"Ascension" (TV show) on Syfy is a limited event series that is a science-fiction drama starring Brian Van Holt ("Cougar Town," "The Bridge") and Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") .

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship's population to question the true nature of their mission.

The cast includes Brandon P. Bell ("Hollywood Heights") as the confident and capable First Officer Oren Gault; Brian Van Holt ("Cougar Town," "The Bridge") as the eponymous ship's captain William Denninger; and Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") as Viondra Denniger, the Captain's beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship's Chief Steward). Rounding out the cast are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus; Andrea Roth as the ship's head doctor Juliet Bryce; Jacqueline Byers as her daughter Nora Bryce; PJ Boudousqué as Nora's love interest, James Toback; and Ryan Robbins as Safety Officer (and Emily's husband) Duke Vanderhaus.

Syfy's "Ascension" is created and written by Philip Levens ("Smallville") who serves as executive producer and showrunner. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television and Sea to Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum ("The Normal Heart," "Stranded," "The River," film franchises "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge") is executive producer on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea to Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

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Network: Syfy
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: December 15, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Sea to Sky Studios
Blumhouse Productions
Universal Cable Productions
Lionsgate Television

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