Syfy’s ‘Helix’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

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HelixSyfy has cancelled their CDC drama series Helix after airing two seasons of the series starring The Killing‘s Billy Campbell.

Created by Cameron Porsandeh and executive produced by Ronald D. 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 may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.

The cancellation of Helix comes almost three weeks after the series wrapped its second (and final) season on Syfy. The Sony Pictures Television produced series was a decent ratings performer in its first season with an average L3 audience of 2.1 million viewers, but suffered a significant ratings drop in its second season with viewership sinking below one million.

Helix had the distinction of being one of the first new series greenlit under Syfy’s recent aggressive push back into scripted. While the show flopped in its second season, the network still remains committed to re-establishing their scripted brand and has a number of new shows coming up including Dark Matter and Killjoys, both of which premiere this Summer alongside the new seasons of Defiance and Dominion.

  • daycow045

    I’m not surprised by this. The first season was great but even though i tried my best I couldn’t stick with the second season. A plot that didn’t hold a candle to the first season. They all but got rid of hiroyuki sanada and thought that it would be better to add garbage actors instead.

    • james

      I agree, the show lost direction and the writers were obviously told just to end the meandering storyline with an ambiguous ending hinting at what the viewer will miss, which in truth would appear to be nothing at all. Helix is another example of commercialism versus good entertainment where a promising storyline deserved a better creative writing treatment as a limited run series not a five season investment for the producers.