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April 30, 2015

‘Helix’ Cancelled By Syfy After Two Seasons

After two seasons Helix has been cancelled. I think it barely got renewed for season two but that season two ratings dropped even further. Pity, I have to say I personally liked season two better than it's first but it's certainly not a surprise looking at the ratings, see also #BLOG Which one survives? Which ones survived (already)

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Syfy has cancelled its scripted drama Helix, a little more than two weeks after the series’ second-season finale on April 10.

From Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony TV, Helix focused on a team of scientists battling an Arctic outbreak that threatens mankind. Billy Campbell starred.

The thriller debuted to 1.82 million Live+SD total viewers. The premiere broke Syfy Live+3 records by gaining 64% in 18-49 to 1.2 million and 53% in total viewers. But its ratings dropped dramatically in the second season, down 59% in total viewers (560,000/0.2), and down 62% in the demo from Season 1.

Syfy’s ‘Helix’ Renewed For Second Season

March 28, 2014


Syfy’s ‘Helix’ Renewed For Second Season


Well that's at least one I predicted correct last weekend in my "Which One(s) Survive(s)" blog, Helix renewed for a second season with also 13 episodes. Great news, it's hard of enough for any kind of sci-fi to survive nowadays so I'm excited! See full post below:


Ahead of tonight’s Season 1 finale, Syfy announced it has picked up a 13-episode second season of scripted drama Helix, from Sony TV. Production will begin later this year with an eye toward a winter 2015 premiere. From creator/co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and executive producer Ron Moore, Helix stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky and Mark Ghanimé.


The thriller, about a team of scientists battling a mankind-threatening outbreak, debuted January 10 to 1.82 million Live+SD total viewers. The premiere broke Syfy L+3 records by gaining 64% in 18-49 to 1.2 million and 53% in total viewers. Since then, the series has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49.


“Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy,” said Bill McGoldrick, EVP Original Content. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama.


Helix is executive produced by Moore Steven Maeda who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst. The series is produced by Tall Ship Prods, Kaji Prods, and Lynda Obst Prods in association with Sony Pictures Television.


Source: deadline

Ratings: Helix Sets Syfy Records!

January 30, 2014


Ratings: Helix Sets Syfy Records!


While Helix might have been a bit soft at the start, it certainly appears to be picking up momentum. And with the shocking end of episode 4, it certainly seems to be making surges. Helix is setting DVR records for Syfy, leaping 82% among Adults 18-49 (1.34 million), 74% in Adults 25-54 (1.55 million) and 64% in total viewers (3.0 million) for the premiere on January 10 – the largest increases ever for a Syfy scripted series in L7 viewing.


Helix also rose 102% in Adults 18-34 (454K), while posting strong gains among women viewers, up 85% in Women 18-49 (541K), 73% in Women 25-54 (649K) and 232% in Women 18-34 (166K). The series also grew 81% among Men 18-49 (797K) and 75% in Men 25-54 (903K).


This almost seems to garantee a season two! I've seen the first 3 episodes and I have to say, like what I see till now

Source: scifistorm


December 18, 2013


Meet the Cast of Helix


On Friday, Jan. 10 at 10/9c, Syfy will raise the curtain on its latest original scripted series, Helix — and TVLine has an exclusive guide to “Who’s who” in this chilling thriller.


The premise: Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are deployed to a cutting-edge research facility nestled in the arctic, to investigate a possible outbreak. In addition to the deadly threat, extremely remote location and maze-like subterranean confines, for good measure there’s also personal drama at hand, seeing as Dr. Alan Farragut, the man leading the CDC effort, has complicated ties not just to a member of his team but also to someone at the research lab.


Pity Jeri Ryan isn't a regular, apparently she will do a multi-episode arc. Would have love to see her as a regular here. Below you see the characters of the new sci-fi series.


Source: DeadLine

November 6, 2013


Syfy’s Helix Gets Air Date!


Up until now we’ve only had little teases here and there for Helix, Syfy Channel’s next original drama coming in early 2014. Today we have the first full-length trailer, plus the official date for the series premiere! Helix will premiere on Friday, January 10, settling into the post-WWE time slot at 10/9c (where you will currently find Haven).


The show is created by Cameron Porsandeh and produced by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, and stars Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut — leader of a team from the Centers for Disease Control who investigate a potentially catastrophic outbreak at a remote Arctic research facility. Season One will be comprised of 13 episodes, which tell a single, self-contained story.


Looking forward to this one, only two more months till we can see this. Knowing Ronald D Moore's earlier work, this is gonna be very intruiging.



Jeri Ryan joins Syfy’s Helix

October 8, 2013


Jeri Ryan joins Syfy’s Helix


Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Body of Proof) is set to join Syfy’s newest original scripted series Helix for a multi-episode arc. Ryan joins a cast led by Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) on the 13-episode drama series, 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).


Ryan will portray the beautiful and charismatic Constance Sutton, the Chief Operating Officer of Ilaria Corporation, owner of Arctic Biosystems, the research facility where the series takes place. Charming and savvy, Sutton is used to getting her way at any cost.


Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility Arctic Biosystems, 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.


Source: Sci-Fi Storm


October 2, 2013


1st pics from Ron Moore's Syfy series Helix


After being teased for months, we finally have our first look at Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) new Syfy series, Helix. We’re going to go ahead and say it — that black ooze is some scary, scary stuff.


