Earlier this week, RHI Entertainment release a trailer for their new SyFy channel miniseries, Riverworld, staring Tahmoh Penikett (Dollhouse), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Mark Deklin (Life on Mars), Peter Wingfield (Highlander) and Alan Cumming (X-Men 2).

Riverworld focuses on a journalist named Matt (Penikett) and his fiancée Jessie (Vandervoort), who were both killed in an explosion, but soon awake to find themselves on some strange planet covered with rivers. The planet is populated by everyone from earth who has died. They soon team up with Mark Twain and other resurrected souls to travel upstream in an attempt to find what who or what is behind this.

This will mark the second time SyFy has attempted to develop a project based on the Riverworld books by Philip José Farmer. In 2003 SyFy (then Sci-Fi) aired a feature-length backdoor series pilot for Riverworld. The airing didn’t garner a large enough audience to continue production on a the series. Hopefully, they’ll do better this time around.

I’ve been hot and cold with SyFy and their miniseries “events.” With last year’s Tin Men failing to impress and SyFy ditching any efforts to produce a series from the amazing 2006 miniseries/backdoor pilot The Lost Room, I’ve thrown my arms up in the air.

Check out the trailer below.

Sure, the trailer looks great, the story sounds interesting and for the first time, I don’t mind Tahmoh Penikett’s acting style. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get my hopes up. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times and I’ll cry while singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. You wouldn’t want to see that happen, now would you?

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be tuning in next year? What did you think of Tin Man, The Lost Room? Do SyFy miniseries events always deliver?

Riverworld will air on SyFy in 2010

Source: YouTube [via: Sci Fi Wire]