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'Defiance' is Syfy's biggest premiere in years

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Syfy’s cross-platform multi-species¬†terrestrial alien invasion drama gave the network its biggest debut in years.

The premiere of Defiance on Monday night was seen by 2.7 million viewers and 1.3 million adults 18-49. That made Defiance the network’s most-watched telecast since 2009 (a two-hour episode of Warehouse 13) and its top scripted series premiere among adults 18-49 since 2006 (Eureka).

Syfy unveiled an online open-world game version of the show on April 2 as part of its cross-platform strategy (Defiance: It’s a TV show! It’s a game! It’s both!). Syfy isn’t releasing the number of players who have signed up, but did note that players have logged more than 6 million hours of gameplay since it went live.

Beginning next Monday, Defiance will assume its regular 9 p.m. time period. On April 29 it will be joined by the return of Warehouse 13 at 10 p.m.

Defiance has been billed by some as the next Firefly or Battlestar Galactica (or at least the next Caprica). What did you think?

'Defiance': New trailer for Syfy's action epic -- EXCLUSIVE

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Spaceships back on Syfy?!

Here’s the new trailer for Syfy’s upcoming major drama series Defiance, which not only returns a few star ships to the network, but also gives us giant muscular blue guys, battle mechs, some strange religious group and a whole lot of other elements we don’t quite understand yet, but sure look intriguing, wrapped up in a post-apocalyptic neo-Western setting.

Defiance is both a show and an online video game (details below and more photos below) that’s set amid the ruins of St. Louis following the arrival of seven races of aliens. The result, especially with the song featured in this new trailer (“Preacher” by Jamie N Commons), almost has a Firefly vibe.

The series also just got an official premiere date: Monday, April 15 at 9 p.m. with a two-hour debut.

Here’s the new trailer for Defiance, executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz and Stephanie Leonidas (who’s sporting a bit of Leeloo look).¬† READ FULL STORY

'Defiance' trailer: First look at Syfy's new TV/videogame series -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance is being billed as a transmedia event. The tale of a near-future Earth recovering from an extended apocalyptic war with an alien race, Defiance will debut on SyFy in 2013. But the show is just part of the Defiance experience — there will also be a tie-in MMORPG, allowing viewers to take part directly in the show’s world. And the world on display in the first Defiance trailer looks intriguing, with space sci-fi settings combined with pitched warfare and at least one bare-knuckle fight. Check out the exclusive trailer below! READ FULL STORY

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