Syfy’s premiere of ‘Nightflyers’ is among week’s top TV choices

December 2, 2018

Syfy’s premiere of ‘Nightflyers’ is among week’s top TV choices

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The premiere of a much-anticipated Syfy cable drama and the return of an acclaimed streaming series top the week’s viewing choices:

“Nightflyers” (10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Syfy): HBO hasn’t done too badly with “Game of Thrones,” the long-running drama based on the fantasy books by George R.R. Martin. Syfy is looking to duplicate some of that Martin magic with this science-fiction horror drama based on the writer’s 1980 novella. Martin also is on board as an executive producer. Set in the year 2093, the series follows a team of scientists aboard The Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system and to the brink of insanity. They must cope with the realization that the most horrific threat they face isn’t waiting for them in outer space. It’s already on their ship. The stars heading for the stars include Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gretchen Mol, Jodie Turner-Smith, Angus Sampson, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television and is the showrunner for this production, which is far grittier and creepier than the 1987 film adaptation of Martin’s terror tale in space. The first five installments in this 10-episode series will air Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 2-6, at 10 p.m. The next five episodes will air Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 9-13, at the same time.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Wednesday, Dec. 5, Amazon Prime): This charming and clever blend of comedy and drama certainly lived up to the adjective in its title during a splendid first season, which ended up winning five extremely well deserved Emmys, including the ones for best comedy and lead actress in a comedy series (Rachel Brosnahan). The second season continues the adventures of the title character, Mirian “Midge” Maisel, an aspiring stand-up comedian in 1958. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and her husband, Daniel Palladino (“Family Guy”), the delightful series is dramatic but also quite funny in so many sly, smart and appealing ways. Alex Borstein is back as Midge’s manager, Susie Myerson. And Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle return as MIdge’s parents in a season that will move beyond New York, to Paris and the Catskills. Look for Zachary Levi in a recurring role. And look for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to return for a third season, already ordered by Amazon.

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