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Continuum creator Simon Barry answers burning Reddit questions

On Friday night, days after Showcase announced that it had greenlit a six-episode fourth season of Continuum, show creator Simon Barry took to Reddit to answer fans’ burning questions about the series, his feelings about a shortened run of episodes and what fans can look forward to in 2015.

As expected, most wanted to know exactly how Barry and his writing staff will take the numerous stories angles from Season 3 and wrap them all up in just six instalments.

“Six will be sufficient,” he typed. “Don’t be troubled. Take a long walk and enjoy a glass of nice Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. I recommend RedCarWine.com.” Barry acknowledged to another poster that he had originally had seven seasons in mind when he began putting the adventures of Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) together, but is able to work with what the network has given him. Speaking of Showcase, all Barry would go on the record to say regarding the months of waiting to hear if Continuum would return at all was to state, “I’m sure there are myriad reasons all networks make the decisions they do. I prefer to focus on making the show as good as it can be and let the network figure the rest out.”

As for whether or not Continuum could make the jump to the big screen or appear on Netflix or Hulu, Barry quashed that talk by typing that a pickup isn’t in anyone’s mind at the moment because the plan is to complete storylines with the coming half-dozen instalments.

“But never say never,” he teased. “The ending for Season 4 will be the ending we originally intended regardless of how many seasons we made. I hope to someday play out the missing seasons in an amateur community theatre setting. Human size puppets are not out of the question.”

Link: The magic and economics of Continuum

From Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire:

How the Magic & Economics of Canadian Sci-Fi TV Helped Create ‘Continuum’
In terms of their decision-making process, we probably received the benefit of the doubt in terms of not being canceled, which a lot of shows are when they’re not performing to expectations. They wisely recognized there was an opportunity to service the fans, and also to make more of an event around this final season. It seemed like a lot of things lined up in our favor in that sense. Obviously, I’m speculating, because you never get to hear the inside information. Continue reading.

Continuum renewed for fourth – and final – season

It’s the end of the road for time travelling cop Kiera Cameron. Showcase announced Monday night that Continuum has been renewed for a final six-episode season.

“All great stories deserve an end,” Nichols said in a press release. “I am excited and grateful to finish Continuum with the riveting conclusion it deserves. This series finale is dedicated to the devoted fans who have loyally supported us since Day 1.”

Production on Season 4 is set to begin in Vancouver in early 2015 with broadcast of the episodes later in the year. The renewal comes amid months of speculation regarding whether the sci-fi series would return or not. Now we have the answer.

Created by Simon Barry, Continuum stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a cop from 2077 Vancouver who is sent back to present-day stop a group the terrorist group Liber8 from affecting the future. Aiding Kiera in her mission is Vancouver cop Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) and computer whiz Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen). Opposing her were Liber8 members Matthew Kellog (Stephen Lobo), Sonya Valentine (Lexa Doig), Lucas Ingram (Omari Newton), Travis Verta (Roger Cross), Jasmine Garza (Luvia Petersen) and Julien Randol (Richard Harmon).

Season 3 of Continuum ended in a cliffhanger, with an special ops army troupe from 2077 arriving in Vancouver to lay waste after Kiera and Brad activated the beacon and the death of evil Alec at the hands of good Alec. The episode was the No. 1 program of the night in key demos for all of Canadian specialty programming.

Continuum has been lauded with numerous award wins, including a Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects for a Program or Series and Leo Awards for Best Dramatic Series, Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series and Best Screenwriting for a Dramatic Series.

It airs in over 132 countries.

Continuum season 3 in production

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From a media release:

Reunion Pictures, in association with Shaw Media, today announced that production is underway on season three of Continuum, Showcase’s Canadian original action-drama about a policewoman from 2077 who travels back in time to track down escaped convicts from her future. Season three of Continuum is slated to premiere on Showcase in March 2014.

In season three of Continuum, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols; Criminal Minds, Alias) faces the immediate consequences of Alec Sadler’s (Erik Knudsen; Jericho, Scream 4) betrayal at the end of season two – when he disappeared in a flash of light with the time travel device Kiera hoped might send her home. Alec’s impulsive decision sets in motion a chain of events, which pushes Kiera into a shocking alliance with a former enemy.

Kiera must also contend with a newly strategic Liber8 organization, and a growing darkness in her police partner, Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster; Castle, Melrose Place). Ultimately, all roads lead through young Alec Sadler, and with his genius never having been more tested, his choices force Kiera – and everyone – to examine all they hold dear.

“Season three of Continuum will raise the stakes and expand the universe of our show in ways that will surprise and engage our fans,” said creator/executive producer Simon Barry. “Kiera’s journey brings her experiences that test her beliefs and challenge her resolve. The future is not what it used to be.”

New to the cast this season is Rachael Crawford (Alphas,The Firm) who joins as a guest star in a multiple episode arc. Returning cast include Stephen Lobo (Smallville, Little Mosque On The Prairie), Lexa Doig (V, Stargate SG-I), Omari Newton (Blue Mountain State, Sophie), Luvia Petersen (The L Word) and Terry Chen (Bates Motel, Combat Hospital).

Continuum is created by Executive Producer Simon Barry (The Art of War) while DGC Award winner Patrick Williams (Shattered, Smallville) is Executive Producer and Director. Reunion Pictures partners Tom Rowe, Lisa Richardson and Matthew O’Connnor are Executive Producers.

Filmed on location in Vancouver, BC, Continuum is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures. International distribution is handled by Endemol. The series is now seen internationally in over 50 countries.