Syfy doesn't do enough science fiction? After years of building its ratings and its revenue stream with cheap ghost-hunting shows, wrestling and campy original movies, the NBCUniversal cable network now has more classic hard SF on its slate than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at.
Upcoming on the network: a four-hour adaptation of Larry Niven's beloved novel Ringworld and a similar treatment for 2001 author Arthur C. Clark's novel Childhood's End (both in development), massive new gaming/TV hybrid Defiance, and a series from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore called Helix about scientists near the South Pole trying to save the world from destruction.
Network president Dave Howe announced that Syfy will begin airing quarterly "multiscreen" events, in keeping with its ambitious experiment with Defiance—Ringworld and Helix will be among the first.
Other branches of the speculative fiction world are getting the royal treatment, too: Jamie Foxx will exec produce, write and direct a Tales From the Crypt-style half-hour horror anthology (no title yet) set to premiere in October. And (again, both in development) Scott Stewart will produce and direct a spin-off of the Paul Bettany movie Legion, called Dominion; while Robert Zemeckis will produce No Place, about a high-tech gated community that seems to exist outside reality.
There's a space opera show from Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd in development, an urban fantasy series called Silver Shields—the slate looks like the table of contents from an issue of Locus.
And there's more reality programming on the way, because no matter how many fans say they love scripted drama, reality is reliable. There's ye olde paranormal investigation show with a stand-up comic (Joe Rogan Questions Everything), Cosworld, about the world of people who dress up like superheroes (careful Googling that one, readers), and, in a similar vein, Fandemonium, from Jersey Shore production company 495.
Of note in the unscripted development category: Unbreakable (another of those quarterly tentpoles), based on the Death Race franchise.