Ascension has run its course at Syfy. The network has opted not to pick up the six episode mini starring Tricia Helfer and Gil Bellows for a full series, TVWise has confirmed.
Ascension told 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 event series – which was Syfy’s first stab at long form since 2009 – was penned by Philip Levens and is being produced by Sea To Sky Productions in association with Blumhouse Productions, while Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate TV are co-financing and will distribute the series. Ascension stars Brandon P. Bell, Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer, Tiffany Lonsdale, Andrea Roth, Jacqueline Byers, Nora Bryce and P.J. Boudousqué
While envisioned as an “event series”, Syfy was open to moving forward with a full series if the mini proved to be successful. That is the same approach they took with the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, which began as a mini in 2003 before becoming a full series the following year.
The news, which was first reported by Deadline, comes at a time when Syfy is aggressively expanding their roster of original dramas. Upcoming original drama series include The Expanse, Olympus, Childhood’s End, Dark Matter, Killjoys and alien terrorism drama Hunters.