SyFy Summer 2012 Features Record Number of Primetime Original Programming Hours

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May 15th, 2012

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NEW YORK – May 15, 2012 – Featuring a record number of primetime original programming hours, Syfy’s hot Summer 2012 will be highlighted by the premiere of the new unscripted series School Sprits (from executive producer Mark Burnett), Insane or Inspired? and Paranormal Highway (working title) starring Jack Osbourne; new seasons of hits Warehouse 13, Face Off, Alphas, Destination Truth and Haunted Collector, along with the eagerly anticipated Saturday Original Movies Jersey Shore Shark Attack and Bigfoot, plus the series finale of the beloved Eureka.

Syfy will also present a Memorial Day weekend movie festival highlighted by the premiere of Super Shark on May 26th, followed by the semi-annual Twilight Zone marathon on July 4th.

Lost Girl will move to Fridays at 10PM beginning Friday, July 20.

Highlights of Syfy’s 2012 Summer Programming Schedule (All Times ET/PT)



Premieres Friday, May 25 at 10PM

This new series features the most exciting videos from the Internet that celebrate the world of imagination, invention, and extreme experiences. Actors Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Samm Levine (Freaks & Geeks), Brooke Hogan, Ralph Garman, as well as television personality Josh Gates, host of Syfy’s Destination Truth, join comedians Ben Gleib, Owen Benjamin, Jodi Miller, Elliot Chang, Jermaine Fowler, Adam Ray, Christiana Pazistky, KT Tatara and Janet Varney to provide their unique commentary on each of the clips. The result is a fast-paced hour-long countdown of hilarious viral videos. Insane or Inspired? is produced by Comcast Studios with Jay James, Betsy Rott, and Sean Olsen serving as executive producers.



Premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 9PM

Haunted Collector features eminent paranormal collector John Zaffis, who searches for objects that have become home to paranormal spirits and/or energy. Each week Zaffis and his family help someone who’s terrorized by something strange in their own home, using the latest technology to identify the source of the paranormal activity. On the season 2 premiere of Haunted Collector, the team heads to Warsaw, Kentucky, where a woman’s home is suffering hauntings, possibly from two steamboats which crashed in a fiery collision, killing more than 60 people in 1868. Next, they travel to Huron, Ohio, in a race against the clock to remove the dangerous energy from an abandoned silo, scheduled to be destroyed in 48 hours. Haunted Collector is produced by Gurney Productions. Executive producers are Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.


Premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 10PM

From executive producer Mark Burnett, School Spirits travels to schools and universities all across the country to recount the true ghost stories experienced on these academic campuses. The stories will be told in first person narratives through the testimonials of real students, teachers, parents and staff that have encountered the paranormal activity, blended with bone-chilling cinematic reenactments to further bring the haunting experiences to life. Executive producers: Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and Seth Jarrett & Julie Insogna Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories).


· Jersey Shore Shark Attack Saturday, June 9 at 9PM – Led by an all-star cast of Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync), William Atherton (Die Hard) and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore) the movie unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore, where angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, leaving it to the local Guidos to save the day. The movie also stars Jeremy Luke as The Complication, Melissa Molinaro as Nooki, Joey Russo as Donnie, Daniel Booko as Balzac, Audi Resendez as B.J., and Alex Mauriello as J-Moni. Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a production of Hybrid Entertainment. The director is John Shepphird. Jeffrey Schenck, Barry Barnholtz and Peter Sullivan are the producers.

· Piranhaconda Saturday, June 16 at 9PM Part fish! Part snake! All killer! In B-movie icon Roger Corman’s latest, a hybrid creature half piranha and half anaconda -- attacks a movie crew on location near her nest when her egg is stolen. Now they must outrun and kill the deadly piranhaconda as well as stop the mad scientist who stole the egg - before they all become dinner. Stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: I & II) and Rachel Hunter (The Benchwarmers). Piranhaconda is a production of New Horizons, directed by Jim Wynorski.

· Arachnoquake Saturday, June 23 at 9PM – In Arachnoquake, starring Tracey Gold (Growing Pains), massive earthquakes unleash giant albino spiders. Freed from their ancient subterranean prison, the spiders go on a murderous rampage through New Orleans. Joining Gold will be Bug Hall (The Little Rascals), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). The movie is a production of Active Entertainment. Arachnoquake is directed by Griff Furst.

· Bigfoot Saturday, June 30 at 9PM – Television legends Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) star as life-long rivals battling over Bigfoot. Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Andre Royo (The Wire) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper (School’s Out) co-star in the movie, which is directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men). Bigfoot is a production of The Asylum.



Premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 8PM

Season 5 opens with two special back-to-back episodes, as Josh Gates and his team lead viewers on a chase into one of the world’s biggest caves in the jungles of Vietnam to search for Bigfoot. Then, at the overwhelming request of fans, they’ll travel to Romania for a return visit to the haunted Hoia Bachu Forest, the site of their most terrifying investigation to date, and then explore the reportedly haunted Mayan ruins of Tikal in pursuit of a monster known as the Belize Goblin. They'll also lead viewers into a remote Transylvanian village on a hunt for vampires and journey to Kazakhstan (a Destination Truth first) to search for the legendary Kazakh monster. Destination Truth is executive produced by Brad Kuhlman for Ping Pong Productions (1000 Places to See Before You Die, Celebrity Rehab, FM Nation). Josh Gates and Erin Ryder serve as co-executive producers.


Premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 10PM

Paranormal Highway puts the pedal to the metal as Jack Osbourne and his friend Dana Workman do their own first-person investigations of the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected by Jack’s state-of-the-art equipment, he and Dana will travel alone, self-documenting their harrowing face-to-face encounters with the paranormal. Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers: John Brenkus, Mickey Stern, Ron Ziskin.


Airs Monday, July 16 at 9PM

After five seasons, Syfy's long-running original series comes to an end and theremarkable residents of Eureka say their goodbyes. During the thrilling final season, the town is reeling after the Astraeus and her crew mysteriously vanished just before their planned launch to Titan. As the town copes with the shocking personal changes caused by the Astraeus ordeal, they continue to uncover the truth about the forces behind the crew's bizarre disappearance -- with shocking results. Eureka stars Colin Ferguson (Sheriff Jack Carter) Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Joe Morton (Henry Deacon), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo) and Niall Matter (Zane Donovan). Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller are executive producers. The series is produced and distributed by Universal Cable Productions.


Premieres Monday, July 23 at 9PM

Season 4 kicks off with the Warehouse Team still reeling from the shocking events of the climactic season three finale – the loss of Agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder), H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) and the destruction of the Warehouse itself. Their only hope lies in racing to the other side of the Earth to hunt down an obscure artifact, which may or may not even exist – and if it does exist, what consequences will they face for using it? The most successful series in Syfy history, Warehouse 13 follows a team of government agents who work at a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Sam Huntington (Being Human) will be among the star-studded array of season 4 guest stars. Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.


Premieres Monday, July 23 at 10PM

In Syfy’s action-packed hit drama series, an unlikely team of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities – known as Alphas – takes on mysterious cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unable to solve and go head-to-head with criminal Alphas.

Season 2 picks up eight months after last year’s finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his revelation. The rest of the core team has disbanded and some, without Rosen’s guidance and care, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons in order to reunite and try to save their own.

Alphas also stars Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell. Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) joins the cast this season as “Kat” a mysterious young loner whose Alpha ability allows her to pick up any skill at a glance. But while her skills are permanent, her personal memories are short-lived. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television with executive producers Bruce Miller, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein and Zak Penn. Penn and co-executive producer Michael Karnow are series creators.



Premieres Wednesday, August 8 at 10PM

Using a mixture of intimate first-hand testimony, actual home video and gritty realistic drama, the hit series Paranormal Witness returns to transport viewers into a world turned upside-down by extraordinary, terrifying and sometimes life-threatening paranormal events. Paranormal Witness is produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush Alaska). Executive producers are Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton.


Premieres Tuesday, August 21 at 9PM

Syfy’s hit competition reality series returns for season 3 with 12 aspiring special effects make-up artists and their unlimited imaginations, competing to create amazing works of living art. The eleven-episode season will feature some of the most difficult challenges ever attempted and high power special guest judges. It all culminates in one winner and one $100,000 grand prize that will launch a career. McKenzie Westmore returns as host. The second season finale became the most watched unscripted telecast in the channel’s nearly 20-year history, transforming 3.58 million total viewers, based on Live+7 data. This also established a Syfy original series record – for scripted and unscripted programs – for most Adults 18-34 viewers with 1.01 million. Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

  • Carol_R

    What happened to Haven? I thought it was supposed to be on this summer.

  • Geraint (Wales)

    No premiere date for Haven wonder if its going to air in the autumn (fall) in replace of Sanctuary since it hasn’t been renewed yet.

  • Jerry

    Finally a Warehouse 13 premiere date! I was starting to go crazy.

    Since this season is expanded to 20 episodes I wonder when they will run.

  • JJA


    Also, why does SyFy pay for such silly movies? Couldn’t they just spend the money on a few more episodes of Eureka?

  • Fringe Fan

    I’m just amazed at how little actual scripted content Syfy now has! With Eureka in its final year and Sanctuary apparently dead it’s starting to look a lot like they will soon need to be renaming the channel the Ghost Network or just Paranormal, because science fiction is not what they do anymore.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional episode of Ghost Hunters but I’d prefer a more balanced approach between reality and scripted shows. And ideally no wrestling!

  • The Original J

    Haven’s second season doesn’t arrive on DVD until Sept. 11, which, along with SyFy leaving it off the Summer schedule, strongly indicates that it will be premiering in the Fall. Sanctuary won’t be in the Friday slot in the Fall (the earliest it could come back is next year, and even that’s not looking good), so I think Haven will take its place.

