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12 Monkeys Star Todd Stashwick Talks With Us About How To Make Season 3 Happen

From Former Geek Magazine Scribe, Nikki Griffin

I’ve spent all week reading articles about which shows are getting axed and which shows are getting picked up. For an avid sci-fi television fan, this time of year can be the most brutal. Networks just don’t seem to give good sci-fi a chance. Past shows like Jericho, Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Flash Forward come to mind. Even this year, freshman drama, Limitless, is facing imminent cancellation. One thing that those sci-fi shows have in common is that they aired on broadcast television, as opposed to a cable network. What if I were to tell you that there is an amazing sci-fi show, currently on the air, that has the production value of a feature film, a legitimately talented cast of actors, rich characters, and a deep mythology rooted in a film with an established fan base?

There is. It’s called 12 Monkeys and it’s on the cable network Syfy.

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Future of NBC’s Constantine In Question; Possible Move to Syfy?

Lately, comic book fans have enjoyed a gamut of TV shows based on their favorite graphic novel personalities. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter have delved into the espionage section of their massive universe. As for DC, they have opted to feature their fastest superhero The Flash in his own series, and a prequel to Batman’s reign, Gotham. Fans have taken quite quickly to those shows, while a much smaller crowd has developed a connection to NBC’s smug magic wielder Constantine.

The first season of the show has just reached its 13-episode conclusion on NBC, and a follow-up season is still in doubt. This has led fans to Twitter, trying to keep the show alive with its own hashtag movement – #SaveConstantine. Rumors has been circulating that NBC may consider moving Constantine to the SyFy cable network, and re-naming the show Hellblazer.

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It’s known that the show hasn’t been garnering the type of blockbuster ratings NBC is used to for such a special effects heavy show. Showrunner Daniel Cerone made sure to speak up when fans cried afoul on social media over the fact that their new favorite show may get cancelled. Cerone did note that Constantine might be technically cancelled at the moment, but there may be a sliver of hope for the show’s future:

NBC made some early pickups but Constantine not canceled. We’ll pitch them our plans for 2nd season in May. Then they decide. Anyone putting money in studio coffers by purchasing Constantine in any form will motivate studio to find a home for show. The more international viewers the better. Foreign sales can drive a series. Keep it on air. Look at Hannibal for proof.

Fans may want to stream the show as much as possible and make their voices heard even more if they’d like Constantine to stay on NBC. Honestly though, we’d be perfectly fine with the show’s move on over to cable TV. We’re of the opinion that the show may get the proper, darker tone we loved to follow in the comics if it made its home at Syfy. Looks like we’ll have to wait till May to learn the fate of our favorite chain-smoking magician.


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’12 Monkeys’ Looks To Jump To Small Screen For SyFy

SyFy just got a little bit more…Science Fictiony. Anyways, remember that great, underrated Terry Gilliam movie 12 Monkeys? If not, go watch it, it’s pretty darn fantastic. If so, guess what? They want to make it a series and according to the Hollywood Reporter, SyFy has officially ordered a pilot for the movie turned television show to see if they can make it happen on the cable channel.

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SyFy was actually initially thinking of throwing all the eggs into one basket and ordering the whole season but decided to see how the pilot works out first. The project initially was being developed about a month ago and apparently the pilot treatment came out so well that production will be ramping up to start filming by November. Behind it are producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who helped produce the original film, as they made the pitch to the cable network and will be the executive producers behind the pilot. Nikita and Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett are writing the hour long pilot script as well.

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SyFy has been jumping all over the original scripted series train after the success of the risky Defiance series. They also have pilot orders for High Noon from Pushing Daisies’ Bryan Fuller, Rewind and a series order for Helix, which will all launch in 2014. No word on the involvement from original collaborators and actors Terry Gilliam, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt but considering it’s television, it’s very unlikely they they will be involved in a creative or acting capacity. No word either on what the plot would be but it’s an interesting concept and echoing one Brian Kronner in saying that the best television series are cable shows, the potential is definitely there for something riveting and thought provoking. Yes, even from the network that brought you Sharknado. Which was awesome so yes, the bar is high for 12 Monkeys.

Shark Overload! Sharknado 2, Ghost Sharks, and the Mega Shark 3 Megafan Contest!

