No surprises here. Syfy has just renewed its drama series Defiance for a second season of 13 episode. The show’s second season is set to enter production this August for a 2014 premiere, when it will return to Monday nights as part of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’s block.
“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for Universal Cable Productions. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Defiance is a multi-platform project encompassing an MMO game and Syfy’s weekly TV series, in which events in one world can and will directly affect the other. Penned by Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon, Defiance is set in the near future and introduces a world where humans and aliens must learn to live together on an exotic new Earth that has been transformed by alien terra-forming machines (For more detailed plot information on the series see our previous report). The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Grant Bowler, Tony Curran, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Mia Kirshner and Graham Greene. For the show’s second season, Kevin Murphy will return in his role as executive producer and showrunner, Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.
The renewal of the series had been expected. Defiance represents a huge investment for the network (with the price tag for the TV series rumoured to be around $50 million), add to that almost universal critical acclaim and strong ratings, a second season renewal was all but guaranteed. The Defiance premiere was the second largest series premiere in the network’s history among adults 18-49, making it the biggest in nearly nine years in that coveted demographic, based on Live +7 Data. The premiere also delivered almost 4 million viewers (3,834,000) and has quickly become Syfy’s highest-rated original series this year in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.