Voice Of The Fans: The New SyFy Series, Will You Be Watching?

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?

16 thoughts on “Voice Of The Fans: The New SyFy Series, Will You Be Watching?”

  1. Hmmm none of them stand out and grab my attention as original or interesting, but I suppose I will give them all a go to see how they turn out.

     

    I just hope that lighter shows don’t follow the recent trend of ScyFy ‘light SF’ shows such as Eureka (which has steadily declined in quality) to meet the banal and tedious Warehouse 13.

  2. So long as Bonnie Hammer is in charge, I expect more cotton candy-esque SyFy fare in the vein of Eureka and Warehouse 13, rather than boldness in the mold of Battlestar Galactica. Sadly, I think Eureka and Warehouse 13 already meet my quota of lighthearted disposable science fiction, so I’m not really geared up for any of the old product in new packages.

  3. TV has gone to the “Robin Hood” welll far more than necessary, and Kevin Sorbo is no Bruce Cambpel, but Ball & Chain and Human Relations at least give me some small hope for entertainment.

    …and how can you go wrong with a Zombie Comedy?

  4. Wow. That’s seriously unimpressive and Legendary sounds like a joke. I might try Orion, depending on how the production values look in the trailers. I love SGU, but that’s the only show on the channel I watch. There is so much good non-SF tv (Mad Men, Burn Notice, White Collar) that I don’t have time for SF that isn’t quality.

  5. It’s all embarrassing drivel. When is SYFY going to smarten up? You can make good, even great SF on a low budget. There is so much great fiction out there just waiting to be transformed.

  6. Isn’t it a bit early to write it off before you have even seen a pilot nevermind the show…. Yeah I know the descriptions hardly inspire anything remotely close to a ‘must watch’ feeling… but then I was equally unimpressed when i heard they were redoing Battlestar Galactica or when I heard about the 3rd spin off of Stargate – SG:U, when I read the blurb for the Lost Room I laughed when one of my friends tried to convince me it was great….

    The thing was I tried all these shows (and probably a few more that slip my mind) and in each of the cases mentioned I am glad I did as they are all excellent TV shows (imo).

  7. A bit of the track, but when I was at Noreastcon IV (8?) years ago, Harlan Ellison gave an address at the Hugo awards ceremony, and said he had been writing for an ABC series “Masters of Science Fiction”. Hadn’t seen any news about showing the series.

    lo and behold

    http://www.mastersofscifi.com/

     

     

  8. @ wobots – I saw this a couple of years ago…. Mixed bag really, some great ideas but the execution left a lot to be desired at times.

  9. None of these descriptions jump out at me, but I will usually watch for more than a few episodes. Hell, like pizza, even bad scifi is better than no scifi  (except Smallville).  Still love “Eureka” and enjoy “Warehouse 13″.  I am growing in affection for the latest SGU.

  10. It all sounds totally forgettable. I suppose if the zombie comedy turns up on Netflix Instant View, I might try an episode…

    I’ve just given up on TV SF for over ten years. I have yet to get through Firefly and, while I liked the first two and a half seasons of Battlestar Galactica, I haven’t got round to watching the rest. None of this sounds like being as good as either of those.

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