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The U.S. cable channel ordered another 10 episodes of Killjoys from Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions and creator Michelle Lovretta, to air in 2016. Syfy also added 13 more episodes of Dark Matter from rival Canadian producer Prodigy Pictures and creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, again to air in 2016.
Canada’s Space channel ordered a second cycle for Killjoys, but isn’t yet confirming a second season for Dark Matters. Killjoys will return to Syfy after the first season averaged 1.5 million viewers.
The series is produced by Temple Street and Syfy, in association with Space and distributed worldwide by Universal Cable Productions. Killjoys follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters who chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war.
“With exciting space-based action, deep world building and a standout cast, Killjoys has struck a nerve with viewers and critics alike,” said Bill McGoldrick, executive vp original content at Syfy, in a statement. The Killjoys rookie season finale saw Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and John (Aaron Ashmore) seeing the tables turned on them by Khlyen (Rob Stewart), who kidnapped D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and transported him to Red 17 for apparent Level 6 genetic mutations.
“Mostly the journey next year is going to be for our trio to have a greater understanding of what really happened on Arkin, what is the connection that Khlyen and or Dutch have to that and what does that mean to their greater existence,” Lovretta told The Hollywood Reporter after the first season finale.
Dark Matter, which averaged 1.8 million during its first season on Syfy, follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship, the Raza, without any idea of who they are and how they got there. The first season Dark Matter finale saw the mercenary group becoming evermore paranoid and distrustful of each other as they are held captive by Alexander Rook (Wil Wheaton), who created Two, played by Melissa O’Neil.
The series also stars Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke and Alex Mallari Jr.
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