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EXCLUSIVE: 'Battlestar's' Jamie Bamber Nabs TNT Role, 'Caprica' Vet Invades 'Alphas' & Intel on 'Blood and Chrome'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Jamie BamberTwo veterans of the 'Battlestar Galactica' universe have landed upcoming guest roles on very different shows.

Jamie Bamber, who played Lee "Apollo" Adama on 'Battlestar Galactica' and went on to appear in 'Law & Order: UK,' will have a recurring role on the new TNT series 'Perception,' which stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, an odd neuroscience professor who helps the FBI crack cases.

Bamber will guest at least twice on 'Perception' as a new professor who catches the eye of Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook), Pierce's FBI handler and former student.

'Perception,' which also stars Kelly Rowan and Arjay Smith, premieres in the summer of 2012. And no doubt Bamber fans are aware that Bamber was also recently cast in a guest role on 'CSI: Miami.' (More nerd-bait casting: 'Star Trek' actor LeVar Burton will recur as a dean at Pierce's university.)

Another veteran of the 'BSG' universe, 'Caprica' actor John Pyper-Ferguson, will have a key role in the season finale of Syfy's 'Alphas,' a drama about people with extraordinary abilities.

Pyper-Ferguson, who also appeared on ABC's 'Brothers and Sisters,' will play Stanton Parish, the man whose writings inspired the members of Red Flag, a dangerous organization of Alphas who don't want to play ball with the authorities. The Red Flag will be a growing presence toward the end of the Syfy show's first season, and if 'Alphas' returns for a second season, expect the Red Flag faction to return.

Pyper-Ferguson played the tech titan Tomas Vergis in the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica,' and he's also got a role in another 'BSG' project, 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.' In the latter project, he plays a character named Xander Toth, and, just to provide a bit of clarity for the 'BSG' super-nerds like myself, the roles of Vergis and Toth are unrelated.

Speaking of 'Blood and Chrome,' by the way, I talked to Syfy exec Mark Stern when I was at San Diego Comic Con in July. Stern, Syfy's executive vice president of original programming, said that executives at the network have seen a rough cut of the two-hour 'Blood and Chrome' TV movie, which follows the journey of a young William Adama in the first Cylon War. However not many of the effects in that cut have been completed (most of 'Blood and Chrome' was shot in front of green screens, and many backgrounds and visual effects are being added).

Given the amount of work still being done on 'Blood and Chrome' (which was written by 'BSG' scribe Michael Taylor and will act as a possible pilot for a TV series), it sounds as though 'Blood and Chrome' is still something of a work in progress and an announcement about a release date is not particularly imminent. Stern said Syfy is still weighing whether to release this combat-oriented 'BSG' prequel as an online series (which was the original plan back when the project was first commissioned) or to bring it to air as a backdoor pilot, which is still a possibility.

In any event, if I hear more about the project, you can be sure I'll let you know.

Speaking of nerd bait, here's a clip of Summer Glau on next week's 'Alphas':

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Jamie Bamber was one of my favorite parts of BSG and I want him back on American television permenantly.

August 23 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was a huge BSG fan, but maybe it's time to move on and stop trying to relive the past. Much of what made the re-imagined BSG so great came from the influence of Ron Moore. Without him, I doubt Blood & Chrome could live up to expectations.

August 22 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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