Syfy acquires 'The Almighty Johnsons' from New Zealand
"The Almighty Johnsons" focuses on the four Johnson brothers -- ordinary guys living in Auckland who just happen to be the human incarnations of Norse gods. Unfortunately, they each have very limited superpowers from this and thus must deal with everyday life like everyone else. This mostly consists of mid-level jobs and drinking a lot of beer.
Beginning when the youngest Johnson brother finds out he's Odin and therefore must find his soulmate in order to avoid potentially global catastrophe, "The Almighty Johnsons" is currently airing its third season in New Zealand. The first two seasons -- 23 episodes -- are set to air on Syfy.
While this marks the first purchase of a television program out of New Zealand, Syfy has a strong recent history when it comes to acquiring foreign productions for American viewing. The Canadian series "Lost Girl" and "Continuum" came to Syfy in this same manner.
"We're delighted to introduce quality New Zealand programming to the Syfy audience," said senior vice president of programming, Chris Regina. "A compelling blend of fantasy and comedy, this quirky series should resonate strongly with our viewers."
Will "The Almighty Johnsons" be a hit with American audiences? Can the potential expansion of the viewing market make a Season 4 possible?