Now it is no secret that I love a good shark movie, or I would just as easily settle for a bad one. There really isn’t much new ground to cover here. We have had tornadoes with sharks in them, two-headed sharks, sharks that walk upright on land, octopus sharks and giant sharks that can eat entire helicopters all in one bite. But just when I thought this genre must be dead in the water the Syfy channel have unleashed this film on us, Ghost Shark. Now I know by the name alone you are chomping at the bit to find out what this film is all about, so I won’t make you wait any longer. Here is the brand new trailer for Ghost Shark:

Ghost Shark trailer poster 2This film is a bit more restrained than Sharknado, but it still hits all the key targets we look for as fans of this sub genre. It has hot and (not so hot, if the large chap is anything to go by) teenagers living it up in the sun, a truly stupid concept which sounds amazing to watch. Also, there is a shark. Job done. My favorite part of the trailer was that the people need to be either covered with water or in water for the shark to sense them (kind of like how sharks smell blood to trace their prey). This adds some realism (as daft as that sounds) to the movie and will also no doubt give us numerous scenes of people accidentally breaking taps, fire hydrants, spilling water on themselves, all so the shark can make its entrance. I loved the design off the shark as well, it looked very much like the original granddaddy shark of them all, Jaws himself. The main thing that blew me away with this was the trailer has a real sense of fun about it, and that’s what I as a reviewer, and as a fan of these movies, want to see.

Then to top off this glorious day for fans of shark movies, Assignment X just shared news that there will be a sequel to Sharknado, the fantastic laugh riot that we recently reviewed here. Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies for the Syfy channel was the bearer of good news saying

[box_dark]“Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm – on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel. What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun. We’ll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn’t want our fans to worry they wouldn’t get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year.”[/box_dark]

It would have been foolish not to go for round two, especially as it got 1.37 million views when it aired (above average for the channel according to Variety) as well as a huge Twitter reaction. My friend and I have already discussed the sequel possibilities in length and we are hoping that the Syfy channel will reunite the shark’s common enemy (the octopus), and have Sharknado vs. Octonado. It seems that the Syfy channel has alas not gone this route, and instead have gone for a bigger version of their original idea with the city of New York feeling the pain. This is scheduled for 2014, but I am sure we will get more information on this in the next few months.

Ghost Shark trailer poster ghost shark 2Now to make matters more confusing, we will jump across the ocean to yet another ghost shark in Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws, which has nothing to do with the above mentioned movie. It still seems like a heck of a lot of fun either way. It is a bit complicated to explain but it is a standalone movie that acts like it’s a sequel. For more information here is the synopsis from the official website.

[box_dark]Nine years after the events of GHOST SHARK, Jack Broody is the mayor of Auckland, New Zealand, and former Lieutenant Commander Tony Palantine is down and out on the streets. The mayoral electoral campaign is underway and Broody is down in the polls, with newcomer Marco Guerra winning the hearts and votes of the public.

But people start turning up dead all over the city, and it soon becomes clear that GHOST SHARK is back. Desperate not to repeat the mistakes from his former life, Broody calls in expert ghost shark hunter Tom Logan to defeat the undead beast once and for all. But Logan carries with him demons of his own.

With the election fast approaching and Ghost Shark taking more souls by the day, can Broody and Logan save both the mayoralty and the city?[/box_dark]

If this has got your attention,  then here is the trailer and it looks like something special.

As you can see both these films follow the same idea of the shark as a ghost and it needing to be near water to attack. But the tones are very different with this one playing out more like a thriller, or like your standard cop movie only with a shark instead of a serial killer. Looks interesting, but I doubt this will be out before its more exploitative counterpart. So overall it is a great time to be a fan of shark movies, as news of three new titles have come about all in a matter of days.

And finally, fans of The Asylum’s Mega Shark franchise have a chance to be involved in the third movie of the hit series, Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark. For those die hard fans who can prove their ultimate devotion to the Mega Shark franchise, they ahve the unique opportunity to get flown to the set, put up for two nights, and filmed in a more than likely gruesome death scene. This is a very cool hance to be a part of the movies you love, so if you consider yourself a Megafan and can prove it, click here for all the contest details!

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Jurassic Park 4 Concept Art Revealed – It Is Freaky!

Both Blastr and Io9 have revealed concept art for the scrapped Jurassic Park 4 project, and let’s just say it is not what you would have expected. The basic plot line revolved around genetic experiments, where humans and dinosaurs have been mixed together to form dinohuman cross breeds. These new creatures are quite the clever sort and are able to think for themselves, as well as being able to fire weapons! This was all back in 2005, but with possibly a new movie on the cards, let’s look at the Jurassic Park that could have been.

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