Syfy Renews ’12 Monkeys’ For Third Season

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12 Monkeys (Pilot)A little more than two weeks before the second season finale is set to air, Syfy has picked up 12 Monkeys for a third season, TVWise has confirmed.

As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the network has ordered ten episodes for the show’s third season, down from the thirteen episodes ordered for the first two seasons.

While not a huge performer in the overnights, 12 Monkeys has consistently been a big gainer in DVR ratings. It is also an important series to network brass as it was the first drama to come from their re-commitment to re-dedicate to scripted with more conventional sci-fi series, rather than the “lighter” fare, such as Eureka and Warehouse 13, that had typified the network’s output in recent years.

Created by Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett, 12 Monkeys tells the story of a time traveller from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series, which is based on the feature film of the same name, is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Aaron Stanford (Nikita), Amanda Schull (Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe).