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'12 Monkeys' renewed for a second season

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys adaptation has been renewed for a second season, EW has learned.

Inspired by the 1995 film, the series stars Aaron Stanford as Cole, a time traveler from a decimated future, who journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race.

The drama, which also stars Amanda Schull as a present-day virologist helping Cole, debuted in January to 1.35 million viewers and a 0.4 in the 18-49 demographic. Though its ratings have dropped in subsequent weeks, the series consistently sees a lift in L3 viewership.

“We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned,” said Syfy President Dave Howe. “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 second season, which is expected to air in 2016, will see showrunner Natalie Chaidez step down in order to prep her own Syfy series, Hunters, so co-executive producers and writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett will step up to serve as executive producers and showrunners.

12 Monkeys airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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