2011 Syfy Upfront Announcements (Pt. 1): Scripted Shows

 Syfy announces what is in store for their 2011 programming, including favorite returning television series and new original content. Erin Willard brings you the highlights from the announcement.
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Syfy president Dave Howe is announcing the Syfy lineup for the remainder of the year, tonight at the Syfy Upfront in New York City.  The announcements include information about scripted shows, nonscripted shows, and original movies.  If you’re like me, you are mostly interested in one or maybe two of those areas, so I’ve broken down the announcements into three parts.  First up, scripted shows!

Four scripted shows will air beginning in July – the return of Haven (YAY!), Eureka, Warehouse 13 (their highest rated scripted show ever) and the premiere of a new show, Alphas:

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Leigh Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

Alphas also stars Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada, and is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. Executive Producers are Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun, Zak Penn and Ira Steven Behr.

It’s scripted, it’s sci fi, and it has David Strathairn; I’m in.

Syfy is also releasing more information about scripted shows currently in development, including a new series from a familiar franchise:

SCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT/DRAMA

Battlestar: Blood & ChromeLuke Pasqualino (Skins-UK) and Ben Cotton (Hellcats) star in Battlestar: Blood & Chrome, which takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war.

As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama (Pasqualino), barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful ships in the Colonial fleet, the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade-long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

Executive producers include David Eick and Michael Taylor. Written by Michael Taylor from a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

SCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT/SINGLE CAMERA HALF-HOURS

Three Inches — The pilot is written by Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks), who also serves as executive producer. Fox Television Studios is producing with executive producer Robert Cooper, through his company Landscape Entertainment.

In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman is struck by lightning and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches. He’s soon immersed in a world of extraordinarily ordinary people like himself and learns that “super” is just a state of mind.

In the Dark — From Universal Cable Productions, In the Dark is executive produced by Dan Taberski through Idiot Box Productions, Michael Davidoff and Bill Rosenthal. Teleplay by Michael Davidoff & Bill Rosenthal.

In the Dark follows a misfit group of third tier ghost hunters whose misguided efforts tend to highlight their incompetence rather than any paranormal activity.

Me and Lee Jenji Kohan, the executive producer and creator of Weeds, serves as the executive producer of Me and Lee along with the writer Matthew Salzberg, Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl. Produced by Lionsgate.

Me and Lee is about a down on his luck 20-something who goes in for back surgery, but the procedure doesn’t 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. Majors becomes the unlikeliest of mentors helping the young man get his life back together.

I’m always happy to talk up a new show that sounds promising, but am hesitant to dismiss a new show simply based on the description.  With the foregoing in mind, I’ll say that I’m really looking forward to checking out the new Battlestar: Blood & Chrome show!  And will be checking out the others.