CBC recently announced the acquisition of a new drama series, “Ascension,” starring actor Brian Van Holt.
The six-episode Canadian-produced original drama commissioned by American television network Syfy began production this week in Montreal, with an official premiere on CBC scheduled for November 2014. Viewers will be transported to 1963 to watch the drama unfold as the U.S. government launches a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town,” “The Bridge”) will star as the ship’s heroic captain, William Denninger, opposite Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galatica,” “The Firm”), who will play the role of his wife. In addition to Helfer, the cast features a number of Canadian actors including Jacqueline Byers (“90 Days,” “Scared Stiff”) and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me,” “Ringer”). Wendy Crewson (“Revenge,” “Saving Hope”), Ryan Robbins (“Sanctuary,” “Apollo 18”) and John Ralston (“Bomb Girls,” “Life with Derek”) are currently set to guest star.
“We’re so pleased to be adding ‘Ascension’ to our roster of superb programming this fall,” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming at CBC Television, in an official press release. “Adding this futuristic drama series will complement our overall schedule nicely and will undoubtedly draw a strong audience with its compelling and unusual plot line.”