When last year Syfy ordered Ascension as its first event series/miniseries in six years, it was with an eye towards continuing the mini as a regular series the way the network did with Battlestar Galactica awhile back. That won’t be the case this time. “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series,” Syfy said in a statement to Deadline.
It is unclear whether the project’s producers, Universal Cable Prods., Lionsgate TV and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods., will try to shop the potential series elsewhere.
The six-hour Ascension premiered with an OK 1.8 million in December. Written/exec produced by Philip Levens (Smallville), the series was set onboard starship Ascension and revolved around hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. The project’s executive producers included former Syfy head of programming Mark Stern.