Syfy Reunites with 'Battlestar Galactica's" Ronald D. Moore, Greenlights 'Helix' for 2013

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March 7th, 2013

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via press release:

SYFY REUNITES WITH RONALD D. MOORE GREENLIGHTS NEW SCRIPTED SERIES HELIX FROM SONY PICTURES TELEVISION FOR 2013

 

MOORE AND LYNDA OBST SERVE AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

 

NEW YORK – March 7, 2013 – Syfy is giving a 13-episode greenlight to Helix (working title), its newest original scripted series for 2013, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Helix is Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files) and Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producer. The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television.

 

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.

 

“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life,” said Mark Stern

 

Helix is expected to begin production early in 2013 to debut later this year.

 

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre including comedy, drama and reality series, telefilms and theatrical releases, for every platform.  SPT is a leader in local language production around the world with 18 production companies outside the US, and also sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries.  SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds, which are available in 159 countries reaching more than 800 million households.  Additionally, SPT owns multiplatform video service Crackle and is a part owner of GSN, 3net, FEARnet, and ITN Networks, Inc.

 

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 more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 
  • cimmer

    Hmmm, sounds interesting. I love the PR wording though “the newest original scripted series for 2013″ like Syfy’s been rolling out a bunch of scripted series every year like clockwork. (Yes I know they’ve been buying shows second hand from other countries but you know what I mean. lol)

  • merrranga

    k, let’s see… Ron’s 1st series aired in full. 2nd was cancelled after 3/4 of a season. 3rd cancelled before airing 1st ep. my guess is this gets cancelled 3 hours from now.

  • WillyWonka

    Something tells me that wrestling and ghost hunting reality shows didn’t impress their subscribers, and now we are seeing a return to actual sci-fi on syfy with this and Defiance coming up.

  • Shepherd

    While I appreciate Syfy’s attempt to rebuild their image as the place for scifi; if Defiance isn’t a monster hit, which I hope it is, I’m not sure how successful they will be at luring back fans who have chosen to get their scifi fix elsewhere.

    This one also sounds interesting and I hope it does well.

    On another note: I’ve never actually heard of Lynda Obst, but anyone who had anything to do with Contact, or Sleepless in Seattle for that matter, has absolutely NO business being the Executive Producer on any science fiction series. No offense to Lynda, but I smell melodramatic soap opera.

  • Shepherd

    @WillyWonka

    Something tells me that wrestling and ghost hunting reality shows didn’t impress their subscribers, and now we are seeing a return to actual sci-fi on syfy with this and Defiance coming up.

    Agreed. At least I hope this is what we are seeing.

  • Oliver

    @Shepherd

    On another note: I’ve never actually heard of Lynda Obst, but anyone who had anything to do with Contact, or Sleepless in Seattle for that matter, has absolutely NO business being the Executive Producer on any science fiction series. No offense to Lynda, but I smell melodramatic soap opera.

    I imagine you’re pissed about the creator of Felicity doing Star Trek and Star Wars.

  • Shepherd

    @Oliver

    Never heard of Felicity, and I definitely don’t know who you are referring to. I’m not really a big fan of Star Wars, although I’ll admit that episode 4 was the first Beta tape we owned, and me and my brothers literally watched it until the tape wore out (it was subtle, but everything started to move in slow motion after a few hundred times through the machine). If this person is responsible for some of the melodrama that plagued DS-9, I would agree that they made a bad decision, but why would I be angry?

  • Kyle7

    @Shepherd: J.J. Abrams’ (episode VII’s director) first show was Felicity, which was a WB drama about a college girl.

    @kerranga: “k, let’s see… Ron’s 1st series aired in full. 2nd was cancelled after 3/4 of a season. 3rd cancelled before airing 1st ep. my guess is this gets cancelled 3 hours from now.”

    And they’ve just canceled his 5th, before he even thought of it.

  • tv#1

    This show sounds like it will be great. I loved BSG, so I am sure I will love this. I can’t wait to see it. I am a bit surprised it will be making it to the air so soon though. I would think that it would take until 2014 to really get this show going, but whenever it does premiere I will be watching it.

  • merrranga

    @Myle7

    indeed, sir. after that, Moore will just say “hey, ya know what woul– ah, nevermind.”

  • PurpleDrazi

    Wait….is SyFy actually interested in a Science Fiction show? Stop the presses!!!

  • Leoben Conoy

    and I am sure it will be cancelled after 1 season

    TOTAL PASS

    go F yourself Syfy

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