The Hollywood Reporter is Hollywoodily reporting that someone at Syfy seems to have taken note of a certain something regarding their network.
Almost five years after a rebrand that abandoned the Sci-Fi moniker and enraged fans, NBCUniversal brass is aware that its attempt to lure a broader audience might have lost it some clout in the increasingly lucrative genre that shares its former name.
“Enraged”? I don’t recall being enraged; I just recall thinking it was really, really stupid. It was, and still is. But ignoring that fact, yes, who knew that basically turning your back on the genre you claim to televise might lose you some “clout” within that genre?
The story goes on to explain that someone at NCB Universal realized that science-fiction can equal money. They then go on to cite several shows as examples.
AMC’s The Walking Dead remains the biggest series on TV in the key 18-to-49 demo, FX’s American Horror Story regularly scores more Emmy nominations than any series, and Game of Thrones has attracted such a fervent fan base, HBO is filling Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for its March 20 premiere.
Oh, yes, quite the set of science fiction shows, if by “science fiction” one means “a show that has nothing to do with science, another show that has nothing to do with science, and a fucking fantasy show with magic and shit”, then, yes, they are sci-fi shows.
The article then goes on to say that Syfy will be creating a bunch of mini-series and space operas and actual, you know, science fiction. I do applaud this move. I do sincerely hope that’s what happens. I hope that, for example, when they give Riverworld a third try, they actually base it on the books. I’d love to see a Foundation mini-series, for example, or some more Dune stuff. How about a TV series based on The Dragonriders of Pern novels? Or do up some kids books, like the Danny Dunn series. Updated for modern times, those could be quite popular.
I do hope Syfy goes ahead with this plan and pulls it off. On the other hand, the article also brings up Sharknado 2, so I’m not exactly going to hold my breath here.