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.)

  • OldGoat

    SyFy is going DOWNhill FAST!! First of all, what the crap does wrestling have to do with science fiction??? Second, why do they think everybody wants to watch nothing but paranormal ghost crap or some kind of reality BS. SyFy was my #2 favorite channel, but they’ve fallen to the point I’m about to quit watching completely. From what I’ve been reading about the channel, except for Warehouse 13, I won’t be watching anything on the GhostWrestling channel. What a shame, a great channel being put to death by programmers that can’t get their heads out of their butts to see people don’t want paranormal, ghosts, and wrestling shoved down their throats.

  • Hillbilly

    Have to wait until July 23 for more Gary.(Alphas) I blame TVBTN for not using their super powers to bring it on before then. :mad:

  • Kat

    SyFy is as bad as A&E now. All they program anymore is reality. I used to watch the SciFi channel all the time. Now I don’t watch SyFy much at all, and I’m a genre fan! Too bad. Guess its cheaper to air crap reality shows than create original scripted shows. But if you put all your money into cheap stuff, no viewers is what you’ll get.

  • Fake Me Out

    I fear this may be the last season for Destination Truth and hope it at least goes out with a ratings bang. It’s a guilty pleasure but I just love this show and even though I also enjoy GH, Haunted Collector, etc Destination Truth is the best of the SciFi reality shows IMHO. Fingers crossed for a season 6!

  • Fake Me Out

    Looking forward to Warehouse 13, Alphas and Haven when it shows up as well as hoping Lost Girl turns in a good ratings performance Fridays @ 10pm.

    Don’t look at the Saturday movies as crap … look at them as something you can proudly tell your grandkids “I saw this cheesy B-Movie when it first came out 50 years ago” … they are just future Cheese Classics waiting for the aging process.

  • Steve

    I continue to mourn the death of sci-fi on television.

  • thesnowleopard

    Not lovin’ the move for Lost Girl, but since Showcase is footing the bill, I guess the worst that happens is that I get the third season via my many and nefarious connections in the Great White North.

    There is some really terrible non-scripted programming in that article. Let’s hope that at least some of the folklore shows dig up some stories that haven’t been told a hundred times, already.

  • Geraint (Wales)

    Haven premier date set for Friday September 21st.!/ERICBALFOUR/status/202891165350105089

  • Scripted Fan

    I strongly concur with those who despise the mindless “reality” shows on SYFY! It appears to be as much an anathema to me as other viewers. There was no assurance that Merlin will return for its last season as they bave done at the finale of each season. Fringe is going to return for 13 episodes, but SYFY is the obvious one to pick up this great show and provide us with new episodes. It picked up Stargate SG-1 from Showtime, so why not this? I will not watch reality shows or wrestling. I’d ask for Terra Nova as well, but clearly that will not done.

  • Blame Comcast

    We are seeing the result of Comcast buying NBC Universal. They wanted not only to be a utility, but they wanted to control what was going down their pipe. Whoever thought this was a good idea was nuts. Comcast is a risk averse company that provides a pipe for tv, broadband, and phone, a utility. Creating engaging entertainment content is an inherently risky business. With a utility running NBC Universal I think we can count on more and more lame reality shows on Syfy, and the rest of the Universal family of channels. The purchase of NBC Universal by Comcast will go down in history as a bigger media merger blunder than the Time Warner / AOL deal. Comcast will lose a ton of money, but the real losers will be us, the audience, we will get lousy reality shows instead of thoughtfull original content.

  • Phil

    It appears the SYFY channel is now the wrestling and reality show channel with 2 of their original scripted series being cancelled (Sanctuary & Eureka) and nothing to take their place it means that the network has only 3 original scripted programs Warehouse 13, Alpha’s & Haven and with SYFY’s reputation for cancelling shows after 4 or 5 seasons one could assume Warehouse 13 is on borrowed time as well. When is the SYFY channel going to stop relying on reality shows and wrestling and start producing quality scripted Science Fiction programming????

  • ribbie149

    Haven is scheduled to begin airing on SyFy on September 21st. I agree heartily with the comments about how inane the SyFy “reality” programming is. I don’t watch ANY reality TV, but the SyFy crap would be last on my list if I did. To the programmers at SyFy- reality programming is cheap to produce for a reason- it sucks.

  • ribbie149

    This summer schedule is a disaster for SyFy viewers. Their reality programming is cheap to produce and the results show that you get what you pay for. Aside from Warehouse 13 and Alphas, I will not be watching a minute of their summer schedule.

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