Syfy is booking a longer stay in Defiance.
The sci-fi drama, which is the first TV series to ever launch simultaneously with a video game, was renewed for a second season, Syfy officially announced on Friday.
Production on season two, which will be 13 episodes, is set to begin in Toronto in August, with Syfy looking at a 2014 premiere.
The Grant Bowler and Julie Benz-led action drama debuted on April 15 to the second largest 18-49 demo audience rating in Syfy’s history.
“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been an incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP, said in statement. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Slated to return for season two are showrunner Kevin Murphy and executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.
Do you long for the days when Syfy (then SciFi and with 100-percent fewer cooking shows) was full of programs about spaceship battles and PEW PEW lasers and struggling actors with huge prosthetics on their faces? Hardcore science-fiction returns to the network this spring with Defiance, a green-screen bonanza with a video-game tie-in.
And now it has a premiere date. The previously nebulous debut of “April 2013″ has been narrowed down to Monday, April 15 at 9pm, and the 12-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere episode, SyFy announced today.
Defiance, stars Grant Bowler (the Dick in Liz & Dick) and Julie Benz (Dexter) and is set in the near future, when a collective of seven alien races in search of a new home tries to move into Earth. Naturally humans aren’t too keen on the idea, and the new planet mates have difficulty living together peacefully. The show is one prong of a two-headed project; a massively multiplayer online role-playing game will also be released in April with a story that ties in and compliments what happens on screen.
Trailer? You bet:
BRITTANY ALLEN JOINS SYFY’S DEFIANCE IN RECURRING ROLE
Groundbreaking Series Set to Launch in April 2013
NEW YORK, NY – August 23, 2012 – Emmy-winning actress Brittany Allen (All My Children) has been cast in a recurring role in Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance. Allen will play Tirra, a troubled employee of the town madam, Kenya (Mia Kirshner). When she and Kenya are abducted as a result of Tirra’s dangerous inclinations, the two build an unlikely bond as they are launched into a terrifying fight for survival in alien badlands.
A Toronto native, Allen made her feature film debut in a principle role alongside Rainn Wilson and Emma Stone in 20th Century Fox’s The Rocker. Brittany recently shot the feature Dead Before Dawn-3D opposite Devon Bostick, and recently wrapped the indie film Backgammon, a psychological relationship thriller. On the small screen, Brittany is well known for her portrayal as Marissa Chandler on ABC’s All My Children, a role for which she received an Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in A Drama Series in 2011. Brittany can soon be seen as a supporting lead in the Canadian Miniseries Bomb Girls, which will premiere in the U.S. on Reelz on September 11th. She also recently filmed a guest-starring role on Syfy’s Lost Girl.
Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky). The series is currently in production in Toronto, ON.
An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and Massive Multiplayer Online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist throughout a scripted drama series and a multiplatform MMO shooter. Both the series and the game will debut simultaneously in April 2013.
Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.
The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica; Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as director/producer on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions. The game was named “Best MMORPG” from GameSpy at the recent E3 conference in June 2012 (among other accolades).