Syfy announced its intent to get back into the space opera game a while back, and the network is making good on that promise with the 10-episode thriller The Expanse. Based on the the sci-fi book series from James S. A. Corey (the pen name of collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), the drama will launch with a special two-night premiere in December, Syfy announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
The series, which Syfy is calling its most ambitious series in network history, is set 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the entire solar system. It follows a detective (Thomas Jane, Hung) and a rogue ship's captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) as they race across space in search of a missing young woman, a mission that has the potential to expose "the greatest conspiracy in human history."
Interested parties should mark their calendars for Monday, December 14 at 10pm, when the epic series will kick things off. The drama will pick up again on Tuesday, December 15 at 10pm, and new episodes will air every Tuesday at 10pm for the remainder of the season.
The network also announced a premiere date for its adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s acclaimed science fiction novel Childhood's End. The six-hour event series will debut at 8pm on Monday, December 14 and lead into the premiere of The Expanse. It will air two-hour installments over three consecutive nights.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Childhood’s End follows a peaceful invasion of Earth in which the alien invaders promise to eliminate the world's poverty, war, and sickness, thus ushering in a golden age of peace, health, and security for all of humankind. Let's just say that someone somewhere was lying, and that when the truth about the invaders' intentions are revealed, shit gets real.
Adapted for television by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars) and executive produced by Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor) and Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), the series stars Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Daisy Betts (The Last Resort), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Osy Ikhile (The Fear), and Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
Will you watch The Expanse? Are you excited for Childhood's End?