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Farscape to Roam for 2 More Years

The Sci Fi Channel, making its most serious program commitment yet, has signed Farscape to a two-year, 44-episode renewal. The renewal itself isn't much of a surprise since the hour-long show is Sci Fi's highest-rated weekly series, but in the constant flux of television popularity, two-year commitments are still uncommon.

The series, which is shot in Australia, features Ben Browder as a contemporary American astronaut who was sucked through a worm hole to the far side of the universe, where he is forced to team up with fugitive aliens. Produced by Jim Henson Co., and Hallmark Entertainment, Farscape has a production budget of $1.4 million per episode, which makes it one of the most expensive series in all of basic cable programming. 

Network president Bonnie Hammer said in a statement that, "Farscape is our signature show, and with this deal, it now becomes our longest-running original series ever.''

New episodes will air beginning in January, most likely as part of the Friday night block of original programming Farscape has anchored for the past two years.