Ascension - Season 1

“Ascension” is an ambitious six-hour event series slated to premiere on Syfy on December 15, airing December 15-17.

Created and written by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens (“Smallville”), “Ascension” is an original drama set in 1963, following a covert U.S. space mission that sent 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.

The series stars Brandon P. Bell (“Hollywood Heights”) as the confident and capable First Officer Oren Gault, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town,” “The Bridge”) as the eponymous ship’s Captain William Denniger, and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Viondra Denniger, the captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward).

Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship’s head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora’s love interest, James Toback.

ASCENSION — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Al Sapienza as Councilman Rose, Ryan Robbins as Duke Vanderhaus, Tiffany Lonsdale as Emily Vanderhaus, Brandon Paul as Aaron Gault, Tricia Helfer as Viondra Denninger, Brian Van Holt as Cpt William Denninger, Jacquelien Byers as Nora Bryce, P.J. Boudousqué as James Novack, Andrea Roth as Dr. Juliet Bryce — (Photo by: Diego Uchitel/Syfy)

Premieres Monday, December 15 on Syfy (9-11 p.m. ET)