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It’s true; no matter what certain networks may claim about their “winter finales,” winter doesn’t actually start until December 21, and isn’t over until March 20. Syfy, at least, understands this, and has announced their appropriately-titled winter schedule accordingly.
Happily this means that, starting on Monday, January 14, 2013, we will have some great television to get us through the cold months, including the return of Being Human and Lost Girl, and the premiere of Continuum, and later in the week, the return of Ghost Hunters and Face Off.
Here’s the schedule of premieres, along with series synopses:
Syfy’S 2013 Winter Programming Highlighted By Series Premieres Of Ghost Mine, Robot Combat League, Stranded And Continuum Season Returns Of Hits Being Human, Face Off, Total Blackout, Ghost Hunters, Lost Girl, Haunted Collector And Final Season Of Merlin
New York – December 4, 2012 – Syfy will kick off the New Year with a robust winter »
- Erin Willard
The dead are more popular than ever... especially on TV, as evidenced by three new paranormal reality shows just announced by the Syfy channel. Read on for the latest on what new things will be going bump in the night for 2013.
From the Press Release:
Marking the significant expansion of its popular reality programming, Syfy today announced it is greenlighting three new series: "Ghost Mine," "Stranded," and "Notorious Hauntings." This slate builds upon Syfy’s popular paranormal reality programming block led by "Ghost Hunters," "Paranormal Witness," and "Haunted Collector."
In making the announcement, Mark Stern, President, Original Content for Syfy and Co-head, Original Content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “Each of these series takes a known and successful formula and turns it on its head. Whether it is eclectic gold miners in the midst of paranormal activity, paranormal enthusiasts self-documenting the most haunted locations in America, or investigators researching and »
- Uncle Creepy
Syfy may have originally found success with scripted series, but it’s hard to resist the temptation of reality television, especially with the low production costs and the success of Ghost Hunters. Expect more paranormal-themed reality shows in 2013, as Syfy just announced Ghost Mine, Stranded, and Notorious Hauntings:
New York – November 28, 2010 – Marking the significant expansion of its popular reality programming, Syfy today announced it is greenlighting three new series: Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings. This slate builds upon Syfy’s popular paranormal reality programming block led by Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness and Haunted Collector.
In making the announcement, Mark Stern, President, Original Content for Syfy and Co-head, Original Content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “Each of these series takes a known and successful formula and turns it on its head. Whether it is eclectic gold miners in the midst of paranormal activity, paranormal enthusiasts self-documenting the most haunted locations in America, »
- Jonathan James
Syfy has added a trio of new reality programming to its line-up for next year. It was announced today that Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings would premiere on the network in early 2013. “Each of these series takes a known and successful formula and turns it on its head,” said Mark Stern, President, Original Content for Syfy and Co-head, Original Content for Universal Cable Productions. Premiering on January 16, Ghost Mine goes deep into a rumored haunted Oregon mine in the search for gold. Ghost Mine is produced by Endemol’s 51 Minds, with Mark Cronin David Caplan and Jay Bluemke serving as Executive Producers. Premiering on February 27, the six-episode Stranded follows teams as they handled paranormal events in a haunted location. Stranded is produced by Ping Pong Productions and Blumhouse with Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels, Josh Gates and Jason Blum executive producing. Lastly Syfy announced Notorious Hauntings. The show features researchers »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
The generational changeover at Discovery Channel continues with the cancellation of another aging reality series. Dirty Jobs has ended its run after eight years, series star/creator Mike Rowe announced in a blog post yesterday. The show, executive produced by Craig Piligian, was among the shows that ushered in the successful genre of docu series featuring guys doing blue-collar jobs. Dirty Jobs featured Rowe perform difficult, strange and often disgusting duties. It joins fellow Discovery veteran American Chopper, which was recently cancelled after 10 seasons as long-running reality series see their ratings decline and costs going upward. Here is Rowe’s post, chronicling Dirty Jobs road from a segment on a local TV station to a successful series on national TV: It never fails. Whenever Dirty Jobs goes off the air for a few months, people start to wonder if the show has been canceled. Rumors begin to swirl, and questions »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Mike Rowe is out of a job. Discovery Channel has canceled the Rowe-hosted docuseries Dirty Jobs after eight seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The unscripted entry, which featured its charismatic host exploring hazardous, disgusting and obscure jobs, was produced by Pilgrim Films & Television's Craig Piligian and wrapped its run in September. The franchise was a core piece of Discovery's unscripted fare exploring unique workplaces that eventually led to series including Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch that have helped define the network. Photos: The 6 Biggest Surprises in THR's Reality TV Poll A recent episode of the Tuesday at
- Lesley Goldberg
After ten years on the air, Discovery has decided to bring their long-running series American Chopper to a end. And even though this is the second time that the network has canceled the series over the past two years, they mean it this time: American Chopper is done! That is, unless you talk to series creator, Craig Piligian.
