Syfy is furthering its commitment to scripted programming by dedicating an all-new night to original dramas. On June 19th Syfy will kick off its new Thursday night block with the one-two punch of the Season 2 premiere of “Defiance,” followed by the series premiere of “Dominion.”
From the Press Release:
As the story of “Defiance” resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town with far-reaching consequences, including a new mayor.
Nolan (Grant Bowler) traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), Amanda (Julie Benz) has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya, and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes. Joining the cast this season are James Murray as new mayor Niles Pottinger, Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rai, and William Atherton as Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado.
Immediately following the return of “Defiance,” Syfy will air the 90-minute series premiere of “Dominion” at 9PM ET/PT.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), “Dominion” is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the movie and picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
“Dominion” stars Christopher Egan (“Kings”), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (“Game of Thrones”), Alan Dale (“Lost”), Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), and Luke Allen-Gale (“The Borgias”).
“Defiance” is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.
Grant Bowler will return as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, 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.
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 Two, and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the Season Two opener.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), “Dominion” is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25-year battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control; and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
“Dominion,” produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, is in production in Cape Town, South Africa. The series is executive produced by Vaun Wilmott, Todd Slavkin, and Darren Swimmer, along with executive producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, Michael Litvak, and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the original film. Film Afrika serves as the local production entity in South Africa.
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