WYNONNA EARP Teasers: The Earp Family, From WayHaught To The Next Generation

The stars of SYFY series WYNONNA EARP met with reporters this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. Cast members Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Shamier Anderson, Katherine Barrell, Tamara Duarte, and Varun Saranga joined showrunner Emily Andras and comic book creator Beau Smith to discuss the series’ family dynamic, Wyonna’s pregnancy, popular relationships like Wayhaught and Wyndolls, and more.

The Earp sisters.

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One of WYNONNA EARP’s many draws is the sibling dynamic between Wynonna and Waverly Earp. At Comic-Con, Emily Andras said that when she first saw the WYNONNA EARP comic book, the Earp sisterhood really stood out to her: “I was quite intrigued by the idea of sisters in the comic book…What I liked the best was the idea that Waverly really wants to be the chosen one, and Wynonna wants to be Waverly and be liked by everybody — and would rather die than be the chosen one. So, I think it’s interesting that they love each other; but they also have what the other wants, so to speak.”

As far as Andras is concerned, there’s also no limit to the rich storytelling available with this particular aspect of the source material. “It’s just so rich, right? I could tell that story for twenty years. I think sister stories don’t get enough play.”

Thank the television gods for Andras’ belief that sisterhood is just as important as any other relationship. It’s almost as if women are interesting characters, just like their male counterparts. Imagine.

The extended Earp family.

It’s worth noting that the series’ somewhat unlikely collection of characters forms its own family. “Genre is the home of building your own family. I think we’ve seen that time and time again, from BUFFY to BATTLESTAR: the idea that you can’t choose your family, but you can build a family of your own. And we certainly strive to do that on the show,” said Andras.

Whether this is the case for other genre shows or not, WYNONNA EARP’s familial bonds go beyond what’s on the screen.

Take, for example, the cast and crew’s reactions to star Melanie Scrofano’s pregnancy, which was written into the series’ second season. In many occupations, women run the risk of being met with negative backlash if they become pregnant at a time that might be inconvenient for others. But from the EARP family, Scrofano was met with plenty of support, showing just how close the team really is.

“When the family heard that, they were like a real family,” said Beau Smith, creator of the original WYNONNA EARP comics. Everyone pulled together and recognized Melanie’s news as what it was: a good thing, not something to stand in their way. As Scrofano herself discussed some of the ways her pregnancy affected those on set, she became visibly emotional. She described the experience as “incredible to see the way my life affects everybody on our cast — and the crew even…It just grounded this season in such a beautiful, emotional place for everyone.”

The warmth extended beyond the reactions to Melanie Scrofano’s pregnancy, too. When asked how it felt to join WYNONNA EARP in its second season, newcomer Varun Saranga said, “everyone was so kind to me, and loving, and generous.” The same could be said of Saranga’s character. “I think he enjoys being part of the family….He really cares about these people because they care about him. And that’s his motivation to stay.”

Oh, and don’t forget one of the most vital parts of the WYNONNA EARP family: The Earpers.

“We’re here because of that fandom,” said Tim Rozon, who plays Doc Holliday, “The fandom is the biggest part of our success…So, for me, I’m in debt to all Earpers, ever — forever.”

The praise for the fans didn’t end there. Dominique Provost-Chalkley was a bit nervous to play some of Waverly’s scenes in season two, but some of that pressure was eased by knowing she’d have the fandom rooting for her. “I knew that Earpers are so supportive in everything we do, and we really couldn’t have a more positive and loving fanbase. So, it was kind of the perfect platform to do [them].”

Showrunner Emily Andras informed reporters that the WYNONNA EARP team even surprised some fans at Comic-Con by crashing their viewing party and live tweeting the series’ latest episode with them.

When will your faves ever is, I believe, the proper response to that.

It may be a plot on a sci-fi series, but Wynonna Earp’s pregnancy will be more realistic than you think.

According to star Melanie Scrofano, Emily Andras’ first reaction to Scrofano’s news was, “you have hilarious timing.” After that, Andras got down to the business of turning something that most showrunners would consider a major inconvenience into an opportunity for even better storytelling. Quite a few series, in just about every genre, have had a major problem with finding a way to show what an expecting mother might experience; but Scrofano assured the press at Comic-Con that this would not be the case on WYNONNA EARP.

“Basically, every moment of what I was going through as Melanie, good and bad, [Andras said],  ‘just put it into the character.’ I think it’s really…I think it’s really honest, and you know what? Some people might look at it and be like, ‘I don’t think she would be able to do all that.’ And I say, ‘bullshit.’ Because I, Melanie, was working eighteen hour days. I’d get up. I’d learn my lines. I’d go to work. I’d cry, have a meltdown I’d yell at someone. I’d go apologize, and then I’d keep going. And Wynonna does the same thing. So, I think it really shows pregnancy in an honest light for what it was. For me. It’s not the same for everyone.”

