Syfy has renewed their original drama series Dark Matter and Killjoys for third seasons, the network announced on Thursday. Dark Matter has scored a thirteen episode order, while the size of the pick-up for Killjoys is staying at ten episodes.
Both Dark Matter and Killjoys have not been break-out hits for Syfy, but have nevertheless earned a decent size audience in their Friday night time-slots, with both shows averaging an L7 audience of more than 1 million viewers. The fact that both are Canadian imports and thus cheaper than Syfy’s traditional fare was also a factor in the renewal decision.
Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, 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 drama series is produced by Prodigy Pictures and stars Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer.
From Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, 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 drama series is produced by Temple Street Productions and stars Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13). Both Dark Matter and Killjoys are carried on this side of the pond by Syfy UK.