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12 Monkeys Scores Third Season on Syfy

2015 was a tough year for Syfy fans as we saw a ton of good shows canceled before their time, including Dominion and Haven. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’ll have the same problem in 2016 – at least not for 12 Monkeys, which has been renewed for a third season.

Season Three Renewal for 12 Monkeys

In season two, 12 Monkeys has been a different show than in its first season, making better (and more frequent) use of its time traveling premise while still spinning a fascinating and complicated story. The show was initially ordered as part of Syfy’s desire to return to more scripted science-fiction programming, and 12 Monkeys has delivered for the channel.

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In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, Syfy president Chris McCumber said:

 “In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series. Terry [Matalas] and the cast and crew have brought to life a rich world not confined by boundaries of time, with multi-dimensional characters whose motivations for saving the world are deeply personal and intensely relatable. It’s exactly the type of smart, on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment we want to bring to Syfy viewers.”

12 Monkeys co-creator Terry Matalas told Entertainment Weekly that he was thrilled to receive a third season, promising an “even more twisty and emotional . . . chapter of this time travel adventure.”

Why Fewer Episodes for 12 Monkeys Season Three?

Unfortunately, 12 Monkeys fans will be disappointed to learn that the show has only been renewed for 10 episodes instead of its usual 13. The decision to cut the show’s episode order may have been made because the number of viewers has dropped significantly since season one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Terry Matalas urges fans to watch the show live, even though 12 Monkeys’s fast-paced narrative makes for easy binge-watching. He told Inverse:

 “Waiting to binge could actually hurt a show. Live ratings are really important. If we were strictly on Hulu or Netflix, sure, you could just binge at will, but Syfy does depend on live ratings in order to make money, and if they don’t get live viewers then they’re not going to make the show.”

It’s a good sign that the show was renewed for a third season. That means Syfy wants the show to succeed, but a reduced episode order can often be a sign of trouble in the future. With 12 Monkeys’s second season about to come to an end, now is the perfect time to get all your friends obsessed with the show, creating a bigger audience for the third season.

After all, if 12 Monkeys is canceled, the show would more than likely end on an emotionally devastating cliffhanger. Plus, Matalas said, “There’s some pretty amazing stuff lined up for season three… [but] We need four seasons to tell the whole story.” A third season renewal is great, but now we’re hoping for season four.

12 Monkeys will return to Syfy for the second season’s final two episodes on Monday, July 11th at 9 p.m. ET. Season three is expected to air in 2017.


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Kali O’Rourke

watches more television than anyone she's ever met. Luckily, this has so far served her well in her dream of becoming a television writer. In addition to showing off her knowledge of movie and TV trivia, she enjoys reading, listening to show tunes, and counting down to next Halloween.

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