Syfy has ordered a second season of its popular and critically-acclaimed new series, Defiance.
After seeing Defiance quickly become the network's number one show, Syfy unsurprisingly ordered season 2, which will consist of 13 episodes. Production on season 2 is slated to begin in August with a 2014 premiere date.
Set on an exotically-transformed future Earth with seven unique alien races, it was apparent that the network put a lot of faith (and money) into the show's first season, but after a scoring the second largest premiere in network history, it appeared that investment had paid off. Ratings have held strong and reviews have praised the show's originality and character stories.
The ambitious series also became the first show to ever launch a video game tie-in, which has also proved successful. More than one million people registered accounts with the MMO computer game and will continue to affect the world of Defiance in season 2. We'll have to see if more television shows, namely sci-fi shows try this approach to better connect their audience with the worlds they create.
Check out Defiance every Monday @9pm on Syfy and look for season 2 sometime next year.
Showtime's hit series Homeland has turned two of its popular season 2 guest stars into series regulars for season 3, adding F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Finding Forrester) and Sarita Choudhury (Lady in the Water) to the permanent roster.
After Homeland's fictional CIA lost several of its agents last season, producers were looking to add more cast members and decided to promote from within, bumping Abraham and Choudhury up to full-time duty. Both actors' characters have ties to Mandy Patinkin's Saul, as Abraham plays Dar Adal, a retired black-ops specialist - who may be coming out of retirement now - and Choudhury plays Saul's estranged wife Mira.
While Homeland season 2 wasn't as strongly received as season 1, Patinkin's character remained one of the series' highlights. So, surrounding him with new characters that will keep him busy and onscreen more seems like a good idea.
Look for Homeland season 3 when it returns to Showtime on September 29, 2013.
It's safe to say, many didn't expect USA's spy dramedy to last this long from the outset, but that doesn't mean its loyal following won't be saddened by its exit. Still, with 13 episodes remaining, those fans will have something to look forward to as the series crosses the 100-episode mark during its final run. Here's what network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber had to say regarding the show's seventh and final season:
From day one, Burn Notice‘s characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale.
Though the show is ending later this year, it sounds like longtime fans will be treated to an exciting and fitting sendoff.
Tune in to the final season of Burn Notice when it kicks off June 6, 2013 on USA.
Source: TV Line