Saturday, 23 October 2010

Blood & Chrome pilot greenlit, Caprica 1.5 DVD available on Amazon

Mo Ryan at TVSquad.com posted the news earlier today about the pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Spartactica for short) getting the green light. The press release is at the end of the post. Here is the part that concerns Caprica's future, from Mark Stern:

"To be really categorical about it, this is not about finding something else so we can get rid of 'Caprica," Stern said. "I don't know the fate of 'Caprica' yet, but, if anything, 'Blood & Chrome' going to series would only be a great opportunity to pair it with something.'

And we'll find out exactly what the new round of conceptual ping-pong with the Battlestar verse means for Caprica by November 15. If someone bothers to mention it, that is.

Interestingly, TVShowsonDVD.com reports that the Caprica Season 1.5 DVD can already be pre-ordered on Amazon. With six episodes left to air, no, the DVD details haven't been released yet.

In other news, a Battlestar Galactica exhibition opened this weekend at the Sci Fi Museum in Seattle. Io9.com has a cool video about the building being gutted to get the vipers and raider inside, and there is a short clip from the BSG Media Panel on YouTube.

Cast & crew updates: 

Esai Morales has joined the cast of Lives of the Saints, an ensemble drama that "tells the intertwining stories of a group of Angelenos seeking redemption for past mistakes, only to find that forgiveness comes from unlikely places." They start filming on November 13 in Los Angeles.

Fort McCoy, with Eric Stoltz, will be screened at the Hollywood Film Festival this weekend. 

Hiro Kanagawa is doing another play in Vancouver, this time with Battlestar's Alessandro Juliani.

Peter Wingfield has told his fans that he will guest star on an upcoming episode of CSI: Miami.

Two guest appearances to check out on Monday at 9 pm: Paula Malcomson is on The Event (NBC) and Tricia Helfer on Lie to Me (Fox).

Jorge Montesi is on Outlaw tomorrow (Saturday, 8 pm, NBC).

Patton Oswalt is developing a new sitcom for Fox.  

SpoilerTV has a teaser for next week's episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, with Katee Sackhoff. A week after that (Thursday, Nov. 4), Brian Markinson guest stars on the show.

Hawaii Five-0, with Grace Park and not-so-dead James Marsters possibly coming back, has been picked up for a full season.

Kevin Murphy's Hellcats will be getting the back nine episodes too.

The Age has a report from Jane Espenson's recent visit to Australia that has some interesting bits about Bob Harris' Beyond Caprica guide.

And here is the press release for Blood & Chrome (bolding some parts in case anyone wants to cross-reference them in the Battlestar timeline):

Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

“The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”

“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said David Eick.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I am very excited about this! BSG was an incredible show and although I watched Caprica despite its flaws, it didn’t really hold a flame to its predecessor. I think Blood and Chrome will be better though. I’m also excited for this because it will be the first BSG series I get to watch as it airs, in high definition. Ever since I upgraded I’ve been blown away at just how much the added clarity adds to the SciFi genre (and Horror too). It makes me glad I’m a DISH Network subscriber/employee, the HD free for life promotion is what finally prompted me to do the upgrade, now I wish I had done it sooner.