The actress went on to describe instances where her back would hurt — a common problem for pregnant women — and her reaction, holding her back, while not written into the scenes, was kept in the final product because it was so natural. “It’s just those little moments that Wynonna would probably go through, too, and it was really fun to put those in.”

If it sounds like Melanie Scrofano, not Wynonna Earp, is the true superhero here, that’s probably about accurate.

That’s not to say that Wynonna won’t continue to be the hero of her own story, though. And now that she has someone new to protect, expect her to be more fierce.

In yet another dose of reality infused into this oftentimes impossible to describe Syfy channel gem, Wynonna will want to protect her child in that special way mothers do. “She’s had to protect people before — for sure,” teased Scrofano, “but once you become a mother, “you have this protective instinct that kicks in. And so, it just — she just — becomes stronger, in a way.”

Beware things that go bump in the night: If you thought Wynonna Earp was scary before, wait until she becomes a demon-hunting mama bear.

Emily Andras’ bravery in going forward with a pregnancy storyline, rather than covering up Scrofano’s real-life pregnancy, is very important, according to Beau Smith.

“I’ll be honest with you. Right now, there’s someone that’s fifteen to twenty years old that watches WYNONNA EARP, and they’re seeing this. In ten, fifteen, twenty years, they’re going to be a producer — or a writer — and someone at a [Comic-Con roundtable interview] like this is going to ask them, ‘well, what inspired you — what made you do something that’s so creative?’ At that point, they’re going to go, ‘well, there was this show called WYNONNA EARP. And in the second season, they made the lead…She was pregnant, and she did this.’ And that’s what’s going to happen.”

Representation matters.

Even with all of the realistic drama, Earpers can still look forward to plenty of the series’ supernatural storytelling.

As of this season’s seventh episode, there’s already the possibility that the father of Wynonna’s baby is a revenant. What would that even mean for the baby? The demon-Earp hybrid possibilities are endless.

And there’s always plenty of evil for the series’ lead to dispose of. It’s not like Purgatory is going to shut down for maternal leave, after all.

ratsmoothieSo, if you’re not here for a “real” story and want to be swept up in the sci-fi of it all, there’s nothingto fear (except maybe goo possession, revenants, and who knows what else). Let’s just hope there isn’t another rat smoothie. I don’t care how delighted Melanie Scrofano was to describe the film magic behind that. I still don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at a blender the same way again after that scene.

Up next: WayHaught, bromance, Wyndolls, and more.

THE MAGICIANS Renewed for Season 3

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Syfy gave a season 3 renewal to its hit drama series THE MAGICIANS. The cable channel has picked up the show for a 13 episode third season.

To date, Season 2 is up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and has nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms.

Season 2 currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy, and the finale will air Wednesday, April 19.

Season 3 of THE MAGICIANS will premiere in 2018.

12 MONKEYS Renewed for a Fourth and Final Season by Syfy

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The third season of 12 MONKEYS hasn’t premiered yet, but Syfy has renewed the show for a fourth season. Here’s the catch, however: season 4 will be the show’s last.

In addition, Syfy has announced that season 3 of 12 MONKEYS will premiere on May 19 and the show will air its entire 10 episode third season over the span of 3 days — four episodes will air on May 19 and then three episodes each will air on the next two nights.

“12 MONKEYS has a dedicated and enthusiastic fan-base thanks to the epic storytelling by Terry Matalas, and the stellar cast and crew,” said Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be able to offer fans an opportunity to binge the third season as a reward for their lasting support, and we couldn’t be more excited to see where Terry takes us with the final chapter of this fabulous story in the fourth season.”

Season 4 will also consist of 10 episodes but it likely won’t premiere until 2018.

Syfy Renews VAN HELSING for a Second Season

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Today Syfy dished out a second season renewal for VAN HELSING. The hour-long drama premiered Friday, September 23 and will return for 13 all new episodes, with production expected to begin January 2017.

“It’s with great pleasure and extreme excitement that all of us involved with Van Helsing receive the news of a pick-up for a second season, especially this early in our initial run,” said Showrunner Neil LaBute. “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew. The team is very thankful and ready to go—ready to get back on the road to Denver and to spill a lot of blood along the way.”

After a catastrophic volcano eruption, the last remaining underground vampires rise up through a dark, ash-filled sky to overtake America. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton, TRUE BLOOD), a descendant of the legendary line of vampire hunters, awakens from a three-year coma to discover that she’s not only immune to the bloodthirsty predators – but also has the ability to make them human again. With this “cure” threatening the vampire’s existence and a target on her back, can Vanessa save humanity? Van Helsing is a total re-imagination of the timeless Dracula brand and stars Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, David Cubitt, Vincent Gale, Rukiya Bernard, Trezzo Mahoro, Aleks Paunovic, Laura Mennell, Tim Guinee and Paul Johansson.

