'Defiance' Renewed for Second Season by Syfy

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May 10th, 2013

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April 15 Premiere Second Largest Series in Network History


New York, NY – May 10, 2013 – Syfy has renewed its groundbreaking series Defiance, giving a 13-episode second season order to the critically acclaimed hit that has catapulted Syfy to the top cable drama spot in the time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays.  Season two of Defiance, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as the anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’s block of primetime original series.


Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming.  To date, the game has garnered more than 1 million registered accounts while making gaming history as the first online open world shooter to launch on three platforms simultaneously.  As the collaboration between show and game continue into a second season, players will have the opportunity to further influence the world of Defiance.


Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.


"Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort.  We couldn't ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds," said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. "We can't wait to see where they take us in the second season."


Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.


The audience for its April 15 premiere was the second largest series premiere in the network’s history among adults 18-49, making it the biggest in nearly nine years in that coveted demographic, based on Live +7 Data. The premiere also delivered almost 4 million viewers (3,834,000) and has quickly become Syfy’s highest-rated original series this year in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.  It has also received unprecedented attention as a transmedia event in partnership with Trion Worlds’ MMO game.  Airing Mondays at 9pm, Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

  • DW

    great fun show. its like what Roddenberry did with star trek. its a space western. glad there will be a second season.

  • John

    oh that’s great news!! I really liked the show and was waiting to see if it would get renewed. Thank God it did!!

  • Observer

    Is the first season 13 episodes too?

  • Bella Bellini

    Great news! It’s not the best SciFi show out there. But hopefully it will improve as time goes on.

  • EatMorePez

    Cue the haters . . . “Big mistake” “SyFy will regret this!” “It will get a 0.2 ratings next season”

  • Liz

    I wasn’t able to make it all the way through the pilot, but as a genre fan, I always like to see a sci-fi show make it past its first season.

    I’ll be keeping an ear open for word of mouth, and I’ll be happy to give it another chance if I hear it gets itself together.

  • Tom

    It’s too early to tell how Defiance will do. There’s a substantial back story that needs to be explained before everything starts to make sense. What the writers really need to avoid is using the post-apocalyptic surroundings as mere props for staging a conventional drama. Terra Nova never fully integrated its prehistoric setting into its storyline. It flopped because it became just another primetime soap with a few gadgets and some dinosaurs wandering around.

  • Wright

    Great news!!!

  • Bern

    Not the best scifi show but it’s still entertaining.

  • The End

    Did say on the Monday cable topic it’d be renewed soon.

  • Darren

    Seems like they almost had no choice due to how much they have sunk into it, but defiance suffers from bad writing, suspect acting, and VFX that looks like they came out in 1999. The show failed… and the numbers back it up. Hear that noise, that the sound of a dead horse being beaten.

  • Randy Carlson

    I do like this show and what ever I like on this channel they cancel. So I am glad I can enjoy it for another season

  • Steve

    Why “Defiance” has avoided exploring that substantial backstory so far is just a mystery to me.

  • Spellapeaka

    Great show and a great game, so excited for season 2 to see theinteraction between the 2 get more complex. So far, the show has gotten better with every episode and the game gets better with every level!

  • Meka Gojira

    @Steve…I think the fact that the back story is so substantial is the reason it hasn’t bee fleshed out yet. We are getting bits and pieces of the back story each week, but I think the focus right now is to establish the characters personalities and roles in the overall scheme of the show. Once we get to know them, I think it will help to establish the back story by showing how they changed and were affected (or lack thereof) by the past events in the Defiance universe. I agree Defiance is not the greatest show SyFy has has (would have much rather seen Blood and Chrome picked up), but any sci-fi is better than WWE or Ghost Hunters.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    I agree about the backstory thing. Falling Skies kind of had/has a similar problem.

  • tv#1

    Great news! I like this show. I will be very happy to have it back.

  • Tom

    I can only guess that the writers on “Defiance” are slowly disclosing the backstory to stretch their material. The downside to that is viewers might lose patience and stop watching. Amy Sherman used the same drawn out approach on “Bunheads” and it may have cost her the series. Anyway, I like what I’ve seen of ‘Defiance” so far.

  • cimmer

    @Darren I tend to agree with you. I think this was an example of too big to fail syndrome for Syfy – too much hype, too much money. I highly doubt that Syfy is happy with 0.8 but they’ll grit their teeth and make it work and hope for better. I don’t think they’re going to get better but I suspect that the game partnership will go a long way to keeping the show going on lower numbers. Now if the game doesn’t get better or more popular then they’ll be an issue.

  • psychic


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