Syfy is keeping most of its Friday night block in-tact. The network has renewed Killjoys and Dark Matter for second seasons. Dark Matter’s renewal is for a further thirteen episodes, while Killjoys will be back for a second season of ten episodes.
From Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta and indie Temple Street Productions, Killjoys follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. The series stars Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13). Killjoys averaged 1.5 million viewers across its freshman season.
“With exciting space-based action, deep world building, and a standout cast, Killjoys has struck a nerve with viewers and critics alike,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President of Original Content for Syfy. “We can’t wait to see what adventures Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street take Dutch, John and D’avin on in season two.”
Dark Matter follows the crew of a derelict spaceship who awake with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage fueled by vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. The cast includes Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. Across its 13 episode first season, Dark Matter average 1.8 million viewers.
“With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President of Program Strategy for Syfy. “We look forward to another out-of-the-world season from this talented creative team.”
Notably, these two renewals are for shows which, while decent enough ratings performers, cost Syfy relatively little. Killjoys is a Space original series that is co-produced by Syfy, while Dark Matter is also a Canadian production which is nowhere near as expensive as Defiance – which is still awaiting word on whether or not it will be back for a fourth season (talks are on-going over budget and it’s not immediately clear how things will pan out).