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Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for Defiance, Dominion, Sharknado 3 and More

April 23, 2015

Syfy Sets Premiere Date for Defiance

Syfy is giving you fair warning: This summer will bring about an alien siege, an angelic war and even more sharks falling from the heavens. The cable network has released its summer premiere dates
, which include the return of fan favorites like Defiance.

Defiance‘s third season will bow with a two-hour opener on Friday, June 12, at 8/7c, followed by the new amnesiacs-on-a-broken-down-spaceship drama Dark Matter at 10 pm. The next week, following a regular episode of Defiance, the galactic bounty-hunter drama Killjoys joins the lineup at 9 pm.

Source: TVLine

September 25, 2014

Defiance Renewed By Syfy

Defiance has been picked up for a 13-episode third season, with Kevin Murphy back as executive producer/showrunner. Dominion has also been renewed, renewed for a second season which will contain 13 episodes.

Dominion launched in June to 2 million total viewers and 805K adults 18-49. It was paired with the second season premiere of Defiance, which also drew 2 million total viewers and 776K Adults 18-49. Dominion will be followed by a slew of other new series and miniseries greenlighted by Syfy’s new regime, including Ascension, The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Killjoys, and Childhood’s End. Syfy also recently greenlighted the pilot The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s book trilogy.


Source: Deadline

July 19, 2014


Defiance Ratings Up And Steady after Episode Two Dip


For a while it did not looked like Defiance would have a bright future but last few weeks Syfy Sci-fi Series has remained steady with an 0.5 rating. Last week numbers were about the same as last Thursdays' episode. Last week it was a 0.5 rating with 1.69 total million viewers, this week it almost had the same numbers. (0.5/1.64).


This is good news after the second episode it looked like this could be it's final season but if the ratings keep steady at 0.5 we probably will see a third season! Please viewers, keep watching, give Syfy enough confidence to renew Defiance once again!


Source: tvbythenumbers.zap2it


June 29, 2014


Second Episode Defiance sees HUGE Ratings Drop!


Last week we were euphoric about the strong numbers of the first episode of season two after almost a year absense. Unfortunately only a week later Syfy's Defiance sees a huge drop in ratings. Last week it had 2 million viewers, this week it dropped to a 1.43 million viewers with a 0.4 rating. The new fantasy series Dominion did not do much better (1.45 m & 0.4). I personally enjoyed the first episode of Defiance season two and I got the feeling I wasn't the only one but once again a lot of sci-fi fans apparently did not like it and did not bother coming back for episode two. When Defiance gets cancelled in a few months people start blaming Syfy again. I'm not saying Defiance is the best TV series out there but as a sci-fi fan I'm willing to give the creators the benefit of the doubt and see what they've come up with in season two. 


Syfy is really trying to get back to sci-fi, with the miniseries Ascension this November and next year not one but two regular TV series in space! Killjoys and The Expanse. But if the viewers stay away, even after only one episode, I don't think Syfy will continue to produce more expensive TV series when even sci-fi fans don't bother to check them out. Of course it's only episode two but history teaches us that it's hard to bounce back from such a huge drop. If ratings continue to be low, it could well be that Syfy again moves away from trying to create real sci-fi which would really suck!.


Source: ByTheNumbers

Syfy's New Epic Supernatural Drama Series 'Dominion' and Returning 'Defiance' Score Strong Premieres

June 21, 2014



Syfy's New Epic Supernatural Drama Series 'Dominion' and Returning 'Defiance' Score Strong Premieres




NEW YORK – June 20, 2014 – Successfully establishing a potent Thursday night original scripted programming block, the premieres of Syfy’s new epic Supernatural drama series Dominion and the second season return of the popular series Defiance each delivered two million total viewers during their June 19 premieres.


In its 9-10:24PM (ET/PT) time period, Dominion averaged 805K Adults 18-49 and 935K Adults 25-54. Compared to all ad supported cable scripted drama series premieres year to date, Dominion ranks #4 in L+SD rating among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, and #2 among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.


Dominion saw more tweets than recent scripted series premieres of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, A&E’s Those Who Kill First and TNT’s Murder in the First.


Kicking off the night at 8PM (ET/PT) with its Season 2 premiere, Defiance delivered 776K Adults 18-49 and 948K Adults 25-54.


Season two of Defiance stars Grant Bowler stars as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley. New this season are James Murray as Mayor Pottinger, William Atherton as high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado and Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier and documentarian Jessica “Berlin” Rainier. Linda Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Greene) and mother to their three children. Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for Season 2 and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) directed the Season 2 opener.


