From THR: Syfy's Battlestar Galactica spinoff Caprica got off to a weak start Friday night, drawing 1.6 million viewers. That's below the averages for "Battlestar" and "Stargate: Universe" on Fridays, and well below their premieres ("Universe" drew 2.4 million last fall). Of course, most "Battlestar" fans interested in "Caprica" had probably already seen the first episode, since the pilot has been available on DVD and online. Syfy says that between Hulu, iTunes and Syfy.com, they've received about 2 million viewers pre-premiere. The second episode is always more telling than the first, and this time that goes double for "Caprica." Source
After sharing with you Kendra's Top 10 Wishes for the New Year and Rachel's 10 TV Wishes for 2010 , we thought it would also be fun to sort through your comments and share with SideReel some of our users' wishes. So, without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite Reeler wishes: 1. Caprica has a big start and additionally meets the expectations of BSG fans. - tvseeker And on a related note... 2. "The BSG movie is never heard from again." - totvornottotv And for some more SciFi show love... 3. If this DOES turn out to be the final season of Supernatural , the show goes out with a BANG. - sceeZer 4. People give the new Doctor Who a chance. - lostnthought , among others 5. " Stargate Universe needs to get a Stargate-ish feel." - Serathas Some matchmaking... 6. "Booth and Brennan get together" (on Bones ) and "Eric and Sookie get together" (on True Blood ) - kabomb123 And finally some pleas to the networks... 7. "I would love it if American networks would stop remaking shows from other foreign shows." (because they normally do a bad job...) - jaivomi 8. To ABC - " Castle survives to see another season." - ChuckNut 9. To FOX - " Glee comes back earlier than April." - 9ja_tvaddict 10. "Networks know how to identify, promote, and hold on to their good shows." (R.I.P., Dollhouse ) - ak10 Thanks guys, for all of your contributions! Still haven't shared your 2010 TV Wishes in comments? There's still time! All year, in fact...
After sharing with you Kendra's Top 10 Wishes for the New Year and Rachel's 10 TV Wishes for 2010 , we thought it would also be fun to sort through your comments and share with SideReel some of our users' wishes. So, without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite Reeler wishes: 1. Caprica has a great start and meets the expectations of BSG fans. - tvseeker 2. If this DOES turn out to be the final season of Supernatural , the show goes out with a BANG. - sceeZer 3. "I would love it if American networks would stop remaking shows from other foreign shows." (because they normally do a bad job...) - jaivomi 4. " Castle survives to see another season." - ChuckNut 5. " Glee comes back earlier than April." - 9ja_tvaddict R.I.P. /> 6. "Networks know how to identify, promote, and hold on to their good shows." - ak10 7. "Booth and Brennan get together" (on Bones ) and "Eric and Sookie get together" (on True Blood ) - kabomb123 8. People give the new Doctor Who a chance. - lostnthought , among others 9. " Stargate Universe needs to get a Stargate-ish feel." - Serathas 10. "The BSG movie is never heard from again." - totvornottotv Still haven't shared your 2010 TV Wishes in comments? There's still time! All year, in fact...
The Caprica -is-more-mainstream-than- Battlestar Galactica comment from Syfy president David Howe didn't sink well with some people. Opening the gates of SyFy to a more general audience, of course, is part of the network's re-branding scheme, and Caprica, easily one of SyFy's most heavily anticipated shows in January, follows this "brand evolution launch" the network had six months ago. "You're going to see shows that people don't expect from us," says Howe, "shows that yes tackle speculative subject matter but tackle it in a way that is very accessible and relatable... and to some extent actually I think Caprica epitomizes that." Howe mentioned that they plan to sort of escape the purely sci-fi branding via Caprica, something that wasn't set in space, to attract more "mainstream" viewers. "[Caprica has] characters that you recognize, that you can relate to, you know, shows that have a sense of humor that, you know, have a warmth and an optimism as well as thought-provoking kind of veneer to them as well. The Battlestar Galactica prequel has gathered a lot of buzz lately, thanks to the pilot being released via DVD in April. It had also been made available on the SyFy website. According to the SyFy head, they're going to make Caprica available to stream anywhere "that people are prepared to carry the link to it." This, of course, includes the slightly modified two-hour pilot. Slightly modified because it has been "family friendly-ized." Caprica is set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, the story of how Colonial humanity first created the robotic Cylons, who would later plot to destroy human civilization to avenge their enslavement. Source Here
Just a little over a month before Syfy 's highly anticipated Battlestar Galactica prequel kicks off, the cabler's president said the network has high hopes for Caprica : to bring more mainstream audience, something that BSG wasn't able to do. "Battlestar was a spectacular flagship show for us - the level of critical acclaim around that show was pretty unprecedented for any cable network," says Dave Howe. "But ultimately, it didn't bring in as many viewers as it had the potential to because it was on a network called Sci-Fi and it was set in space. It spoke to some of the narrow perceptions, even though at its heart it was an intense emotional character drama. The fact that it was set in space is actually irrelevant." Howe adds that he hopes that since Caprica isn't set against a space backdrop, people will be more open-minded and receptive to it. "In all of our testing, we've been overwhelmed by the positive response from new viewers - they're actually seeing things that were in Battlestar Galactica but somehow having it set on a planet that looks like Earth gives more people permission to come in and sample it." Changing Sci-Fi to a phonetically similar SyFy, meanwhile, even criticized by some, is already reaping rewards for the network, says Howe. He cites promising figures for October: 1.5 million viewers on the average and fourth spot among basic cable networks for the all-important 18- to 49-year-old demo. "We are the No. 1 DVR'ed network period... Our ratings are better than ever," he stressed, adding that the rebranding sought to send the message that SyFy is "not as niche and narrow as people expect." Caprica is set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, the story of how Colonial humanity first created the robotic Cylons, who would later plot to destroy human civilization to avenge their enslavement. Source Here
