Syfy has set a December 14th premiere for their new scripted series The Expanse as a two night event with the second episode landing on Tuesday, December 15th. The series is one that Syfy is labelign as their most ambitious series ever with a strong cast and a solid overall presentation. It’s slotted for a ten episode run for its first season. It’s regular night will be at 10pm on Tuesdays, placing it after the main broadcast channels primetime entertainment for the most part, where a lot of genre shows are currently planned for the fall.
Thomas Jane boarded the project last summer as the lead character, Detective Miller, who is described as “a world-weary, a native of the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter [who works] for a corporate security force operating as the law in the Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress.”
The project got a straight to series order as the property was in a very competitive situation. It’s also the first series for the Alcon Television Group to get the go ahead as that group along with writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby, who worked on Children of Men and Iron Man. The pair will serve as writers and executive producers on the series.
“The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date,” said Syfy President Dave Howe last summer. “Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories.”
Plot concept: A thriller set 200 years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.