June, or as we call it on TV, Summer launch will bring some great shows from Syfy back for new seasons, such as Season 3 of Paranormal Witness, Season 2 of Continuum, new episodes of Total Blackout and the Summer premiere for Ghost Hunters; as well as several new shows that will be launched as Exit, Sinbad and Primeval New World.
Let´s review what Syfy has under its sleeve.
TOTAL BLACKOUT (ALL-NEW EPISODES)
Returns Tuesday, June 4 at 9PM – Hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters), the half hour, extreme game show Total Blackout returns with “Parental Blackout” – a special parent-child episode where three mother-daughter teams and one mother-son team square off to conquer challenges in pitch black. After contestants guess the weight of several objects, they must then reach in and identify whatever lurks in the mystery tanks. The remaining teams then attempt to identify a range of innocent – and not so innocent – objects placed inside bubble helmets for a chance to win $5,000! The international hit series is produced by FremantleMedia North America (American Idol, The X Factor) and was created by Henrik Nielsen (Can You Duet?, Danish versions of The X Factor, Got Talent and Pop Idol). Nielsen and Scott St. John (Deal or No Deal, America’s Got Talent, The Choice) are executive producers.
EXIT (SERIES PREMIERE)
Premieres Tuesday, June 4 at 10PM – Based on the Nippon Television Network’s hit Japanese series Dero!, Exit is an all-new six episode series hosted by Curt Doussett (America’s Lost Treasures, Hazard Pay). In each nail-biting episode, four teams of two contestants will battle to escape a series of mind-bendingly diabolical rooms, each more challenging than the last. The team that manages to find their way out will win the $10,000 prize. Exit is produced by Smart Dog Media in association with Zig Zag Productions. Craig Plestis (Minute to Win It, America’s Got Talent), Michael Binkow (1 vs. 100, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire), Danny Fenton (Scam City, Cheryl Cole: Where Did It All Go Right… and Wrong) and Scott St. John (Total Blackout, America’s Got Talent) serve as executive producers.
PARANORMAL WITNESS (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)
Returns Wednesday, June 5 at 10PM – In its third season, Paranormal Witness will continue to offer up truly spine-tingling tales of everyday people’s real-life paranormal experiences! These terrifying moments defy explanation with gritty cinematic reenactments and actual evidence of the events that occurred by seamlessly weaving their shocking firsthand testimonials. The 20-episode season explores inexplicable paranormal phenomena including hospital-dwelling “black angels,” demons, werewolves and ghosts. Paranormal Witness is produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush: Alaska). Series producers are Sam Starbuck and Sam Hobkinson. Executive Producers are Mark Lewis and Bart Layton.
CONTINUUM (SEASON 2 PREMIERE)
Returns Friday, June 7 at 10PM — Moving into its new Friday 10PM time period, the 13 all-new episodes of Season 2 picks up following the gripping Season 1 finale when Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols/Criminal Minds, Alias) fought a ticking clock to prevent a cataclysmic act of terrorism. Cameron is a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day, swept along when a group of fanatical terrorists escaped their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time. Continuum co-stars Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) as detective Carlos Fonnegra and Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), who plays teen tech genius Alec Sadler.
Executive producers of Continuum are series creator Simon Barry (The Art of War), Pat Williams (Smallville) and Tom Rowe (Tin Man). Continuum is a Showcase original series and is produced by Reunion Pictures in association with Shaw Media.
SINBAD (SERIES PREMIERE)
Premieres Saturday, June 8 at 9PM – The 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan/Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett/The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels/Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian/The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas/Grange Hill). Sinbad is a British Sky Broadcasting presentation of An Impossible Pictures Production. Producer is Grainne Marmion. Executive producers are Tim Haines, Sophie Gardiner and Andrew Woodhead. The series is distributed by BBC Worldwide.
PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD (SERIES PREMIERE)
Premieres Saturday, June 8 at 10PM — The 13-episode series stars Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, will direct several episodes.
Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, Primeval: New World’s creative team is led by executive producers Martin Wood (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis) and Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Highlander). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Enterprise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World) and written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (Charmed, Flash Gordon), Jon Cooksey (The Collector, The Outer Limits), Sarah Dodd (Flashpoint, Arctic Air), Katherine Collins (Endgame), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.
Primeval: New World is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment. Executive producers for Omnifilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film. Leading independent studio, Entertainment One, holds the international distribution rights.
GHOST HUNTERS (SUMMER PREMIERE)
Premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 9PM – Amy Bruni’s back! Ghost Hunters kicks off five brand new episodes with the return of its old friend “Red,” as TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) founder Jason Hawes fondly calls her. Amy joins the team for her first investigation since going on maternity leave last year. In the summer premiere, TAPS is invited to Louisiana’s Shreveport Auditorium to investigate claims of paranormal activity at the famed venue where Elvis Presley played his first professional gig. Did the King of Rock ‘n Roll really leave the building or will TAPS find evidence that Elvis’ spirit is still performing for an audience of apparitions? Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, Top Shot). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Mike Nichols and Alan David, serve as executive producers.
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