Syfy’s drama Defiance has been canceled, not long after the network canceled Dominion.
The show was part of a major experiment by the network, teaming up with videogame maker Trion Worlds to make Defiance a “transmedia” show, existing both as a TV show and a massively-multiplayer game online, with events of one showing as having an effect on the other. Trion Worlds has stated the game will continue.
“I got to collaborate with a group of stunning artists operating at the top of their game, and together we built a world,” said Executive Producer Kevin Murphy. “Because of that, there is no room for anything other than joy in my heart.”
Syfy said in a statement, “Defiance was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before. We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers — and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy — who together brought the rich world of Defiance to life over its three season arc.”
Ratings fell each season, with shifts in what day it aired, with the finale netting 1.925 million viewers and a 0.51 18-49 rating in Live+3.
The show recently concluded it’s third season in August, and the season finale did have a bit of finality to it, so ending the series where it did is satisfying at least.
On this Friday’s Defiance, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!‘s Ian Ziering guest stars as a visiting arms dealer who changes Defiance’s fortunes and divides Amanda, Nolan and Berlin, while Nolan recruits a militia to fight the oncoming enemy army.
Tune in for “The Beauty Of Our Weapon” Friday night at 8/7c on Syfy!
Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Berlin (Anna Hopkins) pursue the Datak (Tony Curran) and Stahma (Jaime Murray), their duplicitous relationship with the largest threat to Defiance exposed; Alak (Jesse Rath) faces his future as a father. Check out “Where The Apples Fell” Friday night at 8/7c on Syfy!
On Friday’s new episode of Defiance, Amanda & Doc Yewll must enlist the Omec for help; Datak & Stahma prepare a decisive move against Votanis Collective general Rahm Tak.
Tune in for “History Rhymes” at 9/8c on Syfy!
Defiance holds a unique record – it is now the series that has run the longest since I’ve visited the set. Warehouse 13, Being Human and Helix were all gone within 2 seasons or less. Haven still has the second half of it’s fifth season to air, and no decision on renewal has been made yet, but the film tax credit situation in Nova Scotia, where it is filmed, makes it something of a long shot…maybe I should stop visiting sets…
But Defiance remains, well, defiant. Season 3 premieres Friday, June 12th, and picks up seven months after the radical events of Season 2. With the collapse of the gulanite mines, the town of Defiance is rapidly becoming a ghost town – the Earth Republic has left and the farms are buried under snow, while Amanda (Julie Benz) is back as Mayor with Berlin (Anna Hopkins) as Lawmaker. The lack of gulanite means a lack of power generation, jeopardizing the stasis nets that protect the town. And a new threat wants the town destroyed.
Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) wake to find themselves outside, with Nolan having remembered being removed from the stasis pod by two strange aliens he has not seen before. They return to Defiance, but the town has not forgotten what Irisa did while controlled by the Arkbrain.
Datak (Tony Curran), Stahma (Jaime Murray) and Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) are hot on the trail Rafe’s wife Pilar (Linda Hamilton), who had kidnapped Alak (Jesse Rath) and then-pregnant Christie (Nicole Muñoz), and is keeping them and her new grandchild in her custody.
Defiance has not lost any of its momentum. We are introduced to two new aliens – Kindzi (Nichole Galicia, Django Unchained) her father T’evgin (Conrad Coates, The Strain), two of the Omec – a Votan race only mentioned before in hushed whispers and dread. Called devils, enchanters, “takers of the innocent”, they subjugated the other races in the Votan system and even would eat them. They were believed to be near extinct when the Votans fled their home system for Earth. They need gulanite for their ark, still in orbit – but can they be trusted when the other Votans say they should be killed on sight?
Also joining the show is Lee Tergesen (The Americans) as General Rahm Tak, a megalomaniac Castithan and leader of a Votanis Collective “death squad”, who sees the town of Defiance as a symbol that must be destroyed.
So now Defiance has two threats that need to be dealt with, in addition to the existing problem.
