TVLine Items: Helfer's New Syfy Series, Chuck Fave Visits Louie, Hulu Renewals and More

Tricia Helfer AscensionTricia Helfer is heading back to Syfy — and outer space — in the new six-hour event series Ascension.

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Per, the Battlestar Galactica alum will play manipulative power broker Vionda Denniger who navigates life aboard the starship Ascension, which was sent into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. Ascension picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to wonder why they’re really there.

Helfer was last seen headlining ABC’s Killer Women, which aired six episodes earlier this year.

Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been renewed for four more seasons. In addition to the previously announced fourth and fifth seasons, premiering this summer, 24 more episodes will air on Sony’s Crackle.

* And speaking of comedians in cars, Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski plays chauffeur in a just-released promo for the fourth season of FX’s Louie, premiering May 5. Behold:

* In addition to renewing Tyler Labine’s Deadbeat for a second season, Hulu on Wednesday announced summer premiere dates for three original returning series: The Awesomes (Aug. 4), Quick Draw (Aug. 7) and East Los High (July 9). New reality spoof The Hotwives of Orlando will premiere July 15.

* CBS is paying tribute to Judge Judy Sheindlin with a one-hour special titled Judge Judy Primetime. Airing May 20 at 8/7c, the program will reflect on Sheindlin’s career “from family court judge to pop culture phenomenon.”

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  1. Eric says:

    Louie + the lovely Yvonne Strahovski = must-see television.

  2. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    I thought that was her in the promo. Awesome.

  3. Tran says:

    Couldn’t get enough Yvonne Strahovski. So great on Chuck, somewhat good on Dexter and I cannot wait to see how she fares as Kate Morgan in 24: Live Another Day come Monday.

  4. Meghan says:

    I love that it sounds like Syfy is going to be full of, y’know, sci-fi again.

    • dman6015 says:

      It would be nice if NBComcast would pick up the canceled Almost Human and put it on SyFy (ugh, still hate that name). Expensive, but it would be worth it.

  5. Irene says:

    Please unsuscribe me

  6. liz says:

    yesss Tricia is returning to her science fiction roots!!!!

  7. Morgan says:

    I wanted Sarah to kick her butt on Chuck.

  8. Chlojac says:

    It’s great to see Yvonne doing comedy again. She was really funny when given comedic material on Chuck and she has a great sense of humor. I’d love to see her get a regular comedic role someday.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Cool to see Yvonne in new Louie promo. Happy Deadbeat will be back for season 2. Can’t wait for Awesomes new season.

  10. erin says:

    Yvonne <3