Television Critics Association honors BSG as best show; True Blood, Mad Men also recognized. Though recognition from awards shows has pretty much become a joke in recent years (OMG a Teen Choice Award!), it's still nice to see a deserving program take home a trophy. Especially when that program is Battlestar Galactica. The Television Critics Association Awards, which took place this past weekend and are exactly what they sound like, honored Battlestar with their highest honor, "program of the year." The SyFy show has always been a critical favorite, but for some reason never got any real love from the Golden Globes or Emmy Awards (it won a few technical awards for effects at the Emmys). A splendid remake of the campy late-1970s program, Battlestar Galactica has repeatedly been called one of the best dramas on TV by prominent professional television critics (not just bloggers working out of their basements). That praise, however, didn't translate to awards. Let's face it, there's a clear bias against sci-fi at the Golden Globes and Emmys, as evidenced by a grand total of ZERO major category nominations during the show's five-season run. At least the TCA award gave it a proper sendoff in its final season, even though many would argue it wasn't even its best. True Blood -- also an Emmy shutout (perhaps there's also a vampire bias?) -- was awarded outstanding new program, one of three wins for HBO. The cable network also won awards for news special The Alzheimer's Project and mini-series Grey Gardens. Mad Men continued its dominance of the drama category (a given regardless of awards show), and The Big Bang Theory took home the hardware in the comedy category. The unisex acting awards went to Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad and Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. Hmmmm... Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, and Big Bang Theory all winners at the TCAs, but not even nominated for Emmys. Who do you agree with -- the critics or the Emmy voters?
EW asked PopWatchers which science-fiction characters/creatures they'd most like to hang out with; Kara Thrace, Bender, Hiro, E.T., and more have an open invitation to get in your fave fives. I'd like to be friends with Kara Thrace (Starbuck) from Battlestar Galactica . I love her hard-drinking, frak-the-world attitude. She would be tons of fun at the bar. Maybe Colonel Tigh could come along too. EW: Sci-Fi Characters Buddy List
A Fox insider is confirming a rumor that was making the rounds at Comic-Con: Battlestar Galactica stud Jamie Bamber (that's Apollo to you) will guest star in the season premiere of Dollhouse as someone who is heavily involved in an engagement with Echo and her new handler Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett). This calls for some type of fun, frak-related play on words -- preferably one that hasn't been done to death (i.e. fraktastic, fraktacular, etc.) I'll let you tackle that challenge in the comments section. Source
This morning at Comic-Con, an all-encompassing Battlestar Galactica panel paved the way for all things BSG now that the flagship series has come to a close. The panel was held to preview to major events, the BSG TV movie The Plan and the new series Caprica . Perhaps most importantly, Caprica finally has a premiere date for the series: January 22, 2010. For Caprica, creator Ronald D. Moore promises that even though it's about the origin of the Cylons, there will still be plenty of conflict and antagonists. The show gives the writers a chance to explore the 12 different planets, and through those differences they have the option to explore war and discrimination. Savvy Internet fans will also be pleased to learn that Moore intends on keeping up with his weekly episodic podcats, accompanied by a cigar and some alcohol. However, he did warn that he may have showrunner Jane Espenson do a few as well. Espenson will also help run Caprica, and as a writer, she's found herself falling in love with a lot of the characters. Among a few she mentioned are Polly Walker's Sister Clarice, who Espenson promises will "blow your underpants off." She also enjoys a simple house robot named Surge and Joseph Adam's gangster brother Sam, both of whom she loves writing for. For The Plan, writer Jane Espenson, well known at Comic-Con for her years on Buffy, was excited to write an entire TV movie from the point of view of the Cylons. "I love writing immoral characters," she said. The film will use Brother Cavil as the primary focus to tell the story, which creator Ronald D. Moore says helped a lot with the end of Battlestar Galactica the series. While exploring who Cavil is and what he wanted for the TV movie, they figured out his role in the finale. The Plan is directed by Battlestar Galactica lead Edward James Olmos, and he's excited by how different it is because Espenson went through and collected many of the most memorable moments and The Plan gets to show them through a new light. Olmos is also incredibly confident that The Plan won't be the last Battlestar Galactica movie. He was vocal in saying that fans will explode and go crazy over the DVD, and based on simple economics, the studios will insist on more Battlestar Galactica. However, this only happens if you heed Olmos' advice: "Don't download it, buy it." Olmos also gave hardcore fans hope that one of the show's biggest mysteries will be answered, because it was a question he still had. Olmos asked who wrote Adama the note he found in the miniseries that told him there were only 12 Cylon models. The show never answered who put that note there, but thanks to Olmos, that mystery will be solved in The Plan. Source here