  • velouria00

    Damn, I wish Alphas was starting sooner than July 23rd.

  • Rocky89

    I still believe they’ll be Sanctuary in 2013. Summer could work. :)

  • The End


    I agree. Show isn’t cancelled yet either.


    You forget that the Syfy reps fought to the death to try and keep Eureka but ultimately failed, it was never the intention for this show to end this season.

    Blame NBC/Comcast.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Yes, Amanda Tapping confirmed that Sanctuary won’t be back in the fall, and the earliest she will know whether it will ever be back will be July. They’ve lost their studio and their angel investors are iffy, so it doesn’t look good.

    I’m looking forward to the return of Alphas. It’s the best sci-fi series on TV (now that Fringe has gone into the toilet creatively). The situation described in the synopsis is interesting, but I hope they don’t avoid further developing the Red Flag situation they ended season one with.

    Summer Glau will make another appearance as Skylar Adams as well at some point. I’d like to see her made a permanent cast member but I suspect they can’t afford her. Also she’s likely to be on TNT in the “Scent of the Missing” series – if that’s picked up.

    SyFy’s “original movies” are, as usual, an utter joke.

  • TJ

    May be a record number of hours, but I can’t say that I would be interested in watching any of these shows. SyFy is not the network it once was. They’ve dropped the ball on the Battlestar Galactic franchise and have drug their feet far too long on giving Sanctuary another season, not to mention Amanda Tapping’s huge following.

  • Rich

    “A shark just ATE Joey Fatone!”-“Jersey Shore Shark Attack” trailer

  • SyFyGuy

    Over the years I’ve appreciated much of the original scripted work on the channel. I’ve even liked the rerun series like the Star Trek spinoffs and such. I DO NOT like the, and I’m looking for the proper words, ghastly poor “original” movies, if the same movie with a different monster/disaster even qualifies as being original.

    Please get back to your original programming intent. Do not go the way of previously great stations such as TLC, History Channel, Discovery and even the regular networks with vacuous reality shows. And, please, get rid of wrestling.

  • Julie

    We don’t get SyFy in Canada, but most of their scripted series (and many of the unscripted) are shown on Space here, on the same day or within a day or so of the US airing. I’m looking forward to Warehouse 13, already mourning the last season of Eureka as I watch each week, and cautiously optimistic about Alphas….I really wanted to love it last year, but it didn’t quite enthrall me as much as I’d hoped.
    Really hoping Santuary does come back next year, but I won’t hold my breath.

    As others have said, I’m also wondering about Haven (not shown on Space here, but on another channel also within a few days of the Syfy airings). I’ve been looking forward to season 3 so much I don’t know if I’ll hold out until fall!

  • USAmerica1st

    Sharks, Piranhacondas, earthquakes, spiders-meh. Haven is the only bright light on the network and it wasn’t even mentioned. But there was a separate announcement on Haven’s renewal.

  • BJH

    “Haven” started filming the new season 2 weeks ago. I think it’ll be on this fall.

    In a panel discussion, Amanda Tapping explained what’s happening with “Sanctuary.” It’s not canceled, but rather dormant. It has something to do with the production companies, the executives, and the networks. I don’t think it’s money or ratings.

    If things go well, I expect it will premiere with new episodes in January/February. Most likely, “Haven” will run in the fall, with “Sanctuary” taking over afterwards. At least, in my happy mind, this will be the scenario.

  • Steve

    @Fringe Fan, they wouldn’t change their name to the Ghost Network, it’d be GhoNet. Then they would change the spelling to be “edgy” and get Gonad.

    I can’t believe anyone with an education bothers with these “reality” paranormal shows. I can’t believe anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature watches any “reality” show. Wrestling fans – there are better options for you to watch large, scantily dressed, oiled up men pretend to beat each other up. Just Google gay s+m.

    Finally, it is possible to produce good sci-fi on a low budget. Concentrate on premise, character and writing. Badly animated CGI monsters are usually just that – badly animated CGI monsters. Apparently there are heaps of wannabe writers, actors and filmakers in hollywood, I’m sure you can find some talent that would fit in your budget; some of them would probably sell their souls just for a shot to work with a budget. Hint – don’t base casting decisions on breast augmentation.

  • Lu

    Haven in the fall? I don’t think so…
    But I find it strange that we don’t have a date yet… we had the date for season 2 premiere last year by this day…

  • cimmer

    Sorry Syfy, either I’ve outgrown you or you’ve outgrown me but I think I’m much more interested in the final season of The Closer, the return of White Collar and Willard and the new Dallas series on other channels. lol oh well, something may show up again in the future that catches my interest on Syfy. They seem to be doing fine or making money, at any rate.

  • Eric_Philly

    Wow… so in their biggest summer ever, they only have 2 scripted shows? Well that’s an ugly trend…

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