Syfy Standing Behind 'Caprica' For 'The Long Haul' - Featured


Despite low ratings and a mixed reception from genre fans, Syfy isn't ready to cash out its cubits and give up on 'Caprica' just yet.


Mark Stern, Syfy's EVP of original programming, told Airlock Alpha that the cable net is committed to the show "for the long haul."


Stern says Syfy wasn't expecting the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series to become a hit right out of the gate, not even with fans of Ron Moore's celebrated sci-fi show.


"It's not 'Battlestar Galactica,' it's its own animal. And we definitely recognize that it's going to find its audience and it's going to grow its audience," he said.


'Caprica's January premiere reeled in only 1.6 million viewers, but the low turnout was expected, since the two-hour pilot was released on DVD last fall and had also been streaming for free online since December. But the low ratings continued, with the series' second and third episodes pulling in fewer than 1.4 million viewers each (less than 'Swamp Loggers', as our friends at Buddy TV have pointed out.)


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Feb 19, 2010 5:43PM EST

Its still too early to call it right now. Dollhouse wasnt that great at the beginning of its first season. You have to wait at least until the end of the first season to see whether the show is going to be good. Its like counting a football team out before the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs....not a great idea..

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farghes
Feb 19, 2010 8:09PM EST

Glad to see they're staying the course. Big BSG fan, and I'm really enjoying Caprica too. It's got a Book of Genesis meets Frankenstein kinda feel to it that I'm really loving. Kinda wondering who the guy in the picture on this post is. Kinda looks like James Marsters.

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Tech2002
Feb 20, 2010 9:17AM EST

Farghes,
From the quoted article:"He said the pace would pick up with the March 5 arrival of 'Buffy' alum James Marsters as terrorist leader Barnabus Greeley. "
Looks like you're right.

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Feb 21, 2010 10:13AM EST

Yeah, I read that, too. And if you mouse over the pic the url says capricamarsters210syfy.jpg.
I'm so happy that someone at Syfy has some sort of brain in their head. They seem to be much better at nurturing shows and giving them a bit of time to gain an audience than the networks which yank the rug out from under great shows they've barely even promoted. They have to realize that there's just too much TV out there, and once someone's schedule is full it's kind of hard to add another program even if you really want to. But eventually the well-written, superbly acted, and captivating underdogs claw their way to the top, if given the chance, which most of the time they aren't.

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Feb 21, 2010 10:33PM EST

It seems people like to forget that the ending of Battlestar Galactica was a horrible tragedy to sci-fi. The directorial tool of "Deus Ex Machina" is the the biggest cop-out for science fiction and not only did Ronald D. Moore use "deus ex machina" but the entire show seems to be based on "God's Will", which in turn is Ronald D. Moore's will just because he decided to not to think of an ending after 5 years we get this boring nonsensical ending that doesn't man anything or even gives a cool ending to their plot. I don't expect Caprica to also use "God's Will" or "Deus Ex Machina" as an ending but so far, Caprica hasn't done anything to futher its story. What kind of plot could they have that doesn't end in the predictable Cylon War. And, it has a lot of emotion, yet I don't sympathize or care about any of the characters. You want to keep coming back, you should have introduced a plot thread in 4 that isn't just leading the to travesty that was Battlestar Galactica. I do agree with the article that James Marsters will make the show better because right now my favorite part of the show is Scott Proter.

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Feb 22, 2010 2:43AM EST

Eh? Caprica's just having a ridiculously SLOW start. The ground work is there, the story just needs to get moving and the only way for that to happen is to let the episodes roll out.
Honestly, BSG was half as good as everyone hyped it to be for me. I was ridiculously disappointed after finishing the series.
Caprica's pilot really grabbed my attention though, definitely looking for more.

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Feb 23, 2010 12:04AM EST

I do enjoy Caprica but it is a plot and it needs to pick up the pace and progress the cylon story more.

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Feb 23, 2010 11:42AM EST

At least we know why the cylons were so effective as soldiers - they were based on stroppy teenagers!Yes - that does look like James Masters in that pic......
I'm really enjoying Caprica. I think it has huge potential. Fingers crossed it gets a chance to bloom.

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