The first pics come courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, which has posted a small gallery of shots from the pilot episode. We finally get to see stars Billy Campbell (The 4400) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) in action, as they investigate a dangerous new pathogen at an arctic research facility.


Syfy ordered the project straight to series, meaning that Moore and company are hard at work now on the first 13-episode season. The story follows a team of CDC scientists at a high-tech research facility, where they encounter something that could hold the key to continued life (or annihilation) of the entire planet.


The new pics give us our first look at the visual style Moore is going for, as we get to see the team check out a victim of the mysterious black ooze at the center of the mystery. The stuff looks positively brutal, and we can’t wait to see more of what Moore is cooking up. See small gallery below:


Source: Blastr

July 19, 2013


Syfy's Helix Cast Grows


On the heels of casting The Killing‘s Billy Campbell as its male lead, Syfy’s new Helix series — from Battlestar boss Ronald D. Moore — has filled a few other roles. Hiroyuki Sanada (Revenge, Lost) will play Hiroshi Hitaki, the mastermind behind the arctic-based CDC research facility trying to manage a global outbreak, it was announced at Comic-Con, per The Hollywood Reporter.


Also, Smallville Kandorian Kyra Zagorsky has been cast as the cheating, estranged wife of Campbell’s character, while Mark Ghanime (Emily Owens M.D.) will play Balleseros, the U.S. military’s secret agenda-keeping liaison to the CDC.


Source: TVLine

July 18, 2013


Billy Campbell to Headline Syfy's Helix


The 4400 alum Billy Campbell is returning to the NBCU family, as the lead in Battlestar boss Ronald D. Moore’s Helix series for Syfy.


The thriller follows a team of Centers for Disease Control scientists who travel to the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak. Once there, they find themselves involved in a life-and-death struggle “that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”


Campbell will star as Dr. Alan Farragut, the team’s leader who is still reeling from the affair his wife had with his brother (who has been infected with a mysterious, fatal disease.Decisions!).


Source: TVLine

May 25, 2013


Twilight Saga: Eclipse director Slade to take on Helix


Deadline reports that David Slade, who directed The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will direct the premiere episode of Ronald Moore’s Helix for Syfy, which has been teased in recent weeks on the channel. Slade also directed the pilot of Awake and several episodes of Hannibal, where he also serves as executive producer.


Source: SciFiStorm

April 13, 2013


Ronald D. Moore explains why he's back on Syfy with Helix


Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore is finally coming back to television, to bring us Helix, a show set in an Arctic research facility, studying a plague that could wipe out our planet. So how much of Moore's scrapped script for The Thing wound up in there? And why isn't he doing another spaceship show? Click on the Link where you can find the video


March 8, 2013


BSG Creator Ron Moore gets Syfy Season order for Helix


Been wondering what Battlestar Galactica reboot co-creator and co-showrunner Ronald D. Moore has been doing since Caprica? Apparently, he’s been working on a new series, and also apparently it’s great, as it has been given a pass through the pilot stage and goes straight to series for Syfy.


The series is called Helix, and according to Deadline, who broke the news, it’s supposed to go into production in early 2013 – wait, isn’t that now? – and will hit our screens later this year. And the even better news? Steven Maeda will be the showrunner. He wrote four episodes in Season 2 of Lost, including “The Long Con,” and also wrote for Daybreak and The X-Files. The series is reportedly about a team of scientists who are investigating a disease outbreak up in the arctic circle and end up having to protect the world from annihilation. So, not unheard of, but imagine it coming from BSG and Lost writers. YES PLEASE.


Source: SciFiMafia

January 17, 2013


Ron Moore May Return to Syfy with Brand-new Series


Awesome news, everyone! It seems Ron Moore may be rekindling his love affair with Syfy. Rumor has it the network is finalizing a deal for a 13-episode series order on a dark thriller called Helix.


Moore and Syfy have somewhat been bed-buddies ever since they worked together on both the hugely successful rebooted Battlestar Galactica series and its prequel, Caprica. So, what's Helix about? According to Deadline, it's about "a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation."


The network is apparently ready to order a full-fledged 13-episode series and would skip the traditional let's-make-the-pilot-and-then-we'll-see format if they like it. Helix is from Sony Pictures TV, where Ron Moore is under an overall deal. If indeed picked up by Syfy, Moore's new project would debut later this year.


Source: Blastr

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:03)

    I have to admit i am not enthusiastic about this renewal. I'm rather disapointed from the series and i hoped that syfy will place something better in it's place. After all SGU had exactly the same ratings and was equally dvr'd but it was cancelled! But i suppose they didn't have anything else and after so many series cancellations and abandonment of projects "in development" syfy simply didn't have the luxury for one more cancellation. Ronald Moore said that the second season will be very different and let's hope it will be better.

  • #2

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:49)

    I do understand what you are saying, although I enjoyed the first 11 episodes, it's not directly a sci-fi show I know, but I found it to be entertaining. I also read R D Moore is planning on a totally different season two from the get go, really curious what he has in mind.

    Regarding the ratings, I was under the impression SGU's ratings were not good but better than helix's.

  • #3

    Panagiotis Karatasios (Saturday, 29 March 2014 15:00)

    After episode 8 i begun to get bored especially with the anana subplot which added nothing to the story. Episode 12 was the worst: beyond 6-7 minutes the rest of the episode was adding nothing to the story. well the finale was predictable (even in its twist) and rather. cliche

  • #4

    SF Series And Movies (Saturday, 29 March 2014 17:13)

    I will let u know how I feel about it when I'm done with season 1

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