Source: TV By The Numbers

May 21, 2014


New Season TWO Defiance Pictures

Defiance Books Linda Hamilton for Season 2

April 9, 2014


Defiance Books Linda Hamilton for Season 2


A mysterious new resident has big plans to shake up Defiance in Season 2. TV vet Linda Hamilton will guest-star in the second season of the Syfy drama as Pilar McCawley, the estranged wife of Graham Greene’s Rafe, Entertainment Weekly reports.


Executive producer Kevin Murphy promises Hamilton’s character will “simultaneously make you cry and scare the crap out of you.” Hamilton’s recent TV credits include roles in Lost Girl, Chuck and Weeds. She also played Catherine Chandler in the original Beauty and the Beast series. As TVLine previously reported, William Atherton (Die Hard) will also guest-star in Season 2 as E-Rep official Viceroy Mercado, while Anna Hopkins (Nikita) will play a soldier named Jessica “Berlin” Rai.


Defiance‘s second season premieres June 19 at 8/7c on Syfy.


Source: TVLine

Defiance premiere date

March 27, 2014


Premiere Set for Defiance Return plus Webisodes!


It's been awhile since we'ver had something new to report about Defiance but today Syfy announced the premiere date for Defiance and this is June 19. Last year Defiance premiered on April 15 so it has been a while since we've seen new episodes. I myself am currently re-watching the first season on blu-ray to prepare for the second season. as you can see below there will be some new faces arriving in Defiance, James Murray (Primeval), William Atherton (Die Hard) and Anna Hopkins (Nikita).


As I said, it's been awhile and I am really hoping Defiance is gonna be better that it's first season, which was okay, I enjoyed it but I thought it could have had some bigger stories, instead of those internal town stories. Defiance is one of the few real sci-fi left on TV, although not space oriented, it's real sci-fi IMO, so we need to hold on to those very few.


Update: Starting today Syfy is gonna run a five webisodes which should fill the gap between the first and second season. The webseries is dubbed Defiance: The Lost Ones, each minisode will be 3-5 minutes.  The entire run will go live at today, then be available Monday via the Syfy On Demand service.  The Huffington Post has a clip from the first episode of The Lost Ones, which you can check by clicking on the link


Source: TVLine & Blastr

Anna Hopkins & William Atherton Join Defiance season 2

September 6, 2013


Defiance Season 2 Adds Die Hard Menace — Plus: New Love Triangle Ahead


Earth Republic of Syfy’s Defiance has further fortified itself for Season 2, with a pair of new castings.TVLine has learned exclusively that Die Hardfranchise alum William Atherton will fill the role of E-Rep official Viceroy Mercado aka Major Pottinger’s commanding officer. Described as ruthless, sarcastic and fond of peppering his sentences with “old Earth” references, Mercado is harboring a dark secret that would shock both his colleagues and the speople of Defiance.


Also boarding the show’s sophomore run is Anna Hopkins as Jessica “Berlin” Rai, a soldier and documentarian who makes propaganda films that shine a positive light on E-Rep’s occupation of Defiance. Watch for this tough, fearless lass to form the center of a passionate love triangle.


When Defiance opens Season 2 in June 2014, E-Rep has assumed control of the titular town with far-reaching consequences — including a new mayor — while Nolan is traversing the badlands to find Irisa, Amanda assumes an unexpected role as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire.



August 1, 2013


Defiance Installs Primeval Vet as New [Spoiler]


British actor James Murray, whose TV credits include PrimevalKröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (as Ralph Longshaft) and CBS’ short-lived Chaos, is joining Syfy’s Defiance in the new series regular role of Niles Pottinger.


Hailing from the UK (which was devastated during the Pale Wars), Niles is appointed Defiance’s provisional mayor by E-Rep — probably because Datak has either gone on the lam after killing the military conglom’s Colonel Marsh, or because he gets caught.


Niles is described as a man who has transcended his working class roots to appreciate the finer things in life — all while exhibiting a rock star’s charisma. And the next “finer thing” he obsessively sets his sights on is none other than ex-mayor Amanda (played by Julie Benz). Smart man. Defiance is set to launch its 13-episode sophomore run in June 2014.


Source: TVLIne



July 23, 2013


Defiance - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013] 


Release date [US/Canada] October 15


Released in July 2013 already in Europe: UK, Germany and France, today it is announced that Defiance will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in North America. And this will happen this year, in the fall. In most cases a tv series will be released in North America just before the broacast of the following season, not now, it will be about 8 months before it's season 2 release which is somewhere in June 2014.


