New sci-fi series Medinah looks to break new genre ground

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Aug 12, 2017

The media melee that is the San Diego Comic-Con can provide an insurmountable challenge for fresh material that isn't based on existing IP, or that doesn't have the promotional muscle of a major studio. The new TV series Medinah, the first genre show from the Middle East to showcase at Comic-Con, overcame both obstacles this year and managed a great impact.

The series, a near-future dystopian cautionary tale about climate change set in Qatar, premiered at the annual Geek-stravaganza. A risky move, no doubt, considering the series has no distribution lined up yet. But creator Ahmed Al Baker had faith that his project would make an impression due to its relevant subject matter, and its cast. That includes Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Tamoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), and Rick Ravanello (Criminal Minds). 

Henstridge, Roberts, Ravanello, and Baker dropped by the SYFY WIRE studio at Comic-Con to talk about the series and the challenges of shooting in Qatar, and for a pretty solid round of chops-busting. Check out the video below, and keep checking back here for the latest updates on when Medinah will debut, and where you can watch it.