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Battlestar Galactica Season/Series Finale Will Run Three Hours February 18, 2009 4:29 pm

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bsg-520The upcoming fourth season finale of Battlestar Galactica, the show’s final season, will run three hours.  The first episode of the three part episode is titled “Daybreak”, and will air in its normal timeslot on March 13th from 10:00-11:00pm.  Then the following week on March 20th, the remaining two episodes (“Daybreak, Part 2” and “Daybreak, Part 3”) will air from 9:00-11:00pm.  SCI FI will also air a repeat of the first part at 8:00pm, allowing fans to watch the complete three-hour finale straight through.

Source: SyFyPortal

Caprica Hits DVD on April 21st February 5, 2009 7:43 pm

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capricatitle-020509Caprica, the upcoming Battlestar Galactica spinoff starring Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, will premiere exclusively on DVD on April 21st from Universal Home Entertainment, SCI FI Channel announced.

The feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series’ broadcast premiere on the SCI FI Channel in 2010.

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Battlestar Galactica’s Premiere Draws 2.1 Million Viewers January 21, 2009 5:59 pm

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bsg-520The final episodes of the SCI FI series Battlestar Galactica got off to a solid start on Friday night, with the season 4.5 premiere episode “Sometimes a Great Notion” earning a 1.6 household rating and 2.11 million total viewers.

The show did well in the key demos as well, drawing over 1.3 million adults 18-49 and over 1.4 million adults 25-54.

SCI FI hypes the show’s performance (declaring double-digit gains), but the comparisons are made against the season 4.0 average, not the season 4 premiere.  When compared against the season 4 premiere, the show was flat (off just 1% or 30,000 viewers from the fourth season premiere which drew 2.14M viewers).  Among the key demos, however, the show was off slightly more (10% among adults 18-49 (4.0 premiere had 1.4 million) and 7% among adults 25-54 (4.0 premiere had 1.5 million).

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Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy December 16, 2008 12:46 pm

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bsgposter-121608SCI FI’s new 10-part Battlestar Galactica web-series is now online. The Face of the Enemy premiered last Friday afternoon and will be posted on SCIFI.com at 12PM Eastern every Monday and Wednesday up through the on-air return of the series on January 16, 2009.

“The Face of the Enemy” follows the action and suspense inside a stranded Raptor carrying a group of passengers, including Lt. Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani) and a Number 8 Cylon (Grace Park). When passengers suddenly start dying in alarming ways, fear, panic and chaos erupt within the confines of the small ship as suspicion grows that there is a killer among them. Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh) and Brad Dryborough (Lt. Hoshi) also star.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Friday, December, 12: Chapter 1
  • Monday, December, 15: Chapter 2
  • Wednesday, December, 17: Chapter 3
  • Monday, December, 22: Chapter 4
  • Wednesday, December, 24: Chapter 5
  • Monday, December, 29: Chapter 6
  • Wednesday, December, 31: Chapter 7
  • Monday, January, 5: Chapter 8
  • Wednesday, January, 7: Chapter 9
  • Monday, January, 12: Chapter 10

SCI FI also released a new poster advertising the new season of Battlestar Galactica. Which I have posted to the right. Click to enlarge

Watch the first two episodes after the jump.

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SCI FI Greenlights Caprica; Will Premiere in 2010 December 2, 2008 12:39 am

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caprica-120208The SCI FI Channel has greenlit the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.  The network has already produced a two-hour backdoor pilot, and plans are to air the show in early 2010, with production set to begin around the middle of next year.

Caprica stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, and will be set 50 years prior to “Galactica’s” seminal attack on human civilization by those dreaded ‘droids the Cylons. Family-drama-themed series will focus on the Earthlike planet of Caprica as two rival families deal with, among other topical issues, the broader implications of their society’s emerging artificial intelligence technology sector.

” ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was absolutely our flagship show. It put us on the map and helped transform the perception of the network,” said Sci Fi prexy Dave Howe, noting that the cabler hopes to draw a broader audience to a series it sees as more compelling family drama than “space opera.”

“We want people to come to this who have never heard of ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ” he added. “I think, because (‘Galactica’s’) backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. ‘Caprica’ has none of that. It’s an intense family drama set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly.”

The decision to wait until 2010 was made to give the producers time to regroup the core of the ‘Galactica‘ writing staff, says SCI FI programming executive Mark Stern:

“One of the other things we have going for is, this is one of the first shows we’ve done in conjunction with our new cable studio,” Stern added. “There will be a lot of coordination between the studio and the network, not just on production, but how the series is launched, as well.”

The final 10 episodes of the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica begin airing on January 16th, culminating with the series finale on March 20th.  A two-hour movie adaptation, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, is slated to air in early summer.

