Syfy Renews ‘Sanctuary’

The network moves forward with a shortened fourth season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Syfy Renews 'Sanctuary'

"Sanctuary" will continue for at least another year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy has officially ordered a fourth season of "Sanctuary," which will begin production this spring and may even be back on the air by fall.

However, the episode count for the fourth season will 13 episodes, down from the 20 episodes of the third season. The first two seasons of "Sanctuary" also had 13 episodes each.

Created by Damian Kindler, "Sanctuary" became one of the first dramatic web series to successfully make the leap to television when it came to Syfy in 2008. The series follows Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), a scientist dedicated to finding "abnormals" — people or animals with extraordinary powers whom are usually called "monsters" by the rest of humanity — and provide them a safe haven. Robin Dunne co-stars as Magnus’ protégé Will Zimmerman, with Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander and Christopher Heyerdahl as Neanderthal nicknamed "Bigfoot" by the show’s fans and producers.

"Sanctuary" is particularly notable for being the first show in North America to film exclusively with the RED camera, as well as its comprehensive use of greenscreen to create the show’s environments.

The series is currently on hiatus, but "Sanctuary" is expected to return to Syfy in April for the remaining ten episodes of the third season.