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UPDATE!! Horrifying Rumor!!
Black Friday For GALACTICA??

Published at: Jan. 13, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! From an untested source. If this is someone frakking with us we will strike at him down with the all the fury and anger AICN can muster:
One of my co-workers is the sister of a Battlestar Galactica [staff function deleted]. She says he just told her the show wasn't being renewed! Get to the bottom of this!!!
UPDATE!! IESB.com reports a SciFi publicist has denied this rumor. SciFi begins transmitting the latter half of season three on Jan. 21.





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  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    first

    by nopix

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    That would suck so hard!

    by Frank Black

    It is too popular to cancel!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    nasty evil evil rumor be SQUASHED!

    by TodayzSpecial

    why ... oh why ... say it aint so ...

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Makes sense....

    by Xanther

    They'll make more money making direct -to-dvd movies then add revenue.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Say it aint so!

    by BennyL

    No more nekkid Sharon?!?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Well.....

    by Shivv

    My cousin's roommate's brother also works on BSG, and he said its NOT cancelled <p>Well not really, but it has the same credibility of the above rumor

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST

    How bad is this show doing?

    by nopix

    What are the ratings? Does sci-fi have other shows that are performing stronger? How are the dvd sales? I hope this is a rumor.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    BUT I LOVE BATTLESTAR!

    by CROATOA

    It has everything one can hope for in a television show, drama, action, excellent characterisation, a fantastic plot and a fantastic ensemble of actors. I honestly hope that this rumour isn't true, surely this show is still pulling in a profit for those involved!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Oh bullshit....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    That was probably MetalWater being as ass.<p> How is it that multiple other sites have posted that SciFi will announce the renewal any minute?<p> Just think about it, BSG gets better ratings than Stargate and SciFi owns BSG outright, this show is profitable for them.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone watch a great show like this?

    by zekmoe

    WHen there's Howie Mandell and Idol? People who would have made up the difference in this shows ratings have left TV Land for the Internet, DVD and Games. THere's no reason to be loyal to a show because if it falters even slightly in ratings it will get cancelled, and if it does well, the whole season will be available on DVD soon enough. There's a glut of entertainment choices, so the reason to hurry to watch when broadcast. I know of at least 5 people who never even heard of Firefly, yet I lent them my DVD set to and loved it.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    If this be true..

    by slder78

    There will be bloodshed. (In best Maximus Desmus Meridius voice) "At my command, unleash hell." Note to Sci-Fi, BSG is the only show on your network I watch with any regularity. Doctor Who has kinda sucked in season 2. and the Stargates are mildly entertaining at best. Don't fuck this up.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    It is obviously a result of...

    by grandadmiralsnackbar

    the neo-con regime at Sci-Fi. Or shitty ratings following an abrupt and unwise shift in the show's story line. Either one, take your pick.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    A Rumor Probably, but Don't Forget "Farscape."

    by bobbyjoe

    Well, I wouldn't put much faith in that rumor, but the lingering burn of how Sci-Fi lied about "Farscape" having another full season (and then later pretending by "season" they just meant the second half of the previous season) and then cancelling it still makes me nervous. The treatment of "Farscape"'s one of the reasons why I wasn't too comfortable about EVER watching a continuity-based show on Sci-Fi ever again, but Battlestar Galactica's quality was so high, I started watching though it will probably turn out once again to be against my better judgment, as far as the Sci-Fi executives go. They pretend to be fan oriented, but their dedication to the fans is actually really shallow. "Farscape" fans learned that Sci-Fi can be duplicitous snakes. Some people have forgiven them since they coughed up the measly four-hour "Farscape" mini-series, but "Farscape" never really got a chance to fully wrap everything up, and the thought of "Battlestar Galactica" trying to wrap everything up in two to four hours just makes my head hurt. This rumor is unsubstantiated and likely untrue, but don't doubt that Sci-Fi will cancel "Galactica" in a heartbeat if they want, even if they've just told the fans that everything's swell and the show's safe a day before they announce the cancellation.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Just yesterday i read that that this years season

    by nopix

    finale was going to be the biggest cliff-hanger yet.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    This would be a bummer...

