Thursday, March 12, 2015

Syfy Renews '12 Monkeys' for Season 2

Syfy announced today a second season renewal for drama 12 Monkeys starring Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull. The first season ends on April 10, with the second season set to debut in 2016.

With Natalie Chaidez prepping her next Syfy drama (Hunters), Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett - co-executive producers and writers of the pilot - will be stepping up to serve as showrunners on the second season. Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will continue to executive produce, with Jake Kurily producing.

12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo and Noah Bean, with guest stars Emily Hampshire, Barbara Sukowa and Tom Noonan. Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment produce.

Currently in its first season, 12 Monkeys is experiencing record Live+3 lifts for the network (averaging gains of 104%). The renewal also comes as the series continues to gain momentum, with its most recent episode on March 6 seeing an increase of 6% over the prior four weeks, with 1.5 million total viewers.

"We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned," said Dave Howe, Syfy President. "The talent both on and off-screen have delivered a series that has us all on the edge of our seats, providing exactly the smart, exciting storytelling Syfy is known for."

Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, Universal Cable Entertainment, added, "12 Monkeys is a show that has exceeded expectations at every stage. It's had a great first season creatively, and is building a dedicated audience. We can't wait to see where - and when! - Terry and Travis will take us next."