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Sci Fi Channel becomes Syfy, and other news

March 16th, 2009 | Posted by Melanie McFarland in Commentary | Tune In Info | TV News

syfylogoOdds and ends from around the T’Verse:

–As of July 7, Sci Fi Channel will be known as Syfy, and its new slogan will be “Imagine Greater.” Please make a note of it. (Additionally, Sci Fi Channel’s parent company NBC Universal also purchased the name of popular site SyFyPortal.com, forcing some rebranding on that end as well.)

Granted, Syfy will still sound just like Sci Fi when people ask which cable channel airs “Eureka.”  But according to an NBC U press release:

“By changing the name to Syfy…the new brand broadens perceptions and embraces a wider and more diverse range of imagination-based entertainment including fantasy, paranormal, reality, mystery, action and adventure, as well as science fiction.”

In other words, Syfy shall remain the go-to destination for viewers seeking such wonderstuff as Mansquito and the upcoming Knights of Bloodsteel, which features Christopher Lloyd wearing elf ears. Great Scott, indeed.

– According to The Live Feed, relatively positive critical reception did not help  NBC’s midseason premiere of “Kings” conquer the ratings. Raking in a mere 6 million viewers according to the overnight ratings,  the only title it won was lowest-rated program between 8 and 11 p.m. on a major broadcast network. Ouch. (Watch the first episode here.)

David Chase is developing a miniseries for HBO titled “A Ribbon of Dreams,” which takes its name from Orson Welles‘ quote, “A film is a ribbon of dreams.”  He will write and executive produce the miniseries as well as direct the initial episodes. From the press release:

“The miniseries will follow the two main characters as they begin as employees of D.W. Griffith, and then cross career paths with John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis, Billy Wilder and others who gave shape to Hollywood as it grew from the age of rough-hewn silent Westerns, to the golden era of talkies and the studio system, to the auteur movement, to television, and finally to the present day.”

In other words, you might want to keep that HBO subscription for a little while longer.


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