It’s been a while since fans had a chance to see some of Ronald D. Moore’s direct work.
But now the “Battlestar Galactica” re-imagination creator is back on Syfy, set to debut his new series “Helix” on Jan. 10.
The series, which Syfy describes as “an intense thriller,” centers on a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic Circle to investigate a possible disease outbreak only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation … or total annihilation.
“However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg,” according to the show’s synopsis from Syfy. “As the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.”
The new series stars Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut, the leader of the CDC outbreak field team that is called to investigate the outbreak. There he finds Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, played by Hiroyuki Sanada, the director of Arctic BioSystems, who is leading his own expedition — into a mysterious viral research program.
Campbell most recently played Abraham Lincoln in the National Geographic Channel telemovie “Killing Lincoln,” based on the book by conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly.
But he also has some genre credits to his name including “Eureka,” “The 4400” and even a 1988 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Sanada, who played Shingen in the 2013 film “The Wolverine,” has also appeared in “Lost” and in “Ring,” the original 1998 Japanese movie that inspired the American film “The Ring.”
The series also stars Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes, Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemiuex and Neil Napier.
“Helix” will premiere at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy, and will be the first of a 13-episode first season, running through the remaining winter months.
Jeffrey Reiner, of “Surface” and “The Event” as well as “Friday Night Lights,” will direct the premiere episode, which was written by the show’s creator, Cameron Porsandeh.
This is Porsandeh’s first Hollywood project. However, he did get some notice online for his 2001 short story “Old Nothing.”
“Helix” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
View the trailer here.