The Syfy network has issued a verdict on the fate of Defiance, it’s science fiction drama, and it isn’t good. The show, which wrapped up it’s third season earlier this year, has been cancelled. The programme, developed by Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, The Triangle), Primetime Emmy Award winner Kevin Murphy (Hellcats, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical) and Michael Taylor (Turn, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), followed the citizens of Defiance (the remains of St. Louis) in post-apocalyptic future following an alien war that has now been settled into an uneasy peace as citizens from both sides work alongside each other.
The series was part of an ambitious multimedia project and launched alongside a massively multiplayer online game of the same name which frequently crossed over with the show. The series’ stories would affect the game world and characters would often appear in questlines (voiced by the actors from the show), but the programme itself could be watched independently of anything else.
Murphy, who served as the day to day showrunner on the program, issued a brief statement following the programme’s cancellation, saying “I got to collaborate with a group of stunning artists operating at the top of their game, and together we built a world. Because of that, there is no room for anything other than joy in my heart.”
Syfy praised the show for it’s innovation, saying “Defiance was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before. We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers — and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy — who together brought the rich world of Defiance to life over its three-season arc.”
Scott Hartsman, the CEO of Trion Games which developed the MMO tie-in for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, assured players that the game would continue despite the cancellation of it’s television brother.
“We’ve had a great time working closely with the team of stellar writers, designers, producers, and actors on the Defiance TV show,” Hartsman said. “Like many of you, we’ve all enjoyed the stories they told week in and week out. Let’s treat this as a fond farewell, in celebration of a successful three year run of a show that broke a lot of new ground and brought an incredible quality experience to its viewers.”
“As for the game and its future, Defiance is Trion’s IP and the game will continue exactly as before. The show has always been a fantastic and interesting partner, but the two were always meant to be able to stand on their own, which is why the show was primarily set in St. Louis and the game in the SF Bay Area.”
The show ended it’s third season with a reasonably concrete conclusion and starred Grant Bowler (Blue Heelers, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1), Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Stephanie Leonidas (Mirrormask, Killing Jesus), Tony Curran (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Underworld: Evolution), Jaime Murray (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Warehouse 13), Academy Award nominee Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Die Hard with a Vengeance), Jesse Rath (Being Human, The Howling: Reborn), Anna Hopkins (The Flash, Lost Girl) and Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained, Wish I Was Here), and also featured three time Golden Globe nominee Linda Hamilton (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Beauty and the Beast) in a recurring role.
The news wasn’t good over on ABC this morning either, as the network announced the cancellation of it’s Canadian import cop drama Rookie Blue, a decision which was made in concert with production house Entertainment One. The show, which aired on Global in it’s home country, concluded it’s sixth season back in July with an episode that featured a decent amount of closure as two main characters got married, so at least there’s that.
The show followed a group of rookie cops in the city of Toronto and starred Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes), Travis Milne (Rogue, Saving Hope), Charlotte Sullivan (The Colony, Alice), Priscilla Faia (Psych, True Justice), Peter Mooney (Heartland, Heroes Reborn), Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away With Murder, 24), Gregory Smith (Everwood, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising), Ben Bass (The Eleventh Hour, Bride of Chucky) and Matt Gordon (The Dresden Files, Casino Jack), with Adam MacDonald (Being Erica, Transporter: The Series), Rachael Ancheril (Heroes Reborn, Republic of Doyle) and Melanie Nicholls-King (Eye Candy, The Wire) in recurring roles.
Finally, in more positive news, Fox has given a full season order to it’s new police procedural Rosewood, which follows a private pathologist who works with police to solve murders. The series has enjoyed strong ratings despite it’s mixed critical reception and will now air a full 22 episode rather than it’s initial order of 13 episodes. It’s a standard practice for new shows, with an initial 13 episode test run designed to weed out successes from failures. Created by Todd Harthan (Psych, Dominion), Rosewood is the third network series to receive a full season pick up this television season, following NBC’s Blindspot and ABC’s Quantico earlier in the week. It stars Morris Chestnut (Kick Ass 2, V), Jaina Lee Ortiz (The After, The Shop), Gabrielle Dennis (The Game, Justified), Anna Konkle (New Girl, Betas), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Forever).
“Rosewood has proven to be a real self-starter for us, which is a tremendous feat on this highly competitive night. Todd Harthan, Morris, Jaina, Lorraine and the entire cast and crew have done a fantastic job creating a gorgeous, sexy world that is the perfect complement to Empire,” said David Madden, the president of entertainment at Fox. “The upcoming episodes are so compelling as we build out the family dynamics, and with today’s order, we’re excited to explore the world of Rosewood even further this season.”