On Friday it was announced that Syfy has renewed Defiance for a second season, after premiering only 4 of its 13-episode first season. Defiance is Syfy‘s joint multimedia project with Trion Worlds, who have created a new sci-fi world that is supported with a massive multiplayer online (MMO) video game. The premiere episode of Defiance is the second-biggest series premiere in the network’s history and has continued to lead its Monday-night time slot in key demographic ratings and total viewers for a cable drama. With nearly 4 million viewers watching the premiere of Defiance in its first week, the show has continued to deliver strong demographic numbers and more than 2 million viewers each week so far. The second season will begin production this summer in Toronto for a 2014 release.
There will also be a Defiance marathon on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25th. So those that are behind on the show, or want to check it out for the first time, here is an excellent opportunity. Defiance has got better with each episode too, so if the pilot episode didn’t really interest you, maybe give it another shot.
It has also been announced that the supporting MMO will see some growth this year too. Developer Trion Worlds announced this week that five downloadable content (DLC) updates will be coming in 2013. The first DLC will introduce the Castithan species to the game. It will cost $10 and will also unlock a new story mission line and a new Battle Arena game mode. Plus the update will also bring the Raptor, a new 4 player truck of doom with it. You can view the full details what to expect in the Castithan Expansion Pack here at the official site. Players can also expect regular free content updates to the game later this year too. (Source: TVbyTheNumbers)
YFY RENEWS HIT SERIES DEFIANCE, PROMISING MORE ACTION AND INTRIGUE IN SEASON TWO
April 15 Premiere Second Largest Series in Network History
New York, NY – May 10, 2013 – Syfy has renewed its groundbreaking series Defiance, giving a 13-episode second season order to the critically acclaimed hit that has catapulted Syfy to the top cable drama spot in the time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays. Season two of Defiance, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as the anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’s block of primetime original series.
Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming. To date, The Game has garnered more than 1 million registered accounts while making gaming history as the first online open world shooter to launch on three platforms simultaneously. As the collaboration between show and game continue into a second season, players will have the opportunity to further influence the world of Defiance.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.
“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 UCP. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in The Game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.
The audience for its April 15 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. It has also received unprecedented attention as a transmedia event in partnership with Trion Worlds’ MMO game. Airing Mondays at 9pm, Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.
SYFY KICKS OFF SUMMER 2013 WITH SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PROGRAMMING
DEFIANCE AND PARANORMAL WITNESS MARATHONS
PLUS A ROGER CORMAN FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK – May 9, 2013 – Syfy will get Summer 2013 off to a blistering start this Memorial Day weekend featuring a festival of the Roger Corman classic films Sharktopus, Piranhaconda, Dinoshark, Supergator and Dinocroc vs Supergator on Monday, May 27.
The special holiday weekend programming begins on Friday, May 24 with monstrous movie delights such as Mega Python vs Gatoroid and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus.
That will be followed by all-day marathons of Syfy’s new hit series Defiance on Saturday, May 25, and a Paranormal Witness scream-fest on Sunday, May 26. The popular paranormal series returns for Season 3 beginning Wednesday, June 5 at 10PM (ET/PT).
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