Tricia Helfer Will Front Syfy’s 6-Hour Mini-Series Ascension

Trcia Helfer in Battlestar Galactica

Having plotted (and succeeded in) the destruction of humanity in “Battlestar Galactica,” Number Six (aka Tricia Helfer) is setting her sights on saving it this time in the Syfy Channel’s upcoming mini-series “Ascension.” The show is being touted as an “event series,” which is the popular way to describe a mini-series these days.

On the show, Helfer will play “the beautiful, manipulative and dangerous Viondra Denniger. Viondra regards herself as a not-so-secret power broker aboard the Ascension. As the Captain’s wife, Viondra is afforded a position of power and privilege, which she leverages as the Ship’s Chief Steward.”

Hmm, sounds more like the main female villain to me. Since they’re casting her first, I’m assuming it’s a major role. That, and she’s likely the show’s best-known castmember.

More on the plot of “Ascension”:

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

No word yet on who else will co-star with Helfer. The actress is coming off the ABC show “Killer Women,” which was, yes, pretty damn awful.

“Ascension” will launch in November and air through December later this year. Like most mini-series, if it scores big, don’t be surprise to see it turn into an ongoing TV series. Syfy likes to use their mini-series as backdoor pilots.