After a (very) extended delay, the second and final season of the Syfy CDC drama series Helix is crossing the pond.
Spike UK has picked up the broadcast rights to the show’s 13 episode final season from international distributor Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has confirmed.
Originally picked up with a straight-to-series order in March 2013 as Syfy was beginning an aggressive push back into scripted drama, Helix had no trouble securing international buyers, with Channel 5 originally acquiring the show in December 2013 in a deal with SPT.
While C5 execs had high hopes for the show, its ratings performance was poor and after a few episodes it was shunted to their digi-net 5* (now stylised as 5Star), where it aired the remainder of its first season. Shortly thereafter the broadcaster’s execs decided that, given the relative cost of the show and its ratings performance, they would not be exercising their option to pick up the UK rights to season two; leaving Helix without a UK broadcaster.
This is not the first time that Spike UK, now a sister channel to C5 following the Viacom merger, has picked up a show that was dropped by Channel 5 when it was still operating under the aegis of Nothern & Shell. The same thing happened to Sons Of Anarchy and Justified – both of which were dropped by 5USA, only to be subsequently (re)acquired for Spike UK’s launch schedule in 2015.
From Cameron Porsandeh and Ronald D. Moore, Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. The cast includes Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Neil Napier, Matt Long and Steven Weber.