Syfy 's new series, Caprica , has been given a release date of Friday, January 22. The newly rebranded network announced that the series, which takes place more than 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica , will debut with a two-hour premiere (already available on DVD for those who can't wait). Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales star in the series, which is executive produced by BSG's Ronald D. Moore, David Eick and Jane Espenson. Source: TV Guide
We have 5 Blu-Rays to giveaway - Want one?? SEASON 4.5 and what matters * The epic story of survival that redefined science-fiction television for a new generation comes to a breathtaking finish when Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5 arrives on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def and DVD on July 28, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. * Own BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 4.5 on Blu Ray Hi Def and DVD July 28th! Relive every epic moment from the show Time Magazine calls "One of the Best Drama's on TV" * Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5 features over 13 hours of explosive extras, including three extended episodes of the series finale that never aired on television, never-before-seen deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and commentary and podcast interviews with Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Follow the little blu-ray road over here to see what you need to do to get one of these badboys for you.
UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS BEAR MCCREARY: THE MUSIC OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AT COMIC CON JULY 23-25 HOSTED BY EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (THURS/FRI) AND GRACE PARK (FRI/SAT) La-La Land Records to Release Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 Soundtrack July 28 Burbank, CA - June 30, 2009â Universal Cable Productions presents Bear McCreary and the music from Battlestar Galactica for three nights at the House of Blues in San Diego from July 23-25th â during Comic Con! The concerts will be hosted by Admiral William 'Husker' Adama himself, Edward James Olmos (on Thursday and Friday) and Grace âBoomerâ Park (on Friday and Saturday). The concerts will celebrate the July 28 release of a special 2-CD set, Battlestar Galactica: Season 4. La-La Land Records is releasing the Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 soundtrack through a license agreement with NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group. Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 will be available in stores nationwide and online on www.lalalandrecords.com and www.amazon.com. The two-CD soundtrack will feature music from seasons 4.0 and 4.5 and the music from âDaybreak,â the stunning series finale. Also available from La-La Land Records are McCrearyâs soundtracks for Battlestar Galactica Seasons 1, 2, and 3, Caprica and Eureka. UCP Presents Bear McCreary: The Music of Battlestar Galactica will feature special guest hosts and surprise celebrity appearances. Special Battlestar Galactica merchandise will also be available for sale at the concerts. La-La Land Records will be selling copies of the soundtrack for Caprica, and all of the Battlestar Galactica soundtracks, including advance copies of Season 4. In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for all three nights. VIP Tickets include special entry and access to the hosted VIP-only balcony seating, bar and Delta Lounge, a meet-and-greet and autograph signing with McCreary and the BSG band, and a VIP gift bag which includes the Caprica Soundtrack CD. "Bear McCrearyâs music was an integral part of the re-invention of Battlestar Galactica. Its complexity, depth, and breadth helped elevate the series beyond a simple âSpace Opera.â We couldnât be more excited to see Bearâs music embraced by fans and music aficionados as something to be celebrated on its own," said Mark Stern, EVP, Original Programming, SCI FI Channel and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. The emcee the first two nights, Edward James Olmos agrees. âThe day has finally come when I will be able to experience live the sights and sounds of Bear and his friends. Wow.... what a privilege!" âThis great series has come to an end, but I'm thrilled that my original score can live on in soundtrack albums and on the concert stage,â said McCreary. âI can think of no audience who will appreciate the shows more than the fans at Comic Con, and I am grateful to UCP for this opportunity to bring the music of Battlestar Galactica directly to them.â Season 4 composer McCreary was recently called one of the top 10 composers âthat make space adventures epicâ by www.io9.com. His work on the television series Battlestar Galactica has been described as offering âsome of the most innovative music on TV today,â by Variety, and his blog www.bearmccreary.com/blog, which features in-depth inside looks at the process of scoring Battlestar Galactica, was called "one of the best blogs in the business. It's a fascinating look at the process of making music for film and television and the care he takes with aligning the score with the twists and turns of each character's plot lines," by The Hollywood Reporter. McCrearyâs feature film credits include Wrong Turn 2 and the Rest Stop films. He also scores the series Eureka and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and will be scoring the upcoming
