Syfy Will Celebrate Two Decades of Imaginative Entertainment with Star-Studded SYFY 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, Premiering Monday, December 10 at 9PM

Dean Cain will narrate the two-hour special, from executive producer Jim Romanovich.

FEATURES TALENT FROM ALPHAS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BEING HUMAN, CAPRICA, DEFIANCE, EUREKA, FARSCAPE, HAVEN, LOST GIRL, SANCTUARY, STARGATE: SG1 AND WAREHOUSE 13

PLUS HOSTS OF DESTINATION TRUTH, FACE OFF, GHOST HUNTERS AND TOTAL BLACKOUT

Happy Birthday, Syfy! On Monday, December 10 at 9PM (ET/PT), the Channel will celebrate two decades of award-winning, imaginative entertainment programming during the star-studded Syfy 20th Anniversary Special.

From iconic series such as Farscape, Battlestar Galactica and Warehouse 13 to Ghost Hunters, Face Off and the upcoming transmedia experience Defiance, the special will look back on Syfy’s launch and evolution, and ahead to the future through the personal, behind-the-scenes insights of the creative talent themselves.

Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & 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.”

In the two-hour telecast, a wide range of actors, directors and producers will share their memories of popular scripted shows including Alphas, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Caprica, Defiance, Eureka, Farscape, Haven, Lost Girl, Sanctuary, Stargate: SG1 and Warehouse 13.

Showcasing a treasure trove of memorable clips, the special will feature interviews with the hosts of the hit unscripted programs Destination Truth, Face Off, Ghost Hunters and Total Blackout.

The Syfy 20th Anniversary Special will also talk to the stars and creators of Original Movies and Miniseries such as Dune, The Triangle, Taken, Tin Man, Alice, Neverland and Sharktopus.

Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) will narrate.

Syfy officially launched in September 1992.

The Syfy 20th Anniversary Special is produced by the Emmy Award-winning company Associated Television International. Executive Producer: Jim Romanovich. Producer/Director: David Stephan.

The complete list of interviewees for the Syfy 20th Anniverary Special:

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 w/ 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 – Destination Truth
Colin Ferguson – Eureka
Jamie Paglia – Eureka
Neil Grayston – Eureka
McKenzie Westmore – Face Off
Brian Henson – Farscape
David Kemper – Farscape
Ben Browder – Farscape
Claudia Black Farscape
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
Saul Rubinek – Warehouse 13

Associated Television International is an Emmy(R) Award-winning company that has been successfully producing and distributing television series, specials and feature films for over three decades. ATI produced Mysteries, Magic & Miracles, one of Syfy’s first original series.

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 (www.Syfy.com), 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.)

via Syfy Press Release

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Syfy’s ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE Offers Ringside Seats to Groundbreaking, High-Octane Clashes of Steel

Chris Jericho hosts the competition series, premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 PM ET/PT

Syfy announces a gripping new reality series premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT which reinvents gladiatorial combat for the 21st century. Each week, Robot Combat League will feature tournament-style battles between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots controlled by human “robo-jockeys”. Hosting the series is Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE wrestler and multifaceted performer.

The idea of robots in battle has captured the imagination for generations. Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction has become a reality. This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers. Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.

In his role as host, Jericho will set up each week’s fight and provide viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action. Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular champions in the history of the WWE. In 2001 he was crowned the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion and has been named one of the top five most charismatic performers of all-time. Jericho was also a popular contestant on season 11 of Dancing With the Stars and is the lead singer of the #1 charting hard rock band, Fozzy. The two-time NY Times best-selling author grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.

The robots of the Robot Combat League were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian, a leader in the sport of robotic combat. In his distinguished career, Setrakian has developed life-saving robotic systems, and pioneered cutting-edge creature effects, animatronics and control technology for such films as Men In Black, The Grinch and Hellboy. Setrakian combines a keen study of biology with innovative engineering to create robots with uncanny organic movement, earning his reputation as the man who brings machines to life.

Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.

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 (www.Syfy.com), 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.)

via Syfy Press Release & Photos by Entertainment Weekly

Disney is RUMORED to Buy Hasbro…

Last week, Disney and George Lucas shocked everyone by announcing that Lucas had sold LucasFilm, the rights to the Star Wars films and its characters to Disney for approximately $4 billion. This week, rumors are flying that Disney may possibly buy Hasbro! Disney would then become somewhat of a monopoly of gigantic proportions to entertainment (theme parks and movies) and its merchandising of products (toys and games)!

The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking only 6 months to complete, so these discussions with Hasbro are probably pretty serious. This can definitely impact the entertainment industry in a big way. Disney would get the rights to the Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Dungeons and Dragons and several other tv/movie/game/toy franchises. It would definitely broaden their audience and also bring back some franchises back to Disney to be under one roof.

It seemed for a time that Disney was losing its grip on their audience until it acquired Pixar. There seemed to be too many “princess” movies and not enough movies that boys would like. Marvel and Star Wars have definitely changed that picture. Will prices for Disney-owned merchandise go up significantly as well? Hopefully not, but only time will tell.

If all this does come to pass, what happens to The Hub (and other shows) and the comics with IDW and Dark Horse? Do they all go away? Or will Disney incorporated everything? There are still a lot of questions to be answered here. Hopefully, most entities will stay in place in some way. Overall, it’s good for Disney, hopefully it will be good for fans as well.