Syfy's announced a whole slew of new reality programs over the past few days, as well as new original dramas. But don't worry, the channel is still showing the love for our ongoing favorites Caprica, Stargate Universe, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13 and Eureka, and with fresh episodes on the way, we had a chance to talk to the stars of those Syfy series, and Syfy's president as well.
"I think [sci-fi shows] are sacrosanct," Syfy president Dave Howe said Tuesday night following the presentation of Syfy's upcoming programming at the network's annual upfront presentation. "As we said throughout the rebranding evolution, we are never going to give up science fiction or fantasy. It's core to who we are. It's absolutely at the heart of our passion and our roots and our energy, and without sci-fi/fantasy we don't have a brand. So even though we're experimenting and taking risks with unscripted [shows], there will always be an element that is grounded in the sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural/paranormal/superhero world, because if they're not then they're off-brand and they're off-strategy. It's literally who we are."
As if to illustrate his point, several major players from Syfy's scripted shows were in attendance at the upfronts. SCI FI Wire caught up with them on the red carpet and at the after party, and we came away with some scoop about what fans can expect to see when Caprica, SGU, Warehouse 13 and Eureka return to the airwaves.
Eddie McClintock: "The scripts were great last year, but I just think the writers have found the show this year. They're a little bit more clear about where they need to go, and I think the scripts are just really strong. We know who we are as the characters now a little bit more than we did last year. So I'm really excited. One thing we find out is that Pete is ex-Marine, which is cool, because I wanted to give a little shout out to guys and ladies that protect us, that keep us safe and let us make movies and TV shows and have opinions."
Joanne Kelly: "I think the deepening of the relationship (between Pete and Myka), you'll see a lot of that this year. When two people work together and spend as much time together as we do personally and at work, you find very interesting dynamics creatively, and we're going to explore some of them."
Salli Richardson-Whitfield: "They are really changing up the show a lot, and in a great way. I think it's one of our best seasons."
Colin Ferguson: "From my perspective, what's different and new is they've sort of taken the whole concept of the show and turned it on its ear. They maintain the relationships, they maintain the characters, and—I can't tell you how—but they've changed the situation. And it's really clever, really fun, the way they've done it."
David Blue: "[The second half opener] picks up from [the midseason finale/cliffhanger]. It goes straight into craziness. The best way I've heard it described is that it picks up this amazing roller-coaster pace and you start seeing some of the things that people have been asking about for a while."
Ming-Na: "Like aliens. We get to see aliens."
David Blue: "The payoff is coming, and it's pretty darn good."
Ming-Na: "The more we discover about Destiny, the more we start seeing the people that are on the ship figuring things out. And what they discover, it's just going to be very exciting for our fans, and we're looking forward to unveiling [the discoveries]."
Amanda Tapping: "I think what 20 episodes [the number ordered for season three] allows us is the ability to do a bigger story arc. So we have two major threads that we're going to be pursuing this season. Last year, it was like an anthology, and now there will be much more of a common through line. We get to bring back Tesla. We get to really dig into stories. And we get to go back in history."
Alessandra Torresani: "There's an accident, a car accident, but we don't know what happens. You never know, I might have been bad on set and they were like, 'Get out of here.'"
Esai Morales: "When we come back from the last episodes we just aired, it's the culmination of the first half [of the season]. The first half tries to service almost all the characters equally, in a sense. The second half focuses on some, so you can get deeper into the storylines. Some of us will take a back seat and be seen in one or two scenes. And then there are other [episodes] ... There's one we unofficially call 'Adama-rama.' It's called 'Dirt Eaters,' and it shows the history of my brother [Sasha Roiz] and I on the show, our history when we were little, when he was actually shorter than me."