Syfy Renews DEFIANCE For A Second Season

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Syfy has renewed its groundbreaking series Defiance, giving a 13-episode second season order to the critically acclaimed hit that has catapulted Syfy to the top cable drama spot in the time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays.  Season two ofDefiance, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as the anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’sblock of primetime original series.

Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming.  To date, the game has garnered more than 1 million registered accounts while making gaming history as the first online open world shooter to launch on three platforms simultaneously.  As the collaboration between show and game continue into a second season, players will have the opportunity to further influence the world of Defiance.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate HousewivesCapricaHellcats) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.

“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort.  We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”

Set in the near future, Defiance features 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 follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The audience for its April 15 premiere was the second largest series premiere in the network’s history among adults 18-49, making it the biggest in nearly nine years in that coveted demographic, based on Live +7 Data. The premiere also delivered almost 4 million viewers (3,834,000) and has quickly become Syfy’s highest-rated original series this year in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.  It has also received unprecedented attention as a transmedia event in partnership with Trion Worlds’ MMO game.  Airing Mondays at 9pm, Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

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  • chojin999

    What a shame!
    Network mafia at work. Is this atrocious absolutely awful lazy cheap show with no production value and awful CGI renewed for dirty money reasons or for sex relationships reasons ?
    Whatever is a real absolute shame.

    And once again it proves that Nielsen ratings and such are an absolute fake. Networks managers twist numbers to do whatever dirty business they like, numbers don’t matter and real numbers are unknown. The stats would be completely wrong anyway even if no one tampered with because the sample is just too tiny and can’t give any realistic results.

    And Universal SyFy didn’t produce a full season Battlestar Galactica Blood&Chrome because the pilot was too expensive and too good, it needed people hard work and effort at both studios and network production levels.

    They are producing this crap fraud of Defiance because it costs them nothing and they can use it to do dirty business inside and outside the group.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549622978 Drew Gordon

      Episode 5 was kind of okay.