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ASCENSION with Tricia Helfer, New Series Z NATION and More Highlight Syfy's Fall Programming

ASCENSION with Tricia Helfer, New Series Z NATION and More Highlight Syfy's Fall Programming

Syfy's 2014 Fall Programming Primetime lineup will feature the highly anticipated six hour event series Ascension, starring Tricia Helfer (November 24); the series premieres of Z Nation (September 12) and the docuseries Town of the Living Dead (October 7); the season five return of Haven (September 11) and the special 10th anniversary season of Ghost Hunters (October 8).

For the seventh consecutive year, Syfy will celebrate the Halloween season with nearly 600 hours of ghoulish programming during the month-long 31 Days of Halloween (October 1-31).

Syfy FALL 2014 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS (All Times ET/PT)

SEPTEMBER
Haven (SEASON 5 PREMIERE)

Returns Thursday, September 11 at 10PM -- When the series returns for its fifth season, Haven's protectors are thrust into uncharted waters: Duke (Eric Balfour) is now a ticking time bomb, fighting to contain the Troubles within him, while Nathan (Lucas Bryant) faces his greatest fear that Audrey (Emily Rose) -- the woman he's fought so desperately to save -- may be gone forever. Haven, which rose 11 percent among Adults 18-34 and 3 percent among Adults 18-49 during its fourth season, is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King.

From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Haven is co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks International (UNI).The creative team behind Haven includes executive producers John Morayniss (Klondike, Rogue) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the Fall, The Ray Bradbury Theater) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King's The Dead Zone, Greek) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and Matt McGuinness (Journeyman, Franklin and Bash) and Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Diaries, Grey's Anatomy). The series was developed by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn (Stephen King's The Dead Zone).

Z NATION (SERIES PREMIERE)

Premieres Friday, September 12 at 10PM -- In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known Survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world's last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind's survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost) Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty and the Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilighttrilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

OCTOBER
31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN (7TH ANNUAL EVENT)

Returns Wednesday, October 1 at 8PM - Running through Friday, October 31, 31 Days of Halloween will unleash nearly 600 hours of bloodcurdling programming featuring the 10th anniversary Ghost Hunters special, the Original Movies Dark Haul and Finders Keepers, and a wide array of spine-tingling theatricals including Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake) and The Reaping.

TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD (SERIES PREMIERE)

Premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 10PM -- The colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead... now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series will follow the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to get to a final cut of their film...which could someday become a Syfy movie. The production company is True Entertainment (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes). Executive producers are Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, David Stefanou, Todd Hurvitz, Tony Biancosino and Cherie Kloss.


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