DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy chats about Season 2 – Exclusive – Part 2

Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Kevin Murphy, the co-creator/executive producer/show runner of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, he talks about metaphor, Votan races and why he never wants to work with feathers again. AX: At what point did you realize the series was in part a metaphor for human on human interaction? KEVIN MURPHY: I think that was always part of it. I’m as proud of this show as anything I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of stuff over the years, and I think it’s really a testament to, we were in a supportive environment with a […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy talks Season 2 – Part 1 – Exclusive

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

DEFIANCE, now in its second season on Syfy Channel, concerns an Earth approximately thirty-five years after seven different types of aliens, known collectively as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. The Votan have issues with each other, as well as with humans, who – as always – also have issues with one another. At the same time the TV series DEFIANCE began airing, Trion launched its online videogame DEFIANCE, which has story and characters that synch up at various points with the show. This poses a unique challenge for both the TV creative staff and the videogame personnel. DEFIANCE executive producer/co-creator/show […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE director Michael Nankin gives the scoop on Season 2

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE - Season 2 | ©2014 Syfy/Jue Pugliese

In Season 2 of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Thursdays at 8 PM, things have only heated up in the town of the title. It’s been three-and-a-half decades since seven different species of aliens, collectively called the Votan, landed on Earth. Integration with the human population – and each other – is still a work in sometimes violent progress. DEFIANCE co-executive producer/director Michael Nankin, who previously worked with DEFIANCE executive producer/show runner Kevin Murphy when they were both on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA, is at a Syfy party for the Television Critics Association. He talks about the challenges of making credible, character-based but […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE executive producer Michael Taylor speaks

Grant Bowler and Trenna Keating in DEFIANCE - Season 1 - "The Bride Wore Black" | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Mondays at 9 PM, seven alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. Accidental terra-forming and life-form creation occurred, as well as a lot of panic on all sides. It has been nine years since peace was declared between humans and Votans. The TV series, already renewed for a second season, takes place in the frontier town of Defiance,  formerly St. Louis, MO, while the Trion Massively Multiplayer Online Game DEFIANCE, designed to run parallel with the show, takes place in a reconfigured San Francisco. Michael Taylor, one of DEFIANCE’s executive producers and writers, who […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years […]Read On »

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