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Syfy Celebrates 20th

By December 3, 2012

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Eddie McClintock is (I)jazzed(/i) about twenty years of Syfy.

Eddie McClintock is jazzed about twenty years of Syfy.

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Whatever you may think of some of the things that Syfy has done (and its record of canceling viable sci-fi series is at least rivaled by Fox) or the quality of its brand-name high-camp TV disaster movies, there remains the fact that the existence of cable channel that not only was created to show speculative fiction but actually still continues to do so (even if it's alongside blocs of professional wrestling) is indisputably a good thing.

So it's with genuine, if tempered, gratitude and fondness that we can wish the NBCU subsidiary a happy twentieth anniversary, and take note of the channel's own celebrations of the event in a two-hour special to air on Dec. 10. (The actual launch, as the Sci Fi Channel, was in September of 1992.)

The show will look back at Syfy's launch and evolution from the perspective of the actors, directors and producers of Syfy's series such as Alphas, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Caprica, Defiance, Eureka, Farscape, Haven, Lost Girl, Sanctuary, Stargate: SG1, Warehouse 13, and high-visibility miniseries like Dune, Taken, Tin Man, Alice, and Neverland. It's hosted by, interestingly enough, ex-Superman Dean Cain.

According to Syfy, the endless list of those whose talking heads will at least cameo on the special (not necessarily in new footage, mind you) includes Caterina Scorsone (Alice), Nick Willing (Tin Man, Neverland), Azita Ghanizada (Alphas), Bruce Miller (Alphas), Warren Christie (Alphas), Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda), Anna Fricke (Being Human), Meaghan Rath (Being Human), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Sam Witwer (Being Human), David Eick (BSG), Jamie Bamber (BSG), Katee Sackoff (BSG), Ron Moore (BSG), Tricia Helfer (BSG), Alessandra Torresani- Caprica), Jane Espenson (Caprica), Magda Apanowicz (Caprica), Rachel Nichols (Continuum), John Edward- Crossing Over with John Edward), Grant Bowler (Defiance), Julie Benz (Defiance), Kevin Murphy (Defiance), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Tony Curran (Defiance), Jamie Murray (Defiance), Rockne S. O'Bannon (Defiance), Josh Gates, Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Jamie Paglia (Eureka), Neil Grayston (Eureka), McKenzie Westmore (Face Off), Brian Henson (Farscape), David Kemper (Farscape), Ben Browder (Farscape, SG1), Claudia Black (Farscape, SG1), Jason Hawes (Ghost Hunters), Eric Balfour (Haven), Lloyd Segan (Haven), Lucas Bryant (Haven), Matt McGuinness (Haven), Shawn Piller (Haven), Joe Maddalena (Hollywood Treasure), Geoff Boucher (Entertainment Weekly), Anna Silk (Lost Girl), Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl), Scott Hallock (Scare Tactics), Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary), Robert Cooper (SG1), Brad Wright (SG1), Christopher Judge (SG1), Michael Shanks (SG1), Roger Corman (Syfy Original Movies), Vincent Ventresca (The Invisible Man), Jaleel White (Total Blackout), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13), Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Jack Kenny (Warehouse 13), and Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13).

Wow, they remembered they used to air The Invisible Man! Too bad they completely snubbed SGU, right? Well, it figures. But we are here to praise Syfy, not to bury it.

Said Dave Howe, the president in charge of both Syfy and kid brother Chiller: "For 20 years, Syfy has been the leader in visionary and provocative entertainment programming. In this celebratory special, the extraordinary talent at the heart of the powerful Syfy brand will talk exclusively about the lasting impact Syfy has had on the media landscape for the last two decades." So let us bury our rancor and be glad that some great sci-fi has been delivered to us via this conduit, and yet will be.
Tags: Syfy, Warehouse 13, Alphas, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human
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December 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(1) Kevin says:

It is clear the AUTHOR of this post is paid by NBC/SyFy, or just does not get Science Fiction.

The channel was created for fans of Science Fiction, not crap.

And its clear NBC and the CEO have no clue what it is….


December 9, 2012 at 6:27 am
(2) Sci Fi / Fantasy says:

I am of course not paid by Syfy or NBCU, and am constantly critical of Syfy, as anyone who reads the site knows. But I stand by my statement that it’s better to have a cable channel that says it carries science fiction and does, than not to have one.

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