‘Resident Alien’ Renewed For Season 2 By Syfy
Alan Tudyk is set to return (just not to his home planet) as Syfy announces ‘Resident Alien‘ will be back for a 2nd Season.
Based on the Dark Horse comic from Peter Hogan and Stephen Parkhouse, ‘Resident Alien’ follows Harry, an alien played by Alan Tudyk (‘Rogue One’, ‘Firefly’) that crash lands on Earth and passes himself off as a small-town human doctor. Arriving with a secret mission to kill all humans, Harry starts off living a simple life … but things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realizes he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does so, he begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his mission and asking the big life questions like: “Are human beings worth saving?” and “Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?”
“With ‘Resident Alien,’ everything just came together in perfect harmony – a script by Chris Sheridan that leapt off the page, a lead performance by Alan Tudyk, whose nuance between comedy and menace was pitch-perfect, and a team of producers, cast and crew who were all striving to do something great,” commented Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “The appeal of this show transcended the sci-fi genre in a way that enabled us to bring in a broader audience, and as the series continues we hope to encourage more and more fans to discover Harry’s very particular perspective on humans.”
The series, which airs on Sky One in the UK, has been a big hit for our US cousins, garnered 9.3 million viewers across all platforms and NBCU networks for the premiere. In live + 3 comparisons, the following week’s episode saw an increase of 581,000 viewers, the biggest jump for a cable drama launch since 2014.
Alongside Tudyk, ‘Resident Alien’ stars Sara Tomko (‘Once Upon A Time’), Corey Reynolds (‘The Closer’), Alice Wetterlund (‘People of Earth’) and Levi Fiehler (‘Mars’). The series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan (‘Family Guy’). Mike Richardson (‘Hellboy’) and Keith Goldberg (‘The Legend of Tarzan’) of Dark Horse Entertainment are also executive producers, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV. Robbie Duncan McNeill executive produced and is producing director. UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, produce the comedy in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment.
‘Resident Alien‘ Season 1 is currently airing on Sky One in the UK, and available On Demand and via NOW. The 10-episode first season wraps Wednesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SYFY in the USA, and has also begun streaming on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.