Aaron Ashmore (from left), Hannah John-Kamen and Luke Macfarlane in "Killjoys." (Syfy)

Syfy gives ‘Killjoys,’ ‘Dark Matter’ 3rd seasons

Syfy deepened its commitment to space operas this week, picking up Killjoys and Dark Matter for third seasons. They most likely will return in summer 2017.

“Killjoys” ends its second season at 9/8c Sept. 2 while “Dark Matter” closes out its sophomore season at 10/9c Sept. 16.

“Killjoys” follows three intergalactic bounty hunters played by Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane. These killjoys chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a multi-planet class war. This season, Dutch and brothers John and D’avin struggled to find balance between politics, family and duty.

Temple Street Productions produces the series in association with Space and Syfy. Creator and showrunner Michelle Lovretta serves as executive producer with Temple Street Productions’ David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.

In “Dark Matter,” crew members wake up aboard a spaceship with no memories of who they are. Despite not fully trusting each other, they have to work together to survive constant threats. In Season 2, crew members found themselves embroiled in an intergalactic conspiracy. They are racing  to find a mysterious device that may hold the key to victory in a looming corporate war. Controlled by the wrong masters, it could destroy the galaxy.

Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland star in the series with Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. Marc Bendavid, Melanie Liburd and Shaun Sipos also appear in the series.

Creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie based the series on the “Dark Matter” graphic novel published by Dark Horse Comics. Mallozzi, Mullie and Prodigy Pictures executive produce the series.

A new episode of “Dark Matter” airs at 10/9c Sept. 2 and a double episode will broadcast beginning at 10/9c Sept. 9 on Syfy.

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