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Mary McDonnell Talks 'The Closer,' 'Major Crimes' and the 'Return' of 'Battlestar Galactica'

Mary McDonnell has a full agenda these days: The actress has been recurring on 'The Closer' for a couple of seasons, and she'll be a series regular when the TNT drama returns July 11. That job will keep her busy well into next year: The network recently announced that, after Kyra Sedgwick ends her run on 'The Closer' in 2012, McDonnell's Sharon Raydar character will be the lead of a spinoff titled 'Major Crimes.' Though McDonnell was eager to talk about those new developments in a recent interview, it was actually a past project that prompted the conversation in the first place. McDonnell played Laura Roslin on 'Battlestar Galactica' for four seasons, and when she heard that BBC America was going to start re-airing the entire series starting 10PM ET June 11, she was happy to promote the "return" of the groundbreaking drama. "I think it's perfect timing," McDonnell said. "'Battlestar' is so rich and relevant that one time through is not enough." http://www.aoltv.com/2011/06/09/mary-mcdonnell-closer-major-crimes-battlestar-galactica/

'Battlestar Galactica' to rerun on BBC America

Fans of the 2004-2009 reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" rejoice: the series is coming back to TV, this time on BBC America. The cable network plans to air all 80 hours of the saga, including the two-part miniseries, according to the Hollywood Reporter."Battlestar" will join BBC America's "Supernatural Saturday" lineup along with "Primeval," "Outcasts," "Bedlam," "Dr. Who" and "Being Human."And there may be new material added to the "Battlestar" saga soon -- a new spinoff, "Blood and Chrome," is reportedly in development.The series is set to begin re-airing on BBC America on June 18 at 7 p.m. ET.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/04/battlestar-galactica-to-rerun-on-bbc-america.html

Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber, Ron Moore to Reunite on NBC

Battlestar Galactica alum JamieBamber will reunite with Ron Moore in NBC's 17th Precinct , according to TVLine.com. Executive-produced by Moore, the series is a supernatural police drama set in the fictional town of Excelsior. Bamber will star opposite the recently cast Stockard Channing as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jamie-Bamber-NBC-1029528.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome': U.K. 'Skins' star Luke Pasqualino is young Adama

Syfy has found the actor to play a young William Adama in its upcoming movie/back-door pilot "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome."He is Luke Pasqualino, a British actor who starred in the U.K. version of "Skins" for two seasons, EW reports. The show has also cast Ben Cotton ("Hellcats," "Harper's Island") as Adama's commanding officer."Blood & Chrome" is set in the 10th year of the first Cylon war, between the events of "Caprica" and those of "Battlestar Galactica"; Adama is a young fighter pilot who's just been assigned to Galactica, the newest battlestar in the fleet. His commander is Coker (Cotton), who's nearing the end of his tour of duty and doesn't take too well to his new recruit at first.Cotton, incidentally, guest-starred on a couple episodes of "Caprica" last fall, but he played a different character."Blood & Chrome" will also have a central female character; that role has yet to be cast. The two-hour movie... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/01/battlestar-galactica-blood-chrome-uk-skins-star-luke-pasqualino-is-young-adama.html

Casting 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'

Casting the role of a young William Adama is no easy task, so let's help Syfy out. The casting notices for the new 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series, 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' has gone out and there are three main characters in need of actors. Besides the 20-something, cocky, yet inexperienced Adama, TV Guide reports the series is casting one male and one female lead. It's the 10th year of the Cylon war and Adama's risky behavior leads to conflict with Electronic Countermeasures Officer, Coker Fasjovik. Coker Fasjovik is in his late 20s/mid-30s and "is weary after a long mission serving on Adama's first ship, a less-than-impressive Raptor called the Weasel."  The female lead, Beka, appears to have a nefarious plan; Coker Fasjovik suspects her, but Adama is on her side. So, who can tackle these roles? Let's dish. http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/08/casting-battlestar-galactica-blood-and-chrome/

SyFy's New Battlestar Galactica Prequel Searches for Lead Roles

SyFy's new Battlestar Galactica prequel pilot, Blood & Chrome, has begun casting its three lead characters — roles that shed light on what this new show is about. The series is set in the tenth year of the first Cylon war and centers around hotshot rookie pilot William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the 2004-09 series) as he is assigned to Galactica, the Colonial fleet's newest battlestar. Adama will be in his early-to-mid 20s, and is described as Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun — a cocky and fearless jock. His experience as a fighter pilot thus far has been limited to simulations, but he can't wait to duke it out with the Cylons. His over-enthusiasm and risky maneuvers cause him to butt heads with the more experienced and cynical Electronic Countermeasures Officer, Coker Fasjovik. To Read More Click Here.

Syfy Announces Second Battlestar Galacitca Spinoff

Exciting news from Syfy channel for Battlestar Galactica fans:  the cable channel has given the green light to a brand new BSG spinoff, this one focusing on a familiar character.  Here’s Syfy Channel with all of the details. 2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama’s Adventures in First Cylon War NEW YORK – October 22, 2010 – 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. To Read More  Click Here.

Tricia Helfer trades in Cylon red for 'Dark Blue'

During her years on the space saga "Battlestar Galactica," as Cylon Number Six (a line of androids with many copies), Tricia Helfer played, among other things, a seductive "angel," a fierce warrior and a mother-to-be. Her taste for strong roles continued when she returned to Earth (and to Los Angeles from Vancouver, Canada), to take up her first job as a series regular since "Battlestar.'' To Read More Click Here .

Battlestar's Return

You just can't keep a good Colonial down. Battlestar Galactica, which ended its run in 2009, may be returning as a Web series called "Blood & Chrome." The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the series will focus on the young William "Husker" Adama during the first Cylon War. An older Adama, of course, was played by Edward James Olmos in the TV series. Michael Taylor, co-executive producer of Galactica and its spin-off Caprica, will write the script for the series, which he describes as being "about a young man's initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground (and in Battlestars and Vipers), and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media." "Blood & Chrome" will run nine or 10 episodes at 10 minutes each, and if it's greenlit into production will be shot on green screens and virtual sets. The Battlestar sets were scanned before being struck when the show ended, and hence are available to be recreated for something like this. To Read More Click Here .

'Battlestar Galactica Online' Trailer Released

Devoted fans of "Battlestar Galactica" can relive the moment through an online game which first trailer has just been released by Bigpoint and SyFy. "Battlestar Galactica Online" is the upcoming MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) which will put gamers either as Human or Cylon/Man or Machine. It will debut on SyFy's website first as a 30 day exclusive before going public. The game, which uses the browser-based 3-D software technology by Unity, will include tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based quests. Some elements from the Emmy-winning series as well as storyline are embedded in the game. " 'Battlestar Galactica' has a huge and passionate fan base," CEO and Bigpoint founder Heiko Hubertz said. "We are proud to be able to publish such an internationally famous title as one of our online games. For the first time ever, we're relying completely on Unity in order to offer our users fantastic game graphics right in their browsers." The TV series ended in March last year after four seasons on screen. Then a TV movie called "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan" was premiered in January this year, taking the point of view from the Cylons. Source & Trailer
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