News of American Chopper’s cancelation comes weeks before the Teutuls are expected to be in Vegas for American Chopper Live: The Revenge. Unfortunately, after today’s announcement, the live build-off will now serve as the final episode for the series. Not exactly the type of final episode you’d want from American Chopper, but it appears that Discovery’s decision may have taken producers by surprise, thus limiting their ability to prepare an alternative conclusion. But could ...
Click to continue reading ‘American Chopper’ Canceled (Again); Creator Talks Possible Return & Firing Paul Jr. »
- Anthony Ocasio
The Teutuls are going to build their final bikes on the network next month. One of Discovery’s most popular programs, American Chopper helped pioneer the “docusoap” reality genre and inspired a surge of gear-head shows. Chopper’s run will conclude with the previously announced four-way bike build-off special titled The Revenge airing live from Las Vegas on Dec. 11.
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” says Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks. “This series was one of the »
- James Hibberd
Henry Simmons has joined the cast of Lifetime network's drama, Stalkers, which has Mena Suvari, Drea De Matteo and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe attached to star. The film is based on Rhonda Saunders' book Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers, and its synopsis reads: Diane Harper (De Matteo), the hot-headed cop with a troubled past teams with a polished district attorney, Julia Whitman (O'Keefe) to bring a stalker (Suvari) obsessed with her former lover, to justice. Simmons will play Harper's partner Cliff, who initially clashes with her and is put off by her defensiveness and unorthodox methods, says THR. The telepic was penned by David Wiener (Last Resort) and is being produced by Pilgrim Studios and exec produced by Craig Piligian. The 2-hour film will serve as a pilot for an eventual serial. Simmons also booked a role in an episode (the 9th) of Fox's Bones, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Mena Suvari and Henry Simmons have joined the cast of Lifetime’s two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot Stalkers (formerly Whisper Of Fear), toplined by Drea De Mateo and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. Its inspired by a true story from the book Whisper Of Fear: The True Story Of The Prosecutor Who Stalks The Stalkers by Rhonda Saunders, a criminal prosecutor who wrote the law on stalking in California. Stalkers follows Diane Harper (de Matteo), a hot-headed cop with a troubled past, and a polished, ambitious Da (O’Keefe) who team up to bring a stalker (Suvari), obsessed with her former lover, to justice. Simmons will play Harper’s partner Cliff. Stalkers will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian. The script is written by David Wiener (Last Resort). »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Discovery Channel has tapped actor Kal Penn to host its new competition series The Big Brain Theory, executive produced by Craig Piligian. Penn also will serve as producer on the eight-episode engineering completion, which was greenlighted in January for a spring 2013 debut. Penn, best known for his roles in the Harold & Kumar feature franchise and Fox series House as well as for his stint working in the White House, began taping the Discovery show earlier this week at Wet (Water Entertainment Technologies), the well-known Los Angeles-based water/fire feature design and engineering firm that is behind some 200+ installations, including such technological landmarks as Fountains of Bellagio at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s biggest fountain. The show, which is produced by Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, has design engineers competing against each other in extreme challenges that push the boundaries of technology, creativity, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Nash Bridges and Prison Break alumna Jodi Lyn O’Keefe has landed the second lead opposite Drea De Matteo in Lifetime’s two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot Stalkers (formerly Whisper Of Fear). Inspired by a true story from the book Whisper Of Fear: The True Story Of The Prosecutor Who Stalks The Stalkers by Rhonda Saunders, a criminal prosecutor who wrote the law on stalking in California, Stalkers follows Diane Harper (de Matteo), a hot-headed cop with a troubled past, and a polished, ambitious Da (O’Keefe) who team up to bring a stalker, obsessed with her former lover, to justice. Stalkers will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian. Mark Tonderai will direct from a script by David Wiener (Last Resort). »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Sopranos alumna Drea de Matteo is set to star in the Lifetime two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot Stalkers (formerly Whisper of Fear). Inspired by a true story from the book Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers by Rhonda Saunders, a criminal prosecutor who wrote the law on stalking in California, Stalkers follows Diane Harper (de Matteo), a hot-headed cop with a troubled past, and a polished Da who team up to bring a stalker, obsessed with her former lover, to justice. Stalkers will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian. Mark Tonderai will direct from a script by David Wiener (Last Resort). De Matteo, whose role on HBO’s mob drama The Sopranos earned her an Emmy, is with Gersh and Untitled. She recently recurred on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Sopranos vet, Drea de Matteo, has landed the lead role in Stalkers, a two-hour movie/backdoor pilot for Lifetime, based on Rhonda Saunders’ book, Whispers of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers.
