Syfy has announced that New Zealand dramedy The Almighty Johnsons will premiere Friday, July 11th at 10:00. Created by James Griffin and Rachel Long, the series tells the story of Axl (Emmett Skilton), a 21-year-old who learns that his family are reincarnated Norse Gods. However, they don’t have control over their powers, so it’s up to him to restore them and ensure the family’s survival.
The Almighty Johnsons is the latest international acquisition for Syfy, which has used the tactic quite frequently in recent years, mostly to strong results. Among the internationally produced genre series to air on Syfy are Lost Girl, Merlin, Continuum, Sinbad, Primeval: New World, and Bitten, with four of the six earning additional seasons on the network. Syfy has been ratcheting up its original content in recent months, going after harder science fiction and steering away from the content that has defined their last few years, but acquiring international product is still a cost efficient way of building up a scripted slate and one that will allow them to focus on series they produce while still increasing their number of scripted hours.
In addition to Skilton, The Almighty Johnsons stars the likes of Tim Balme (Dead Alive), Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jared Turner (30 Days of Night), Ben Barrington (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), and Alison Bruce (The World’s Fastest Indian).
You can check out a trailer for The Almighty Johnsons below.
Will you be watching The Almighty Johnsons? Do you think the show will improve on the performance of Continuum and Helix in the Fridays-at-10:00 slot? What other internationally produced science fiction/fantasy/horror series would you like to see end up on Syfy?