Oh, and I don’t think it is a good idea to get on Doc Yewll’s (Trenna Keating) bad side. Just sayin’…
Syfy announced today their Summer 2015 programming lineup, which includes two returning series, 2 new scripted series, a game show…oh, and more sharks…
In June, Syfy’s new 8-11PM scripted programming block kicks off Friday, June 12 at 8PM with the two-hour premiere of Defiance, followed by the debut of Dark Matter at 10PM. On Friday, June 19, Killjoys joins the schedule, premiering at 9PM.
Defiance is the story of a ravaged planet Earth thirty-five years in the future, the lives of its citizens permanently altered following the sudden arrival of seven alien races. In this unknown and unpredictable landscape, the diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Following the events of last season’s cliffhanger finale, the series’ two-hour Season 3 premiere opens on the eve of an impending military siege – and the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors.
The new season features cast additions Lee Tergesen (The Americans) as military leader General Rahm Tak, Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained) as Kindzi and Conrad Coates (The Strain) as her father, T’evgin. Returning cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Jesse Rath. Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner.
In the new original series Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage fueled by vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
Production has commenced in Toronto, ON for the 13-episode third season of Syfy’s highly-rated Defiance, featuring new cast additions Lee Tergesen (The Americans) as military leader General Rahm Tak, Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained) as Kindzi and Conrad Coates (The Strain) as her father, T’evgin (both part of a new alien race known as the Omec). Produced by Universal Cable Productions, season two of Defiance delivered an average of 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 2.7 million total viewers (based on Live +7 data).
Following the events of the season two cliffhanger finale, season three of Defiance opens on the eve of an impending military siege upon the town, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of its lucrative mines. Their fate uncertain, the townspeople face further threat with the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors marked by the decades of subjugation they imposed upon the galaxy in the years preceding the Pale Wars.
Lee Tergesen will portray General Rahm Tak, a ruthless, arrogant leader in the Votanis Collective who sees Defiance, now free of Earth Republic oversight, a symbolic target in his unrelenting pursuit of power. A Castithan, Rahm is a well-read, brilliant strategist who imposes his army upon the town with decisive force.
Conrad Coates plays T’evgin, the leader of the Omec who reluctantly carries the burden of his species’ survival on his shoulders.
Nichole Galicia is Kindzi, the fierce, beautiful and tough daughter of the Omec leader T’evgin; she is his second in command and a skilled fighter unafraid of danger.
Grant Bowler returns as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll and Anna Hopkins as Berlin.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Anupam Nigam serves as co-executive producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season three opener.
Season three of Defiance is set to premiere on Syfy in Summer 2015. The series is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.
Syfy has announced that they have given a 13 episode third season order for Defiance, as well as a 13 episode second season for Dominion. Both series are produced by Universal Cable Productions and are slated to return with all-new episodes in 2015.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion.
Season to date, Dominion and Defiance are the top two cable programs in the Thursday 8-10pm time period among P25-54s. With most current Live+7 data, both series are averaging 2.7 million total viewers, 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers 25-54. Drawing an especially engaged social audience, Dominion was the most social drama on Thursdays across all of TV in tweets (15.4K) and tweets per unique (8.0).
Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in a transformed post–apocalyptic future, 25 years after an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, chose to side with humanity. Rising out of the ashes, are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control over the people and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war escalates between the human race and the angels that are hell-bent on destroying humanity. Dominion is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films.
Tomorrow night is a whopping two hour finale for the second season of Defiance! Check out the preview below…Nolan races to stop Irisa before her deadly plan can take effect, while Amanda realizes who really killed her sister. Then check out the last two episodes of “Inside Defiance“! And of course tune it at 8/7c on Syfy!
Tomorrow night will have a double feature of Defiance, with two episodes…first, in “Bottom of the World” at 8/7c, Nolan tries to save Amanda and Pottinger after a deadly mine collapse traps them with little oxygen remaining. Then on “Doll Parts”, a shocking murder rocks the town and people.
Check out the previews of both below, plus the latest “Inside Defiance“!