Syfy adds original thriller Prototype to its ever-growing genre slate

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Feb 14, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

It seems like we've been talking for years about Syfy's (Blastr's corporate parent - Ed.) efforts to get back to that Battlestar Galactica level of hard genre programming, and it seems like 2015 was the year that vision was finally realized. We got everything from time travel (12 Monkeys) to grim memory-loss drama (Dark Matter) to bounty-hunting fun (Killjoys) to ambitious space opera (The Expanse), and the network only seems to be getting started.

Today, Syfy announced that it's ordered a pilot for Prototype, a new "sci-fi thriller" series from Tony Basgallop, a veteran TV writer whose credits include everything from EastEnders to 24: Live Another Day. The pilot is still in the early stages, so we don't know much, but here's a very brief synopsis:

 "Prototype centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger."

This is one of the more interesting Syfy projects in the pipeline right now, since it's not an adaptation. At the moment the network is developing adaptations of everything from Hyperion to Brave New World to 3001: The Final Odyssey, and while those all have very powerful genre pedigrees, it's fun to see shows get through to the pilot stage purely on the strength of their own ideas.

Sadly, we don't know much more about Prototype just yet, but if the pilot works out, we could see another hard sci-fi series in the next couple of years.

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