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Smackdown may be moving to Thursday after all

SyFy announced today that their new drama “12 Monkeys” will premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm eastern. Of course, Smackdown is currently airing from 8pm to 10pm on Friday nights so this will bring back the rumors that Smackdown is moving to Thursdays after all.

Here is the press release from SyFy:

12 MONKEYS TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON SYFY

FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS, 12 MONKEYS UNCAGED AT NEW YORK COMIC CON THIS WEEKEND

Aaron Stanford (as Cole), Amanda Schull (as Cassandra Railly) and Emily Hampshire (as Jennifer Goines)

NEW YORK – October 9, 2014 – Syfy’s anticipated adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will make its series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT. Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.

12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell On Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions will uncage 12 Monkeys at New York Comic Con this weekend, with a panel on Saturday, October 11 at 5pm ET headlined by series producers Natalie Chaidez, Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. Series star Hampshire also stops by to discuss her role, which was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the original feature film. Her character is the show’s wild card, a brilliant and unpredictable mental patient who may or may not be tied into the Twelve Monkeys’ conspiracy to destroy the world with a virus.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven served as producer on the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s producer on the series. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) is the executive producer/showrunner and Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), who co-wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers. 12 Monkeys is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment.






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