    by SG7

    ...seriously, I'd really have no reason to watch the channel anymore.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    It's all Gaeta's fault

    by ShatirLavan

    If Gaeta hadn't caught Tigh in the election scandal, Baltar never would have become president, and the show would have much better ratings.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Should not compared to FIrefly

    by Nabster

    as it is superior to that show in almost every concievable way. Common sci fi, at least let it complete one more season so we get a complete story . Its there only show that provides them critical prestige for that reason alone they could rationalize atleast one more season. Lets hope it aint true.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Feh.

    by Mal Carne

    Hated the show from the get go. Far too damn depressing. My life's angsty enough, I don't need that level of malarky dumped on me.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Well

    by Alientoast

    It's obvious they need to free up timeslots for ECW and Critters: The Series.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I Blame MetalWater....!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    All kidding aside, it would be a shame if this show gets cancelled considering that we have crap shows which get renewed year after year. If I was Sci-Fi I would wonder what show would I be able to replace with? Hopefully not shows of Stargate calibur?!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Need the Timeslot for: Stargate: Shangra La

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    We have crap like Andromeda that managed 5 years..... Hell, I think even Earth: Final Conflict and Seaquest DSV lasted 4 seasons I believe.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    lol

    by aestheticity

    check it out: galactica cancelled post, right after flash gordon announced post. galactica cancelled. flash.. gordon... announced.... gyaaargh. thats it. we need answers, i want a team put together, mr nice gaius, presidentbaltar, wonkabar, and were going to scifi channel HQ, busting in all over that place and finding out if it really is run by monkeys with brain cancer.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Sci fi screwed us and themselves...

    by ahdvd

    when they decided not to keep their winning formula of both the stargate series and then galactica, as all 3 shows fed off of each other's fanbase to get even better ratings, with only one of the franchise's running, the ratings have slipped, and sci-fi now moving galactica to sundays lined up against... 24. Wow, real geniuses working there at sci-fi. If they really gave a shit they wouldnt have already re-newed SG-1 for another season, and instead of waiitng until BSG's second half of season 3 has aired, put things back te way they were, with all 3 on a friday together. But it'll never happen, because it's the smart move. You heard it here first people, sci-fi is the new Fox.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    The exact same thing was said about Studio 60...

    by DanielKurland

    Not to say that this rumor is also wrong, and Studio 60 wasn't looking too good rating-wise either, but we'll see I suppose. I still remember when Angel got cancelled out of NOWHERE. 2nd highest rated show on the network, spending less money ,and had their best ratings ever, and it was cancelled. What a shame.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:02 p.m. CST

    My co-worker's sister's friend's brother's buddy's dog

    by Pound Sand

    ...,said this rumor was totally bullshit

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Great Crichton's ghost!

    by Logo Lou

    Can't say I'm surprised if it happens. Sci-Fi sucks... Farscape ruled.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Because networks ALWAYS Cancel Shows...

    by Fatboy Roberts

    ..Right before they air in their new timeslot that will open the show to a much larger audience base than it's ever enjoyed<br> <br> Horseshit.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    That Is Why I respect George Lucas!!!!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    He has a vision, and fortunately he has money and clout. So what does he demand from the Network lucky enough to land the SW TV show? He wants them to guarantee a 5 year run, with no concern to ratings or network stupidity. The sad thing is SCI-FI has nothing to replace Galactica with....

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Bueller? Bueller?

    by The Ref

    My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Need the Timeslot for: Stargate: The Next Penetration

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ....Whatever I am write is still not as stupid as the decision that SCI-FI has made (if it is true!)