The project follows Diane Harper, a hot-headed cop with a troubled past (De Matteo) and a polished Da, who team up to bring a stalker, obsessed with her former lover, to justice.
De Matteo, whose post-Sopranos credits include the Friends spin-off, Joey, and a season-long arc on Desperate Housewives, »
- Michael Ausiello
Drea De Matteo is stalking Lifetime. The former Sopranos actress has been tapped to star in the female-skewing cable network's TV movie Stalkers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: Lifetime Developing Stalker Drama 'Whisper of Fear' (Exclusive) Based on Rhonda Saunders' book Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers, De Matteo will play Diane Harper, the hot-headed cop with a troubled past who teams with a D.A. to bring a stalker obsessed with her former lover to justice. The pic hails from Pilgrim Studios and is being executive produced by Craig Piligian,
- Lesley Goldberg
Lifetime is reteaming with Craig Piligian. The female-skewing network is developing Whisper of Fear, a two-hour back-door pilot based on the book by Rhonda Saunders, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers, published in2008, revolves around a criminal prosecutor who penned the law on stalking in California and is based on the true story of a hot-head cop and polished district attorney who team to bring a stalker obsessed with her former lover to justice. Video: Emmys 2012: THR's Reality Roundtable Guests Reveal All
- Lesley Goldberg
The network’s original movie will star Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd in the real-life story Abducted: The Carlina White Story. It centers on a girl (Palmer) who after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunites with her biological parents 23 years later. It was the first know infant abduction from a NY hospital; White was taken by a desperate wannabe mother (Ellis) who raised her as her own child in Bridgeport, Conn, until White began to suspect something wasn’t right. Lifetime said today that shooting is set for next week in Vancouver for a premiere later this year. Pilgrim Studios (Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy) is producing, with Craig Piligian an executive producer alongside Mary Martin and Alan Gasmer. Actor Vondie Curtis Hall is directing a script by Elizabeth Hunter (Jumping The Broom). »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Are we allowed to swear?” asked producer Craig Piligian upon gathering for a conversation with his reality TV cohorts at Milk Studios in Hollywood on June 2. Sure, why not? Television’s most freewheeling format lends itself so well to a no-holds-barred discussion about its most zeitgeisty programs. Ryan Seacrest (American Idol, Keeping Up With the Kardashians), 37; Thom Beers (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers), 54; Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), 35; Alison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser), 35; Craig Piligian (Dirty Jobs, American Chopper), 54; and Carson Daly (The Voice), 38, come clean about the perils
- Matthew Belloni , Stacey Wilson
Just in time for the potential end of the world later this year, Spike TV has greenlighted Last Family On Earth, a new competition reality series in which families vie for a spot in an underground fortified Vivos bunker. Produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, the six-episode one-hour series will premiere this fall, with the finale, in which the winning family move into their bunker, airing just before December 21 — when some expect potential cataclysmic demise as allegedly predicted by the Mayan calendar. The competition will showcase survival techniques and, in addition to endurance and physical skills, test the contestants’ leadership abilities, integrity and character. The doomsday scenarios that will be played out on the show include a pandemic, global government or economic collapse, nuclear war, reactor meltdowns, solar flares, massive asteroids, lethal climactic change, a pole shift, calamitous earthquakes, and even widespread anarchy. A panel of three survivalist-expert judges, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Craig Piligian knows a thing or two about aggressive TV shows. The producer's stable of reality series about tough guys doing rough things has included Dirty Jobs, American Chopper, Swamp Loggers and The Ultimate Fighter. Now Piligian is behind Full Metal Jousting, which gives the medieval sport a full-contact, modern-day twist. The show, which airs Sundays at 10pm on History, awards cash to the jouster (decked out in suits of steel) who survives the most collisions. Piligian took time to tell us why we should man up and watch...
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- Michael Schneider
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