Syfy Renews Friday Night Block of Dark Matter and Killjoys!

DARK MATTER -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Mark Bendavid as One, Roger Cross as Six, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Dennys Ilic/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Mark Bendavid as One, Roger Cross as Six, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Dennys Ilic/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Syfy has ordered 13-epiosde second seasons for both of its Friday night space operas – Dark Matter (above) and Killjoys.

Dark Matter – which revolves around a crew of a mercenary ship who have had their identities wiped – comes from Stargate veterans John Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.

Kiljoys – following a trio of Reclamation Agents (bounty hunters) in a planetary system of terraformed moons – was created by Michelle Lovretta, who also created Lost Girl.

Both shows ended with rather mindboggling cliffhangers so it will come as a relief to many that they were renewed so quickly. The second seasons of both shows will air in 2016. For more, follow the jump.

KILLJOYS -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Luke Macfarlane as D'Avin, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Aaron Ashmore as John -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

SYFY ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF DARK MATTER FROM PRODIGY PICTURES

From the Writers of Stargate, Season 2 to Premiere on Syfy in 2016

NEW YORK – September 1, 2015 – Syfy announced today that popular drama series Dark Matter has been renewed for a 13-episode second season, set to premiere on the network in 2016. The series, produced by Prodigy Pictures, follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got on board, averaged 1.8 million viewers in its first season on Syfy.*

“With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy. “We look forward to another out-of-the-world season from this talented creative team.”

Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and writers of the Stargate franchise, and developed with Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl), Dark Matter is based on Mallozzi and Mullie’s graphic novel of the same name, published by Dark Horse Comics. The series features Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland with Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer.

Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Vanessa Piazza.

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* L3 data through first 9 episodes (series concluded 8/28/15)

 

THE WARRANT IS ALL:  KILLJOYS RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON ON SYFY

Produced by Temple Street Productions in Association with Space

Distributed Worldwide by Universal Cable Productions

NEW YORK – September 1, 2015 – Syfy announced today that the acclaimed series Killjoys has been renewed for a second 10-episode season, scheduled to air in 2016. From Temple Street Productions (Orphan Black) and Michelle Lovretta, the creator of Lost Girl, Killjoys averaged 1.5 million viewers (L3) in its first season.

Produced in association with Space and distributed worldwide by Universal Cable Productions, Killjoys follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters who chase deadly Warrants (fugitives) throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war. The series stars Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Luke Macfarlane as D’avin and Aaron Ashmore as John.

“With exciting space-based action, deep world building, and a standout cast, Killjoys has struck a nerve with viewers and critics alike,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy. “We can’t wait to see what adventures Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street take Dutch, John and D’avin on in season two.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back Killjoys and its stellar cast to audiences across the U.S.,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions and Executive Producers of Killjoys. “We look forward to working with the team at Syfy for a thrilling second season.”

Killjoys is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy. Creator and showrunner Lovretta serves as executive producer and writer. Executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg and Karen Troubetzkoy.

Production Executives for Bell Media are Rebecca DiPasquale and Kathleen Meek. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Head, Specialty and Pay. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting.

The second season of Killjoys will join a rich 2016 Syfy lineup that includes previously announced scripted series The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels; Gale Anne Hurd’s thriller Hunters, the epic 10-part drama The Expanse (premiering December 14), and new seasons of 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter, also announced today.

Additional high profile scripted projects in development at Syfy include Incorporated, a futuristic espionage pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films; Hyperion, an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning best-selling novel; Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World with Amblin Television; David Goyer’s Superman prequel, Krypton; and Frederik Pohl’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Gateway.

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About Prodigy Pictures:

Founded in 2006, Prodigy Pictures leads the way in the production of quality film, television and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically acclaimed television series Lost Girl, airing it’s fifth and final season on SyFy in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada. Prodigy Pictures’ mission is to utilize the best talent worldwide to produce the highest quality content for a range of media. To that end, Prodigy has developed successful, international partnerships around the world, including those in the UK, France and the United States.

About Temple Street Productions:

Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include, “Orphan Black” (BBC AMERICA, Space), “Killjoys” (Syfy, Space), “X Company” (CBC), “Being Erica” (CBC, SOAPnet), “The Next Step” (Family Channel), “Wingin’ It” (Family Channel), “Million Dollar Critic” (W, BBC America), “Over the Rainbow” (CBC), “Recipe to Riches” (CBC, Food Network, Global), “Billable Hours” (Global, Showcase), “Canada’s Next Top Model” (CTV), “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” (CBC) and “Darcy’s Wild Life” (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.

 

About Universal Cable Productions:

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP’s content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, “Monk,” and critic and fan favorites “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Warehouse 13.” In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks, including: “Colony” (2016), “Dig,” “Mr. Robot,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains,” “Satisfaction” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Childhood’s End” (2015), “Defiance,” “Dominion,” “Hunters” (2016), “Killjoys,” and “Magicians” (2016) on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals,” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and “Side Effects” on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

 

About Syfy:

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

Photos by Dennys Ilich (Dark Matter) and Steve Wilkie (Killjoys)/Courtesy of Syfy