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Syfy wants to return to roots, more science fiction miniseries, less B-movies

By Kyle Johnson,

When Syfy changed the network's name and rebranded its image, it largely abandoned much of what made the network so popular as it moved to produce ridiculous B-movies and TV shows aimed at a wider audience. Now it seems NBCUniversal execs are planning on heading back in the other direction.

Syfy President Dave Howe spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and said that the network plans on shifting back to focusing on content for its original audience.

"We want to be the best science-fiction channel that we possibly can, and in some respects, that means going back to the more traditional sci-fi/fantasy that fans often say they feel we've exited." He added, "We're going to occupy that space in a way we haven't for the past few years."

The network is looking to find a new Battlestar Galactica-style space opera under the new executive vp original content, Bill McGoldrick. He has also said that he wants the network to produce similar projects to other cable network's.

To satisfy McGoldrick's new mandates, the network is working on a limited series set in space called Ascension. Syfy is also looking into more international co-productions, following on the heels of such shows as Lost Girl and Continuum.

Despite the claims the network is looking to shift its focus back to its namesake, the network still has at least one more major B-movie on the way, Sharknado 2: The Second One. The sequel to the much talked about, if not all that much actually watched, TV movie is set to hit Syfy on Thursday, July 31.

The film's two stars return, Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, while a bunch of other D-list celebrities and actors have jumped aboard, including Andy Dick, Kelly Osbourne, Mark McGrath and evidently Perez Hilton, Biz Markie and others will make cameo appearances.

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