Syfy is is getting back in bed with Ron Moore; the cable network has OK’d a 13-episode order for the Battlestar Galactica creator’s latest project.
Syfy outlines Helix — not to be confused with the 1980s Canadian hair metal band — tracks a group of scientists from the Center for Disease Control as they head to the Arctic to investigate a possible outbreak. Once there, they become embroiled in a situation that could be deadly for the entire human race. (Does anyone else think this sounds like an episode of The X Files or the plot of The Thing?)
“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life,” Syfy content president Mark Stern said in a statement released Thursday.
Moore, Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle), Steven Maeda (Lost) and Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as co-executive producers on Helix, which begins production soon for a broadcast date later this year.
Moore’s Battlestar Galactica ran for four seasons on Syfy, and followed the adventures of the crew of Galactica as they fought a war with the Cylons.