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
While some of our Friday favorites like Smallville and Dollhouse are bumped tonight due to the worthy cause of the Hope for Haiti Now special, there's more to catch tonight including the premiere of Caprica ! Check out all that's on tonight: 8/7c Hope for Haiti Now on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW Wizards of Waverly Place on Disney Channel Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Cartoon Network 9/8c Caprica on Syfy 10/9c Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Starz 11/10c John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on NBC What will you be watching?
1.5 million may have seen the Caprica pilot, but that doesn't mean no one will tune in tonight to see how the evil Cylons have started. If anything, the positive reviews should convince both Battlestar Galactica fans and non-fans to give one a try. Like those who have seen the prequel's pilot via DVD or online, I've seen the pilot, and it's nothing short of compelling. As we all know, when Caprica kicks off, the Twelve Colonies are still at peace, 58 years before the reimagined series. And that's the thing with prequels: you know where it's going, but that doesn't make things less exciting. We'd be introduced to Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), a lawyer with ties to the underworld thanks to brother Sam (Sasha Roiz) and wealthy technologist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz). The two are brought together because of a tragedy that takes away their daughters (something fueled by religious fanaticism). Grief stricken, Daniel sets out to bring her back, thanks to his wealth and the available technology. "Only gods have power over death. I reject that notion," he says at one point, when someone tries to engage him over the unnatural nature of the venture that they're doing. Joseph Adama, by the way, is the father of William Adama, the eventual commander of the great military vessel Battlestar Galactica, commander of the refugee fleet and military commander of the evacuees of the Twelve Colonies. Source & Promo
If you haven't seen the pilot movie for Caprica (first available on DVD last spring), be warned that plot points from it are discussed below. This Friday sees the Syfy debut of Caprica, the new spinoff/prequel of Battlestar Galactica. Taking place 58 years before Battlestar, the series follows Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), who both lose family members in a terrorist suicide bombing. But Daniel soon concocts a plan to bring his daughter Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) back, in the form of a robot he's been building, called a Cylon. I recently spoke to Caprica executive producer David Eick about the new series, to get his perspective on the show's aesthetic, it's portrayal of teenage characters (one of whom is inside a Cylon) and more. To Read More Click Here .
It's a tricky strategy SyFy is doing. Some two months before Caprica kicks off on TV, the network has made its pilot available for public viewing on its website. And that's not all. It has also released it via DVD in March. When it finally debuts this Friday, then, it's safe to say that a lot of people, especially those who are really determined to see it, would've have done so. In fact, SyFy reveals that 1.5 million has sampled the Caprica pilot even before it hits television screens. Aside from the network's website, the Battlestar Galactica prequel was made available on Hulu, free on demand, Apple, Amazon, and even film festival screenings. Just for a little perspective, Battlestar's pilot in 2004 was seen by 3.1 million viewers, one of its highest-rated programs to date then. Its first episode was also made available for viewing in its entirety from the website, but after it airs on TV. Says SyFy bigwig Blake Callaway, the network decided to use the pilot at the core of marketing the entire 18-episode series, precisely why they didn't try to keep the two-hour opener under wraps. "Traditionally, the approach was spend a lot of money to get viewers to watch episode 1," he said. "We're just as heavily promoting week 2 as well." The aired pilot episode features establishing shots of the planet Caprica, plus a "supertease" that foreshadows the rest of the season. According to Callaway, Syfy doesn't really know how many people have watched the entire episode and how many just watched portions and will tune in to see the whole thing on Jan. 22. And SyFy is serious. Its strategies include Spanish-language advertising on Telemundo to target the Hispanic market, a Caprica Open Mic application on Facebook, and the usual print ad campaigns and film festival screenings. True enough, Callaway called Caprica the network's "biggest priority for the year." Source Here
It's t minus 6 days before Caprica kicks off on Syfy , and already the anticipation is high for the Battlestar Galactica prequel. Los Angeles Times is doing a countdown of sorts, and has released a pilot that lets us take a peek at the new world that is Caprica. We also get to know a little on the series' storyline plus the moral dilemmas that it confronts. Watch the trailer here . It's definitely not your BSG fare, but it's also definitely sci-fi. A description of the Caprica world has also been released, and we agree: it's very familiar. "A lush blue and green world with a mild climate, Caprica is currently the only unquestioned superpower of the colonies. Its economy and popular culture fuel the colonies. Caprica is primarily a secular planet of comfort, safety, and wealth, beginning now to grapple with a disaffected youth culture." Source & More Photos
Jane Espenson was supposed to be showrunner for upcoming Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica on Syfy , but she chose to hand the reins to executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick so that she can focus on writing for the series, which she said is a dream for any sci-fi writer. "All we have to do is backtrack what we know and create a livable, reasonable, interesting culture," she tells If Magazine. "For sci-fi writers, that's a dream - that's not a chore, that's fun." Espenson, who has Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and BSG on her rather impressive resume, points out that it has been "shockingly easy" to write for Caprica, which essentially tells how and why Cylons were created and how humanity got itself into the harsh reality depicted on BSG. The writer mainly credits the "wonderful" 58-year cushion between the two series. "You don't feel the need to set up stuff," she adds. "BSG was my last home before Caprica, and I still feel very much a part of that. Really, BSG's the mother ship." As for Espenson's other current ventures, she's doing a five-book arc of the Buffy comics, which are all available. "I'm very proud of this particular batch. Joss handed me an amazing segment of story and gave me a lot of leeway to do what I wanted to do with it, and I think I may have finally cracked the formula for lots of action, not so much talk that works for a comic book. I may have finally got it." Caprica kicks off January 22, although the pilot's been released via DVD last year and is available for screening on the SyFy website. It stars Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, Esai Morales as Joseph Adama, Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone, and Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone, who appears on the show's first promo photos. Source Here
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
Merry Christmas from SyFy, Caprica fans. It's a treat for sci-fi fans who can't wait until January 22 for the kick-off of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica as the cabler makes available an extended version of the show's pilot on its website for - get this - free streaming. Of course, the Caprica pilot has already been released on DVD in April and, needless to say, the more passionate of the fans have seen it doubtless. But wait, there's more - the pilot available on SyFy.com includes some extra footage that will, chances are, not make it on the January premiere. The online cut runs for 52 minutes. Needless to say, the risks run high for a move like this. Not only was the pilot released through DVD in April, it will also be available online for free weeks before its on-screen debut. The network executives are hoping people will get have a chance to check the pilot out, regardless of the medium. The Caprica pilot is available for streaming on SyFy.com. Source Here
cant watch eny of these in the uk . so could someone sort that out please . you would be a real star .