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Syfy Orders 6-Hour Space Opera 'Ascension' for November

 

Syfy Orders Six-Hour Space Opera 'Ascension' for November

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n keeping up with just about every other network, Syfy took is joining the miniseries race, once again.

As championed by History, and now embraced by the likes of NBC, Discovery, Lifetime, and so far unsuccessfully by ABC, the miniseries framework will take to Syfy for the first time in five years with a six-hour space opera.

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the network has given the greenlight to ‘Ascension,’ a miniseries described as one part ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ one part ‘Downton Abbey.’ The story takes place aboard a century-long space shuttle journey where hundreds of men, women, and children secretly escaped Earth in 1963 amid the Cold War.

The action gets started 50 years into the mission, as a woman is murdered and the entire mission to colonize a new world is questioned.

The miniseries is written and created by Philip Levens of 'Smallville,' who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner. Like ‘Battlestar,’ there is always the potential that the six-hour event can spin off into a series.

This is all part of a concerted effort of the network to more towards more space-age drama and away from the cheesy B-movies like ‘Sharknado.’ That said, they are all set for the sequel to that social-media breaking mess of a spectacular.

Syfy has not aired a miniseries since 2009, when the network re-imagined the chronicles of a curious traveler in ‘Alice.’


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Written by: AnthonyWrites
Mar 14th, 2014, 6:49 am

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mike1616

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Message Posted On Mar 16th, 2014, 4:38 am

When SyFy really want to do a good show with a good cast, it dose it right and hopefully that will happen this time. They have made some real crap that was funny and some real crap that was just crap, lets hope these are now in the past and give them one (1) more chance to do the right thing. It's a Sci-Fi Network and there should be Sci-Fi coming from them, just mayby they finaly get that.

almitchelljr

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Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2014, 2:45 pm

SYFY = Wrestling??????

SFver

Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2014, 7:58 am
I have no faith in any Sci-Fi coming from the Syfy channel. Even it's rebranding leaves a bad taste!
zootie

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Message Posted On Mar 14th, 2014, 7:53 pm

I hope they succeed in going back to their roots, but It might be too little too late. First they shot themselves in the foot with the early original series (cancelling Iman?! Passing on LotRangers?!). More recently, they killed off the SG franchise because it was too spacey. Then they failed to follow up on BSG with Caprica (too dramedy and robots) and Blood and Chrome (definitely too spacey). And to top it off, then they kill off Eureka and are killing off Wharehouse because they were too cutesy for the Sci-Fi crowd and too Sci-Fi for the non-initiated (and they couldn't really rerun them on NBC or USA). Now the only shows worth anything on SyFy seem to be Defiance (of which we get too little) and canadian imports that first stood on their own before SyFy decided that it might be a good idea to bring them over (Lost Girl and Continuum) (I struggle to remember any other SyFy shows I actually watch).

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 14th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Wasnt Tin Man a mini-series?
Brave

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Message Posted On Mar 14th, 2014, 10:29 am

It would hardly be the first time alternate histories with advanced technology were featured in science fiction.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 14th, 2014, 9:12 am
"secretly escaped Earth in 1963 amid the Cold War" what a load of BULLSHIT. Back then science could barely lob a satellite into orbit much less hundreds of people. Someone please shoot the TV writers and replace them with real writers.
Gadfly
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Message Posted On Mar 14th, 2014, 7:58 am

"This is all part of a concerted effort of the network to more towards more space-age drama"

A few years ago they wanted to move away from space-age drama and toward more cheesy stuff. In another few years, they'll decide space-age drama isn't the wave of the future and we'll get Sharknado V.

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