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Cougar Town star Brian Van Holt has joined the cast of Syfy's limited series Ascension, Entertainment Weekly reports.


Ascension, the U.S. government launches a covert space mission in 1963 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.

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Holt will play the ship's strong-willed captain, William Denninger, who ascended to that position after saving the ship during a fire. Though Denninger is confident, his marriage to Viondra Denniger (Tricia Helfer) is tumultuous at best.

Written and created by Philip Levens (Smallville), the project is slated to launch in November. Holt is best known for his role as Bobby Cobb on Cougar Town, which was recently renewed for a sixth and final season. He also appeared on CSI and The Bridge.

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