Syfy's New Thriller 'Helix' From Ronald D. Moore Begins Production in Montreal

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July 31st, 2013

HELIX START OF PRODUCTION

via press release:

SYFY’S NEW SCRIPTED THRILLER HELIX FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RONALD D. MOORE (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION BEGINS PRODUCTION IN MONTREAL WITH FINAL CAST SET

BILLY CAMBPELL, HIROYUKI SANADA, KYRA ZAGORSKY, MARK GHANIMÉ AND JORDAN HAYES STAR, WITH MEEGWUN FAIRBROTHER, CATHERINE LEMIEUX AND NEIL NAPIER ROUNDING MAIN CAST

JEFFREY REINER (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) HELMING PREMIERE EPISODE

NEW YORK – July 31, 2013 – Syfy’s newest original scripted series Helix from Sony Pictures Television began production this past weekend in Montreal, Canada. The 13-episode drama is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact). Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as a Co-Executive Producer.

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 may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.  However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential “hot zone” at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.

Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse) as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner is directing the premiere episode of Helix. Reiner directed multiple episodes of notable television series such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning Friday Night Lights, Awake and The Event. Reiner previously worked with Syfy directing the 90-minute pilot of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 
  • Meanie

    This has the potential to be good, also seeing the people working behind the scenes. This could be a hit for SyFy.

    *Sidenote* I think what Syfy should do is invest more on Genre novels or comic books and turn them into TV series ex:(The Walking Dead, Games of Thrones). Just my opinion since comic books/Genre novels already have a following and could prob pay off.

  • MichaelChickless

    I’m holding out for Double Helix.

  • MichaelChickless

    I’m getting blocked trying to post in other articles. ACK!

  • cimmer

    I wish Syfy would invest in genre work. I’ve said before that I don’t know why Syfy didn’t produce The Walking Dead or why we’re not getting shows like Orphan Black on Syfy (if they’re going to buy from other companies why not buy stuff like that or In the Flesh?). The problem seems to be that Syfy squeezes a penny until it squeaks but then it also throws money at the oddest items. Helix sounds interesting but I just don’t trust Syfy’s quality control anymore so I’ll take a wait and see approach. I think it’s less a question of not having the cash as not having the will from the top on down. Hard to be a network that hypes Sharknado and shows like Helix, it’s a tricky dance.

  • MichaelChickless

    Do site admins ever read these comments?

  • USAmerica1st

    If Ron D. Moore is involved, deal me in. @ciimmer, Syfy is also involved in too much reality TV. Defiance and Haven are winners among the dramas.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Nothing says SciFi like filming in Canada. ;-)

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