Syfy’s upfronts 2018-9 – a rundown and clips from the new shows – Nightflyers and Deadly Class

Nightflyers

All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2018

Since NBC and Syfy are both owned by NBCUniversal, don’t be too surprised that at the same time we got a gander at NBC’s new shows for Fall 2018, we also got to look at Syfy’s. Unlike its UK counterpart which neither makes nor even broadcasts many shows as far as I can tell, Syfy (US) does actually produce TV programmes and it’s got two new ones for us to contemplate watching, even if they’re both almost certainly going to end up on Netflix over here (Nightflyers has already been picked up by Netflix).

Nightflyers

The Short Version

Psycho in space”, according to that George RR Martin (Game of Thrones), who created it.

The Long Version

Based on the 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain – hoping to make contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought. Gretchen Mol stars.

TMINE’s hottest of hot first takes

Even I can’t work out if this is going to be any good from just a bunch of people standing in a dark room. But that’s them putting their best foot forward, so I have less than high hopes now. Still, I’ve a lot of time for Gretchen Mol and George RR Martin ain’t too shabby either.

Deadly Class

Deadly Class

The Short Version

Harry Potter meets Kick Ass.

The Long Version

Deadly Class, set in a dark comic book world against the backdrop of late-1980s counterculture, follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital for the boy. The drama is described as a coming-of-age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst. Benedict Wong (Marco Polo, Doctor Strange), Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf) and Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) are among the show’s cast.

TMINE’s hottest of hot first takes

This does actually look quite fun and the fact the Russo brothers (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War) are behind it and Benedict Wong  is in front of it fills me with some confidence. All the same, Syfy, two shows set in a secret school? Was The Magicians not enough for you?