Syfy Cancels ‘Ascension’
Following the special airing of the miniseries “Ascension” for three straight nights in Dec. 2014, Syfy has confirmed that the show is not going to move forward to a full series. Learn the latest about this show in the details below.
In a statement published on Deadline, a spokesperson from the cable network said that despite being happy with the show, Syfy has “decided not to pursue a full series.” The spokesperson alluded to its “high profile development” as the main reason for the cancellation.
Originally, the plan was to have “Ascension” follow the same model as its hit series “Battlestar Gallactica,” which was broadcast back in 2003. The latter first started out as a miniseries and was later absorbed into a full season. It ran for four years.
“Ascension,” which was inspired by Project Orion, would have been the first miniseries-turned-full series offering of the network in six years.
Starring Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows and Brian Van Holt, the story of “Ascension” began in 1963, at the height of the American government’s push for domination in the field of spaceship exploration. The government sent hundreds of volunteers aboard the spacecraft called Ascension with a mission of creating a self-sustaining environment in space. Fifty years into their century-long journey, a murder took place inside the confined space.
But as viewers have watched how it unfolded on television during its three-night airing in December, the plot of “Ascension,” it turns out, is not all that simple when its real mission is revealed. There were twists and mind-bending storylines that needed to be explored further. The cancellation leaves the show with a huge cliffhanger (in the episode “Night Three”).
Ratings for the December airing netted 1.8 million viewers, which was pretty decent for a cable program. According to the same Deadline report, it’s not clear whether the show’s producers, led by Jason Blum, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate, will be looking to sell the series elsewhere.
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