Brian Van Holt Will Star in Syfy's Ascension

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 - 10:07AM
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 - 10:07AM
Brian Van Holt Will Star in Syfy's Ascension

"Cougar Town"'s Brian Van Holt will join the upcoming science fiction thriller, "Ascension." He will play a lead role, along with Tricia Helfer, of "Battlestar Galactica" fame. 

 

Although the title implies that there is some kind of spiritual ascension taking place, the show actually has a fairly straightforward sci-fi premise in which no angels or demons seem to be present. In an alternate historical timeline, during the beginnings of the space race JFK sent a spaceship with hundreds of men, women, and children in order to find another planet to populate for a century-long space journey. The show takes place in the present day (or November 2014, when the show will be released), when this mini-society has been in space for fifty years. A young woman is murdered under mysterious circumstances, and the inhabitants of the ship begin to realize that there may be more to their mission than meets the eye.

 

Credit: Syfy

 

Van Holt will play Captain William Denninger, who is described as a fearless leader and adroit politician. Helfer will play his wife, Viondra, a power-hungry, snake-in-the-grass type, with whom he has a turbulent relationship.

 

The show will be a "limited event" series, airing six episodes sometime in November.

 

Watch the trailer above to see the dark, ominous tone of the series, as well as a creepy, indoctrinating version of the Pledge of Allegiance that goes: "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to this journey, to which I'm held, to conserve the race of humanity."

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