Syfy’s RIVERWORLD Behind-the-Scenes Preview

Alan Cumming in Riverworld

Check out a behind-the-scenes preview from Syfy’s upcoming miniseries event RIVERWORLD starring Alan Cumming, Tahmoh Penikett, Laura Vandervoort, Mark Deklin, Peter Wingfield, Jeananne Goossen, and Matthew MacCaull.

As a fan of Syfy miniseries, I am really excited to see Riverworld, which will premiere in 2010 on Syfy. And of course the cast. Fans of Battlestar Galactica will be happy to see Tahmoh Penikett, and since I’ve been a fan of Peter Wingfield ever since Highlander, I’m always happy to see him in new things.

Riverworld Synopsis: When American war zone journalist Matt Ellman (Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica) and his fiancée, Jessie Machalan (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville), are killed in an explosion, Matt awakens, separated from Jessie, on the banks of a river snaking endlessly across a mysterious new plane of existence. On Riverworld, everyone who has ever lived on Earth, every soul throughout time, has been reborn along the banks of a seemingly endless river. Determined to locate Jessie, Matt aligns with Tomoe (Jeananne Goossen, Falcon Beach) , a 13th century female warrior, Allegra (Romina DUgo, Hairspray), a 15th century courtesan of shifting alliances, and American novelist and Riverboat captain Samuel Clemens (Mark Deklin, Justice), better known as Mark Twain. With a full crew of adventurers, they embark upriver to understand where they are, why they are here, and to what unknowable end the river winds.
Under the guidance of the peculiar Caretaker (Alan Cumming, Tin Man), their quest takes them below to a torturous Cavern of Souls and the Underworld prison, above in a Zeppelin piloted by a brilliant German engineer, and forward to cross paths with renowned explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton (Peter Wingdfield, 24) who has joined forces with Francisco Pizzaro to conquer and destroy Riverworld. For Matt, each unfathomable day, each nefarious encounter, only deepens the conundrum of Riverworld and raises more questionsWhat happened to Earth and when? What is the purpose of the burning Orb? What powers are contained in the infamous Dark Tower? And why is their every move being followed by the watchful eye of an alien being? The answers are waiting beyond the endless swells of Riverworld.
Charting a territory somewhere between Gulliver’s Travels and The Lord of the Rings (Time), Philip Jose Farmers Nebula Award-winning saga becomes a spectacular miniseries event—a feast for the eyes, the mind, and the heart of everyone who longs to explore the meaning of life, the mysteries of death, and everything that lies between.