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‘Helix’ Gets Season 2 Renewal From Syfy

New season will start production later this year for an expected winter 2015 premiere

Get ready for more “Helix.”

Syfy has renewed the series, which boasts Ronald D. Moore (Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica”) as an executive producer. The 13-episode second season will begin production later this year, with Syfy eyeing a winter 2015 premiere.

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Syfy’s Executive Vice President, Original Content Bill McGoldrick said that the first season of the series, which airs its finale Friday at 10 p.m., has “consistently delivered suspense, twists and high-quality drama.”

“‘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,” McGoldrick said. “We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”

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“Helix,” which stars Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky and Mark Ghanimé, centers around a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating a potential disease outbreak in the Arctic.

Since its Jan. 10 premiere, “Helix” has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, with 1 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers.

The news of this renewal followed Friday’s announcement that Syfy’s “Defiance” is set to return on Thursday, June 19 at 8/7c. It will be immediately followed by the 90-minute premiere episode of new series “Dominion,” which is based on the feature film “Legion,” at 9/8c.

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