The SyFy Channel announced today that their flagship television show Defiance has been picked up for a Season 2. The television show, has scored high in the right ratings demographics, and will see another 13 episodes at some point in 2014.
Defiance takes place in a post-contact world, after the Earth has been radically transformed after the arrival of seven different alien races. Following Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) in the community of Defiance, as they make their way through a new world, the show has proved to be a solid hit for the channel and audiences.
The renewal should bring a breath of relief to fans of the show, as well as Trion Games and the SyFy Channel, who have collectively spent over $100 million developing the television show and parallel MMO game. After the channel reported their highest ratings since 2006, with Eureka, a renewal order seemed likely, and it’s good news: the show and its creators have spent quite a bit of time putting together a detailed world, and it’ll be nice to see more of it.
Executive producers Kevin Murphy, Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin will all be returning to helm the show for the second season, but curiously, Rockne S. O’Bannon wasn’t listed on the announcement, possibly because he’s coming onboard NBC’s show Revolution, which can probably use his expertise. Hopefully, the level of quality will remain consistent.
Defiance has proven to be a welcome return to space opera for the SyFy channel, and its renewal brings some hope for those looking for more of it. The channel has recently announced an ambitious slate of other space-based shows. And with the continued success of this one show, we might very well see more in the near future.