EXCLUSIVE: Syfy UK is set to be home to a range of new mini-series which feature such talent as Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn and Alias‘s Michael Vartan. My sources tell me that Syfy UK has sealed a deal with Sonar Entertainment to acquire their “Disaster Pack Collection” which includes five mini-series: Cat. 8, Delete, Eve of Destruction, Exploding Sun and Ring of Fire (for our regular readers who are thinking that this sounds familiar, this is the same package of mini-series that was recently acquired by cable network Reelz in the United States). Syfy UK has yet to officially announce these acquisitions (and I’m told by one insider that they won’t), and have only confirmed that they will air Ring of Fire on Monday March 18th and Monday March 25th & Cat. 8 on Monday April 1st and Monday April 8th at 9pm.
Created by Donald Martin, Cat 8 follows Michael Mitchell, a government outsider and renegade scientist, who is called upon to reverse a cataclysmic disaster when a breakthrough in global defense backfires. The result is a fireball four times the size of Earth streaking toward our planet. With mere hours before the atmosphere ignitesm can he reverse this cataclysmic disaster in time? The mini-series stars Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Weeds), Maxim Roy (ReGenesis) and Ted Whittall (Smallville).
Eve of Destruction tells story of two scientists who attempt to discover an unlimited clean energy source. However, their experiment is sabotaged by eco-terrorists and results is a dark energy black hole that could destroy the planet. The mini-series was written by Richard Beattie (True Justice) and stars Steven Weber (In Plain Sight), Christina Cox (Blood Ties) and Treat Williams (White Collar).
Written by Michael Vickerman (Impact), Ring of Fire opens as an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town and it’s just the first in a series that could affect the dangerous Ring of Fire that contains most of the world’s volcanos. If these cataclysmic eruptions cannot be stopped, the Earth could be headed for an extinction level event. The mini stars Michael Vartan (Alias), Lauren Lee Smith (CSI), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Agam Darshi (Sanctuary).
Penned by Jeff Schecter (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High), Exploding Sun tells the story of what happens when the first ever commercial space shuttle is struck by a solar storm. The disaster hyper-charges the engine and catapults the ship on a direct course for the sun. But the danger becomes more universal when it’s discovered the event will trigger an infinitely larger solar storm that could send Earth back into the Stone Age. The mini stars David James Elliott (JAG), Anthony Lemke (Blue Mountain State), Natalie Brown (Being Human) and Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin).
From an original screenplay by Stargate‘s Joseph Mallozi and Paul Mulle, Delete tells the story of a terrorist threat that goes viral, plunging the world into chaos and pitting it against an enemy that was never anticipated. A terrorist group known as Dubito is suspected of uploading a virus that causes a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. The virus goes worldwide causing computers to become dangerously self-aware with one systematic purpose; to destroy mankind. Faced with possible extinction, there is only one way out: to create a second artificial intelligence, just as alive, just as intelligent and just as dangerous. The four hour mini is directed by Steve Barron (Merlin) and stars Seth Green (Family Guy), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Matt Frewer (Falling Skies), Janet Kidder (The Killing), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal) and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary).
This is the latest round of acquisitions for Syfy UK. The broadcaster has also recently acquired Defiance from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the second season of Canadian series Continuum, new seasons of Lost Girl from Sony Pictures Television and I hear that talks are on-going with All3Media regarding the third season of The Almighty Johnsons. The Universal Networks International owned channel also continues to hold the rights to Haven and Warehouse 13, which air on the Syfy channel state-side.