Source: Variety

Battlestar Galactica Season Four Promo November 25, 2008 12:02 pm

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A new promo for the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica has gone live.  The teaser is called “The Epic Journey”.  Watch it below.

Battelstar Galactica returns with the second half of its fourth and final season on January 16, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT.

SCI FI Announces 2-Hour “Battlestar Galactica” TV Movie August 9, 2008 8:37 pm

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The SCI-FI Channel has announced that they’ll be airing a brand new Battlestar Galactica TV movie in 2009, following the conclusion of the series’ final 10 episodes.  The movie will then be released on DVD.  Series star Edward James Olmos will direct and Jane Espenson will write.  Shooting begins at the end of this month and so far the cast includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell.  More cast should be announced in the coming weeks.  Here’s the synopsis (the press release follows after the jump):

Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas). In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn’t account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.

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Comic-Con 2008: “Battlestar Galactica”-Related Panels [UPDATE] July 24, 2008 11:55 pm

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UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 12:15pm: TV Squad has put up their report from the panel.  Read it at this link.

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There are several panels going on at Comic-Con this week related to the SCI FI series Battlestar Galactica, and the Galactica SitRep blog is on top of all the events.  Here is some of what’s going on:

  • SCIFI.com forums members have a pinned thread at the site set up to discuss the Con and share experiences and photos and what not.
  • Wired, Discover blog, and io9 have observations from today’s BSG 30th Anniversary panel that included Richard Hatch, Bear McCreary, Tom DeSanto and Kevin Grazier.
  • io9 has a post up discussing the 2001 aborted Bryan Singer BSG project: “…Singer’s production company was working on a $13.5 million backdoor pilot for a new BSG, which would air on Fox and then on the Sci Fi Channel. The episodes would have been letterboxed, and the repeat airings on Sci Fi would have had extra footage. DeSanto said the story of the humans “forgetting their purpose” and living in super-capitalist decadence on New Caprica mirrored what he was seeing of his friends during the tech boom around 1999-2000, with people obsessing about their stock portfolios. And just like the Cylon attacks in the abortive Singer pilot, 9/11 brought people back to a sense of purpose.”

I’ll post more when I see it.

“Caprica” Trailer July 23, 2008 1:29 pm

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SCI FI has released a trailer for the upcoming two-hour backdoor pilot, CapricaCaprica is a prequel to the networks critically acclaimed series Battlestar Galactica.  Check out the trailer below.

BSG Actress Tells LA Times that TV Movie Has Been Greenlit June 30, 2008 3:38 am

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Choire Sicha of the LA Times is reporting that the first of as many as three Battlestar Galactica made-for-TV movies has been greenlit.  The news comes from BSG star Grace Park (Boomer), who told the paper that filming is suppose to start in August on the TV movie: “I just heard about the first Battlestar movie being greenlit,” said Park, adding “A TV movie, but still! But this — it’s like, yeah, it’s over but we’re ready to move on but nobody’s manager or agent has been called. It’s supposed to start in August.”   More after the jump.

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No new Battlestar Galactica until 2009 June 13, 2008 5:58 pm

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Sorry BSG fans, but you’re going to have to wait a good six months before watching the final half of season four.  Executive producer Ronald D. Moore spoke at a Wednesday night screening of the show’s summer finale (tonight at 10pm eastern on SCI FI) and revealed that the final half of the fourth and final season of BSG probably won’t air until early 2009.  Moore says the reasoning behind the long wait is that they don’t want the show to face off against the new fall slate on the broadcast nets as well as the football and baseball seasons.

Kinda pointless if you ask me, especially considering the show is doing poorly in the ratings as is with little to no major competition.  Additionally, season three aired from October 6, 2006 through March 25, 2007 yet when you compare the first seven weeks (8 episodes) of that run to the first seven weeks of the current season (7 episodes) season four is off by 13%. Note: ratings for episodes 8 and 9 are not yet available.

Season 3 Weeks 1-7: 1.5 average household coverage rating
Season 4 Weeks 1-7: 1.3 average household coverage rating

“Battlestar Galactica” Ratings Rebound April 8, 2008 4:56 pm

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After a disappointing third season which saw the critically acclaimed series notching record low ratings, the fourth season premiere of Battlestar Galactica opened with 2.14M viewers. That’s an impressive 41% increase over the third season finale among viewers (1.52M to 2.14M) and 38% among adults 18-49 (0.8 to 1.1). Continue reading for my full analysis plus a chart detailing the ratings of the entire series from the two-part miniseries through this premiere.