Now that I'm really getting into V, I thought I'd honor the Visitors' leader, Anna (played with reptilian grace by Morena Baccarin), by putting together a list of TV's memorable alien villainesses, whose insidious forces have infiltrated, assimilated, assaulted, insulted, and generally picked on the human race. Who is your favorite alien villainess? From Caprica Six of Battlestar Galactica to the Borg Queen of Star Trek, here are some of the baddest sci-fi ladies to grace the TV screen. Full story:
They'll be a bit less Caprica than expected. The Battlestar Galactica prequel series has had its first season shortened by one episode, reports Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan. Ryan spoke to Mark Stern, executive vice president of original content for Syfy , who said the decision to reduce the order for Season 1 from 20 to 19 episodes was a financial one, which resulted from the series in general being more expensive than originally expected. Stern said that Caprica is "a more elaborate production" than Battlestar, noting that the spaceship-set BSG mostly filmed inside soundstages and on pre-existing sets, while the planet-bound Caprica has required a lot more on-location shooting. "We always knew it would be a challenge to bring it in on budget, and the deeper we got into it, the more we realized that if we [stuck to the budget too closely], it was not going to be satisfying," Stern told Ryan. "We were cutting corners and we weren't happy with that and the executive producers weren't happy with that." Stern says the show's executive producers didn't feel they could comfortably cut two episodes from the season, but were able to reconfigure the end of the season to cut one. As to rumors of trouble behind the scenes at Caprica, Ryan says Stern and other sources tell her there have been the normal "creative growing pains associated with any first-year program." Jane Espenson, a Battlestar and Buffy alum, is executive producing the series, along with Ron Moore and David Eick and early reports indicated the plan was for Moore and Espenson to somewhat run the writers room together, with Espenson gradually taking the reins. Recently however, Desperate Housewives veteran Kevin Murphy joined Caprica as an Executive Producer, and has "been taking the lead on breaking stories," says Ryan. But Stern notes, "Ron, Jane and David are still very much in that mix. Every show has to find its voice and figure out what it wants to be. Every show has to find out which characters pop and which story lines play. There were some growing pains as they found the right balance of stories and characters." Source Here
One of the original cast of " Heroes " has tweeted that Kate Vernon from " Battlestar Galactica " is going to guest star on the show. Greg Grunberg who plays Matt Parkman wrote on Thursday, November 12, "Kate Vernon from BSG is now on #Heroes -- can't wait for you guys to see her. The 5th!!" While what kind of role Vernon will play out in the series is not yet known, Grunberg had earlier posted a picture of the actress posing with Robert Knepper. In the sci-fi series, Knepper plays Sam, the ringleader of traveling troupe called The Carnival, so Vernon could either be the latest member of the group or a relative of Sam. Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh on "Galactica", has not given commitment to any TV series after the Sci Fi series wrapped up earlier this year. However, she had joined the cast ensemble of "The Last Song" which is going to theaters across the U.S. on April 2, 2010. Although "Heroes" is struggling with its rating, the show has been nominated for Favorite Sci Fi/Fantasy TV Show at the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards. Also listed under the category are, " True Blood ", " Supernatural ", "The Vampire Diaries" and " Lost ". Source Here
" Battlestar Galactica: The Plan " has unveiled four clips as a tease via Yahoo!. "The Plan" is written by " Battlestar Galactica " writer Jane Espenson and directed by Edward James Olmos who plays Admiral Adama. It takes viewers inside the perspective of the Cylons who are divided into two, one who hates humans and the other who learns to live with them. In one of the clips, Brother Cavil who fronts the group hating human discusses with Boomer about being in control of the plan. Cavil spreads his plan of destruction and gathers with the other Cylons to plot their next step, the genocide. The other clips show panoramic view of destroyed Caprica. "The Plan" was initially conceived as a TV movie slated to air on Syfy in November. But a change had been made and it will go direct to DVD on Tuesday, October 27 with a plan to play it on the network in early 2010. A two-hour event, "The Plan" serves as the prequel to the Syfy series "Battlestar Galactica". It begins just after The Destruction of the Twelve Colonies, with two Cylon agents discussing the problem of the remaining humans, both on the planets, and those who have escaped into space. Source & Clips
Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackhoff will appear on the Nov. 23 episode of CBS' The Big Bang Theory . According to the Chicago Tribune, Sackhoff will play herself in the episode, serving as Wolowitz's dream girl. Known best for her role as Starbuck on Battlestar, Sackhoff will join the cast of 24 as a series regular come January. Are you excited to see Sackhoff on The Big Bang Theory? Source Here