After the Sci-Fi channel announced it would be be changing its name to SyFy, bloggers everywhere (including here) fired off en masse decrying the move by NBC/Universal as boneheaded, arrogant, and disrespectful to the genre it was trying to describe. To many, the change from Sci-Fi to SyFy was a corporate move to squeeze more money out of the channel by broadening its audience with light, brightly colored junk food television. But nothing really changed. Sure, shows like Warehouse 13 and Ghost Hunters became popular, but the Dr. Who and Star Trek TNG reruns still ran, bad movies were shown, and the bloggers turned their attention elsewhere.
Then, on September 2, io9.com reported that a source of theirs had met with SyFi executives and had some interesting information. Apparently, the executives claimed they were trying to get SyFy away from the "genre stereotype" of science fiction. Instead of developing new science fiction shows, the executives said they were looking at developing a cooking show and a talk show for the new network.
io9.com tried to confirm this, but the company couldn't "comment on programming in development that hasn't been announced yet." But Mark Stern, SyFy's Executive Vice President for Original Content had this to say:
In regards to reality, we're developing all sorts of ideas, and there is an opportunity to push the envelope a bit with the new brand; to see where "Imagine Greater" might take us. That said, as with our scripted programming, anything we do needs to fit within a speculative genre, and the idea that we're celebrating the imagination. So, if we were to do a "cooking show", it definitely wouldn't be a normal, conventional cooking show.
Inevitably, snarky fans of science fiction with nothing better to do (like myself) are railing against SyFy, claiming that NBC/Universal is whoring out the channel in a desperate move to gain viewers. But on the other hand, if (and this is a big if) SyFy does make a cooking show, what would it be?