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Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, coming to Sci-Fi

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 27th 2006 10:44AM
battlestar galacticaI love the new Battlestar Galactica series as much as the next fan, but could Sci-Fi be banking too much on the series too soon? Among other shows in development, the cable channel has recently announced a new prequel spin-off series, called Caprica, which will take place 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica. The series is said to focus on the development of the first cylon while following the familes of the Adamas and the Graystones. I know I'll definitely be catching it.

Other shows in development for Sci-Fi after the jump.

[via AICN]


  • Snap -- From Alias and Lost producer Jesse Alexander, this is a one-hour Hitchcockian thriller about a Federal agent who uncovers a deep-seated and seemingly unstoppable conspiracy.
  • Persons Unknown -- From Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), who executive produces with Heather McQuarrie, this show is a surreal mind-game of a series centering on a group of strangers who awaken in a deserted town with no memory of how they arrived, only to realize that there is no escape.
  • The Bishop -- From executive producers and writers Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Conrad Jackson, this one-hour drama revolves around a young slacker whose charmed life is disrupted when he discovers that he has a supernatural gift.
  • Blink -- From executive producers Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Michael Forman, and writer Irving Belateche, this thought-provoking series asks the question: what would happen if you could freeze that moment in time when something you do or a decision you make changes your life forever?
  • Chariots of the Gods -- A six-hour miniseries based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Erich von Daniken, Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Da Vinci Code in this startling tale of extraterrestrial infiltration of human evolution.
  • Destination Truth -- A reality series from Neil and Michael Mandt that takes us on one man's search for the truth that investigates stories of the unexplained across the globe.
  • Ground Control -- From Carson Daly Productions, this half-hour late night strip focuses on a wide-range of human interest and news topics relating to science fiction and the world of the supernatural, the paranormal, and the unexplained.
  • Untiled Ministry of Unknown Science Sketch Comedy Series -- A half-hour, hybrid sketch comedy, Ministry of Unknown Science uses the classic PBS science news magazine show format as a launching point into mockumentary segments, sketches, commercial parodies, field tests, interviews and other stream-of-consciousness insanity.

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Christopher Mankey

Battlestar Galactica is an ok series, but IMHO not worthy of a spin off.

The Sci-Fi network should grab the rights to Surface and continue that series.

Err...Surface? What are you smoking?

April 29 2006 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Jeremy

I'm not surprised by it but I think it is a mistake to launch a prequel when everyone is unsure if BSG will recapture its audience for its third season following the dramatic plot that was introduced in the last episode.

I also would like to know when SciFi intends to start televising Season 2 of *Doctor Who* since the ratings for Season 1 (vol. 2, or Season 28) are decent despite the fact that the hardcore fans watched the episodes last year courtesy of the torrents after being televised on BBC 1. And then there's also the Doctor Who spin-off *Torchwood* coming up and apparently a new spin-off revolving around the universe's best robot dog K-9.

April 28 2006 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really? The Ministry of Unknown Science? The guys with the underground comedy science shows in downtown l.a.? I love those guys. This sounds promising.

April 28 2006 at 4:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For every Battlestar Galactica, SciFi produces ten pieces of low budget crap. Maybe Caprica could be a good show, but something about it makes me cringe. As for that list of other shows -- mostly crap based on these descriptions. Depending on how well it's written, Blink could be interesting, but Eric McCormack doesn't fill me hope. Chariots of the Gods, if done right, could also be interesting.

April 27 2006 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John B

I just don't understand the Sci-Fi network. When they first appeared you could find all kinds of old sci-fi series on the network, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, tons of old stuff. Now on any given day if you turn on sci-fi you get some infomercial or a half dozen episodes of Quantum Leap.

Battlestar Galactica is an ok series, but IMHO not worthy of a spin off.

The Sci-Fi network should grab the rights to Surface and continue that series.

April 27 2006 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Snap- Hasn't this already been done? I think it was called "The X Files"

April 27 2006 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Keith, I think he might have been talking about the writing and directing talent.

April 27 2006 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Eric -- I don't think you have to worry about talent being stretched, since Olmos can't star in Caprica, as the Adama we'll see in Caprica will be 50 years younger!

April 27 2006 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds interesting, and they're positioning it at a point in time where there really isn't too much they could do that would mess with the current series. If anything, I can see the two shows complementing each other very well - introduce a character development or plot point in Caprica, see the ramifications in Galactica.

Of course, they could overdo that and we'll all bitch, but we'll see what happens. I'm sure some of the BSG crew over here will start wailing and waving their arms wildly, shouting that the producers can't manage the one show as it is... But I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops.

April 27 2006 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oooh nooooo! Tell me this is a belated April Fools joke, please! This is a bad idea on so many levels it boggles the mind.

First, this new show will stretch thin the talent now being used for BSG.

Second, isn't this just the kind of thing that Star Trek does all the time, and that Moore and others have criticized it for. Who cares about prequels and sequels? Only TV execs and producers who want job security.

Third, some things about the past are better implied than dramatized and therefore made explicit. The cylon and human past is much more powerful when it is not delineated in excruciating detail. This was the mistake of "Enterprise" and I fear the upcoming Star Trek film from JJ Abrams. It was also why X-Files (and probably Lost) became increasingly boring and mundane. I don't want to see the day Kirk met Spock, or Adama met Tyh, or the first cylon was rolled off the assembly line. It does nothing for the main drama of BSG and only detracts from it.

Someone, please, stop them before they ruin another great series.

April 27 2006 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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