August 01, 2013 9:57am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Continuum' Renewed for Third Season at Syfy
Syfy is going back to the future of Continuum.
The cable network on Thursday announced it has renewed the original scripted drama for a third season of 13 episodes for 2014.
The drama stars Rachel Nichols and ranks as the No. 1 original cable drama in its Friday time slot among adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. Factoring in seven-day DVR numbers, the series is averaging 728,000 viewers among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, 836,000 with the 25-54 set and 1.8 million total viewers -- up 21 percent, 18 percent and 21 percent, respectively, from its freshman run.
Nichols stars as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day, swept along when a group of terrorists escape their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time.
The drama, from Shaw Communications, joins a Syfy slate that includes Ron Moore's freshman series Helix, the second season of Defiance and the final six episodes of Warehouse 13.
Syfy is currently mulling pilots and scripts -- as well as a few miniseries -- to complete its 2014 lineup.
"We're really trying to figure out what our next year is going to be," Syfy president of original programming and co-head of original content at UCP Mark Stern recently told THR. "We have Helix in January; we're trying to figure out what our summer series is going to be. We have a lot of different options. We know that Defiance is going to come back in the summer, and the last six episodes of Warehouse 13 are going to be back along with Defiance. Then there's this big gray zone after that of what follows. We definitely have a miniseries we want to try to do for December of 2014 -- Jamie Foxx's [five-episode horror anthology] is a series of half-hours we might do for Halloween of 2014. We're looking to do a big four-hour miniseries -- a tentpole mini -- at the end of 2014, and we're trying to figure out what that's going to be."