Thanks to Syfy, the holiday season is looking brighter and brighter. Coming right on the heels of the premiere date announcement for The Expanse, the network has announced the premiere and broadcast dates for the 6-hour event series Childhood’s End. Based on the iconic novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, the series is being shown what I call Ascension-style. No, that’s not to say it’ll be canceled before it gets off the ground (pun definitely intended), but that it’s going to be broadcast in 2-hour installments over 3 consecutive nights.
The event, or mini, series, will debut on Monday, December 14 at 8/7c on Syfy and the other 2 installments will air over the following two consecutive nights. So you’re going to get the complete, and first-ever, adaptation of Clarke’s Childhood’s End starting on Monday, December 14, continuing on Tuesday, December 15, and finishing on Wednesday, December 16.
Now you know where you’ll be on those nights thanks to Syfy.
From the press release:
SYFY ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR CHILDHOOD’S END, THE FIRST EVER ADAPTATION OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S LANDMARK NOVEL
SIX HOUR TELEVISION EVENT, PRODUCED BY UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS, WILL PREMIERE ON SYFY DECEMBER 14-16 AT 8PM
LOS ANGELES – August 12, 2015 – Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, one of the most-acclaimed science fiction novels of all time, will come to life in the first-ever adaptation beginning December 14on Syfy. This six-hour television event from Syfy and Universal Cable Productions will air over three consecutive nights on Monday, December 14, Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16 from 8-10PM (ET/PT).
Executive produced by award-winning producers Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, Moneyball, The Social Network), the star-studded cast is led by Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Daisy Betts (The Last Resort), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Osy Ikhile (The Fear) and Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the alien Overlords, who promise to eliminate poverty, war and sickness – ushering in a golden age of peace, health and security for all of humankind. But why do the Overlords insist on hiding their appearance – and what do they ultimately want from Earth? While much of the world enjoys its newfound utopia, some suspect there’s a price to pay. As the truth about the Overlords’ intentions are revealed, humanity will discover its actual destiny may actually be a nightmare, instead of a dream.
Childhood’s End is adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes), who serve as writer/executive producer. Alissa Phillips (Moneyball, Mob City) is co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.
The miniseries is directed by Nick Hurran, who received an Emmy® nomination for Sherlock and a Hugo Award nomination for Dr. Who.
About the show:
Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel first published in 1953, the epic six-hour miniseries “Childhood’s End” follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, which begins decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture.
Karellen (Charles Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel). Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor. However, Karellen’s refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky raises questions whether his intentions are truly benevolent.
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Childhood’s End will air on Syfy Monday, December 14, Tuesday, December 15, & Wednesday, December 16 at 8/7c