Here are EW's picks of the dozen guys who brought the most heat to roles in science fiction movies and TV during the past year, from Jensen Ackles to Zachary Quinto. ZACHARY QUINTO Spock in Star Trek As EW critic Owen Gleiberman said when writing about J.J. Abrams' Star Trek: Quinto does a fantastic job of maintaining Spock's calm, no-sweat surface but getting quietly hot and bothered underneath. Or, as EW's Annie Barrett so eloquently put it: I'd like to report that, thanks to Zachary Quinto's relentless Zachary Quinto-ness, I just had my second sexual fantasy about Spock. The full list of Sci-fi hotties 2009 also see Sci-fi hotties of '09: The women
EW took it upon themselves to do a poll on the hottest of hotties in Sci-fi 2009, so check out what they came up with! Tricia Helfer Number Six on Battlestar Galactica If the face of the enemy were always this attractive, armed conflict would be a very different scenario. Sure, humanity would still probably get wiped out, but maybe we'd go with a smile on our collective. The full list of Sci-fi hotties 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPRICA SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS Composer Bear McCreary Scores Battlestar Galactica Prequel (June 10, 2009- Burbank, CA) â La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for Caprica on June 16, 2009. The two-hour pilot movie, released on DVD on April 21st from Universal Home Entertainment, launches the new series Caprica to air on the SCI FI Channel in early 2010. Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, Wrong Turn 2) composed the score for this Battlestar Galactica prequel. McCreary will be appearing in July at The House of Blues in San Diego during Comic Con. La-La Land Records is releasing the Caprica soundtrack through a license agreement with NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group. Bear McCreary is one of the top young composers working in Hollywood. His work on the television series Battlestar Galactica has been described as offering âsome of the most innovative music on TV today,â by Variety, and his blog www.bearmccreary.com/blog, which features in-depth inside looks at the process of scoring Battlestar Galactica, was called "one of the best blogs in the business. It's a fascinating look at the process of making music for film and television and the care he takes with aligning the score with the twists and turns of each character's plot lines," by The Hollywood Reporter. Among a handful of select protÃ©gÃ©s of late film music legend Elmer Bernstein, McCreary is a classically trained composer with degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. His credits include Wrong Turn 2, the two Rest Stop films, the upcoming Capcom video game Dark Void, the series Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Battlestar Galactica. Set 50 years before the events that unfolded in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica chronicles an astonishing scientific breakthrough taking shape on the planet Caprica. The rapidly evolving spheres of human and mechanical engineering have collided, along with the fates of two families. Joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror, two rival clans led by powerful patriarchs, Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) duel in an era of questionable ethics, corporate machinations and unbridled personal ambition as the final war for humanity looms. "The Caprica score, while echoing the spirit of Galactica, is very much its own entity, like the series itself", says McCreary. "This album is the seed from which the musical universe of Caprica will evolve and grow." Caprica not only introduces new characters and a new spirit to the Battlestar Galactica family, it also welcomes a new director, Jeffrey Reiner. He describes, âBear sent me very complete demos against picture that worked great, but it wasn't until I sat in the scoring stage at Warner Bros., and heard the maestro conduct his orchestra, that I was blown away." "My approach for Caprica would be the polar opposite [of Galactica],â explains McCreary. âAfter all, the events of this series take place in an entirely different environment. Caprica City is a familiar society at its most decadent and opulent peak. The audience knows that doomsday looms on the horizon, but the characters themselves do not." There will be musical threads that connect the two series. For example, the track âThe Adama Nameâ ends with an understated reprise of the Adama family theme (âWander My Friendsâ) to connect the boy of Caprica to the commander of Galactica. Have no fear â¦ the taiko percussion ensemble returns and can be heard on âCybernetic Life Form Node.â Caprica is currently available on DVD and will premiere on the SCI FI Channel in early 2010. The Caprica soundtrack will be available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com on June 16, 2009. The two-CD Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 soundtrack will be released by La-La Land Records on July 21. For info