Syfy heralds in the new year this month with seven premieres, including three new Syfy shows and four returning favorites: “Helix,” “Bitten,” and “Opposite Worlds” join the Syfy family while fans celebrate the return of “Being Human,” “Lost Girl,” “Ghost Hunters” and “Face Off.”
“Helix,” one of the new scripted Syfy shows, debuts January 10, with a double episode and limited commercials. “Helix” revolves around a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic BioSystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. But they discover there is more to this than meets the eye as the virus evolves. Executive producers include Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Steven Maeda (“The X-Files”) who serves as showrunner. The show stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes, Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemieux, and Neil Napier.
On Monday, January 13, the werewolf drama “Bitten” premieres after two returning series. Based on “The New York Times” bestselling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, “Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her werewolf pack and taken refuge in a new city. But then bodies start turning up and Elena finds herself torn between her new life and her loyalty to the pack.
“Bitten” gets a lead in from viewers’ favorite succubus and weirdest group of roommates, who return for their respective fourth seasons of “Lost Girl” and “Being Human.” The latter of which picks up with Aidan, Sally, Josh and Nora four months after the season finale.
Then the following night, Syfy’s cult favorite reality show “Face Off” returns for a sixth season of special effects makeup artists competing for the top prize, and they promise the challenges this time around will be more extreme than anything ever seen on the show. If you’ve seen the show before, you know that’s saying something. And if you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you’re missing. These contestants generally avoid the silly drama and backbiting rampant on most reality TV because they are too busy creating killer monsters and fantasy creatures, and you get to see the whole process.
The following Tuesday, Syfy premieres its third new show, a reality series called “Opposite Worlds.” It’s more of a social experiment with 14 people on two teams living in a house, but this house is divided into two separate worlds of the primitive past and ultra-modern, separated by a glass wall to observe the other team. The show airs twice weekly, including one live episode live, which is a first for Syfy.
And last, but certainly not least, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series returns January 22 with all new episodes of the paranormal series “Ghost Hunters.” They’ll visit new haunts this season including Gettysburg, Bell Grove Plantation, and Erie County’s Naval and Military Park.
Will you be watching any of these Syfy shows? Which one are you looking forward to the most?
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