Syfy renews Defiance and Dominion for new seasons in 2015

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Sep 25, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

Syfy might have quite a few new series in development, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on the current crop of sc-fi dramas. The network has officially picked up Defiance and Dominion for new seasons in 2015.

The post-invasion drama Defiance will return for a third season, while the apocalyptic angel war series Dominion will be back for a sophomore effort following its debut run over the summer. Both shows ended with more than a few story arcs still dangling, so this news likely comes as a relief for fans.

After hitting its stride late in the first season, year two of the twisty Defiance was a very solid run. The expansion of the Earth Republic storyline was a nice addition, and they took several characters in very different directions in ways that actually felt organic to the overall arc. After the way season two ended, we can’t wait to see what comes next.

As for Dominion, critics were largely mixed on the Legion-inspired series, but it took some big swings with soapy sci-fi storytelling and put together one heck of a cast. Even when things got a little crazy, Christopher Egan (Kings) kept the proceedings grounded — and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Anthony Stewart Head was deliciously shady as a city politician. 

Both shows were solid in the ratings, though neither proved to be a breakout hit this fall. Defiance opened season two with 2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, which slipped to 1.5 mil/0.4 for the finale. Dominion debuted in June to a similar 2 mil/0.6, sliding to 1.5 mil/0.5 for its Aug. 8 finale.

Along with the TV series, Defiance is also buoyed by an ambitious tie-in video game set in the same universe as the show (literally), while the network notes Dominion generated a boatload of social media buzz, with more day-of Twitter activity than any other drama on the same night.

Are you glad to hear these two will be back next summer?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)