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'Battlestar Galactica' Reruns Head to BBC America

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 21st 2011 5:10PM
Marry McDonnell, Battlestar GalacticaAttention lovers of good TV: BBC America has picked up reruns of 'Battlestar Galactica.'

If you haven't watched this series before, you should. From the beginning. It's epic.

If you have seen 'Battlestar Galactica,' well, it's time to watch it again. Relive the Cylon dogfights, the power struggles, the frakkin' awesomeness of everything.

The BBC America deal covers the miniseries and all four seasons.

'Battlestar Galactica' starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff.

Syfy, 'BSG's' first home, is working on a prequel to the series about a young William Adama as a fighter pilot in the first Cylon War.

Luke Pasqualino of 'Skins' (the UK version) will play young Adama in 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.'

After 'BSG' ended in 2009, Syfy attempted to continue the franchise with a prequel about Adama's father in 'Caprica.' The show was canceled after one season.

Ron Moore, the mastermind behind Syfy's 'BSG' reimagining, currently has a pilot deal with NBC. If everything is right in this world, then we'll get to see '17th Precinct' make it to series. The pilot stars Helfer, Bamber and Callis.

'BSG' will air on Saturdays as part of BBC America's Supernatural Saturdays block. Reruns start Sat., June 18 at 7PM.

So say we all!

Tell us: Will you watch/rewatch 'Battlestar Galactica' on BBC America?

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Doc

HOW DO I DELETE MY ENTRY WHICH CONTAINS ERRORS?

September 08 2012 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doc

I am enjoying the show right now, but the plot summaries are not very helpful. I am just now recording the second and third episodes broadcast tonight, only to realize that I already have the third one...AND, that the first one, with the same summary as the second is NOT the same episode. WTF? How do we unravel this lunacy, and figure out which episodes are which?

September 08 2012 at 4:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doc

I am enjoying the show right now, but the plot summaries are not very helpful. I am just now recording the second and third episodes broadcast tonight, only to realize that I already have the third one...AND, that the first one, with the same summary as the third is NOT the same episode. WTF? How do we unravel this lunacy, and figure out which episodes are which?

September 08 2012 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melanie Egan

Two thumbs up. I have the DVD set but it will still be nice to catch a stray episode on a Saturday afternoon, etc. Now if I could just get BBC America in HD, life would be perfect. :)

April 21 2011 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Brawley

This has been up for 3 hours and you guys still haven't fixed the title?

April 21 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Nelson

Battlestar Galactica was a wonderful show, but seriously, what the frak? My understanding was that the first B in BBC stood for "British". They have a huge library of British shows, many of which have never been shown in the US, including, undoubtedly, some that we'd really like to see. Why not show us some of those shows?

April 21 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC

And the A in ABC stands for American (in USA) or Australian (in Australia) and neither of those networks shows exclusively native programming.'Family Guy' is not to my knowledge a British show, but it airs on BBC Three; nor is 'Nurse Jackie', which airs on BBC Two. If BBC America believes it has the remit to showcase British actors and not just British-produced programmes I don't see why it should not.

April 21 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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M-D

Poor analogy. BBC and ABC (the Australian version) are public service broadcasters, and by definition have to carry a variety of fare, including popular international imports. BBC America, by contrast, is a niche digital cable channel operated by Discovery Communications under license - by definition, the network's job is to bring the best of British programming to US audiences. Including anything produced in the US with a predominantly US cast amounts to channel creep, pure & simple.

Shows like ST:TNG, The X-Files and BSG have no business on BBCA.

April 21 2011 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Craig Ranapia

No, MD, BBCAmerica's remit is to actually be commercially viable and perhaps even return a modest profit to BBC Worldwide, which is a commercial wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC.

I'd also note that BBC America doesn't actually automatically get US broadcast rights to everything produced by the BBC, let alone other UK broadcasters like Channel 4 or ITV.

April 22 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
Craig Ranapia

First,I really think there are quite a few BBC shows that I adore but would cross the Atlantic about as well as Monday Night Football would play in London.

Second, Battlestar Galactica does actually have two British actors in lead roles (Jamie Bamber and James Callas) and the strongest performers on BBA's roster are genre shows -- not least, 'Doctor Who'.

April 22 2011 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R.H. Golem

Because nothing says "BBC" quite like it.

April 21 2011 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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