Syfy is the latest network to get back in on the event series game. The NBCU genre network has given the green-light to Ascension, a six hour event series about space travel in a similar vein to Battlestar Galactica. Production on the series is set to commence shorty in Montreal and will air on Syfy in November.
Ascension tells the story of the ship of the same name which was part of a covert space mission launched by the US government in 1963 to send hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
The six hour series, which marks Syfy’s first such event series since 2009’s Alice and the first greenlight for Syfy’s new head of original content Bill McGoldrick, was written by Philip Levens, who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner. Sea To Sky Productions are producing in association with Blumhouse Productions, while Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate TV are co-financing and will distribute Ascension. In addition to Levens, the executive producers are Jason Blum, Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, Brett Burlock and Mark Stern – McGoldrick’s predecessor as Syfy’s Head of Original Content.
“Syfy is more committed than ever to bringing to life epic event television”, said Dave Howe, President of Syfy. “We have a rich history in this arena, from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Taken’ to the highly acclaimed mini that launched the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ series, to reimagined takes on classic tales such as ‘Alice’ and ‘Tin Man.’ In keeping with that grand tradition, we are delighted to bring this thrilling, provocative and intelligent event to our fans later this year.”