Here's Superman before he was super ... and before he was born

A cable series about Superman's grandpa? Yes, I was skeptical; still, the "Krypton" opeer is impressive, both visually and with its sharp story and well-played characters. The series debuts at 10 p.m. Wednesday (March 21) on Syfy; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

His dad made him a star (sort of) and he's making some TV thrills

Any time Mario Van Peebles makes a film -- or talks about anything -- it's interesting. Now, just in time for the Halloween season, his "Superstition" series debuts Friday (Oct. 20); here;s the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Somewhere alongside
the scares and thrills in Mario Van Peebles' new show, there's an old

Yes, magical worlds exist ... on TV and in Vancouver

This is a dandy time for fantasy fans, with their genre showing up on HBO, NBC, ABC, Fox, USA and more. But what about the Syfy Channel, which used to have the genre to itself. It has to keep getting more ambitious, with shows like "The Magicians," which starts its second season Wednesday (Jan.25); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

His world has room for blacklisting and black magic

At first glance, there's no connections between "Trumbo" -- a surprisngly vibrant tale of the 1950s -- and "The Magicians," filled with modern teen angst. Both, however, are from writer/producer John McNamara, who's gone easily from true-drama to fictional fantasy. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

In space, our border issues persist

This is a busy time for the Syfy Channel, with a three-day stretch (Dec. 14-16) that has a major mini-series and launches two series. My previous blog talked about the "Childhood's End" mini; here's the story I sent to papers about "The Expanse," which accompanies it on the first two nights:

By Mike Hughes

In the expanse of
space, it seems, our border issues won't really vanish.

Childhood ends ... and a busy sci-fi screak begins

Sure, cable seems to have a deluge of mediocrity. Still, there are fine exceptions -- channels that are suddenly trying bigger, more ambitious projects. That explains National Geographic's "Breakthrough" (see previous blog); it also explains a Syfy Channel push that starts Monday (Dec. 14). Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Voice of a hero, image of a zombie survivor

TV is being overrun by zombies, of course. Fortunately, some of the shows also add clever moments and quirky characters -- led by Liv on "iZombie" and Murphy on "Z Nation." Here's the story I sent to papers about Keith Allan, the bright and interesting guy who plays Murphy:


By Mike Hughes

If all auditions
were conducted by telephone, Keith Allan would spend a lifetime being
superheroes, commanders and ominous villains.

World be warned: A new sharknado attack is coming

"Jaws" made us afraid to go into the watter; now the "Sharknado" films make us afraid to go near the sky. The third one debuts Wednesday (July 22), lookig a lot like the second one, only bigger and messier. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Americans have
always been diligent about sending our culture overseas.

Yes, drunken geeks can be fun

This change has happened in one jolly generation. Comics and videogames were once confined to the basement ... as were the people who savored them. Now they've moved upstairs and into the spotlight. The latest example is Zachary Levi's game show, which starts next Thursday (July 16). Here's the story I sent to papers:


By Mike Hughes

Yes, it's time for some cross-cultural, kick-butt bounty hunting

Two of TV's darkest times -- Fridays and summers -- are getting a boost form the Syfy Channel. Last week (June 12), "Defiance" and "Dark Matter" settled in; now comes the third part of the night: "Killjoys" is a jaunty show with an impressive new star; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes