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SyFy Prez: 'Caprica' More Mainstream Than 'BSG' - Featured

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

Evil Female Alien Commanders Make for Memorable TV

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:

Caprica's Episode Order Shortened - Featured

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

'Battlestar Galactica' Star Coming to 'Heroes'

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

Four Clips Released for 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan'

" 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

BSG's Katee Sackhoff to Appear on The Big Bang Theory - Featured

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

Tricia Helfer to Guest Star On Two and a Half Men

Former Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer will make an appearance on the CBS' Two and a Half Men, TVGuide.com has confirmed. As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Helfer will play a pal of Charlie's (Charlie Sheen) fiance Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor). When Chelsea finds out that her friend is recovering from a breakup, she says she should do so at the boys' house. You can bet they'll love that. Helfer's episode airs Nov. 16 at 9/8c on CBS. Source Here

Set, Spike, Score! - James Marsters Signs Onto Caprica - Featured

We were already pretty excited for the January 22, 2010 premiere of Caprica on Syfy (or you can Watch the Caprica Pilot Online Now ) - and now here's yet another reason to look forward to this Battlestar Galactica prequel series. Whedonverse fan favorite James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel 's Spike) has signed on for at least 3 episodes of the series. From EW: "Marsters will play a dangerous terrorist leader by the name of Barnabus Greeley in a minimum of three episodes. Driven by desires both moralistic and carnal, Barnabus is as lethal as he is unpredictable." How awesome is this?! Source

Singer Confirmed for BSG Film - Featured

IGN.com Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct and produce a big-screen version of Battlestar Galactica by trade mag The Hollywood Reporter, days after rumours first emerged on Hitfix. Universal picked up the movie rights to the hit show this February and with X-Men helmer Singer onboard is fast-tracking the project. There is no script yet, but apparently the new Galactica movie will be a totally separate reimagining of the BSG concept, and stand completely independent of the Sci Fi series. The film will be going up against spinoff Caprica - set a generation before the events of the TV show.

Bryan Singer Circling New 'Battlestar Galactica' Movie

Should a new " Battlestar Galactica " movie is made, film director Bryan Singer could be involved in the project. HitFix broke the news that Universal Pictures is nearing a deal with the helmer of " Superman Returns " to produce and possibly direct a brand new feature film that is based on the 1970s sci-fi series. If Singer were indeed involved in the project, it won't be his first work for the feature version. Back in 2001, the 43-year-old filmmaker teamed up with producer Tom De Santo in developing a Battlestar Galactica sequel to the original series. Three months before shooting took place, 9/11 struck and since there are similarities between the planned plot and real-life tragedy, the project was shelved. In late February this year, speculation that the popular TV series may get a big screen treatment was surfacing. IGN reported that Universal Pictures is planning to develop a feature film based on the 1970s sci-fi series and had lined up series creator Glen A. Larson to be the project's screenwriter and producer. Having been brought to the silver screen before with the re-edited versions of the TV episodes, "Battlestar Galactica" is said to revolve around a band of humans surviving the devastating attack by the vicious cybernetic race known as the Cylons. Led by Commander Adama, they aboard the military vessel Battlestar Galactica and go on a journey to find refuge on a distant planet called Earth. Source Here
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