Upfronts 2011: Syfy Adds Three Reality Series


Syfy will announce a programming slate of 14 new original series/events to ad buyers in New York at its upfront presentation Tuesday evening, including the addition of three reality series.

In June reality show Hollywood Treasure will return for a second season, paired with the new unscripted Haunted Collector, about a family of paranormal investigators who track down haunted items for their museum.

Premiering in July is Legend Quest, which follows a symbologist as he travels the globe in search of artifacts believed to hold hidden powers. Docu-drama Paranormal Witness, which tells the stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences, is set for a September debut.

In July the network will launch new scripted series Alphas, about a team of ordinary people who use their extraordinary mental and physical abilities to solve cases. That month will also feature the return of Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven.

Continuing the franchise, Battlestar: Blood and Chrome, set in the 10th year of the First Cyclon War, is in development, as are the half-hour comedies Me and Lee with Lee Majors, In the Dark, about a team of wannabe paranormal investigators, and new adaptation Three Inches.

Joining the net's Nielsen friendly roster of "Saturday Original Movies" is Red Faction: Origins, based on the video game series, Shannen Doherty in a reimagined Gretl, and the aptly named Jersey Shore Shark Attack.

In December, Syfy will bring back its "Countdown to Christmas Week" stunt for a second run, highlighted by the movie Neverland with Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell. The network will also enter the social gaming space with a suite of sponsorable games from Syfy Ventures.

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