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.
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.
Ascension is due to blast off during November sweeps.