Syfy and USA Network at Comic-Con: THE MAGICIANS, MR ROBOT, COLONY and More

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Syfy and USA have announced several panels between them which will take place at San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks, including Q&As for THE MAGICIANS, COLONY, MR ROBOT, THE EXPANSE and more.

USA Network Screenings and Panels (Thursday, July 21)

1:45pm – 2:45pm: FALLING WATER – World Premiere Screening: Be the first to see USA Network’s highly anticipated new drama series, FALLING WATER, presented by creators Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) and Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”). Ever wondered what would happen if someone could control our dreams? This mind-bending new thriller, starring David Ajala, Will Yun Lee and Lizzie Brochere, explores this question through the lives of three unrelated people who slowly realize they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream… a dream that just might hold the key to the fate of humanity. FALLING WATER hails from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”). Room: 6A

4:45pm – 5:45pm: COLONY – Panel with the Cast and Creators / Moderated by Retta: COLONY fans: whose side are you on — the Collaborators or the Resistance? Join executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, along with series stars; Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Adrian Pasdar, Peter Jacobson and Tory Kittles, for an exclusive inside look at the brand new season. When USA Network’s critically acclaimed series COLONY returns for season two, mysterious intruders are still in control of a near-future Los Angeles. Will, played by Josh Holloway (“Lost”), has been cooperating with the Collaborators, but now that he knows his wife Katie’s (Sarah Wayne Callies, “The Walking Dead”) secret, have they jeopardized any hope of getting their son Charlie back? Room: 6BCF

6:00pm-7:00pm: MR. ROBOT – Panel Discussion with the Cast / Moderated by Chris Hardwick: Hello, friend. USA’s Golden Globe® award-winning series, MR. ROBOT, is making its Comic-Con debut. Go behind the scenes with stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Season 2 two newcomer Grace Gummer as they discuss the series’ exciting second season. MR. ROBOT follows Elliot, a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader. Season 2 explores the consequences of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp… as well as the illusion of control. MR. ROBOT hails from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”), who will be directing all 12 episodes, as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”). Room: 6BCF

Syfy Screenings and Panels (Saturday, July 23)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: THE EXPANSE – Panel Discussion with the Cast and Creators / Moderated by Adam Savage: Get a sneak peek of the new season of Syfy’s critically acclaimed series from the writers of “Children of Men” and “Iron Man,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series. Moderator Adam Savage (“MythBusters,” Tested.com), along with cast members Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, Frankie Adams and executive producers Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus, preview the aftermath of season one’s explosive finale. Room: Indigo Ballroom

4:00pm – 5:00pm: THE MAGICIANS – Panel Discussion with the Cast and Creators / Moderated by Author Lev Grossman: The acclaimed breakout hit makes its San Diego Comic-Con debut! Join cast members Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, Jade Tailor and Rick Worthy, along with executive producers John McNamara and Sera Gamble, as they tease the anticipated second season of the Syfy series based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy. Room: Indigo Ballroom

– Exclusive Screening: Be the first to see the pilot of Syfy’s newest thriller! Set in a near-future when corporations have unlimited power, INCORPORATED follows a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a ruthless mega-corporation and save the woman he loves. INCORPORATED is from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Room: Indigo Ballroom

KRYPTON: Syfy Greenlights Superman Prequel Pilot

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Syfy has green-lit a pilot for a Superman prequel story called KRYPTON. The series will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (MAN OF STEEL). Damian Kindler (SLEEPY HOLLOW) will serve as executive producer/showrunner; Colm McCarthy (PEAKY BLINDERS) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (ONCE UPON A TIME).

KRYPTON is set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet and the series “will follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.”

“KRYPTON is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”

Syfy Announces Cameos for SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS

The fourth SHARKNADO movie is coming and the movie series has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon, as is evidenced by the sheer number of cameo appearances for the upcoming film.

