Just ahead of the airing of its season finale, Syfy has announced that it will bring back a drama series for another season. Deadline.com reports that the freshman drama "Helix" received an order from the cable channel for a 13-episode second season.
The Sony TV series is aiming for a winter 2015 premiere date for season two, with production set to begin later this year, the report notes. The series stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky and Mark Ghanime.
"The thriller, about a team of scientists battling a mankind-threatening outbreak, debuted Jan. 10 to 1.82 million Live+SD total viewers," the story reports. "The premiere broke Syfy L+3 records by gaining 64% in 18-49 to 1.2 million and 53% in total viewers. Since then, the series has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49."
Said Bill McGoldrick, exec VP of Original Content for Syfy: "Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high-quality drama."
Helix is executive produced by Moore Steven Maeda who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst. The series is produced by Tall Ship Prods, Kaji Prods, and Lynda Obst Prods in association with Sony Pictures Television.