The SyFy Channel has announced they will be picking up a 13-episode order of Ron Moore’s new scripted series, Helix (working title). The series bypassing the pilot episode order and going with a first season order shows that SyFy is pretty confident in this new series. Those not familiar with Ron Moore might be more familiar with his most recent sci-fi work, Battlestar Galactica that aired on the SyFy Channel for four seasons totalling 75 episodes that ran from 2004 to 2009.
“Helix is an intense thriller about 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 holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”
Sounds a bit like John Carpenter’s Thing, but definitely interesting nonetheless. And as a big fan of Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, I can’t wait to check this out. Helix is going into production this year and will premiere later in 2013. It is also good to see SyFy getting more actual science fiction series on the channel. With Defiance premiering next month, this is a welcome addition for sure. (Via TVbytheNumbers)
SYFY REUNITES WITH RONALD D. MOORE GREENLIGHTS NEW SCRIPTED SERIES HELIX FROM SONY PICTURES TELEVISION FOR 2013
MOORE AND LYNDA OBST SERVE AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
NEW YORK – March 7, 2013 – Syfy is giving a 13-episode greenlight to Helix (working title), its newest original scripted series for 2013, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Helix is Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files) and Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producer. The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Helix is an intense thriller about 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 holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life,” said Mark Stern
Helix is expected to begin production early in 2013 to debut later this year.
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