Syfy has given the green-light to Helix, a new 13 episode series from former Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron Moore. The series bypassed the traditional pilot model and was instead handed a straight-to-series order based on the strength on the scripts.
Created by Moore, Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. The drama series is being produced by Sony Pictures Television with Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), Steven Maeda (The X-Files) and Cameron Porsandeh serving as executive producers.
Speaking of Helix, Mark Stern, Syfy’s President of Original Content and Co-Head of Original Content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life.”