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Name and Shame

    by nemesisdarkside

    We need a Name and Shame List of all the people with Nielsen boxes and viewing books in the 18-49 demographic and NOT watching BSG and all the other good shows that get killed prematurely.<P>I wanna ask these people why aren't they watching, and what ARE they watching....Then I want to use the Talkbacker-Taskforce to kick their Idol-watching ass!!<P>First Sci-Fi Channel offices, then the rest!!!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Let's not bounce off the handle...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I'm guessing Herc got Metalwatered.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Or Herc- who gets paid by the post- wants long talkback

    by ZeroCorpse

    Is that it? Say something horrible like "BSG is getting cancelled" and watch the posts (and money) roll in?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Not that...

    by nemesisdarkside

    I think the rumour is true! I just think Galactica could do bigger numbers ratings wise.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Herc Gotta Eat

    by nemesisdarkside

    I'm sorry, but if ZeroCorpse is right then the catchphrase is actually appropriate.<P>I feel dirty now, can't believe I used "Gotta Eat". Well I'll never use the T-Word. No way, no how. That catchphrase sucks! ;D

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    They need to make room for...

    by glodene

    Homeboys From Outerspace: Homeys Don't Die, They Multiply!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    bonnie hammer...

    by jinamina

    needs to be killed?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Lovers/Haters both need to calm down

    by Gorrister

    As Herc said, this is an "untested" source. We probably won't have more than a month (at most) to wait until we hear about a fourth season. While I have not been happy with the direction the show has been going, I'd hate to see it end without a solid conclusion. But, in the meantime, lets just keep our eyes open and see what happens.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Galactica Ratings

    by Gorrister

    I saw someone ask about ratings. The average for Season Three, so far has been around 1.5 (down from around 2.0 last season and 2.5 for first season). BSG is still one of SciFi's highest rated shows. While this sounds like good news, here comes the bad: BSG is an 'original' SciFi series. Meaning SciFi is paying the production costs. Now, while a show like Doctor Who rates lower than BSG, the profit margin is higher for Doctor Who because SciFi just pays for the rights to air the show, rather than paying production costs. If SciFi has determined that BSG is not bringing in the advertising revenue to pay the bills, they may well pull the plug.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Know this, Ye who would walk here lightly.

    by CaptainWalker

    Let this not be words born of wisdom beset, yet in fullness yet be harkened the dark strains of youthful vigor and mischiefs vagabonds. Seek ye comfort in paterns set, for future concept praised by yetborn fathers of trafficked visions put to silvers thread. Harken ye mischief makers, yet thee be yet dealt, by Mnemosyne own hands, judgement not sought by, but fulfillment of dark liturgies and preyfelt plains. thine own histories shalt thee make.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Maybe Sci-Fi starts rumors these days, just too

    by warp11

    If they know all the fans will react this way, maybe they intentionaly start rumors these days to try to raise the rating a little. When in fact they are developing a prequel series called Caprica, and have plans in the works for a dvd movie. <p> in other words, maybe they are just using us fans these days to drum up attention and thus ratings. <P> they can't be ignorant of what happened with Farscape. They know just a slight misquote of cancelling a popular show will make us all go wild. <p> don't play into their game.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Perhaps It Should All end in a Reunification

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Just like Spock's work reunifying the Vulcan and Romulans. Gaius Baltar should lead the way unifying humans and Cylon. The show ends in a mass orgy and much merriment. Hilarity ensues.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah, ok, and Baltar's a Cylon

    by BrandLoyalist

    Gotta be a lie. Just gotta be. He didn't provide a handle... I hereby dub this lying liar "Tony Snowjob".

