Happy Birthday, Syfy!
The cable network is celebrating an astonishing 20 years on the air next month, and will air a two-hour retrospective on Monday, December 10 (9/8c).
Narrated by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), the special will feature cast and crew from a broad range of past and present Syfy Channel shows — including several from Stargate:
- Amanda Tapping (“Samantha Carter”)
Michael Shanks (“Daniel Jackson”)
Christopher Judge (“Teal’c”)
Ben Browder (“Cameron Mitchell”)
Claudia Black (“Vala Mal Doran”)
Robert C. Cooper (Executive Producer)
Brad Wright (Executive Producer)
Read the full list of folks involved in the special in Syfy’s press release, over at The Futon Critic. The line-up also includes familiar faces from Alphas, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Caprica, Eureka, Farscape, Haven, Lost Girl, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and the upcoming original series Defiance.
Syfy (then SCI-FI) first went on the air in September of 1992, airing classic series in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. It was among the first of the basic cable networks to enter the world of original scripted programming, launching shows like Farscape and First Wave in 1998/99.
As the network grew it came to the rescue of genre series that had fallen under the cancellation axe at other networks, including FOX’s Sliders, Poltergeist: The Legacy … and a little Showtime series called Stargate SG-1.
SG-1 premiered on SCI-FI with its brand new sixth season in 2002, alongside reruns of the first five seasons. The show garnered record ratings for the little network, and was largely responsible for a sustained ratings growth that pushed SCI-FI into the Top 10 of basic cable networks.
SCI-FI’s critical acclaim, for series such as Battlestar Galactica and the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series Taken, came later.
SCI-FI rebranded as the phonetically identical “Syfy” in 2009, as part of an effort to appeal to a broader audience. The move has largely been a success in the ratings and finance departments, with more reality programming and fewer hard genre shows — plus professional wrestling — making the network rather different than it once was.
Tune in for the retrospective on December 10.