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SyFy Passes On Full Series For Ascension

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SyFy recently debuted the 6-hour event mini-series, Ascension, with hopes to turn it into a full series.

However, that’s not happening.

Deadline reports SyFy has decided to pass on an Ascension series.

“We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series,” Syfy said in a statement.

It’s guessed the ratings weren’t exactly where SyFy executives wanted the Ascension event series to be at, which obviously means no full series.

Ascension followed a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approached the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman caused the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series starred Brandon P. Bell, Brian Van Holt, and Tricia Helfer.

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Watch: SyFy’s Ascension Continues Tonight Promo

Watch a new promo for SyFy‘s epic three-night event, Ascension.

Part II airs tonight at 9pm ET.

Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return,the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron  Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (BattlestarGalactica) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, James Toback.

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Watch: New Promo For SyFy’s Ascension

SyFy released  new “first look” preview at Ascension, their upcoming 6-hour three-night-event mini-series.

Ascension launches Monday, December 15th at 9pm ET.

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Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return,the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron  Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, James Toback.

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Watch: SyFy Ascension 1963 Clip

SyFy released a new clip from their upcoming event mini-series, Ascension.

Ascension is a 6 hour mini-series debuting Monday, December 15th at 9pm ET.

In 1963, a special mission was launched to save mankind. In 2014, the mission has gone too far. 

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Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return,themysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron  Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (BattlestarGalactica) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest,JamesToback.

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Watch: SyFy Ascension Featurette

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SyFy released a new featurette for Ascension with a look at the series overview.

Ascension is a 6 hour mini-series debuting Monday, December 15th at 9pm ET.

Info:

Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, themysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron  Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (BattlestarGalactica) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, JamesToback.

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SyFy’s Ascension Premiers December 15th

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SyFy‘s anticipated new mini-series, Ascension, will premiere Monday, December 15th at 9pm ET.

Nights two and three are set to air Tuesday, December 16th and Wednesday, December 17th at 9pm ET, as well.

Ascension is a 3-night, 6-hour limited event series created and written by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens (Smallville).

Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron  Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denninger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, James Toback.

Ascension is produced by Lionsgate Television and Sea to Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum (Stranded, The River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) is an executive producer on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea to Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Ascension Launch Trailer:

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Watch: SyFy Ascension Launch Trailer

SyFy has released the launch trailer for the new Ascension mini-series which premieres November 24th at 9pm ET.

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In the vein of past Syfy mini-series such as Taken, Alice, Tin Man and Battlestar Galactica, Ascension is a six-hour event set to debut on November 24. In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

Tricia Helfer – known and loved by million as Cylon Number Six in Battlestar Galactica- is part of the cast. She will play Viondra Denniger, a beautiful, manipulative and dangerous power broker on the Ascension. 

Brian Van Holt – star of Cougar Town and The Bridge – will play William Denninger, captain of the ship and Viondra’s husband. A natural leader, William quickly rose through the ranks after playing a heroic role in a fire early in the spacecraft’s voyage. While his professional life is solid, William’s marriage to Viondra is anything but.

Andrea Roth, star of Rescue Me, will play Juliet Bryce, head doctor of the Ascension. Her relationship with her daughter, Nora (played by Jacqueline Byers) is difficult and strained. Nora, for her part, is a young woman under intense pressure to follow in the family’s footsteps of being a doctor despite her own dreams.

Rounding out the cast are Brandon P. Bell as First Officer Oren Gault, who was born on the lower decks of the ship to maintenance workers and must investigate the aforementioned murder; Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, the older sister of the murder victim; and PJ Boudousque (Pretty Little Liars) as one of the ship’s maintenance workers.

Ascension is created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville), who will also serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner.

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SyFy Announces Fall 2014 Programming: Mutant World, Town of the Living Dead, More

Press Release

SYFY’S 2014 FALL PROGRAMMING FEATURES PREMIERE OF SIX HOUR EVENT SERIES ASCENSION STARRING TRICIA HELFER

DEBUTS OF DOCUSERIES TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD AND HORROR-THRILLER Z NATION

10th ANNIVERSARY OF GHOST HUNTERS AND SEASON FIVE RETURN OF HAVEN

7TH ANNUAL 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN SPOOK-A-THON

 

NEW YORK – August 8, 2014 – Syfy’s 2014 Fall Programming primetime lineup will feature the highly anticipated six hour event series Ascension, starring Tricia Helfer (November 24); the series premieres of Z Nation (September 12) and the docuseries Town of the Living Dead (October 7); the season five return of Haven (September 11) and the special 10th anniversary season of Ghost Hunters (October 8).

