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The NBCUniversal cabler has renewed the sci-fi series for two final seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 20-episode pickup for seasons four and five comes hours ahead of the season-three finale, airing Friday evening. The series follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters — rebel leader Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), tech-savvy John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) and tactical D’avin Jaqobis (Luke MacFarlane) — on the brink of a multiplanetary war.
Series creator Michelle Lovretta executive produces the show with Karen Troubetzkoy, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg. The project hails from Boat Rocker Studios’ Temple Street and Universal Cable Productions. The fourth season is set to debut in 2018.
“Helmed by Lovretta and driven by the superb storytelling, we are excited to bring Killjoys back for two final seasons,” said Bill McGoldrick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment executive vp scripted development. “Tonight’s game-changing season finale sets the tone for the final chapters of our bounty hunters’ space adventures, and we cannot wait for our talented cast and crew to bring to life what is sure to be an epic journey that will leave our passionate fans on the edge of their seats.”
The news comes shortly after Syfy pulled the plug on another original drama, Dark Matter, after three seasons.
“This renewal is the kind of privilege every creator hopes for — a chance to plan the end of your story with the luxury of 20 episodes to do it,” said Lovretta. “I’m immensely grateful that both of our network partners — along with Temple Street and UCP — have given our team, cast and fans this incredible opportunity.”
Added Fortier and Schneeberg: “A final two-season order is a huge vote of confidence for a show that keeps getting better and better. We are so proud of the support Killjoys has received from critics and fans alike and are thrilled to plan a deserving ending for Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers; it has been an incredible intergalactic journey, and we could not have wished for better partners to share the ride.”
Syfy, like many other networks, has gone out of its way in recent years to give original series final seasons — and subsequently proper closure — in order to ensure a series’ continued popularity on Netflix and other streaming platforms.
The network also renewed 12 Monkeys for a fourth and final season earlier this year, and FX handed out a similar final two-season pickup for The Americans last year.
Syfy’s other original series include The Expanse, The Magicians, Channel Zero and Blood Drive, as well as upcoming series such as the adaptation of Grant Morrison’s Happy! and the Superman prequel series Krypton.
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