Amanda Tapping’s hit sci-fi and fantasy series Sanctuary is coming back for more monster hunting next year! Syfy has renewed the show for a 13-episode fourth season.
Season Three is currently on its mid-season hiatus, and is the show’s first year with a 20-episode order — allowing for a longer and more gradually developed storyline this season. Syfy didn’t offer any explanation for why it is returning to the 13-episode format.
Sanctuary has aired in the 10 p.m. time slot on Friday nights, enjoying the lead-in audience of around 2.7 million viewers from the 2-hour block of WWE SmackDown and averaging 1.46 million viewers itself.
Sanctuary is a co-production of the SPACE network in Canada, which has also announced the renewal.
“We’re thrilled about the extraordinary support SPACE has provided since the beginning,” series creator and executive producer Damian Kindler said. “They were the first to recognize Sanctuary‘s potential and are the foundation upon which all of our success rests.”
Sanctuary co-stars Robin Dunne, Ryan Robbins (Atlantis‘s Ladon Radim), Agam Darshi, and Christopher Heyerdahl (Atlantis‘s Halling and Todd the Wraith). The series was created and is executive produced by former SG-1 writer Damian Kindler, and executive produced and directed by former Stargate director Martin Wood. Tapping also serves as executive producer.
Syfy had originally planned to move the show to Tuesdays with Stargate Universe, but changed their minds just a few weeks before the season premiere — keeping the Sanctuary team on Friday nights and instead pairing SGU with Caprica. Both of those series found the Tuesday night competition rough-going, and were canceled by December.
The renewal puts Syfy’s success rate for its fall scripted series at a meager 33 percent: 100 percent success on Friday nights (1/1), and 100 percent failure on Tuesdays (0/2).
Season Four of Sanctuary will kick off next fall on Syfy Channel and SPACE. The second half of Season Three returns in the spring.