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Syfy announces season 3 premiere for '12 Monkeys' & renews time travel thriller for fourth and final season

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Thu, Mar 16th 2017 04:45 pm
`12 Monkeys`: Pictured, from left: Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly and Aaron Stanford as James Cole. Season three begins in May. (Syfy photo by Kurt Iswarlenko)
"12 Monkeys": Pictured, from left: Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly and Aaron Stanford as James Cole. Season three begins in May. (Syfy photo by Kurt Iswarlenko)

Entire third season to run between May 19-21 in Syfy's first-ever, full-season linear binge

Syfy announced Thursday it has renewed critically acclaimed original series "12 Monkeys" for a fourth and final chapter ahead of its season three premiere. The network also announced the series' entire 10-episode third season will premiere over three consecutive nights, from Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT). The first four episodes will premiere on Friday, with three episodes airing each night on both Saturday and Sunday.

Produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, the top-notch drama, developed by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett ("Nikita"), is based on the 1995 Golden Globe award-winning film of the same name.

"Universal Cable Productions and Syfy have given us the opportunity to tell an ambitious, emotional story with a beginning, middle and an end - if not always in that order," Matalas said. "I couldn't be more grateful for their faith and support. Like our fans who may want to turn their clocks ahead to see what we've got in store, I only wish I could turn mine back to relive this incredible experience over again." 

" '12 Monkeys' has a dedicated and enthusiastic fanbase, thanks to the epic storytelling by Terry Matalas, and the stellar cast and crew," said Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be able to offer fans an opportunity to binge the third season as a reward for their lasting support, and we couldn't be more excited to see where Terry takes us with the final chapter of this fabulous story in the fourth season."

"With its time-twisting themes and edge-of-your-seat storyline, '12 Monkeys' is the perfect show to air this way," said Chris McCumber, president, entertainment networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "It's grown into a world well beyond the original film and, after seeing the creative strength of season three, we couldn't wait to pick it up for a fourth season."

Upon its premiere in May, season three will continue the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). While attempting to untangle an insidious conspiracy that's been spun throughout centuries, the duo embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse - a time traveler who calls himself "The Witness." Killing "The Witness" will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair.

"12 Monkeys" also stars Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Barbara Sukowa (Katarina Jones) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon). 

Joining the cast as recurring guest stars in season three are Hannah Waddingham ("Game of Thrones"), Faran Tahir ("Iron Man") and James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica"). Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") is set to appear in a memorable guest-starring role as a deadly cult leader with sinister motives.

Matalas, who also has an overall deal with UCP, will make his directorial debut with the season three premiere episode. Original film producer Charles Roven ("Suicide Squad," "The Dark Knight Trilogy") and Richard Suckle ("Suicide Squad," "American Hustle") of Atlas Entertainment, as well as David Grossman ("Desperate Housewives," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), serve as executive producers. 

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