, Majors tries helping his new partner get his life back on track.
  • Orion - National Treasure meets Firefly in this swashbuckling space opera about an adventurous female relic hunter and her team as they hunt down — and sometimes steal — valuable and powerful objects to sell on the black market, all while staying one step ahead of the bounty hunters hot on their heels.
  • Sherwood - In this “Robin Hood” story for the 23rd century, a young man of privilege teams up with a misfit spaceship crew to right the wrongs of his family.
  • Legendary - A 1/2-hour single-camera series in which Kevin Sorbo plays an exaggerated version of himself… a former syndicated television series star. When a fan approaches Sorbo to enlist his skills in combating the underworld mythological creatures that threaten to destroy Los Angeles, an unlikely partnership is formed. Together, they use their intimate knowledge of the myths of Hercules to defeat a myriad of beasts.
  • Human Relations – The Office meets Men in Black in this project featuring an office Temp who slowly discovers that his off-kilter and odd-ball bosses at the strange hi-tech “ad agency” where he works are really aliens working on a plan to destroy the Earth.
  • Zeros - In this 1/2-hour single-camera satire, when the zombie population of Marshall City overcomes the 30-foot barrier separating the infected people from the rest of the city, the Zombie Extermination and Removal Operations company (the Zeros) are called in to keep the peace. When they can get out of their own way long enough to focus on a case, they are pretty effective with very unorthodox methods.

I can’t say that this lineup looks strong or impressive. I am interested to see how Orion turns out. I’m mildly intrigued by Sherwood, but expect it to me horribly cliche, and Human Relations, which could be decent based on SyFy’s track record with ‘light’ SF shows. The one thing that I think most of these shows will need is a decent budget, especially the shows that are going to rely heavily on CGI. Given how even Eureka and Warehouse 13 suffer from passable (on a good day) to cheesy (a lot of the time) CGI, I’m not holding out much hope. I guess we’ll see how much of that wrestling money is available for the new shows.

I’d really like to see a space oriented show like Galactica back on TV, I hope Orion is that show.

What about you? Will you be watching? If so, which ones or why not?

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