The third season of Syfy’s Defiance has begun production in Toronto for a Summer 2015 debut. The new season will introduce thee major new characters and at least one new alien race.
Taking aim at the town of Defiance, this season, will be General Rahm Tak (Lee Tergesen) of the Votanis Collective who sees the town as a symbolic target on his road to gaining power.
T’evgin (Conrad Coates), the leader of the Omec who reluctantly carries the burden of his species’ survival on his shoulders, and his daughter and second-in-command, Kindzi (Nichole Galicia), are the other major new characters introduced this season. For further details, follow the jump.
In a rare confluence of events – a star’s illness; an open timeslot; fans clamoring for more backstory, and an idea intended for a postponed second season – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was born. The six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand fills in the background history of Batiatus and Lucretia and how their ludus [gladiator training facility] came to a certain level of prominence before the arrival of the famed Thracian gladiator.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with series creator/showrunner/writer Steven S. DeKnight and stars Dustin Clare [Gannicus future champion of Capua], Manu Bennett [Crixus, here new to the ludus] and Jaime Murray [Lucretia’s old friend and fellow partier, Gaia].
Note: for some reason, this call had a lot of weirdness, technically – dropouts, cutoffs, static – so the transcript isn’t perfect. It was still a fun call, though.
Spartacus: Gods of the Area [Starz, Fridays, 10/9C] came about as a result of the unforeseen health issues of the star of Spartacus Blood and Sand. Conceived, partially, as a fill-in to keep the franchise alive while he recovered, and heeding the call of fans for some back-story on ludus owner Batiatus and his wife, Lucretia, series creator Steven S. DeKnight took a flashback that had been intended for season two of Blood and Sand and expanded it in a way that has yielded – at the very least – a premiere episode that matches the best of Blood and Sand’s first season.
Warehouse 13 [Syfy, Tuesdays, 9/8C] has been enjoying a spectacularly good second season. Its balance of humor, drama, weirdness and adventure has been spot on and this week’s episode, For the Team, keeps the streak alive – while introducing Dr. Vanessa Calder [Lindsay Wagner], the in-house doctor who cares for the Regents and the Warehouse 13 staff.