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Cult show Resident Alien is moving to the USA (Network, that is) with a surprise fourth season renewal after finding success on Netflix

Alan Tudyk's Syfy series will be returning, but not on Syfy

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After three seasons, Harry Vanderspieigle’s time on Syfy is over — but he’s not headed back to his home planet just yet. Resident Alien, the fan-favorite series starring Alan Tudyk is getting a fourth season after all… but on a different network entirely. Welcome to the USA (Network), Harry!

The series, which just wrapped up its third season on Syfy in April 2024, is undergoing a change of venue at an interesting time in its run; a quiet success on the genre-centric cable channel since its debut in 2021, the show has found a new audience after its first two seasons were added to Netflix in early 2024 as part of the ongoing deal between Universal Content Productions — one of the studios behind the series, alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Jocko Productions, and Dark Horse Entertainment — and the streaming service. (UCP is also responsible for Suits, which found a substantial second life on Netflix, notably.)

The move to the USA Network — which, like Syfy, is owned by NBC Universal — comes at a time when the network is moving back into scripted original content after four years (outside of sharing Chucky with Syfy, curiously enough), and is part of an effort to broaden the appeal of Resident Alien beyond its core, devoted fanbase. Speaking anecdotally as someone whose non-sci-fi loving family has discovered the show on Netflix, there’s a very real possibility of that happening if more people are exposed to the show…

For those unfamiliar with Resident Alien, it’s set in a small Colorado town where an alien has crash-landed and taken up residence — hence the name — as the town’s doctor, Harry Vanderspiegle. Initially intending to kill all of humanity, he slowly assimilates into humanity more than intended, and finds himself defending the town from threats both terrestrial and otherwise; it’s loosely based on a Dark Horse Comics title created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, and stars Tudyk, Sara Took, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund, and Elizabeth Bowen.

There’s no date for the show’s fourth season as yet, but anyone looking to catch up can find the first two seasons on Netflix, or all three seasons to date on Peacock.

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