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Syfy announces we're going back to Defiance for a second season

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May 10, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

Get ready to return to TV's hottest new sci-fi world.

After the second-biggest series premiere in network history and three straight weeks of leading its Monday-night timeslot in key demographic ratings and total viewers for a cable drama, Syfy announced today it has renewed its acclaimed, groundbreaking original series Defiance for a second season of 13 episodes. 

The show's second season will begin production this summer in Toronto for a 2014 release, and will reunite the season-one production team of showrunner Kevin Murphy (Caprica) and executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (Smallville). As for the tie-in Defiance game developed by Trion Worlds, that's still a part of things, too, so if you're one of the more than 1 million players who've set up a game account, keep playing. Your gameplay will continue to affect the world of Defiance in the second season.

"Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn't ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds," said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. "We can't wait to see where they take us in the second season."

Nearly 4 million viewers watched the premiere of Defiance in its first week, and the show has continued to deliver strong demo numbers and more than 2 million viewers every week. It's already become an anchor for Syfy's Monday night programming block (which also includes the likes of Warehouse 13Lost Girl and Being Human), and it seems the best could be yet to come. 

Defiance airs Mondays at 9/8C on Syfy.

(Via Syfy)