SyFy: Premiere Dates For ‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘Defiance,’ ‘Ghost Hunters,’ More… ‘Merlin’ Series Finale

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Via Press Release:

SYFY LEAPS INTO SPRING WITH PREMIERE OF GROUND BREAKING TRANSMEDIA EVENT DEFIANCE

ALL-NEW SEASONS OF Warehouse 13 AND Ghost Hunters SERIES PREMIERE OF DEEP SOUTH PARANORMAL

Merlin Series Finale May 31

NBC Universal LogosNEW YORK – March 6, 2013 – Syfy will kick off the spring season with a powerhouse lineup of scripted and unscripted programming led by the groundbreaking transmedia event Defiance (April 15) and the Season 4.5 return of Warehouse 13 (April 29), as well as the debut of the new reality series Deep South Paranormal (April 10).

This spring will also mark the season finales of Stranded (April 3); Being Human (April 8); Lost Girl (April 22) and Robot Combat League (April 23), and the series farewell of Merlin (final five episodes air May 3-May 31).

Highlights of Syfy’s 2013 Spring Programming (All Times ET/PT):

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DEEP SOUTH PARANORMAL (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Wednesday, April 10 at 10 PM – Deep South Paranormal Research is a bayou-based team on a mission. Steeped in the rich history of their Homeland, they want to unlock the ghostly mysteries that have baffled Southerners for years. They are a homegrown blend of Cajun, Creole and self-proclaimed rednecks who share a passion for this part of the country and the paranormal events that take place there. They take on anything from swamp apparitions and haunted plantation houses to Southern voodoo legends. Investigations during this six-episode season include Alabama’s Bear Creek Swamp, the Old Cahawba ghost town, Florida’s Manntown Cemetery and the Mont Helena Plantation in the Mississippi Delta, to name just a few. Deep South Paranormal is produced by BASE Productions. John Brenkus and Mickey Stern serve as executive producers.

DEFIANCE (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Monday, April 15 at 9PM – Syfy’s highly-anticipated transmedia event Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner. Set in the near future, Defianceintroduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in The Game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”). Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series.Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Ghost Hunters (SPRING PREMIERE)

Premieres Wednesday, April 17 at 9 PM – Amy Bruni’s back! Ghost Hunters kicks off six 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 spring 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 JobsThe Ultimate FighterTop Shot). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Mike Nichols and Alan David, serve as executive producers.

Warehouse 13 (SEASON 4.5 PREMIERE)

Returns Monday, April 29 at 10PM  In the premiere episode “The Living and the Dead,” the series picks up on the stunning, mid-season cliffhanger. Artie (Saul Rubinek) has infected the Warehouse Team – and the world –with the Black Orchid Artifact’s deadly “Sweating Sickness.” If Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly), Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and Steve (Aaron Ashmore) can’t reverse what Artie has done, the world will be engulfed by the deadliest pandemic since the Dark Ages. But the Team is already succumbing to the disease’s symptoms as they race to stop the artifact sickness — before it stops them.

Among the new Season 4.5 guest stars are Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome), who portrays Charlotte Dupres, a historian who may know more about the Warehouse than she lets on. Walker’s multi-episode arc begins in the premiere. Later in the season, Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave) joins the cast as Abigail Cho, a protégé of Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Returning Season 4.5 guest stars include Jaime Murray as H.G. Wells and Kate Mulgrew as Jane Lattimer. Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.

WEIRD OR WHAT? (NEW SERIES)

Premieres Tuesday, April 30 at 9PM  Hosted by William Shatner, each episode of Weird or What? contains three separate stories of the bizarre and unexplained. As the show unfolds, it weighs various supernatural and scientific theories that attempt to explain the story, and sometimes features tests conducted as proof of a theory’s plausibility. The show features strange occurrences such as aliens, ghosts, monsters and natural disasters.

BATTLEDOGS (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, April 6 at 9PM – When a werewolf virus threatens to decimate New York City – and the world — a rogue general uses the disease to create an army of super soldiers. Battledogs stars Dennis Haysbert, Craig Sheffer, Kate Vernon and Bill Duke.

STONADOS (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, April 27 at 9PM – Paul Johanssen. William B. Davis and Thea Gill star in this disaster movie about a freak weather system which hurls deadly boulders onto Boston.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

The CW: ‘90210’ Canceled, Series Finale Date Announced

Direct from the files of, “I can’t believe this crapfest lasted this long… oh, wait… this is The CW, after all…” 

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Via Press Release:

AFTER FIVE SEASONS,

“90210” BIDS FAREWELL

WITH A SERIES FINALE ON MAY 13

THE CW ANNOUNCES SEASON FINALE DATES

FOR ITS PRIMETIME SERIES

cw-logoFebruary 28, 2013 (Burbank, CA) – After five seasons of new loves, old flames and shocking betrayals, the stars of 90210 will bid farewell to the world-famous zip code, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW.   With seven original episodes left to air, the show will sign off with a series finale on Monday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

“The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” said Pedowitz.  “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.”

During this final season, the characters put their relatively carefree days at West Beverly High behind them and launched into adulthood, with only their friendships to lean on.  The series stars Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson, Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson, AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark, Jessica Stroup as Silver, Michael Steger as Navid Shirazi, Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan and Matt Lanter as Liam Court.

90210 is produced by CBS Television Studios with executive producers Patti Carr (“Life Unexpected,” “Private Practice”) and Lara Olsen (“Life Unexpected,” “Private Practice”).

FOX: Two-Hour ‘Fringe’ Series Finale Date Announced

Via Press Release:

THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON OF “FRINGE”

CONCLUDES WITH A TWO-HOUR SERIES FINALE,

INCLUDING THE 100TH EPISODE,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, ON FOX 

Climactic Nine-Episode Countdown Continues with an All-New Episode Tonight

November 2, 2012 – As the Fringe team fights for humanity’s future in the fifth and final season, the imaginative journey toward the end of the acclaimed series will culminate in a climactic conclusion during the two-hour final-two-episodes event Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This milestone date will also celebrate the series’ 100th episode.

Series Co-Creator and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams reflected on the show’s run: “It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of FRINGE. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious Fox network for allowing FRINGE to reach its bittersweet conclusion.”

Executive producer and showrunner J. H. Wyman said, “Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with FRINGE. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. – we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family – a family that, through everything, fought together for survival – has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I’m just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience.”

“FRINGE has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX’s most riveting and creatively brilliant series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business.”

Throughout FRINGE’s thrilling five seasons, the series has followed Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv), enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson) as the Fringe team explored mysterious occurrences linked between parallel universes, doppelgängers, Observers and unimaginable threats. The unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole) – often led them to science and technological corporation Massive Dynamic, founded by WILLIAM BELL (guest star Leonard Nimoy), and its enigmatic chief executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown).

The fifth and final flash-forward season of FRINGE is set in 2036, when the “Observers” have become ruthless rulers of a dystopian society. As the battle for the world’s future continues to unfold, the Fringe team is in the midst of making its final stand to save humanity. In the aftermath of the devastating loss of Peter and Olivia’s daughter, ETTA (guest star Georgina Haig), the intensity escalates as the combat continues and Peter makes a pivotal and game-changing move in the all-new “An Origin Story” episode airing tonight (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman serve as executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman is a consulting producer. “Like” FRINGE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fringe. Follow the series on Twitter @FRINGEonFOX and join the discussion at #fringe.

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ALERT! FOX: House Series Finale on April 21st… Fans Given Opportunity To Take Part (And Lose Their Dignity)

Well, House has officially crossed the line into nerd-dom. Mind you, we’re all in favor of fan enthusiasm when it comes to television (or any hobby) but this is blurring the lines between procedural drama enjoyment and genre obsession.  Reading this we were immediately struck by the fact that last time we saw fan interaction like the kind suggested below was at a Star Trek convention.  Seriously, no one should be making fan films,  writing poetry or choreographing dance routines honoring medical dramas. After all, it’s we SciFi and genre fans that have the market on this kind of goofy crap.  Please let us have that to ourselves.

And for crap’s sake… did they put enough links in this press release?

Anyway, don’t forget to check out the series finale and the preceding hour-long retrospective for House on April 21st.

Via Press Release:

As HOUSE counts down to the series finale this spring, fans can become a part of the history of this critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite show in two ways: they can submit original content which could be chosen to be included in the one-hour HOUSE retrospective special and they can enter the HOUSE SERIES WRAP PARTY Sweepstakes for a chance to attend the show’s finale party in Los Angeles.

The HOUSE series finale airs Monday, May 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), immediately after the one-hour HOUSE retrospective special (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Have you ever wanted to record an original song or create an original video about HOUSE? Have you ever thought about reciting an original poem or choreographing a dance to reflect how the show has moved you over the last eight years? If so, now is your chance to be recognized by HOUSE star Hugh Laurie and the producers!

Fans from around the world can send in original video, photos and audio to www.fox.com/House/finale. Your material could be chosen to be included in the one-hour retrospective special. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 13.

To see a personal video invitation for submissions from HOUSE star Hugh Laurie, please visit www.fox.com/House. For more information and submission deadlines (preferable in photo or video form), log on to www.fox.com/House/finale. Full submission guidelines are listed at the link above, but all participants must be 13 years of age or older. Submissions must be original and must not contain any third party content that violates or infringes the rights of others, including but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights. Please do not include HOUSE episode clips, images, copyrighted music, key art, brands or products. Be as original as you can, and have fun!

In addition, HOUSE fans residing within the continental United States can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the exclusive series wrap party in Los Angeles on Friday, April 20 and celebrate the finale with the cast! The deadline to enter the Sweepstakes is Thursday, April 5. For more details on the HOUSE SERIES WRAP PARTY Sweepstakes, please visit www.fox.com/superperks. Fans should check out FOX Super Perks for amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiential prizes with their favorite FOX show. “Like” Fox Broadcasting on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXBroadcasting to keep up-to-date on the latest Super Perks opportunities and more!

HOUSE is from Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Television. Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Peter Blake, Greg Yaitanes and Hugh Laurie are executive producers. “Like” HOUSE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/House. Follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HouseonFox and join the conversation at #House.