Syfy’s three-night event series Ascension (9/8C) premieres tonight and continues through Wednesday. It’s the story of a generation ship that was launched in the early 1960s, taking a selection of humanity to a new home on a planet orbiting Proxima – because the ship’s creator/architect was convinced that the Cold War was about become hot and destroy the Earth.
It’s also the story of that man’s son, in the present, trying to preserve his father’s legacy. It’s also a serious mindbender of a concept – with one helluva twist.
Syfy has set the premiere date of its three-night, six-hour event series, Ascension, about murder on a generation ship seeking a new home for humanity.
Ascension will premiere on Monday, December 15th (9/8C). Further details follow the jump.
Brian Van Holt, who plays the easy-going Bobby Cobb on Cougar Town, has been cast as Captain William Denninger, the commander of the starship Ascension. Denninger became captain by rising through the ranks – though it was his quick actions during a fire that nearly destroyed the ship early in its journey that proved he had leadership potential. He has a very public, if tortured marriage to Viondra (Tricia Helfer).
Ascension launches on Syfy in November – specific date to be determined – and will run through December.
Syfy’s event series Ascension has signed Tricia Helfer to star the ‘not-so-secret power broker aboard the titular starship. As wife of the ship’s Captain, Viondra Denniger, her character is described as ‘beautiful, manipulative and dangerous.’
Ascension takes place aboard the starship nearly fifty years into its century-long journey to populate a new world. As the ship approaches the point of no return, the murder of a young woman calls everything about its mission into question.
Ascension is go for launch in November and will air through December. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
A brief news release from the Sci Fi Channel states that on January 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. [9C], “Battlestar Galactica will return with the remaining episodes of its 4th and final season. Picking up from last June’s jarring cliffhanger – the Colonial fleet and their new Cylon allies led by Admiral Adama and the Galactica crew discover Earth to find it a barren nuclear wasteland – the finale season promises to be rife with drama, action and revelation.”
Finally, we will learn the fate of Earth; discover the identity of the Final Cylon Model and maybe even find out who wrote the Galacticaverse version of All Along the Watchtower – and what the infamous Last Supper, Galactica-style, means!
Today I participated in a call with Battlestar Galactica’s iconic Six (Tricia Helfer) to talk about her role in the July 10 premiere of USA’s new hit show Burn Notice. Of course Galactica came up as well and we got some great tidbits from her. The transcript from the call will be coming later this week. To wet your appetite. Here are some little tidbits.
- Tricia will be in 7 Episodes of Burn Notice playing a mysterious spy. She’ll be in the first two episodes of the season, the season finale and a couple in 2009.
- Her character is the public face of the organization that burned Michael.
- She really liked the being on the set and said it was a real welcoming environment.
- She talks a bit about the difference between Vancouver and Miami, Fl. Said she had to get use to it being sunny in Fla.
- She has a list of DVD Sets that she wants to watch since she doesn’t watch much television. She likes quirky shows like Madmen and Weeds. Is currently watching Dexter, 24, and Arrested Development.
- When asked if she uses the word Frak in her every day life she no. Primarily because her character on Galactica rarely says it. But Frak has become part of other cast and crew’s vocabulary.
- She didn’t have to audition for the Burn Notice part. Matt called her up and said he had a part for her.
- She’s shooting a pilot for a new Fox Television show called Inseparable. She’s playing a Psychologist to the lead. It’s about a cop who was shot and paralyzed. He develops a split personality one that’s crippled and the other one who isn’t. She’s not in the Pilot episode that much because they are establishing the main character.
- She was great to talk to, wasn’t at all squeamish about talking about BSG and what her post BSG life will be like.
- She will be at Comic-Con as part of a Cylon/Human couple. Doesn’t know if the Burn Notice folks will be doing anything.
- She hasn’t been following the looming strike.
EM Interview Highlights
By Michelle Alexandria
Originally Posted 7.2.2008
Escape Velocity opens with Chief Tyrol given a poignant eulogy at Cally’s funeral and ends with Gaius Baltar in a [for him] most unusual position. In between, this is one of Galactica’s most intense episodes – even though there are no great Cylon battles or even much action at all.
Regardless of her character’s fate on Battlestar Galactica, sexy Cylon, Tricia Helfer [above left] will join USA Network’s acclaimed spy dramedy, Burn Notice, in its upcoming second season.
Previously heard only in vaguely threatening phone calls, Helfer will bring the mysterious Carla out of the shadows. The extremely intelligent and incredibly sexy Carla is Michael’s [Jeffrey Donovan] only contact with the shadowy group that got him burned.
According to a USA press release, Carla has “plans for him and various “assignments” for him to take care of, and she’s not taking no for an answer. Michael’s trapped in a deadly game with Carla where the only way he can keep his family safe, and find out more about her, is to play along and look for the opening he needs to take her on.”
Burn Notice returns to USA this summer.
After a rather ho-hum premiere, Battlestar Galactica seems to be moving back in the right direction. Where He That Believeth In Me tended to rehash the season three finale without adding much to the running story – except for the development of the Starbuck-Roslin situation – Six of One is almost chockfull o’ stuff.