It will have the same extra's as the European release, it almost has the same cover although the UK release unfortunatelty is an unnecassary thick box, as thick as two standard Blu-Ray boxes. One obvious difference apparently, the North American release will consist of 3 discs while the UK release has 4 disc. The North American release will have English subtitles and UltraViolet digital versions of the 12 episodes, like the European release.

July 9, 2013


Syfy's Defiance won't Return for another 11 months!


Last night, the hit series wrapped up its first run of episodes on Syfy with a number of huge developments, including a political shift, a few deaths and a pretty shocking conclusion. Now the long wait begins for the show's second season, and while you can certainly fill time by playing the Defiance tie-in game, you've also now got at least a rough date to circle on your calendar in preparation for season two. Here's when Syfy says the series will be back.


This really sucks, 11 months! Does Syfy wants it to fail, don't understand why they would do this. Hasn't it been proven over the years that tv shows how are gone too long, don't make it!


Source: Blastr

May 17, 2013


Defiance - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]


Release date [UK] July 15, 2013

Release date [GER] July 18, 2013

Release date [FRA] July 18, 2013


While browsing through I find this remarkable release! Not so much the fact that it's Defiance, although Syfy is not consistent with it's tv series regarding blu-ray releases, but more the release date! In 2 months Defiance will be released on Blu-Ray (and DVD) in the UK! This is how should always be, right after the last episode, not 1 week before the new season. What's even more great is that this is a region free release, if the fans from North America don't wanna wait...they can purchase it also in the UK. No word yet about the extras and the subtitles but since it's a Universal release, it's very probable it at least contains English subs. Will update as soon as I know more.



May 11, 2013


Syfy Renewes Defiance for Season 2!


This news should fill Defiance fans with much deto: Syfy has renewed the series for Season 2. Production on the new 13-episode cycle will begin in August in Toronto, with an eye on a 2014 premiere. The audience for Defiance‘s April 15 premiere was the second largest in Syfy history in the coveted 18-49 demo, while the companion videogame has amassed more than 1 million registered accounts after launching on three platforms simultaneously.


Source: TVLine


May 10, 2013


Defiance Stabilizes with it's ratings, Warehouse also but probably not enough for new Season!


The 4th episode of Defiance did loose a few viewers but only a few, this week 2.15 million people watched, last week this was 2.29 million. And it had the same share as last week, 0.8 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD) share on the 9 pm broadcast. So this does look okay for Defiance, a second season becomes more and more a possibility.


For Warehouse 13 I do not share the same optimism, although the viewes in million increaded slighty, 1.28 million over 1.07 but the it had the same share like last week, 0.5 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD) share on the 10 pm broadcast. I fear this won't be enough for a fifth season. It is of course not yet over but if it does not change for the better soon, I think Warehouse 13 will be cancelled.


Source: TVByTheNumbers

May 1, 2013


Continued Strong Ratings Defiance, Warehouse 13 Disappoints!


Also with it's third episode Defiance held it's own fairly well! Still down from the second and the first episode but still impressive. It had a 0.8 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD) share on the 9 pm broadcast with a total of 2.29 million viewers where it was last week 2.40 million. This nothing new, ratings always drop after the pilot, of course the erosion has to stop at some point, if Defiance can keep up this level, I think a season 2 is a distinct possibility.


Unfortunately Warehouse 13 did not so good with it's return, it had a 0.5 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD) share on the 10 pm broadcast with a total of 1.07 million viewers. What has to be said here is that the episode was released online by Syfy two weeks ago already so a lot of fans probably already seen it, so this could be a reason why the rating were a bit disappointing.


Source: TVByTheNumbers

April 24, 2013


Defiance Stays Strong With Second Episode!


The second episode of Defiance, “Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go”, stayed strong for Syfy, with 2.4 million total viewers and 1.11 million Adults 25-54 and 1.06 million Adults 18-49 for the initial showing, making it the #1 cable drama in both demos for the time period.


It lost only a bit after its premiere of 2.7 million total/1.3 million 18-49, but the show picked up in the DVR and repeat showings, rising up to 3.5 million total/1.77 million 18-49. Next week expect Defiance and Warehouse 13 to feed off each other, as the latter returns for the second half of Season four in the 10/9c slot right after Defiance.


