Syfy's Defiance is defeating the odds and proving that NBC's risk of combining a game and original science fiction show could be paying off. We spent several days in their Containment Village at SXSW last month, and the smart marketing they've done has easily paid off. Now hopefully we'll be able to get them to finally get us a new laptop since the container we stayed in leaked like you wouldn't believe destroying our new one.
Jim Bittle from Sub Rosa was kind enough to inquire and see if we'd finally gotten our replacement laptop as the Container company Steel Space confirmed they would be taking care of it, but sadly, we're still short our much needed laptop. I wouldn't have minded so much if it was an older one, but it was one of our newer ones and the concierge people down at SXSW were so kind to assure us that we would have no worries getting it replaced, but you know how these things happen. It's been frustrating since we had such a great trip and that has been the one thing that easily spoiled it as we didn't raise a fuss about the other damage to our things from the container leak, but you do expect a little more response from the company who admitted the fault. Thanks again Jim for checking in, but as of now, Steel Space has still made no attempt to contact us in any way, shape or form.
Now onward to the good stuff!
Syfy’s new hit series Defiance maintained strong viewership levels during its second episode, drawing 2.4 million total viewers, 1.11 million Adults 25-54 and 1.06 million Adults18-49 in the Monday, April 22 telecast from 9-10PM (ET/PT). Defiance was the #1 cable drama in its time period among both key demos.
Viewers also flocked to the April 15 premiere episode. Including the first 3 days of DVR playback, the Adults 18-49 audience increased to 1.77 million (from 1.3 million live viewers). The total viewership also grew to 3.5 million (from 2.7 million).
Next week Warehouse 13 joins Defiance with 10 all-new episodes at 10PM, comprising Syfy’s Powerful Mondays programming bloc.
Defiance’s luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in The Game, players experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.
The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape). Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
This is one of those shows that takes a little warming up to as the pilot episode was fine but felt a little retreaded from movies and previous sci-fi shows. It really kicks in after the fourth episode as you connect much better with the characters and the story begins to take on a life of its own. You can catch it every Monday on Syfy at 9 PM (ET). We'll also post our interview with Jesse Rath, who plays Alak Tarr and is also known as the brother of Megan Rath (Sally from one of our favorite Syfy shows Being Human).