Bell Media sets premiere date, timeslot for Killjoys

The bounty hunter drama from Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta bows in June on Space.
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Bell Media is hoping for another hit on its Space channel with Killjoys, and its setting up the series to take on Showcase’s Defiance on Friday nights.

The 10-episode series, from Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. starting June 19.

“We’ve been building [Friday nights on Space] since the fall where we were airing Z Nation and then continued with really strong movies. We’ve been building the spot and it’s been a traditionally good night for genre,” Rachel Goldstein-Couto, director of programming, entertainment specialty TV at Bell Media told Playback Daily.

Buoyed by the success of the cross-channel season 3 premiere for Orphan Black, Bell Media’s specialty programming team is working with their CTV counterparts to determine if the strategy can be repeated. If not, a post-premiere encore on CTV ahead of the second episode could be done instead, Goldstein-Couto said.

“We’ve also done [this] in the past with other Canadian programming like 19-2 and Bitten on specialty, to help draw viewers into the second episode,” she said, adding that Syfy’s Canadian-produced Dark Matter will also be airing on Space on June 19.

“It’s actually a night of original Canadian programming…it’s great and nice to have to shows that go well together,” Goldstein-Couto said.

Michelle Lovretta created the series and serves as showrunner. The series is produced by Toronto-based Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy. Lovretta is repped by Jeff Alpern of The Alpern Group.