Sunday, February 6, 2011

SyFy is Cool Again!

It is a new year and a new approach for the SyFy channel. Back in 2009, the network changed its name after formerly being known as the "Sci-Fi" channel. In an attempt to leave their "geek" image behind and hopeful to expand on a more diverse audience, the network changed their name feeling as though it would help to gain a broader audience, particularly women viewers. In an article on, Jon Lafayette interviews TV Historian, Tim Brooks, who played a role in the network's humble beginnings while at USA network, with Brooks explaining:

"The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular."

Although it has been many years since the childhood days of watching shows like Tales from the Crypt and The Outer Limits as well as the broadcast syndication of Quantum Leap, the Syfy Channel has managed to spark a renewed interest in the network and its shows.

Two original shows that are helping to revive the network's credibility amongst its old and new audience are Face Off and Being Human. Having debuted only several weeks ago, the new shows display their adaptability to the current times of reality television dominating our DVRs and Tivo sets and, in recent years, the youth's fascination with vampires and werewolves with books like the Twilight saga and the CW television series, The Vampire Diaries playing on the fancy for the immortal and  the undead.

Face Off - A reality show focusing on the talents of special effects makeup artists and their magnificent imagination and fantastic creativity, put contestants to the test each week by competing in varying degrees of challenges involving special effects makeup. The grand prize of $100,000.00 and a year's worth of makeup from Alcone are at stake in this inside look of those who create the creatures and monsters we love to fear.

Being Human - A television series that revolves around three roommates, all who are not your "normal" crowd with Aidan (Sam Witwer) the vampire, Josh (Sam Huntington) the werewolf, and Sally (Meaghan Rath) the ghost. All living under one roof, the three characters battle with accepting their nature while trying to lead regular human lives out in public. 

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