For the seventh consecutive year, Syfy will celebrate the Halloween season with nearly 600 hours of ghoulish programming during the month-long 31 Days of Halloween (October 1-31).

 

SYFY FALL 2014 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS (All Times ET/PT)

 

SEPTEMBER

 

HAVEN                                                                                   (SEASON 5 PREMIERE)

Returns Thursday, September 11 at 10PM — When the series returns for its fifth season, Haven’s protectors are thrust into uncharted waters: Duke (Eric Balfour) is now a ticking time bomb, fighting to contain the Troubles within him, while Nathan (Lucas Bryant) faces his greatest fear that Audrey (Emily Rose) — the woman he’s fought so desperately to save — may be gone forever. Havenwhich rose 11 percent among Adults 18-34 and 3 percent among Adults 18-49 during its fourth season, is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King.

From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Haven is co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks International (UNI).The creative team behind Haven includes executive producers John Morayniss (KlondikeRogue) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the FallThe Ray Bradbury Theater) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King’s The Dead ZoneGreek) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and Matt McGuinness (JourneymanFranklin and Bash) and Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy).   The series was developed by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone).

 

Z NATION  (SERIES PREMIERE)

Premieres Friday, September 12 at 10PM — In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau (OzLost) Tom Everett Scott (SouthlandBeauty and the Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie IndianaEurekaThe Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

 

OCTOBER

 

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN  (7TH ANNUAL EVENT)

Returns Wednesday, October 1 at 8PM – Running through Friday, October 31, 31 Days of Halloween will unleash nearly 600 hours of bloodcurdling programming featuring the 10th anniversary Ghost Hunters special, the Original Movies Dark Haul andFinders Keepers, and a wide array of spine-tingling theatricals including Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake) and The Reaping.

 

TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD (SERIES PREMIERE)

Premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 10PM — The colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead… now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series will follow the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to get to a final cut of their film…which could someday become a Syfy movie. The production company is True Entertainment (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes).  Executive producers are Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, David Stefanou, Todd Hurvitz, Tony Biancosino and Cherie Kloss.

 

GHOST HUNTERS  (SEASON 10 RETURN)

Returns Wednesday, October 8 at 9PM — This October, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, Ghost Hunters, celebrates two landmark events: Its 10th anniversary and its 200th episode. In the 10th anniversary episode, airing October 8, the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team traveling to Brunswick, GA’s Old City Hall to investigate claims of paranormal activity said to be sparked by a 19th century shooting death. On Wednesday, October 22Ghost Hunters marks the occasion of their 200th episode with a two-hour episode that has TAPS returning to one of their favorite haunted locations – the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV. Additional new Ghost Hunters episodes airing in October take place at: Elizabeth V. Edwards Elementary School in Barnegat, NJ and the historic Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, FL (airing October 15); and Ohio’s Cincinnati Music Hall (October 29).

 

DARK HAUL (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)

Premieres October — A team of secretive guardians transport a deadly creature and its half-human sister to a secure location, but the beast escapes and threatens to fulfill a prophecy – by destroying the world. Dark Haul stars Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Rick Ravanello (The Cave, Hart’s War) and Evalena Marie (Remains, Serena and the Ratts). A production of Synthetic Cinema International.

 

FINDERS KEEPERS  (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)

Premieres October — A child becomes obsessed with an evil doll left behind by the previous occupants of her new home. Finders Keepers stars Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl, Two and a Half Men). A production of ARO Entertainment.

 

NOVEMBER

 

ASCENSION (SERIES PREMIERE)

Premieres Monday, November 24 at 9PM — Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.  Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. 

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar TownThe Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s captain William Denninger and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Ascension also stars Al Sapienza as Councilman Rose, Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter Nora Bryce, PJ Boudousque as Nora’s love interest, James Toback, Ryan Robbins as Safety Officer (and Emily’s husband) Duke Vanderhaus and Gil Bellows as Harris Enzmann, the son of the founder of the Ascension mission.

