Syfy UK has added another two shows to their already impressive-looking roster with the news that it has acquired the UK rights to Killjoys, in addition to retaining the second and final season of Extant.
Killjoys – a joint production between Temple Street Productions (Orphan Black), Bell Media and Syfy, and produced by Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta – follows “a fun-loving, hard-living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly Warrants (fugitives) throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war.” The cast includes the likes of Hannah John-Kamen (Death In Paradise), Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13, Smallville) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers And Sisters), and it will be airing in January 2016.
Meanwhile, CBS and Amblin co-production Extant is returning for its second season, which follows on from the Earth-shattering events of Season 1 in which astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) made a discovery that changed the course of human history, leaving her fighting to save the human race from the joint threat of extra-terrestrials and Artificial Intelligence. The supporting cast include the heavyweight likes of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Grace Gummer (American Horror Story) and guest star David Morrissey (The Walking Dead).
Speaking about the acquisitions, Colin McLeod, Managing Director, UK and EM, NBCUniversal International Networks, said, “Both Killjoys and Extant will grip audiences from the start, truly fulfilling the channel’s ‘Imagine Greater’ promise… We are so pleased to start 2016 with two such exciting shows.”
All in all, this is welcome news. Syfy’s productions have been increasingly ambitious of late, which can only be a good thing. With adaptations of Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End, James SA Corey’s The Expanse and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians all due UK air dates, we’re excited to see what the future holds.
Killjoys and Extant: Season 2 will both air on Syfy UK in January 2016. For more news on the biggest TV shows, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.