Sci Fi has greenlit a miniseries starring David James Elliott and three original series, along with filling its development slate with six projects, it was annoucned at the Television Critic's Association Press Tour Sunday.
Elliott will star in " Mirabilis," a four-hour fantasy adventure minseries set in a magical, distant land fueled by the all-powerful sorcery-grade metal known as bloodsteel. As the substance starts to dwindle, the evil warlord Dragon Eye wreaks havoc to control all resources, but is faced by opposition in the form of four ordinary citizens brought here by an ancient prophecy. In order to foil Dragon Eye, their quest is to seek the Crucible, the fabled source of all bloodsteel, before the dark forces destroy Mirabilis.
Elliot will play John Serrogoth and Natassia Malthe ("Elektra") will portray Perfidia.
Also greenlit are six one-hour episodes of "Cash or Capture," a reality competition show that puts the contestants in the position of being prey to "hunters" and trying to "stay alive" longer than their competitors in 60 minutes of real time. "Estate of Panic," from the producers of "Fear Factor," will also come with six one-hour episodes. The show lets seven strangers loose on a massive estate where money is hidden, along with some terrors they must overcome. Contestants will be eliminated two at a time, adding their found money to the pot until the winner takes all. Both shows will premiere in November.
"Outer Space Astronauts," which has had five 30-minute episodes greenlit, focuses on the dregs of the astronaut world, those who don't explore the far reaches of the galaxy, but do the daily drudge work in space. The live action/3D and 2D animation project features the ho-hum routine of Captain Ripley and the the "space-ially" challenged crew of the O.S.S. Oklahoma.
Finally, Sci Fi is developing six new projects, including a miniseries by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, who will executive produce. The action adventure series, written by Richard C. Matheson, is based on an original idea of Singer's, which has yet to be revealed. Also on tap is a one-hour pilot of "What If?" in which a near collision with a comet triggers the on-set of Earth's second ice age and is examined documentary-style.
Alternative series in development include "Soul Evidence," in which medium Allison Dubois (the inspiration for NBC's "Medium") leads a team of psychics, scientists and investigators to solve cold case murders, "Danger Game," in which the organization Modern Reality Adventures creates alternate yet convincing scenarios within the everyday life of an unaware client. "Relic Quest" is an action/adventure series in which the viewer is guided through a journey to uncover the greatest relics in history from around the globe. "Escape" locks two sets of three people in identical rooms. As a clock ticks, prize money decreases as they try to escape by enduring a series of physical challenges, deciphering riddles and breaking codes.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times