Ascension is executive produced by Philip Levens (Smallville) and Jason Blum (The Normal HeartStrandedThe River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

 

MUTANT WORLD  (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE)

Premieres November  — A group of ‘Doomsday Preppers’ emerge from their bunker 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants. The movie stars Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Holly Deveaux (Hannibal, The Phantoms) and singer Ashanti (song Foolish). A production of Nomadic Pictures.

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SyFy’s Ascension Starts Production

SYFY’S ORIGINAL EVENT SERIES ASCENSION COMMENCES PRODUCTION IN MONTREAL

Six-Episode Series From Lionsgate Television, Sea To Sky Studios and Blumhouse Productions To Premiere November 2014

 

NEW YORK – July 7, 2014 – Syfy’s Ascension, a six-hour event series premiering in November, has commenced production in Montreal, QC.  Written and created by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens (Smallville), Ascension is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.  

Produced by Lionsgate Television and Sea To Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions, the series stars Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) as the confident and capable First Officer Oren Gault, Brian Van Holt (Cougar TownThe Bridge) as the eponymous ship’s captain William Denninger and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter Nora Bryce, PJ Boudousque as Nora’s love interest, James Toback and Ryan Robbins as Safety Officer (and Emily’s husband) Duke Vanderhaus.

Ascension is executive produced by Jason Blum (The Normal Heart, StrandedThe River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Ascension is slated to launch in November 2014 and air through December.

About Sea To Sky Studios

Sea To Sky is a cross-border studio partnership between Lionsgate Television and Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films focusing on premium cable and network content for the US, Canadian and International markets. Sea To Sky has a number of high profile projects in development, including a continuing series based on the Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro novels by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, a limited event series of the events surrounding the John Paul Getty III kidnapping in 1973, and a Bret Easton Ellis television series adaptation of Jason Starr’s novel “The Follower.” Sea To Sky also has a first look deal in place with Kevin Costner.

About Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Jason Blum, is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release. Since its launch, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly profitable Paranormal ActivityInsidiousThe Purge and Sinister franchises.  Blumhouse has been ramping up its television business, working on both scripted and non-scripted shows including projects for SyFy (Ascension), MTV (Eye Candy), ABC and Mike Darnell. Blumhouse previously executive produced the Critics Choice award winner The Normal Heart for HBO, Stranded for SyFy and The River for ABC. Blumhouse’s The Purge, its first production under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, opened to more than $34 million on its opening weekend with a budget of just $3 million. Insidious: Chapter Two from FilmDistrict, grossed over $41 million on its opening weekend with just a $5m budget. Blumhouse’s upcoming micro-budget wide releases include The Purge: Anarchy and Ouija for Universal.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winningMad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise,, Now You See MeKevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert AffairsPsychPlaying HouseRoyal Pains and Suitsfor USA; DefianceDominion and Warehouse 13 for Syfy, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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SyFy Announces Brian Van Holt To Star In Ascension

Press Release

SYFY’S ORIGINAL EVENT SERIES ASCENSION ENLISTS BRIAN VAN HOLT (COUGAR TOWNTHE BRIDGE)

 

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NEW YORK – June 4, 2014 – Syfy today announced that Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town, The Bridge) will star in the channel’s new original, six hour event series Ascension, portraying eponymous ship’s captain, William Denninger.  Van Holt joins the previously announced Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) in the intergalactic mystery series; the two will play husband and wife. 

A politician as well as a military man, Denninger is a natural leader.  Rising through the ship’s ranks, he became captain of the Ascension as a result of his heroic actions during a catastrophic fire that nearly destroyed the ship early in its voyage.  While strong-willed and confident, he and his wife, Viondra (Helfer), have a very public yet tortured marriage. 

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

Brian Van Holt will appear opposite Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s upcoming feature film Wild for Fox Searchlight.  His other film credits include Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, Confidence directed by James Foley, Swat directed by Clark Johnson,House of Wax directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and Bullet to the Head directed by Walter Hill.

On television, he appears in a recurring role as “Ray Burton” in FX’s hit series The Bridge starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger.  He also starred in the TBS/ABC comedy Cougar Town, and previously starred in David Milch’s HBO series John from Cincinatti.  He is repped by APA (agency) and Circle of Confusion (management).

Ascension is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, QC by Lionsgate Television and Sea To Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum (StrandedThe River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) and Mark Stern are Executive Producers on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Ascension is slated to launch in November 2014 and air through December.

