Resident Alien is returning for season 2 on SyFy. The network has handed out an early renewal to the series, which stars Alan Tudyk in the lead role and is based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name. This is a good sign for the show, as the renewal comes weeks ahead of the season 1 finale.
The numbers indicate this is a good move. Resident Alien is the most-watched new drama on cable over the last year. It has also been a critical hit. The show currently holds a 93 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes to go along with a 90 percent audience rating. Lisa Katz, SYFY's president of scripted content, had this to say in a statement.
"With Resident Alien, everything just came together in perfect harmony, a script by Chris Sheridan that leapt off the page, a lead performance by Alan Tudyk, whose nuance between comedy and menace was pitch perfect, and a team of producers, cast and crew who were all striving to do something great. The appeal of this show transcended the sci-fi genre in a way that enabled us to bring in a broader audience, and as the series continues we hope to encourage more and more fans to discover Harry's very particular perspective on humans."
Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund and Levi Fiehler join Alan Tudyk in the cast. The ensemble also includes Elizabeth Bowen (Deputy Liv Baker), Meredith Garretson (Kate Hawthorne), Judah Prehn (Max Hawthorne), Gary Farmer (Dan Twelvetrees), Kaylayla Raine (Jay), Alex Barima (David Logan), Mandell Maughan (Lisa Casper), Elvy Yost (Isabelle), Jenna Lamia (Judy), and Ben Cotton (Jimmy). And Terminator icon Linda Hamilton. Not to give anything away but Tudyk had this to say about the news.
"It kinda gives away that Harry doesn't complete his mission and destroy the human race at the end of this season, but it's great to get another season's worth of trying to do it!"
Resident Alien centers on Harry (Alan Tudyk), an alien that crash lands on Earth and passes himself off as a small-town human doctor. He has arrived with a secret mission to kill all humans. He begins by living the simple life but things get complicated when he's roped into solving a local murder. Harry discovers he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does this, he begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his mission and asks the big life questions like: "Are human beings worth saving?" and "Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?"
The series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). Mike Richardson (Hellboy) and Keith Goldberg (The Legend of Tarzan). Justin Falvey (The Americans) and Darryl Frank (The Americans) of Amblin TV also executive produce. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) also serves as an executive producer in addition to directing the pilot. The Resident Alien season 1 finale airs on March 31. This news comes to us directly from SyFy.com.