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“Battlestar Galactica” Returns in April February 13, 2008 12:05 am

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The final season of Battlestar Galactica begins this April.  The SCI FI Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series returns to the network with new original episodes on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The network will air two back-to-back specials the week prior on Friday, March 28th.

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“Battlestar Galactica” and “Bionic Woman” Latest Casualities of Writers Strike November 15, 2007 10:36 pm

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that SCI FI’s Battlestar Galactica and NBC’s Bionic Woman have shut down production due to no more available scripts to shoot.

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“Battlestar Galactica” Isn’t Returning Until April, 2008 October 25, 2007 11:18 pm

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Battlestar Galactica fans are going to have to wait for new episodes just a while longer. Season 4 won’t premiere until April, 2008.

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“Battlestar Galactica” Mini-sodes July 15, 2007 11:31 pm

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While revealing their 2007/2008 original programming slate at the Television Critic’s Association, SCI FI revealed that they will premiere Battlestar Galactica ‘Mini-sodes’, which will air on television and then online.

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“Battlestar Galactica” to End With Fourth Season June 1, 2007 12:35 am

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Four will be all for Battlestar Galactica. The critically acclaimed, but low-rated, SCI FI tentpole will go off the air with its fourth season next year.

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Sci Fi Extends Battlestar Galactica’s Fourth Season Order March 21, 2007 10:36 pm

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Sci Fi has increased its initial 13 episode order of Battlestar Galactica to 22 episodes (a two-hour movie plus 20 episodes).

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News of Battlestar Galactica Direct-to-DVD Movie February 26, 2007 5:51 pm

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Over the weekend during a Galactica panel at the New York Comic-Con, Sci Fi’s Adam Stotsky informed those in attendance that a DTV project is indeed in the works and he briefly discussed certain details about it.

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Battlestar Galactica Renewed For A Fourth Season February 14, 2007 9:13 pm

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The hit Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica has been renewed for a fourth season, Sci Fi announced yesterday.

The fourth season is tentatively set for a premiere in January of 2008, with production on 13 episodes to begin this summer. (more…)

Update on Status of Battlestar Galactica and The Dresden Files February 3, 2007 12:07 am

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After a weak debut in their respective season openers, Battlestar Galactica and The Dresden Files both showed signs of improvement, likely due to not having to air against the AFC Championship Game.

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Ratings for The Dresden Files, Battlestar Galactica, Monk and Pysch [UPDATE] January 23, 2007 6:42 pm

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The new Sci Fi series Dresden Files, as well as the returning Battlestar Galactica had trouble finding an audience Sunday night, as ‘Dresden’ failed to get to a good start and ‘Galactica’ was off from its Friday night average. (more…)

Executive VP of Sci Fi talks “Battlestar Galactica” January 17, 2007 3:45 pm

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There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the future of Battlestar Galactica. Though praise for the show has remained high among fans and critics alike, the show has struggled in the ratings, leading to speculation about whether or not it would return for a fourth season.

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“Battlestar Galctica” direct-to-video confirmed by show creators January 12, 2007 9:34 pm

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Two weeks ago, Geek Monthly broke news about a direct-to-video release of a movie based on the current Sci Fi production Battlestar Galactica.

Well, it’s now been confirmed to be accurate via the show’s creators: Ronald Moore and David Eick. NBC Universal, the studio of the show, are interested in a DVD release, but it will only happen if there is a fourth season of the show (which still has not been announced).

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Possible renewal for ‘Galactica’ close January 3, 2007 5:34 pm

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SyFy Portal is reporting, but stressing the news should be viewed as rumor, that Sci Fi is close to renewing the critical hit Battlestar Galactica for a fourth season, possibly even before the switch to Sunday nights happens this January.

“Moving a show to Sunday nights might at first glance appear to be an act of desperation, but SciFi Channel is expected to officially give the greenlight to a fourth season of “Battlestar Galactica,” possibly even before the show makes its Sunday night debut on Jan. 21.

The site is also reporting that news isn’t so good for the proposed spinoff Caprica: “Anyone expecting to see ‘Caprica’ before 2008 is fooling themselves,” a SciFi Channel source told SyFy Portal. “There is still quite a bit to be worked out.”

The site also goes on to report that Sci Fi is not expected to grant a greenlight for the recent mini-series The Lost Room which aired at the end of December and averaged a 1.8 household rating over its three nights (1.9, 1.7, 1.7), well below previous mini-series by the network (3.0+ from Mini’s such as Battlestar Galactica and more recently The Triangle).

Battlestar Galactica averaged a 1.5 household rating during the first half of its third season. The show is down nearly 30% from the 2.0 it averaged over the first 10 episodes of season 2.

Source:[SyFy Portal]‘Battlestar Galactica’ To Get Renewed, ‘Caprica’ Struggles