News Briefs: Syfy Orders The Expanse, a Space Opera from the Writers of Children of Men

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

... Syfy has given a straight-to-series order to The Expanse, a space opera set 200 years in the future. Based on the sci-fi book series from James S. A. Corey (a.k.a. collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who write under that pen name), the 10-episode thriller follows a detective and a rogue ship's captain as they race across the solar system in search of a missing young woman, with the potential to expose "the greatest conspiracy in human history." Both Abraham and Franck will serve as producers on the series, which also boasts Oscar-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of MenIron Man) as writers and executive producers. This is awesome news simply because it means Syfy is finally getting back into the space race. [Syfy via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Damon Lindelof's new series The Leftovers, which premieres June 15 and details what happens after two percent of the world's population disappears, possibly as part of the Rapture, is taking a short production hiatus before filming the first season's final episodes. Some might interpret this as a bad thing, because production breaks often mean something's not working creatively. However, it isn't supposed to delay the show's debut date, so perhaps we should wait to pass judgement. [Deadline]

... The people behind Sharknado 2 want you to fund a scene from the film. It will only be produced if enough people sign on to help pay for it. And if it gets made, it will involve chainsaws. I can't tell you what to do with your money—wait, sure I can. This is the internet. Don't spend your money on an extra scene for Sharknado 2, guys. Spend it on something useful, like Chipotle. Or whiskey. Or a life-sized Stormtrooper replica. But not this. [Indiegogo]

... Spike TV has renewed Auction Hunters, the network's longest-running, non-scripted original series. It's about two dudes who love auctions; the new season will run for 20 episodes and will see said dudes, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, expand beyond bidding on storage units when they hit the road to attend other types of auctions, too. Season 5 is expected to premiere in fall 2014. [THR]

... Discovery is planning to milk Joby Ogwyn's upcoming live leap from Mt. Everest for all its worth. The network will broadcast five consecutive nights of Everest: Live from Base Camp, beginning at 11pm Monday, May 5 and leading up to Ogwyn's leap of destiny. Hosted by Chris Jacobs and NBC Sports' Kyle Martino, each night's broadcast will feature up-to-the-minute weather-pattern news as well as interviews with a variety of guests, including medics and Sherpa guides. Screw Jack Bauer, man, I want to hear all about the weather on Mt. Everest! [Discovery via press release]

... Jimmy Kimmel is going Behind the Scandalabra next Thursday, April 17 with a Scandal-themed episode following the Season 3 finale. He'll interview showrunner Shonda Rhimes and premiere a never-before-seen blooper reel. A show as wackadoodle as Scandal has to have some pretty amazing bloopers, right? Pour the wine and pass the popcorn! [ABC via press release] 



CASTING NEWS

... Emily Bergl, who was recently upped to series regular status on Showtime's Shameless, will guest-star on Elementary. She'll play Marion West, a tattoo artist who becomes a suspect in her husband's murder. Look, girl, you're a Gallagher now. This shit was bound to happen sooner or later. [TV Guide]

... Melanie Papalia (The Newsroom) will guest-star in Season 4 of Suits (did you catch MaryAnn's review of the Season 3 finale?) as Amy, Mike's new executive secretary. If you're a Mike and Rachel shipper, though, don't worry: Series creator Aaron Korsh recently told TVGuide.com that the writers have no plans to break up the happy-ish couple at this time. [USA via press release, TV Guide]


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