‘Helix’ & ‘The Almighty Johnsons’ Are Close To Greenlights At Syfy

Two new series near pickups, raising a lot of questions about Syfy’s development slate in their wake.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, Syfy unveiled a list of eight drama series in development. But as the network nears a decision on which shows to greenlight, none of the previously listed potential series are listed among the most likely contenders.

According to Deadline, the two shows most likely to get greenlights from Syfy are Ronald D. Moore’s “Helix” and “The Almighty Johnsons.” Both series may even get the rare straight-to-series pickup and completely bypass the usual pilot stage.

“Helix” would mark Moore’s return to Syfy after the end of “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica.” The premise for the series follows a science team investigating a disease outbreak originating from an Antarctic research station. 

“The Almighty Johnsons” is based on the New Zealand TV series of the same name, created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang. That show revolves around a twenty one year old man named Axl Johnson, who discovers that he and the rest of his family are reincarnations of the Norse gods. Chris Dingess is attached to write the U.S. adaptation.

Both “Helix” and “The Almighty Johnsons” sound decidedly light on the sci-fi, with “Johnsons” veering more towards fantasy and “Helix” is apparently a thriller… it’s just not clear if it’s actually a sci-fi show.

Earlier this year, Syfy ordered a pilot for a time travel drama called “Rewind.” However, there is no word at all about Syfy’s adaptations of "The Adjustment Bureau," “The Lotus Caves” (aka “High Moon”), "Booster Gold," “Grave Sight” (based upon Charlaine Harris book series; "Seeing Things") or the original pitches “Defender” and “The Family.”

With “Eureka” gone and “Warehouse 13’s” renewal status still unknown, Syfy does need to fill some holes in its schedule. The Deadline report notes that the decisions about which shows to pick up to series will be made in conjunction with the decision to renew or cancel some of Syfy’s existing shows.

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