SyFy is getting ready to green light some new series, which means they are grooming over scripts to find the shows that will be just the right fit. Word on the street is that there are currently two top contenders for the next pickup and that they will both go straight to series orders instead of just being picked up for pilots. This could be a very risky move for the network.
The first script is called “Helix” and comes to SyFy from the developer/executive producer of “Battlestar Galactica”, Ron Moore, for which he won a Peabody Award. Moore is also known for his work on “Star Trek”. In September of 2012 Moore was signed by ABC to script a pilot episode for a potential series that will be based 2001 film “A Knight’s Tale” aimed at capitalizing on the success of series such as “Once Upon a Time”. If both this pilot and the “Helix” series are picked up, Moore will have a lot of work on his hands.
“Helix” will be about a team of scientists who are working on investigating what may be a disease outbreak in a research facility in Antarctica.
The second script that SyFy has set its sights on is “The Almighty Johnsons”, which will be an adaptation of a New Zealand fantasy/comedy/drama series. “The Almighty Johnsons” will focus on 21 year old Axl Johnson, who finds out that his friends and family members are reincarnated Norse gods, on his birthday.