10:16am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'12 Monkeys' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Syfy
Syfy has seen the future, and it includes the end of 12 Monkeys.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed the Terry Matalas drama for a fourth and final season while announcing its first-ever linear binge for its upcoming third season.
Season three will premiere over three consecutive nights (May 19-May 21) on the network, with the first four episodes airing Friday starting at 8 p.m., followed by three apiece on Saturday and Sunday. Season four will again consist of 10 episodes and return next year. A premiere date has not been announced.
Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said that "12 Monkeys has a dedicated and enthusiastic fanbase thanks to the epic storytelling by Terry Matalas and the stellar cast and crew." He continued: "We are thrilled to be able to offer fans an opportunity to binge the third season as a reward for their lasting support, and we couldn't be more excited to see where Terry takes us with the final chapter of this fabulous story in the fourth season."
The Atlas Entertainment drama from Universal Cable Productions has been a critical favorite and ratings underperformer. The Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull starrer draws 400,000 same-day viewers before posting solid DVR gains. Based on the feature of the same name, 12 Monkeys landed at Hulu in an SVOD deal last year.
The series serves as the cornerstone of Syfy's brand reinvention, as the cabler has made a concerted effort to focus its rebuilding on more traditional science-fiction fare. Its roster of originals also includes The Expanse, The Magicians, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, Channel Zero, Van Helsing, Z Nation and the upcoming Blood Drive and Superstition. Syfy is also readying pilots Happy, Krypton, The Machine and Haunted. Incorporated and Hunters were recently canceled after one-season runs.
Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd guest-stars in season three.
EW was the first to report the news.