Source: scifistorm

April 16, 2013


Defiance Opens Strong, Delivers Syfy's Highest-Rated Scripted Premiere Since 2006!


Here’s something to dance in slow motion about: Syfy’s Defiance on Monday night gave the cabler its highest-rated scripted series premiere since Eureka’s July 2006 bow, drawing 1.3 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo.


In total viewers, Defiance delivered 2.7 million, marking Syfy’s biggest premiere audience sinceWarehouse 13 opened its doors in July 2009. Defiance, which launched with a two-hour premiere, airs Mondays at 9/8c. Starting April 29, Warehouse 13‘s Season 4.5 will lead out of it, at 10 pm.


This is really good news, a strong opening, of course it is only the pilot, but also a lot of positive comments about the pilot! Is sci-fi finally back on track?!


Source: TVLine

February 2, 2013


Defiance | Coming To Syfy This April in the US as well as the UK!


Syfy has secured the UK premiere of Defiance, the epic new fantasy sci-fi drama. The series will make its UK debut on Tuesday, April 16th, 24 hours after its US launch.


Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa),Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley) andMia Kirshner (Kenya). 


The series, produced by Universal Cable Productions, is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica; Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica).  Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series.


Source: Syfy

January 7, 2012


When will Defiance Premiere?


One of Syfy's biggest shows coming out this year is Defiance, an epic tale set on alien-occupied Earth. Now we finally know when we'll get to see it. The series, developed by Farscape mastermind Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy (Caprica) and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica), will premiere with a two-hour pilot on Monday, April 15, at 9 p.m. The first season will consist of 12 episodes (making a total of 13 hours, including the two-hour premiere).


Source: Blastr

October 10, 2012


Canada’s Showcase picks up Defiance


In a switch of recent acquisitions of Canadian productions by Syfy, Canada’s Shaw Media announced today that they have acquired the Syfy/Trion Worlds production Defiance, to air on Showcase.


Defiance is nearing the end of filming of its first season, with it set to air in April on Syfy, with Showcase likely airing it around the same time. Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky).


Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet transformed by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a “AAA” console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.



Brittany Allen
Brittany Allen

Augustus 24, 2012

Brittany Allen gets recurring role in Syfy’s Defiance


Emmy-winning actress Brittany Allen (All My Children) has been cast in a recurring role in Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance. Allen will play Tirra, a troubled employee of the town madam, Kenya (Mia Kirshner). When she and Kenya are abducted as a result of Tirra’s dangerous inclinations, the two build an unlikely bond as they are launched into a terrifying fight for survival in alien badlands.



July 17, 2012

Defiance Panel - Comic-Con 2012

April 26, 2012

Syfy’s Defiance begins production in Toronto

Syfy announced today that Defiance, it’s most ambitious “transmedia” project so far – a scripted series that crosses over with a massively-multiplayer online game – began production in Toronto, Ontario.


DefianceTM, the revolutionary transmedia event launching in Spring 2013, has commenced production on the series pilot in Toronto, ON. An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and Massive Multiplayer Online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist on both platforms.

Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky).

The cast also features Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Justin Rains as Quentin McCawley, Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley, Dewshane Williams as Tommy and Peter MacNeill as Clancy.


The pilot is directed by Scott Stewart (LegionPriest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate HousewivesCapricaHellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.


Other mavens rounding out the first-rate production team and lending their creative prowess to the ambitious project are visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel (Battlestar Galactica,Caprica), alien language and culture consultant David J. Peterson (Game of Thrones), music supervisor Bear McCreary (The Walking DeadBattlestar Galactica), writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson (Falling SkiesBattlestar Galactica) and three-time Oscar-winning costume supervisor Colleen Atwood (Alice in WonderlandChicagoMemoirs of a GeishaEdward Scissorhands).


Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future,Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

April 21, 2012

Mia Kirshner And Fionnula Flanagan Join Defiance



Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries, The L Word) and Fionnula Flanagan (Lost) have joined the cast of Syfy’s new drama series Defiance. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. It centers on Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler), the law-keeper in bustling frontier boomtown Defiance that is one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Kirshner will play Kenya, the self-assured, dauntless town madam whose unvarying devotion to the town of Defiance has inexorably woven her into many of its complicated affairs. Flanagan will portray Nicky, the popular ex-mayor of the town whose intrinsic expertise from her years on the job have made her a trusted mentor to her successor, Amanda (Julie Benz). Defiance was developed concurrently with an online video game. It is slated to begin production on the pilot this month in Toronto.


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Everything we know about groundbreaking new Syfy series Defiance!
























