Syfy has ordered a second season of adventure thriller 12 Monkeys, based on the Terry Gilliam movie, to air in 2016.
The first season, which is still airing, was run by Natalie Chaidez who has her own series for Syfy, the upcoming Hunters from Universal Cable Prods and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Productions. She is segueing to that, with Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who wrote the 12 Monkeys adaptation and served as co-executive producers on Season 1, named executive producers and showrunners. They are expected to bring in a strong No.2.
Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle and the film’s producer Charles Roven will continue to executive produce with Atlas’ Jake Kurily producing for UCP.
12 Monkeys got off to a modest start in Live+same day rating with 1.35 million viewers for its January premiere but has been a DVR powerhouse, setting Live+3 lift records for Syfy (Its average L3 lift to date is 104%). The series’ Live+SD ratings also have been inching up after an initial drop, with the most recent episode on March 6 posting 1.5 million viewers, a 6% increase over the prior four weeks.
“We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned,” said Syfy president Dave Howe. Added Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, “12 Monkeys is a show that has exceeded expectations at every stage. It’s had a great first season creatively, and is building a dedicated audience.”
12 Monkeys, which is eight episodes into its 13-episode first-season run, stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull and Kirk Acevedo. Syfy has yet to make a decision on Helix, whose second season also is airing right now.