(Mega Piranha doesn't actually debut this summer; I just couldn't resist that image.)
Summer often tends to be a dry spot as far as television watching goes. Ratings go way down when people head away from their televisions to take advantage of warm weather and vacation season, so networks withhold the good stuff until audiences are a little more house-bound. Not Syfy, though. And why should they? Let's be honest, the majority of the people who watch the Syfy channel are not going to be the ones who abandon their televisions in favor of a family vacations to Disney Land and time spent in the great outdoors. We're still going to be here and we're still going to be watching.
That's why Syfy is one of the few networks that can get away with having a few big premieres during the television off season. They've actually got quite a nice little schedule lined up, but as far as I'm concerned there are two show-stoppers. The first is the premiere of Syfy's only new scripted series of the summer, Haven. That name may not instantly ring a bell, but Stephen King fans should know that Haven is actually a new drama (loosely) series based on The Colorado Kid. From their press release:
"Follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities. Among the townspeople are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), who eventually becomes Audrey's partner, and the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour)."
The second Syfy summer title of note is, of course, Lake Placid 3, which will be airing sometime in June. Why am I excited, considering Lake Placid 2 was so pathetic? Because it stars Colin Ferguson (the lead in Syfy's charming series Eureka, as well as one of the main reasons I thought Ronnie Yu's episode of Fear Itself was the best of the series) and also features "baby raptor crocs". I know you've burned me several times in the past, Syfy, but please don't let me down with this one. I don't ask for much, but if you ruin both Lake Placid 3 and Sharktopus, I may never forgive you.
Head over to Syfy for their full list and longer descriptions, which includes the return of both Eureka and Warehouse 13, as well as the films Mandrake, Goblin, Jack Hunterand the Lost Treasure of Ugarit, and Stonehenge Apocalypse. Yes, Stonehenge Apocalypse.