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Syfy developing reality show about real-life hackers

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Syfy is developing a reality show that’s billed as the first-ever full-series look at real-life hackers.

Titled Hackers, the show will examine a different infamous cyber crime in each episode and feature interviews with both the crime’s perpetrators and the investigating law enforcement agents. The project promises to “take viewers deep inside the shadowy and dangerous world of high-tech hackers for the very first time.”

It’s not too hard to think of why networks haven’t been previously very interested in hacking documentary shows—watching somebody clatter away at a keyboard performing tasks that most viewers won’t understand isn’t exactly riveting TV. The producers of Hackers claim they’ve cracked that creative code, saying the show will use “sophisticated, never-before-seen digital graphics to create an experiential ‘hacking” scene that exposes what actually happens when a computer network is broken into—including what goes on inside the mind of the hacker.”

The news comes on the heels of USA giving a series order to a scripted hacker drama series starring Christian Slater and hacking getting intensive media coverage thanks to the infiltration of Sony. Hackers will be produced by Relativity Television and executive producers Tom Forman and Brad Bishop. For more on Syfy’s new creative push for more buzzy projects, see our deep-dive interview with the network’s programmer.