With Battlestar Galactica and Lost now distant memories, there is a gaping hole in the  "epic sci-fi" category on television. Enter Syfy's Defiance.


The television series is being developed in conjunction with a massively multiplayer online game, and the two will be launched simultaneously. They'll be connected by the same overall storyline, to the point that events from the show will play a part in the game, and vice versa.


Here's everything we know about it so far:


What is it?

Defiance is set on a future Earth ravaged by war, and will feature human and alien cultures attempting to rebuild civilization in a post-terraformed Earth. If done well, the premise has the potential for politics, action, love and all the great aspects of amazing television.

Both the game and show will take place in the same universe, with the TV action set in a mining boom town outside St. Louis, Missouri, while the videogame will follow a cast of characters in California.


The television series is being developed by Syfy (obviously) and will air on the cable network. The videogame side is being handled by Trion Worlds, and the game is being developed for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Though the project is still in development, a demo showed off at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) generated a good bit of buzz and won the Best of Show award in the MMORPG category.


Who's writing it?


The show comes from a solid stable of writers, highlighted by Farscape creator Rockne O'Bannon.Farscape was a seminal work of modern science fiction, and I'm sure fans are psyched to see what he can do in this setting. Kevin Murphy (Caprica) is attached as showrunner, along with writer Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and director Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest). Each of them comes with a very solid background in sci-fi TV.


Who's starring in it?

This is where the real fun begins. The recently announced cast is a veritable who's who of sci-fi stars, with everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Warehouse 13 represented.

Julie Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, No Ordinary Family), Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution, Gladiator), Grant Bowler (True Blood) and Stephanie Leonidas. Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, mayor of a mining town barely clinging to the rule of law.


Bowler plays Nolan, a current law-keeper and former Marine who fought in the alien war and lost his wife and child along the way.


Leonidas plays Irisa, a beautiful alien warrior of the Irathients race, who was adopted by Nolan (Bowler) after he killed her criminal father.


Curran plays Datak Tarr, a cunning member of the Castithans alien race, who schemed his way onto an ark ship to escape his own planet's destruction.


Murray plays Datak's cunning wife Stahma, a powerful Castithan before her home planet was destroyed.


Greene plays Rafe McCawley, a rich man who has to play politics to stay that way.


The character descriptions are definitely intriguing, and there seem to be quite a few threads to mine for all kinds of drama once this show finally arrives.

Syfy hasn't released an air date for the show or a publication date for the game, but new announcements about casting are coming fast and furious, so there's definitely a lot of activity going on. In the meantime, there is a preliminary trailer for the game that looks pretty awesome.


In het najaar brengt SyFy de serie Defiance op de buis, een apocalyptische serie die series als Battlestar Galactica en Lost moet gaan opvolgen wat betreft "epic sci-fi", en dat is alweer even geleden dat we uit konden zien naar zo'n serie! Hierboven kun je in het Engels lezen wat er tot nu toe bekend is over deze nieuwe serie, waar gaat het over, wie spelen de hoofdrollen, wie maakt de serie, wie zijn de schrijvers enz.


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The Cast
The Cast

March 10, 2012

Julie Benz back to Sci-Fi as female lead in the upcoming show : Defiance

Julie Benz female lead in Defiance
Julie Benz female lead in Defiance


Julie Benz is returning to sci-fi as the female lead in the jointly developing Syfy series and Trion Worlds game Defiance. The show and online game are set in the future on a war-ravaged Earth where humans and aliens live together. We told you back in January that Grant Bowler (Captain Gault in Lost and Cooter, leader of the werewolf biker gang in True Blood) had been cast as the male lead, boomtown lawman Jeb Nolan. Ms. Benz will be playing Amanda Rosewater, the newly appointed mayor of the town.


Deadline also reports that Tony Curran  (Vincent Van Gogh in Doctor Who), Stephanie Leonidas, and Jamie Murray (H.G. Wells in Warehouse 13) have also been cast in the series. Leonidas will play Irisa, an Irathient warrior and adopted daughter of Nolan; Curran will play Datak Tarr, a Castithan; and Murray will play Datak’s wife.


Now don’t panic, all of you who join us in fervently wishing for an H.G. Wells spinoff from Warehouse 13. The last word from W13 showrunner Jack Kenny is that the W13 spinoff was in the very early days of discussion. Syfy is very good about cross-casting actors who work in their shows, so the fact that Jamie Murray has been cast in a Syfy series does not mean that the spinoff is off.


