In addition to its campy monster movies -- "Sharknado 2" is set for July 30 -- Syfy airs some entertaining, even thought-provoking, original series.
Favorites include “Battlestar Galactica,” which ended up on my top 10 list for the decade (2000-09); the quirky “Eureka”; “Warehouse 13,” an addictive (and goofy) procedural of sorts; and, more recently, the thriller “Helix.”
I may have another to add to the list.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Syfy premieres its new drama, “Dominion,” a dark, supernatural series based on the characters from the 2010 film “Legion.” The network is pairing it with its action-adventure series “Defiance,” which begins its second season an hour earlier.
Fans of The CW’s “Supernatural” will gravitate to this one. “Dominion” is set in the post-apocalyptic year of 25 A.E. (after extinction). God is gone, and the angels haven’t taken too kindly to his leaving. They blame humanity and set about to destroy it, with archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes) leading the charge. But the archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom) has turned against his kind, siding with humans and serving as their protector.
Meanwhile, humans believe there is a savior out there, someone to lead them against the angels and save the race. Basically, this is the story about the battle between good and evil, with a script addressing such topics as theology, freewill and politics to give the series some depth beyond the action and special effects.
The supporting cast includes Alan Dale (“Lost”), Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Christopher Egan (“Kings”) as the main character, a soldier with a purpose. Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed “Legion,” is one of the executive producers.
“Dominion” is dark, and the angels portrayed here are scary -- not the heavenly do-gooders we’ve come to know them as through other media. Based on the pilot episode, good has a long way to go before it can overcome evil -- if that’s even possible. Grade: B
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* It’s not a good start to the summer for Fox. The network pulled two of its unscripted shows -- “I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’” and “Riot” from its schedule effective immediately.
* Shows beginning their summer runs this week include: “Rizzoli & Isles” (8 p.m. Tuesday, TNT), “Perception” (9 p.m. Tuesday, TNT), “Defiance” (7 p.m. Thursday, Syfy), “Rectify” (8 p.m. Thursday, Sundance) and “Rookie Blue” (8 p.m. Thursday) ABC.
* Some of you may have seen the Grumpy Cat Internet video that went viral. Well, believe it or not, the cat will star in her first made-for-TV movie this holiday season on Lifetime, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” is about a pet-store cat that can communicate with a 12-year-old girl.
* Last week, Bryan Cranston added a Tony Award to his many Emmys, playing Lyndon B. Johnson on stage. Entertainment blog Deadline is reporting that Cranston and producer/director extraordinaire Steven Spielberg are in talks about Cranston reprising the role in a TV miniseries. Cool.
* One of my favorite shows from last summer, “The Bridge,” is now available on Hulu Plus. You can watch the first season before the second season starts July 9 on FX.
* New shows getting second-season renewals include “Sirens” (USA), “Faking It,” (MTV) and “Power” (Starz), the drama produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson that just aired its second episode. Also getting renewed is Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season.