This Week In Sci Fi TV: Game of Thrones S8 to Have Multiple Endings, Nightflyers Headed to Syfy, and More

By | September 15, 2017

 Will Film Multiple Endings For Season 8

HBO’s Game of Thrones experienced all sorts of leaks during its seventh season after the network’s servers were hacked and scripts were released on the internet. But the premium cable service has come up with a way to combat that in the show’s upcoming eighth season (which hopefully also includes beefing up security around the WOPR). They plan on shooting multiple endings to the series so that the true conclusion will not be spoiled online. There’s no word on how many endings they will shoot or how extensive the extra footage will be. And likely those alternate endings will be part of the eventual DVD / Blu-ray release. Unfortunately, the extra filming could push the completion of production further out and delay the release of Season 8 to 2019 as previously suspected.


‘Nightflyers’ Moves Closer To Series Order

And speaking of George R.R. Martin based TV shows, Syfy is close to ordering a series based on his Novella Nightflyers. As described by Deadline Hollywood, the show

Follows a group of misfit scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small, tightknit crew and a reclusive captain — in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question one another, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

The network is trying to work out a deal with Netflix that would give the streaming service international distribution of the show. Dan Cerone (The Blacklist) will be onboard as showrunner, but Martin will not be closely involved with the series as he is busy with other projects, most importantly the last two Song of Ice and Fire books.

Adam Strange To Journey To Syfy’s ‘Krypton’

Syfy is currently working on the Superman prequel series Krypton which will focus on Kal-El’s grandfather as he fights to save his family’s reputation and his planet. The series will allegedly be epic in scope and it is now adding another sci fi hero from the DC archives. Shaun Sipos (Dark MatterVampire Diarieshas been cast as Adam Strange, and Deadline Hollywood describes his role in the show as “a world-weary human, who finds himself stranded on Krypton as the unlikely mentor to Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather.” Adam Strange is the classic space hero who appeared regularly in Mystery in Space throughout the 60’s and has recently returned to the DC stable as part of that company’s ongoing reboot of its comics lines.

 Is Back With The Original Cast In A Podcast Episode

The beloved animated sci fi comedy Futurama wrapped up with its seventh season on Comedy Central in 2013, but series creator Matt Groening has had a desire to go back to the future since then which has been realized with a new mission which includes the original voice cast. The original actors had come back together to voice their characters for the new mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Chris Hardwick convinced Groening that this was the perfect opportunity to do an audio adventure of the series. The episode, written by the original series writers, has the crew travel to the planet Junkleon 7 where they encounter an alien being composed of sound originating podcasts from 21st century Earth. You can listen to the episode above. There is no indication that this is the first step toward bring the show back to television, but fans should at least enjoy the reunion of the old crew.

‘The Greatest American Hero’ To Fly Again On ABC

ABC has ordered a pilot that will bring back the 80’s superhero parody The Greatest American Hero, though with a few notable changes to the original. First off, it will be a thirty minute show instead of a full hour, and secondly the hero will be an Indian-American woman named Meera. In the original series, Ralph Hinkley (played by William Katt) received a suit that gave him great powers, but he lost the instruction manual. He still manages to make the suit work well enough and he uses it to fight crime with the help of FBI agent Bill Maxwell (played by Robert Culp). Interestingly, after the show was cancelled, NBC tried to reboot it in 1986 with the failed pilot The Greatest American Heroine which had Ralph passing the suit on to a new woman hero. There is no indication that the new series, which ABC will likely target for Fall 2018, will have ties to the original show.

Sci-Fi TV Status Report: ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Returns Down, Outlander Has Decent S3 Debut

The ratings from last weekend were delayed because the hurricane caused Nielsen’s center in Florida to close, so I am catching up on those now. On Sunday, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead resumed its third season but saw its numbers drop to series low levels. It pulled only a 0.78 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 2.1 million total viewers. That one was likely impacted by people following the hurricane coverage that night, but this appears to indicate that the  has not stopped yet for the franchise. That show has already been renewed for a fourth season, but my guess is that AMC will be looking at wrapping it up about that point or giving it a fifth year at most.

Over on Starz, Outlander returned for its third season and posted a 0.31 rating with 1.5 million total viewers. That was down from the 0.39 rating it had for its second season debut, but up from the 0.22 average it had for last season. That show has already been renewed for its fourth season.

On Monday, NBC’s Midnight, Texas slipped to a 0.6 rating with 2.5 million total viewers, but hurricane coverage may have still been eating into evening viewership at that point. On Tuesday, American Horror Story slipped to a 1.2 rating with 2.4 million total viewers for its second Season 7 episode. But it still won the night among cable shows and topped all but one show on the broadcast networks. It has already been renewed through its ninth season.

Behind The Scenes Look At Flash Season 4

The CW’s superhero shows will be returning in just over a month and the network has released a behind the scenes clip for The Flash. In that, the executive producers admitted that the show went pretty dark in its third season, but the title to the Season 4 premiere episode, “The Flash Reborn”, points the way to the return of some “fun and brightness” for the show. That one is set to return on October 10th, and all of the Arrow-verse shows will be back that week. You can see the full schedule of sci fi and fantasy television hereand you can also read my “Caffeine Addicts Guide to Fall Sci Fi TV” here.

News Bites: Jennifer Morrison Returns To  and More

Jennifer Morrison, who will not return as the lead of Once Upon A Time in its seventh year after the show has jettisoned much of its cast, will make a return in the second episode of its upcoming season.

Nate Corddry (who voiced Zed in Tron: Uprising) has been cast as Duncan Locke, uncle to the Locke children, in Hulu’s upcoming Locke & Key series.

Adria Arjona (Emerald City) has been cast as Anathena in Amazon’s upcoming mini-series adaptation of the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fantasy novel Good Omens.

Jermaine Rivers has been cast as the mutant Shatter in FOX’s new series The Gifted.

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