Along with revealing that they are developing a Gateway series with Battlestar Galactica’s David Eick, Syfy used their time at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour to announce premiere dates for space opera The Expanse and miniseries Childhood’s End.
Miniseries Childhood’s End will kick off on Monday December 14th at 8/7c and will air in that same slot for the next two nights (Tuesday December 15th and Wednesday December 16th); while The Expanse will debut on Monday December 14th at 10/9c, before segueing to the Tuesday night 10pm time-slot the following night, where it will continue to air for the remainder of the ten episode first season.
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the alien Overlords, who promise to eliminate poverty, war and sickness – ushering in a golden age of peace, health and security for all of humankind. But why do the Overlords insist on hiding their appearance – and what do they ultimately want from Earth? While much of the world enjoys its newfound utopia, some suspect there’s a price to pay. As the truth about the Overlords’ intentions are revealed, humanity will discover its actual destiny may actually be a nightmare, instead of a dream.
The six-hour miniseries is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name and was developed for television by Life On Mars creator Matthew Graham. Childhood’s End is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Daisy Betts (The Last Resort), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Osy Ikhile (The Fear) and Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
The Expanse is set two hundred years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. The series tells the story of a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain who come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
The ten part drama, which is hailed as “the most ambitious series in Syfy history”, is based on the book series of the same name and was devised by Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. The Expanse is produced by Alcon TV and stars Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Florence Faivre. Jonathan Banks, Paulo Costanzo and Jay Hernandez.