January 18, 2016
CBS ordered Mission Control, which is written by Andy Weir (the author of The Martian) and follows the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists as they juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.
January 18, 2017
So looking forward to the new Star Trek series and it is the second time the series premiere is being delayed!
Very disappointing news indeed, we will have to wait another few months, likely September or October, we will soon learn. See full news item below:
The new Trek TV show won’t premiere in May as previously announced, EW.com reports. This is the second time the CBS All Access series has been delayed; it was originally slated to debut in February 2017, then got pushed back to May. Now the show doesn’t have a premiere date at all.
Discovery‘s voyage to TV has been bumpy already: Original showrunner Bryan Fuller stepped down in October, replaced by Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg. Fuller now says he won’t be involved in Discovery at all, beyond writing the pilot. The show has announced some key casting, though, including The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green as the lead character.
CBS won’t confirm that Discovery‘s premiere date has changed, but released a statement:
Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.
January 15, 2017
Good news! National Geographic has ordered another season of the scripted/documentary series. Season one consisted of 6 episodes. Not yet clear how many episodes season two will have. In any case, glad it got renewed, first season was very well done.
See item below:
National Geographic is going back to Mars. TVInsider reports the network has renewed the series for a second season.
From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the hybrid scripted/documentary series follows a fictional crew’s mission to the Red Planet in the year 2033. Season one debuted on November 14th, 2016.
From Grazer, via Deadline:
With the genre-busting mix of documentary and drama, we created a really powerful experience for audiences that transported them to a different world, and we’re thrilled to once again work with National Geographic and RadicalMedia to continue this epic story of how humankind made Mars home.”
A premiere date for season two of Mars has not yet been announced by National Geographic Channel.
January 13, 2017
Aftermath has been cancelled after only one season, the ratings weren't good from the start, see news item below:
Taken from TvSerriesFinale
While doomsday meteors, mass vanishings, demonic possessions, and serpent gods couldn’t stop the Copeland family, no one is immune to the network TV Powers That Be. The Aftermath TV show on Syfy has been cancelled after its first and only season.
Star James Tupper broke the news that there would be no Aftermath season two, on Twitter. Halfire Entertainment produced the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama in association with Syfy and Canada’s Space channel. Anne Heche, Julia Sarah Stone, Taylor Hickson, and Levi Meaden also starred.
In the US, Aftermath premiered on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 634,000 viewers. While the series never really built on that audience, it did manage to maintain it.
Overall, the first season of Aftermath averaged a 0.16 in the demo and drew an average total audience of 594,000 viewers.
Those numbers currently put Aftermath right in the middle of Syfy’s slate. Out of the 15 Syfy TV shows we have been tracking in to 2016-17 television season, Aftermath ranks seventh, when we sort by either demo ratings or average total audience size.
Although it is a bit of a surprise to see a cable channel cancel a middle-of-the-pack TV series, remember, Aftermath is a Syfy-Space co-production. In other words, the decision was not only Syfy’s to make.
That said, in the recent past, Syfy has cancelled shows that earned better ratings in both measures. When the cable channel cancelled Defiance after three seasons, it was averaging a 0.25 and 1.125 million, respectively. Similarly, Dominion, which was cancelled after two seasons on Syfy, averaged a 0.25 in the demo and 869,000 total viewers.
January 3, 2016
It apparently was already announced on December 31, 2015 but I just read about it on Deadline! Quite surprised by the announcement because The Expanse had only aired a few episodes. Furthermore, the ratings haven't been stellar but that could be the case because the first 3 episodes were leaked online premeturely.
In any case The Expanse, like Syfy's other new 2015 sci-fi shows "Killjoys" and "Dark Matter" have been renewed for a second season. The first season of The Expanse consists of 10 episodes, season two will have 3 episodes more, 13 episodes in total.
See complete post from Deadline below:
Four episodes into its freshman run, Syfy’s space drama series The Expanse has been renewed for a second season. The network has increased the order — from 10 episodes in Season 1 to 13 in Season
2, which will air in early 2017.
The Expanse marked the first TV series from Alcon Television Group, which finances and produces it. Because of the long lead time and extensive special effects required, Alcon had commissioned scripts and had started prep work on Season 2 even before the series’ November debut.
“The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.
The Expanse got off to a strong multi-platform start. The premiere episode, made available on VOD, TV Everywhere and digital platforms on November 23, three weeks ahead of its linear debut on the network, has been sampled by 4.5 million viewers. The series’ linear viewership has been OK, not great — 1.6 million Live+3 viewers on average for the first three episodes. For comparison, Syfy drama Defiance averaged almost 2 million viewers (L3) for its most recent third season before being canceled.
Set 200 years in the future, The Expanse, based on the bestselling book series, follows the case of a missing young woman that brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) together in a race across the solar system that will expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
The series, from Alcon and the Sean Daniel Co., returns with new episodes January 5. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children Of Men, Iron Man) serve as writers, executive producers and showrunners. Executive producer Naren Shankar (Farscape) is showrunner. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson serve as executive producers along with former president of Alcon Television Sharon Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts serves as co-producer. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers. Ben Cook serves as a producer.
December 26, 2015
I have to admit, I watched about 7 episodes of the first season of Starhunter about 8 years ago or so and I wasn't really impressed, even worse, I stopped watching after 7 episodes because I thought it was really bad. Still I have always been curious about Starhunter 2300 (season 2) because the footage I did see on You Tube, looked way better than the first season to me. Still I have never been able to see Starhunter 2300 so I cannot say for sure.
Last week I read an article on TVShowsOnDVD that there are plans for a season 3 in 2016 and also the intention of re-releasing the first two seasons on DVD, remastered. So even if I think the first season is mediocre to say the least, I am interested in season 3 and the possibility of Starhunter 2300 on DVD in a re-release. There is also a video where Michael Paré tells us what (hopefully) is about to happen! Read full article below from TvShowsOnDVD:
From 2000 to 2001, Starhunter starred Michael Paré as "Dante Montana" in 22 episodes. Then, from 2003 to 2004, Clive Robertson starred as "Travis Montana" in Starhunter 2300, the
second season of the show. Both co-starred Tanya Allen as "Percy Montana" and Stephen Marcus as "Rudolpho deLuna." Each of those seasons have had previous DVD releases in North America from such
diverse studios as Platinum/Echo Bridge, Alliance Home Entertainment, and RLJ Entertainment's Image brand.
Now reader Carol Land has alerted us (thank you kindly!) that in additional to plans for a new, third season of the show ("Starhunter Transformation," apparently once again starring Michael Paré), that "The producers of the TV series Starhunter and Starhunter 2300 are planning to release a remastered 'Creator's Cut' of the 44 episodes of the two series." She confirms this by pointing us toward a video posted a while ago to Vimeo.com, which we've embedded below. It's primarily about the 22 new episodes in-the-works, but begins by mentioning the previous 44 being together for the first time. See for yourself:
This is very early information, with no assurances of DVD plans for certain, but looks very promising for fans. Stay tuned for updates, as further developments occur!