About Sea To Sky Studios

Sea To Sky is a cross-border studio partnership between Lionsgate Television and Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films focusing on premium cable and network content for the US, Canadian and International markets. Sea To Sky has a number of high profile projects in development, including a continuing series based on the Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro novels by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, a limited event series of the events surrounding the John Paul Getty III kidnapping in 1973, and a Bret Easton Ellis television series adaptation of Jason Starr’s novel “The Follower.” Sea To Sky also has a first look deal in place with Kevin Costner.

About Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Jason Blum, is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release. Since its launch, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly profitable Paranormal ActivityInsidiousThe Purge and Sinister franchises. For television, Blumhouse is working on both scripted and non-scripted shows including projects for Syfy, HBO (The Normal Heart) and MTV (Eye Candy). Blumhouse previously executive produced Stranded for Syfy and The River for ABC and has a first look deal with Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One. Blumhouse’s The Purge, its first production under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, opened to more than $34 million on its opening weekend with a budget of just $3 million. Insidious: Chapter Two from FilmDistrict, grossed over $41 million on its opening weekend with just a $5m budget. Blumhouse’s upcoming micro-budget wide releases include Oculus for Relativity, Jessabelle for Lionsgate, The Purge: Anarchy for Universal and Paranormal Activity 5 for Paramount.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has  over 30 television shows on  more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise,  the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise,, Now You See MeKevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert AffairsPsychPlaying HouseRoyal Pains and Suitsfor USA; DefianceDominion and Warehouse 13 for Syfy, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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Tricia Helfer To Star In SyFy Event Series Ascension

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SyFy has announced that Tricia Helfer, of BSG, will star in their upcoming new six-hour event series, Asension.

See full details below.

 

Press Release

TRICIA HELFER (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) WILL STAR IN NEW SYFY ORIGINAL EVENT SERIES ASCENSION

 

NEW YORK – April 30, 2014 – Syfy today announced that Tricia Helfer, who played the humanoid Cylon “Number Six” in the iconic award-winning series Battlestar Galactica, will star in the channel’s new original, six hour event series Ascension.

Helfer will play the beautiful, manipulative and dangerous “Viondra Denniger.” Viondra regards herself as a not-so-secret power broker aboard the Ascension. As the Captain’s wife, Viondra is afforded a position of power and privilege, which she leverages as the Ship’s Chief Steward.

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

Ascension is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, QC by Sea To Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum (StrandedThe River, film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) and Mark Stern are Executive Producers on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Ascension is slated to launch in November 2014 and air through December.

Best known to TV audiences for her Leo Award-winning performance in Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica, Helfer recently toplined ABC’s drama Killer Women from Executive Producer Sofia Vergara.  Previously, Helfer starred in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Dark Blue for TNT and guest starred on the hit series Burn Notice and Two and a Half Men. Her other guest starring roles include ChuckLie To MeFranklin and BashHuman Target and Warehouse 13.  

About Sea To Sky Studios

Sea To Sky is a cross-border studio partnership between Lionsgate Television and Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films focusing on premium cable and network content for the US, Canadian and International markets. Sea To Sky has a number of high profile projects in development, including a continuing series based on the Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro novels by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, a limited event series of the events surrounding the John Paul Getty III kidnapping in 1973, and a Bret Easton Ellis television series adaptation of Jason Starr’s novel “The Follower.” Sea To Sky also has a first look deal in place with Kevin Costner.

About Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Jason Blum, is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release. Since its launch, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly profitable Paranormal ActivityInsidiousThe Purge and Sinister franchises. For television, Blumhouse is working on both scripted and non-scripted shows including projects for Syfy, HBO (The Normal Heart) and MTV (Eye Candy). Blumhouse previously executive produced Stranded for Syfy and The River for ABC and has a first look deal with Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One. Blumhouse’s The Purge, its first production under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, opened to more than $34 million on its opening weekend with a budget of just $3 million. Insidious: Chapter Two from FilmDistrict, grossed over $41 million on its opening weekend with just a $5m budget. Blumhouse’s upcoming micro-budget wide releases include Oculus for Relativity, Jessabelle for Lionsgate, The Purge: Anarchy for Universal and Paranormal Activity 5 for Paramount.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men andNurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching FireA Madea ChristmasNow You See MeKevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert AffairsPsychPlaying HouseRoyal Pains and Suitsfor USA; Defiance and Warehouse 13 for Syfy, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)