Syfy renews time travel drama 12 Monkeys for second season

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Mar 12, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

Syfy’s time-travel drama 12 Monkeys has been a critical hit during its first season, and the network has officially pulled the trigger on a second year of Cole’s twisty journey to save the future.

The network (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) announced the renewal Thursday, and the second season is expected to air in 2016. Executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Nikita) will take over as showrunners in year two, as season-one showrunner Natalie Chaidez will be focusing on her new Syfy series Hunters. Richard Suckle (Suicide Squad) and Charles Roven (1995’s 12 Monkeys) will also return to produce the second season.

The series has been a hit with critics, and despite so-so initial ratings, Syfy reports massive viewership gains after factoring in DVR and online viewing. According to the network, 12 Monkeys has reached 15 million viewers to date and is experiencing record Live+3 lifts of approximately 104 percent. Ratings have also started to rebound, with the most recent episode up 6 percent with 1.5 million total viewers, when compared to the previous four weeks.

“We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned,” said Dave Howe, Syfy President. “The talent both on and off-screen have delivered a series that has us all on the edge of our seats, providing exactly the smart, exciting storytelling Syfy is known for.”

The series has managed to build a compelling story by using the film as a jumping-off point, and each episode seems to add another layer to the mythology as Cole (Aaron Stanford) jumps back and forth through time in an effort to avert a plague that eventually wipes out humanity. Nine episodes into the 13-episode first season, the series has pulled no punches, as we’ve already visited an alternate future and seen Cole seemingly lost in time. We can’t wait to see how crazy things get in year two.

12 Monkeys airs Friday nights on Syfy. What have you thought of the first season so far?