Television & Film

Roundup 7.30.11: SyFy

News about the shows airing when wrestling isn’t on!

Week Two Ratings Are In  (Spoiler: They Aren’t Awful!)

Ratings, ratings, ratings.  As any Browncoat will tell you, even a great show is subject to the Executive’s Axe if it does not have the numbers.  SyFy has been no stranger to canceling their series, so as fans we have to watch those ratings very closely to know if this will be our favorite characters’ last season or not.

Breathe a sigh of relief; week two of SyFy’s summer shows is in, and the numbers are doing well so far!

Eureka pulled 2.162 million viewers, an increase over the previous week.  Alphas had 2.225 million watching, a 12 per cent drop from the premiere.  Warehouse 13 rounds out SyFy’s Monday nights and had the most eyeballs tuned in at 4.914 million (that’s 2.457 million viewers).  Warehouse 13 also saw an increase in viewership.

HAVEN -- "Fear and Loathing" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wournos, Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker, Emily Rose as Audrey Parker -- Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy

After being placed in the dreaded Death Slot—Friday at 10pm ET—and right after WWE wrestling, Haven is holding its own, although with 1.837 million viewers it lags behind SyFy’s ‘Powerful Mondays’ shows.  Haven is performing better than it has in several episodes, however, so don’t count it out yet!

Overall these are pretty good numbers for Cable series; of course, these ratings do not include DVR viewings after the airing date.

[MORE at GateWorld]

Sheldon Comes to Eureka

Doctor Sheldon Cooper, the egotistical self-affirmed genius of Big Bang Theory, would probably feel right at home in the secret government research town of Eureka.  As it turns out, he will get his chance.  Sort of.

Jim Parsons will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of Eureka, in which he will serve as the voice of Sheriff Carter’s Jeep.  The special holiday episode will see the town accidentally turned into an animated version of itself, characters and Jeeps included.

The episode will reportedly also feature Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos as “the leader of a pack of sled dogs.”  That’s right.

The episode will be a combination of anime, Claymation, standard animation and CGI.  Watch your programming guides for the episode which will air in December, just in time for Festivus.

[MORE at Reuters]

Danny Glover Too Old for This S#!t, Not Too Old to Slay Dragons

If you are into SyFy’s low-budget made-for-TV films and always wondered, “Why doesn’t someone remake Moby Dick as a dragon-slaying story,” you are in luck my friend.

Age of the Dragons reimagines the Melville classic as Danny Glover’s “Captain Ahab” seeks to “avenge his family’s slaughter by hunting…the Great White Dragon.”  Co-Star Vinnie Jones (Snatch, X-Men: The Last Stand) helps add to the celebrity cred, though neither is reportedly on-screen for long.

That’s okay though, right?  Come for Murtaugh and Bullet Tooth Tony, stay for the dragon slaying!  Age of the Dragons premieres Saturday, July 30 at 9pm ET.

[MORE at Variety]   [MORE at Movie Website]

The Sixth Gun Will be a SyFy Series

SyFy is moving forward with a six-part miniseries adaptation of The Sixth Gun, it was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  The comic book series received a ‘Best New Series’ nomination at the 2011 Harvey Awards, while both writer Cullen Bunn and artist Brian Hurtt have been noted as “in the running” in their respective categories.

Publisher Oni Press describes the title:

“During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.”

[MORE at Digital Spy]   [MORE at ONI Press]

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