Inside The 2011 Syfy Channel Upfront

Spidey cozies up to (left to right) Syfy's Dave Howe, Blake Callaway
and Chris Czarkowski on the red carpet at the 2011 Syfy Channel Upfront.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)


Last night Syfy hosted their largest Upfront ever at the Foxwoods Theatre on 42nd Street in Times Square. While last year’s event at the Museum of Modern Art was a lavish affair, this certainly trumped that by not only featuring a slick presentation by Syfy president Dave Howe in the large auditorium (the ginormous screen behind him made an impact), but it was followed by a performance of the highly buzzed about and besieged musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, a venture that the channel is the lead media sponsor for. (I’ll be offering my thoughts on the show soon.) I can’t imagine how they’ll top this event next year.

While stars from top-rated Syfy series like Ghost Hunters and Sanctuary have regularly showed up over the past couple of years at the channel’s annual upfront programming presentation for advertisers and media alike, this time around fresh faces emerged on the red carpet to chat up journalists, including the stars of Being Human (which has been renewed for a second season), Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen and the forthcoming Alphas and Culture Shock with Tommy Lee. Warehouse 13 star Eddie McClintock also appeared to discuss his returning hit show, including a change in partner for season three. For a breakdown of the upcoming shows that Dave Howe announced — including two new paranormal shows, a paranormal parody, more Saturday night creature features and a new Battlestar Galactica spin-off, Blood & Chromeclick here. It seems like the channel wants to focus on more spooky and less spacey; how fans will react to this slant remains to be seen.

Following is A.D.D.’s photographic coverage of the event. Interviews from the red carpet are coming soon!


Chef Marcel Vigneron at ease in front of the camera.
He doesn't need Ginsu knives to fend off the paparazzi.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Being Human's Sarah Allen and Sam Witwer share
the spotlight together without biting each other.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Being Human's resident ghost Maeghan Rath
enjoying her red carpet materialization.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock likes embracing his inner man-child,
while smiling Sam Huntington practices werewolf moves
behind him to distract us.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

I wasn't doing anything. Honest.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

The lovely Alphas star Azita Ghanizada discusses
being a role model for young Afghan women.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Malik Yorba wants you to watch his upcoming series Alphas.
Don't disappoint him.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Rocker Tommy Lee promoting his new show,
Culture Shock with Tommy Lee,
which will be out later this year.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Let's get this Syfy party started.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

And Sam Huntington knows just how to do it.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Syfy's President of Original Content Mark Stern and Azita Ghanizada
get face time after the red carpet blitz.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Sam Witwer and Sarah Allen chillin' before the show.
(I wonder if they snuck in some Tru Blood with them?)
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

This makes me think of Blade Runner.
It's probably just the neon effect.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

More revelers upstairs.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)

Almost curtain time for Spider-Man.
(Photo © 2011 by Bryan Reesman.)



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