  • Cynthia Bailey (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Robert Herjavec (“Shark Tank”), Kym Johnson (“Dancing with the Stars”), Carrie Keagan (TV host), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (“In Living Color”) and “Baywatch” stars Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul as Astro-X rocket scientists and astrophysicists
  • Benjy Bronk (“The Howard Stern Show”) as a morning show host
  • Duane Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) as a chainsaw dealer
  • Stacey Dash (actress and pundit) as the Mayor of Chicago
  • Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) as manager of the Shark World hotel
  • David Faustino (“Married with Children”) as a Las Vegas gambler
  • Lori Greiner (“Shark Tank”) as a home shopping guru
  • Frank Mir (MMA fighter) as head of security for the Shark World hotel
  • Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Wayne Newton (aka Mr. Las Vegas) and Todd, Savannah and Grayson Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”) as themselves
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky (“Loveline”) as a pastor
  • Patti Stanger (“Millionaire Matchmaker”) as a reporter
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot) as a Shark World hotel security guard

Syfy has also released a new poster, which you can see below. SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS premieres on Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

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SHARKNADO 4 Coming to Syfy in July

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Syfy has proven that you can’t keep a good shark down. The fourth installment of it’s wildly (though inexplicably) popular SHARKNADO franchise — SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS — will be airing on Syfy on Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The fourth installment of the SHARKNADO franchise will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer’s SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!. Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks – and ‘nados! – are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected.

Tara Reid is also set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. David Hasselhoff (as Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (as Claudia Shepard) will also reprise their SHARKNADO 3 roles. New additions to the SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS cast include Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and Cheryl Tiegs (with more to be announced).

Preview: Your First Look at 12 Monkeys Thrilling Second Season on Syfy

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On April 18th, 12 MONKEYS — Syfy’s critically acclaimed time-travel series returns for its much anticipated second season on Syfy.

In case you missed it, the first season saw James Cole (Aaron Stanford) chosen by fate to travel back in time to save humanity from the apocalyptic conspiracy of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys where he forged a bond with a brilliant immunologist from our time, Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull)–who becomes his strongest ally against the 12 Monkeys.

Season two finds Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Railly (Amanda Schull) confronted with circumstances that alter their perspectives, pitting them against each other morally despite their common goals.

Related: 12 Monkeys: Season 1 Recap

According to a handful of our Twitter friends who were lucky enough to have previewed the second season premiere, it rocks. Said @Bilal_mian, “Finished watching the #12Monkeys S2 screeners. I’m going to be shocked if another science-fiction show will be able to top it in 2016.”

According to us, with the April 18th premiere a few weeks away, you still have time to binge-watch season one on HULU.

Still not convinced? Here’s a preview of season two.

12 MONKEYS Season Two premieres on April 18th at 9PM on Syfy.

THE EXPANSE: New Series Gives New Hope for Syfy Channel

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I stopped taking the SCI-FI Channel seriously when they rebranded it as the Syfy Channel in 2009. The decision was cemented in my mind when they made the movie SHARKNADO and they added wrestling to their programming. All these decisions made me wonder if they were serious about an actual science fiction channel. However, Syfy recently put money up for two programs and that made me sit up and take another look.

The first was Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END, which aired in three parts in December 2015. The second was the even better 10-part space drama THE EXPANSE, which began in November 2015 and just ended last week. I was prepared for hamburger but was served up prime rib.

Unlike many of Sysfy’s made-for-TV movies and miniseries, these were high quality, well written and well produced dramas, featuring superb special effects and great acting, with no plot holes bigger than a pin prick. In particular, THE EXPANSE required intricate CGI and set design elements with high caliber space shots and other special effects akin to the quality to you find in high priced movie productions.

THE EXPANSE tells a story hundreds of years into the future when humans have colonized the solar system. They have reached the depths of our system transforming planets and moons, exploiting resources and workers, and bringing with them the stresses of living at the limits. With tensions rising between extensions of civilization, Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt are now on the brink of war. A young woman goes missing, tangling a detective, a politician, and the crew of a disguised spaceship in the greatest conspiracy in human history. This first season ended as the crew of the disguised ship and the detective discovered the missing young woman had been exposed to a “protomolocule” and they barely escaped with their lives. We also learned the protomolocule is part of a larger conspiracy, and controlling it involves the future of humankind in space.

THE EXPANSE has been renewed for a second season, scheduled to begin airing in January 2017 with 13 episodes. To me, that’s a hopeful sign that the network is finally taking science fiction serious again. If we can just get them to stop with the silliness of a SHARKNADO and the insanity of wrestling, it might speak better for the network.

Syfy aired some decent science fiction in its past. The reboot of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, for instance. TAKEN for another. And for those who are into monster fiction and horror movies, they have offered plenty of that. But it’s the reversion to cheap products with poorly plotted scripts and programming that has nothing to do with science fiction in any of its various genres that infuriates me as a science fiction fan. LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT? Really? ECW? WCG ULTIMATE GAMER? Come on! Since when was any of that even remotely connected with science fiction?

It is my hope that with programs like A CHILDHOOD’S END and THE EXPANSE that Syfy will begin taking science fiction to heart – to its heart – again. Even new programs like 12 MONKEYS, DARK MATTER, and THE MAGICIANS give me reason to revisit Syfy’s lineup more often.