SYFY’s “Deadly Class” series hasn’t officially premiered yet, but the previews are putting up strong numbers for the network. The show is entering into its linear premiere tonight, so set a reminder if you are looking for something to stream, and has already chalked-up 2.7M pre-linear views across multiple platforms.
Back in late December, the cast and creators took to social media to share the new 10-part series’ premiere episode. The premiere was available commercial-free via SYFY On Demand, online at SYFY.com, and the SYFY and USA apps through January 16th. The first episode was also available via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter through January 1st. By testing out the premiere, the show already has a strong social media following, and the network should be excited to see how the series performs with Live + 7 Day ratings.
If you missed the preview, the show is set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture. “Deadly Class” is a 10-part series that follows the story of Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a teen living on the streets who is recruited into Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining Marcus’ moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital.
The show is based on the best-selling 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. The network describes the story as “a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst”. The show also stars Benedict Wong, Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie, Liam James, and Michel Duval.
From Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions, the series was adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, who serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Mike Larocca (“Spy”) and Mick Betancourt (USA Network’s THE PURGE, “Shots Fired”).
Remender, Feldsott and Betancourt share showrunner duties on the series.