The story of “Krypton” will live on for another season at SYFY. The network confirmed this week that it has ordered a second season pickup of the sci-fi series, which tells the untold Superman story on his home planet.
The show has done very well on SYFY in its first season. “Krypton” averaged 1.8M viewers L3 per week to date, and had SYFY’s most-watched debut season among total viewers for an original series. The previous record holder was “Ascension” back in 2014. The show also had the most-watched season for any scripted series on the network since “Defiance” in 2015.
The pick-up comes a little earlier than expected, the show hasn’t finished its first season yet. The big Season 1 finale will air on May 23rd at 10/9c. As for Krypton’s second season, that is expected to return in 2019.
If you’re new to the show, “Krypton” is set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet. The series follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, as a young man who is faced with a life and death conflict – save his home planet or let it be destroyed to restore the fate of his future grandson. In Season 1, with Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg found himself in a difficult position: redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves, while being challenged by familiar DC characters Brainiac and Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange.
“Krypton: Season 2” joins an upcoming SYFY lineup that includes returning originals HAPPY! starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt and returning for a second season in 2019; the hit fantasy series THE MAGICIANS, which was greenlit for a fourth season for 2019; the acclaimed 12 MONKEYS series, set to air its fourth season story conclusion this June; and the CHANNEL ZERO horror anthology series, which is set to air its fourth installment this fall. Upcoming new originals include the Fall 2018 space thriller NIGHTFLYERS, based on author George R.R. Martin’s novella, and DEADLY CLASS, based on the critically acclaimed Image Comics graphic novel of the same name.
Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, KRYPTON is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) through his Phantom Four banner, alongside Cameron Welsh, who serves as showrunner.