SPACE Orders New Canadian Drama Killjoys


SPACE network has ordered the new original Canadian drama series "Killjoys."

The brainchild of writer and creator Michelle Lovretta ("Lost Girl"), "Killjoys" is an action-packed adventure series following a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters as they navigate through political turmoil, questionable morality and complicated relationships. In development since 2012 as part of Bell Media’s Writer Only Drama Development program, Space has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. The new program is set to premiere in 2014.

The premise of the show is this: In a distant galaxy, the people of the planet Qresh have colonized their three moons, creating four stratified worlds, each defined along socio-economic lines and rife with social unrest. In this planetary unit, known as the Quad, a highly regulated group of bounty hunters, Killjoys, are licensed to pursue a vast range of warrants throughout the galaxy. Killjoys must follow strict rules, and there are harsh consequences for veering from their mantra: “The Warrant is All." Killjoys are not allowed to take a personal or political side in their mission, which proves to be impossible and near fatal for Dutch. Dutch is a gorgeous, complicated and deadly Killjoy at the top of her game. Her partner, John the Bastard, is a peacemaker who hates conflict.

“Our audience has come to expect the most imaginative and addictive programs from Space, and 'Killjoys' is no exception,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President of Specialty Channels at Bell Media, in a press release. “We look forward to building upon our partnership with Temple Street Productions with a whole new adventure.”

“We are delighted to be working with Michelle. She is exceptionally talented and this is a terrifically exciting project,” commented Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “With having such a great experience working together on 'Orphan Black,' we are thrilled to be teaming up again with Bell Media and Space on this new action-adventure series.”

Photo: Killjoys/Bell Media