Penned and executive produced by legendary sci-fi TV writer Rockne S. O’Bannon, (Warehouse 13, Alien Nation, seaQuest DSV and Farscape), Defiance will be directed byScott Stewart (Legion, Priest). It is slated to commence production April 2012 in Toronto.

 Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a world where humans and aliens must learn to live together on an exotic new Earth that has been transformed by alien terra-forming machines.


Bowler plays Jeb Nolan, the law keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Nolan is a former Marine who fought in the alien conflict and suffered the loss of his wife and child in the war. The trauma transformed him into a lone wanderer in the wilds of this new and dangerous world, bringing him to the town where his peacekeeping skills make him a valuable addition this new community.

The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe, evolving together over time to tell an overall story that is more powerful together.


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January 19, 2012

SyFy's Futuristic 'Defiance' starring Grant Bowler

The project is a live-action drama, written/executive produced by Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon, which was developed concurrently with an online video game by Trion. “Grant’s charismatic charm and his depth as an actor make him the perfect anchor as we build the ensemble for this sweeping adventure series,” said Syfy’s president of original content Mark Stern.

Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of war and transformed by alien terra-forming machines. It centers on Jeb Nolan (Bowler), the law-keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Nolan is a former Marine who fought in the alien conflict and suffered the loss of his wife and child in the war. The trauma transformed him into a lone wanderer in the wilds of this new and dangerous world. Defiance seems to be blending Western and alien themes, something that last year’s feature Cowboys & Aliens attempted to do, but the series is set in the future. New Zealander Bowler is best known for his recurring roles as Vanessa Williams’ squeeze on Ugly Betty, as werewolf Cooter on True Blood and as Capt. Gault on Lost. Scott Stewart (Legion) is directing the series, which is slated to begin production April 2012 in Toronto. Universal Cable Prods is producing.


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    Thanks Panagiotis for the tip, I updated my post. :-)

  • #3

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Sunday, 29 June 2014 12:54)

    exactly the same happened with Stargate Universe and Caprica. It seems that part of the fans either want to see the same things again and again (as did both the stargate fans and BSG fans) or, simply, they don't now what they want. Defiance is not a great series but up to now it was a decent story and solid science fiction. Exactly what was so bad about the season premiere that led almost 600.000 people to abandon the series?
    On the other hand syfy must understand that a hiatus of almost a year is catastrophic.

  • #4

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Tuesday, 08 July 2014 20:03)

    The ratings of the 3d episode are just a little better 1.49. But they are still bery low especially for a rather expensive (at least for syfy) series. I'm afraid a third season is doubtful.

  • #5

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:14)

    for some reason you don't see the comments i send!

  • #6

    SF Series And Movies (Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:22)

    My sincere apologies Panagiotis, as I said last week somewhere on another page I am renovating at the moment @home, I spend little time behind the laptop thse days, hopefully this will be better next week when the renovating has been completed for the most part. I will be able to be more alert then I have been last few weeks

  • #7

    SF Series And Movies (Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:24)

    Regarding the ratings, I too fear there won't be a third season if the ratings keep at this level. And I also fear this will have a negative impact on other future sci-fi series on Syfy.

  • #8

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:48)

    An improvement for the 4th episode 1.69 and 0.5. So there is still hope

  • #9

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:53)

    That's good news! :-)

  • #10

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:55)

    I think I will write up a short post about it tomorrow.

  • #11

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Friday, 26 September 2014 13:38)

    i can not predict syfy's schedule but the renewance of both defiance and dominion perhaps means that neither expanse nor killjoys will be summer shows

  • #12

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:34)

    Really glad Defiance got renewed, to be honest, haven't watched Dominion yet.

  • #13

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Friday, 24 April 2015 14:09)

    Also on fridays! perhaps i'll check it allthough last season was too soap operatic for me.

  • #14

    SF Series and Movies (Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:36)

    Last year I read in an interview, if there is a season 4, it would be in space (tried to find the news item but unfortunately did not). I personally liked season two, did not mind the soap opera now and then, willing to see through that. Same with Defying Gravity, a lot of soap but also a lot of space, would have been six seasons in space, I could have gladly see past the soap opera. :-)

  • #15

    SF Series and Movies (Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:38)

    btw, I removed "Messengers". Not even going to try and watch it, really done with demons, vampires and such.

  • #16

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 25 April 2015 13:51)

    Sorry different opinion here! i couldn't watch defying gravity for more than 3 episodes. I love space but not as a setting for soap opera.

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