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Will Battlestar Galactica make a jump to NBC?

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 10th 2006 8:27AM
battlestar galacticaThere's a fairly logical rumor brewing that NBC is in the final stages of a plan to put Battlestar Galactica on its network. It's no surprise, really. NBC/Universal owns the SciFi Channel, which airs BSG. Plus, it's a huge success with viewers and critics. Speculators put the show on NBC at the mid-season, directly after sci-fi hit Heroes, with Studio 60 finding a new time slot on the NBC primetime schedule.

However, a little phone call over to NBC Universal shoots down that rumor. Jessica Nevarez in the publicity department tells us, "It is an online rumor that someone started and it is absolutely false."

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it would destroy the show. Having episodes like they had during the first couple this season where the humans were called the insurgents.....and not just by the enemy but by the goodguys too would have led to a backlash against a mainstream network show. It can hide on cable and not be noticed. Also the last time they experimented with Galactica a year ago on NBC its ratings werent just low..they were microscopic.

December 16 2006 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris w

According to ITUNES subscribers of BSG season 3, their "season pass" has been reduced by 5 episodes due to the amount of episodes SciFi plans to air this season. Is this a sign that NBC is bringing it to their network?

October 26 2006 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I heard if they Bring back Stargate SG1, they will introduce a new type of Cylon.

October 17 2006 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris w

Although I would love BSG to be opened to a wider audience, NBC would not be patient enough to wait for great ratings. Shows like Closer(which I don't watch) can get a 7.1 rating on cable(TNT) and be considered stellar ratings. On a major network, these would paltry, poor numbers. Cancellation numbers.
I want EVERYONE to know how great BSG is, but this would be a risky move. What if NBC moves it to their home, promotes the hell out of it, and it gets crappy rating numbers. Then they cancel it after a couple months, what then? The series would probably be over w/ for good. Can't go to NBC, can't go back to SciFi. Done.
If it stays on SciFi, it could last several seasons. And isn't that what we all want people?

October 11 2006 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Dumb rumour" aside, if they do want to show it dually (liek 'Heroes') what i hope they would do is to deliberately _not_ catch up. This would allow them to push the audience who wants to see current BSG to scifi, and those are "simply willing" to follow along stay on NBC. No ones ratings should be affected. This also works like a constant rerun thing for the diehards of us, who mite actually work, and not catch their afternoon marathons. (I dont know about you but DVRs and TV dont have the same...feel. Illogical? Yah, but so.)
Is this sort of thing feasible? Heck, yes. Fox did/does this w. FX, for example- use your sister station as a rerun/syndication station. And why not the other direction? Why not dually but slight staggered? Because we all know that if NBC becomes any sort of force in the production of BSG, the quality will falter. We dont want dumbed down SciFi- weve already got stations and shows that cover that *cough* Sma.. n/m. I find myself imagining how well that 2hr premiere would have been received if it were NBC?

October 11 2006 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First off, I'm glad this rumor got shot down. Too many irresponsible Internet rumors floating around out there.

Yes, BSG is a good show. But it would never fit on NBC. "Heroes" is about as close to sci-fi as they'll get, and if it starts getting too political, it'll get the axe. NBC cares little about making a statement, they only care about ratings and catering to the lowest common denominator.

BSG on NBC would be a death sentence. And to those who get crappy reception of Sci-Fi Channel: get a dish! Lose the cable, you'll be happier in the long run.

Besides, NBC owns BSG (look at the closing credits -- the production company is NBC Universal). So they're already making money off it. Moving it to the big network would be like killing the goose that laid the golden egg (okay, maybe that's stretching it a bit, but you get the picture). Besides, the longer it runs on Sci-Fi, the more potential there is down the road for syndicated re-runs, and the more DVD box sets they can sell.

October 11 2006 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

I know I shouldn't feed the trolls but, living vicariously through BSG?

Yah, I really wish I could have the majority of my race murdered and be forced to live a difficult life travelling throuugh space being followed by an enemy who wants me dead.

You don't like the show? Thats fine, no need to waste your time here.

October 10 2006 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get your useless trolling ass out of here. SG-1 lasted 4 seasons too many and no one can admit it because you all need to get lives.

That said about the whole Star Trek and NBC thing. NBC in the 90s probably was pissed at themselves for canceling the first Star Trek so many years ago.

And BSG rules!

October 10 2006 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hallowed are the Ori

akbar,.... SPARE ME. the only reason why the show is popular is because of people's incessant need to try and live vicariously through others, the same way women try to live vicariously through soap operas. its a shame that so much money is being wasted on something so passe and rudimentary. so take YOUR small brain and go watch young & the restless, and leave the scifi shows scifi, with less drama for your mama.

October 10 2006 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

90120? whatever troll

SG1 is a favorite of mine but it is more popcorn action with a bit of commentary.

BSG makes its viewers look deep and hard on their own actions as humans. Sorry your small brain cant grasp that little fact.

October 10 2006 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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