Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt to Captain Syfy's Starship Ascension

Brian Van Holt is switching from cabernet sauvignon to Tang, to helm a starship in the Syfy limited series Ascension.

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Per Entertainment Weekly, the Cougar Town vet will play William Denninger, captain of the titular vessel, which was launched into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. The six-hour series picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to wonder why they’re really floating around in a giant tin (penny) cannnnn.

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As previously reported, Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer will play manipulative power broker Vionda Denninger — aka the captain’s wife, with whom he shares a difficult marriage.

Van Holt’s previous TV credits also include The Bridge, Burn Notice, John from Cincinnati and Threshold.

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Ascension is due to blast off during November sweeps.

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  1. Liz says:

    Interesting choice, but I think he definitely has the charisma to pull off a darker scifi roll.
    I hope the captain plays penny can.

  2. Scott Johnston says:

    So what does “six hour series” really mean here ? Are we talking 6 one-hour time slots (that is 4 hours of material) or something else?

  3. tyranthraxus says:

    Gonna be interesting to watch. The 60’s take on technology (levels , flashing buttons and attire)

    I honestly dont know what to expect here.

  4. Kayla says:

    Penny cannnnnn

    But yeah, I’ll watch.