Syfy has gone through a creative resurgence in the past couple of years, and it’s only getting better as time goes by. Two of the network’s newest shows, the action-packed Killjoys and Dark Matter, quickly became fan favorites, and they will definitely be around for the next leg of Syfy’s original programming journey, as each show has been renewed for Season 2. Shoot some space guns in the air in celebration!
Let’s look at them one by one. Killjoys, from Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street Productions, has been confirmed for another ten episodes in Season 2. The show centers on interplanetary bounty hunters Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), John (Aaron Ashmore) and his brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) as they track down dangerous criminals throughout a planetary system called the Quad that’s in the middle of a class war. The high-octane action sequences are balanced by over-arching plots about the central trio’s backstories, particularly Dutch. Season 2 will likely go even deeper into her past, as well as those of the brothers. Season 1, which averaged around 1.5 million viewers, recently concluded on August 21.
Also having recently wrapped up its 13-episode first season is Dark Matter, which received a similar 13-episode order for Season 2. Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who also created the comic book on which the series is based, Dark Matter kicks its twisty story off with six people – played by Mark Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland and Roger Cross – waking up inside of a spaceship with no memory of who they are or what they’re doing. As time goes by and they search the ship, secrets are uncovered and surprises are revealed. This series was a tad more successful than Killjoys, with an average of 1.8 million viewers for Season 1.
These two series join the also renewed freshman series 12 Monkeys and Z Nation. (Dominion kicked off its Season 2 in July.) We can’t wait for the rest of Syfy’s upcoming slate, which includes the James S.A. Corey adaptation The Expanse, the Blake’s 7 reboot, the miniseries for Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, the Hyperion adaptation and a lot more. The network is also working with Universal Cable Productions on a small-screen version of Wes Craven’s People Under the Stairs and an adaptation of Daryl Gregory’s stellar 2014 novella We are All Completely Fine, both of which had Craven involved in development until his recent death.
Fans of Killjoys and Dark Matter can expect Season 2 of both series to pop up on Syfy in 2016.
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