Archive for March 28th, 2014
This June, Syfy furthers its commitment to premium scripted programming by dedicating an all-new night to original dramas. Beginning June 19, Syfy will kick off its new Thursday night block with the one-two punch of the season two premiere of Defiance at 8/7c, followed by the series premiere of Syfy’s newest scripted series, Dominion, at 9/8c.
As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan (Grant Bowler) traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), Amanda (Julie Benz) has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes. Joining the cast this season are James Murray as new mayor Niles Pottinger, Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rai and William Atherton as Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado.
Immediately following the return of Defiance, Syfy will air the 90-minute series premiere of Dominion at 9PM ET/PT.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the movie and picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
Dominion stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias).
Perhaps without much surprise, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland will not be renewed by ABC, with the series finale to air next Thursday. The spin-off from the far more successful Once Upon A Time failed to gather an audience, in part likely due to ABC’s scheduling strategy to run it along side it’s sibling when it was originally envisioned as a one-off winter break program. Personally I found it to be too reliant on obvious virtual sets (again possibly due to production pressures), and the characters just didn’t get interesting. Apparently others agreed, as it debuted with a measly 1.7 rating and went down from there.
We’re up to the penultimate episode of Being Human! In Mondays’s episode, the gang learns what really happened to Ramona. Check out the sneak peek below, plus the latest “Inside Being Human”, and then tune in Monday at 9/8c on Syfy for “House Hunting”!
Just hours before the season finale airs in the U.S., Syfy announced that it has renewed freshman show Helix for a second season of 13 episodes. Production is expected to start later this year, with it likely to premiere in Winter 2015.
Bill McGoldrick, EVP of Original Content at Syfy, said, “Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”
Helix premiered on January 10, 2014, as the top cable scripted entertainment program in the time period, and helping Syfy rank as the #2 cable entertainment network among both Adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3 million). Since its premiere, Helix has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1 million Adults 18-49.
Helix is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Helix, which was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and features Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin), Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural), and Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.), as well as guest stars Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, and Neil Napier (Riddick), will air its season one finale on Friday, March 28 @ 10pm.