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Syfy Returns To Defiance For Season 3 And More Alien Action

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DefianceS2Syfy is making a big push when it comes to producing original content, with a dozen or so shows on in various stages of development, and some new ones, like Z Nation ,already joining the likes of Helix and Continuum on the air. This isn’t entirely new, however, as they dangled their toe back into that pool a while back with Defiance, with good results, and fans of that show don’t need to worry about their favorite program getting lost in the shuffle, as the network has just renewed it for another season.

According to a press release that dropped yesterday, Syfy is giving the action heavy alien drama an order for a 13-episode season 3, which will premiere on the network in 2015. Universal Cable Productions will continue to produce the show—as well as the supernatural thriller Dominion, which was also renewed—and Kevin Murphy will resume his duties as showrunner and executive producer.

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Comic-Con 2014: Twelve Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Saturday

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Comic-Con 2014 is almost here! Beginning this Wednesday, one of the largest pop culture events around will completely overwhelm San Diego. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier by running down all the panels that should be at the top of your must-see list. Here are our picks for the Saturday events you can’t afford to miss!

FuryRoadWarner Bros. Pictures (10:00am – 12:00pm, Hall H)
Warners has got two major science fiction pictures to show off in their Hall H presentation: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (as well as the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies). Unfortunately, the program guide doesn’t currently list which guests will be on hand to promote things. I would be very surprised if the notoriously media-shy Wachowskis put in an appearance, but I wouldn’t rule out stars Channing Tatum and/or Mila Kunis. On the Mad Max front, I’d guess we might see Miller on hand, and possibly even the new Max himself, actor Tom Hardy. I’d put the chances of somebody asking him to do the Bane voice at 230%. If nothing else, we know the panel will be screening footage from both movies.

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Defiance Season 2 Plans More Crossover With MMO

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DefianceSyfy’s Defiance returns tonight for a second season, with Linda Hamilton (Terminator) set to guest star this year as “Pilar McCawley,” estranged wife of Rafe (Graham Greene) and, according to showrunner Kevin Murphy, a character who will “simultaneously make you cry and scare the crap out of you.” Of course, one of the unique things about Defiance when it premiered last year was the way it was supposed to be crossing over with the MMO from Trion Worlds. Those plans — and the game itself — didn’t necessarily live up to those ambitions, but Murphy says they’re approaching the new season with a much clearer plan of how the game and show will interact.

During a Syfy conference call, Murphy blamed scheduling differences between the game and show for why that planned intermedia crossover didn’t work out as well as they hoped. This year they’re trying to learn from those missteps. Here’s how they’re approaching the new season:

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Defiance & Falling Skies Return: This Week’s Sci-Fi Television

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DefianceOrphan Black wraps up its second season on BBC America this week, and Continuum is in the final stretch of its third on Syfy. We need some more science fiction TV to entertain us during the brutal summer heat, when it’s too hot to go outside without one of those reflective suits from Sunshine. Thankfully both Defiance and Falling Skies are kicking off their new seasons this week

Defiance returns to Syfy this Thursday night, June 19. I’ve been rewatching the first season in preparation and I’m enjoying the show a lot more than I did initially. I still think it’s got potential it hasn’t reached yet, so hopefully season two is where it will really hit its stride. The show will also be growing its cast this year, adding several newcomers including Terminator icon Linda Hamilton, who will be guest starring as Pilar McCawley, the ex-wife of Rafe (Graham Greene). Showrunner Kevin Murphy said Pilar “will simultaneously make you cry and scare the crap out of you.” If you didn’t check Defiance out last year, it’s available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. Here’s the official synopsis for Defiance season 2:

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Defiance Official Synopsis & Cast Pics Tease Season 2

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DefianceFeatSyfy has been doubling down on developing new science fiction shows of late, suggesting that the network might finally have pulled its head from without its hindquarters and decided to be something more than a joke again. If that proves to be true, Defiance will have the honor of having been one of the first shows that kicked off that new era, an honest-to-gosh, unapologetic science fiction series on a network that had for a long time seemed eager to escape that label entirely. Next month Defiance will be returning for a second season, and Syfy is eager to get you interested, courtesy of an official synopsis and a ton of new cast pictures.

Defiance wasn’t the home run hit I was hoping it would be when it premiered last year, but part of that is because my expectations are high: this is a show that was co-developed by Rockne O’Bannon, the dude who gave us one of the best science fiction shows in history, Farscape. O’Bannon’s other TV gig, NBC’s Revolution, is about to air its series finale Wednesday night, so hopefully he’ll be able to give Defiance the TLC it needs to become a truly great show.

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Amazon Prime Adds Defiance, Just In Time To Catch Up For Season 2

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DefianceAmazon and Netflix have been engaged in an ongoing scuffle over exclusive streaming content for a while now, even aside from both of them diving into the world of actually producing original shows. While Netflix has a lead on the original series front, Amazon Prime has landed exclusive streaming rights to several big science fiction “gets” such as TNT’s Falling Skies, CBS’s Under the Dome, and BBC America’s Orphan Black — one of our favorite new shows of 2013 (and favorite things of 2013, for that matter). Now Amazon has reeled in another sci-fi fish: Syfy’s Defiance, which returns for a second season this summer, and which is now available for streaming by Amazon Prime customers.

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