Battlestar Galactica showrunner lands new sci-fi series

US cable network Syfy orders 13 episodes of Helix, created by Ronald D Moore

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Ronald D Moore, one of the main brains behind modern science fiction classic Battlestar Galactica, is to return to TV with a new 13-part series. American cable network Syfy will air Moore’s new show, Helix, later this year.

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Helix is set to be a surprising change of direction for Moore: it’s a slow-moving marital drama set on a dairy farm in 18th-century Wisconsin. 

Just kidding. In fact, the series concerns “a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”

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In 2004, Moore developed a radical and hugely acclaimed remake of the 1970s sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica. Executive-produced by Moore and David Eick, it ran for four seasons, ending in 2009. Moore then co-created the prequel series Caprica.