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    if it's a choice between...

    by dragon-lord

    ...webisodes and the series, dump the stupid webisodes that no one in the general audience is watching. Period.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Gracias Gorrister

    by nopix

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Never fear, my pretties.

    by cutest_of_borg

    Star Trek will always be here for you. A HA HA HA HA HA!!!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    It makes sense considering the Flash Gordon news . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    and the move to Sunday. It's sad really. Really really depressing.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    @ Darth Sidious . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Wholeheartedly agree.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    WTF?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    My posts flip-flopped? I posted the "@ Darth Sidious" comment AFTER the "it makes sense . . ." one. WTF?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I simply ......

    by Evil_Imp

    Do not believe it!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    please let this be a bad joke...

    by Russman

    now I'll really be unable to forgive Sci-Fi if they do this. And I'll know for sure that the net is being run by a complete bunch of mentally retarded apes. Please, please... please let this be someone just screwing with all of us.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    ^^^ mentally retarded CANCEROUS apes

    by aestheticity

    this is the important distinction... cancer in the brain. if those monkeys dont have it then i'll start wishing it on them.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    No real surprise if you ask me

    by Knightsong

    The show stopped being interesting after the first season. The constant corruption of all the characters and lack of story, yes I said lack of story, made the show go down hill quick for me. I loved the mini-series and the first season, but then they just went with sex and making everyone fucked up. The only likable character in the entire show is Adama, but he can't carry the whole thing. The show lost the survival aspect and the space drama and just became a sex scandal ridden melodrama with the ocassional space scene. I'm sad it didn't turn out better, I was hoping to have something after the cancel of Firefly. I hope Sci-Fi actually makes a series out of The Lost Room...it was really entertaining.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    [staff function deleted] GOTTA EAT!!!

    by Evil Lincoln

    I can't believe I just posted that! This would be very sad news for all of those fans out there who really enjoy this show. I was a huge fan of the original series (yes, even the lame spin-off and movie) but I have yet to see the new version. Now that the DVDs are out I should take a look and see what all the fuss is about.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST

    What does this mean for the spinoff series, Caprica?

    by MisterE

    I wasn't really sold on the idea of a prequel series anyways, but I wonder what this news might mean, if true, for "Caprica?" Maybe the real story is "Battlestar Galactica" will end and be replaced by "Galactica '08." The ragtag fleet finds Earth and the story continues. Flying motorcycles that transform into alien jets, and an episode where the crew settle their disputes through interpretative dance, intelaced with flashbacks of what happened to Starbuck.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Fat apollo said..

    by Zip Chickenhead

    ...this most likely will happen because Sci-Fi channel is run like those two guys in the Producers. What crappy cheesy horribly written and acted movie can we put on this saturday? Or...Hey lets add yet another Stargate to our lineup. What? People like Firefly? Farscape? Galactica? Well then dammit cancel them! Shit! Must be some kind of major tax write off to tank a whole network.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    the renewal notification should have come by now..

    by torpor_haze

    as it usually did with Stargates, but Galactica airs at different time than those shows.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    BSG has NOT been canceled (news from a SciFi publicist)

    by BlueshiftingCows

    This just came through...it's at least more substantiated than the rumor from somebody who works with somebody whose sister supposedly works on Galactica. ;) "Straight from Lana Kim, the Sci-Fi Channel publicist, told Brian directly that no, that is not the case. BSG has not been cancelled and there’s has been no talk of cancellation or the show not being renewed for another season. So unless they haven’t let the publicist and talent know, the feel and word at the TCA’s is that BSG is safe with only a timeslot change for the rest of the current season." http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_d4j_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=11&article=1605&Itemid=38

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    renewal notification will come in FEBRUARY

    by BlueshiftingCows

    ...per Ron Moore himself, in a recent interview (I'll try to find the link) SciFi will see the numbers generated by the new Sunday timeslot before making a decision. Logical, no? ;)

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST

    shut the frak up!

    by aboriginal

    http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_d4j_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=11&article=1605&Itemid=38

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    you heard it, kids.

    by Hercules

    IESB talked to a publicist who said there has been NO talk of the show not being renewed for another season. <br><br> Where I come from, no means none, so I guess we can all breathe easily now.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST

    update the AICN article!

    by BlueshiftingCows

    ...probably a good idea, lest we see more BSG fans (myself included) implode at the sight of so horrifying a rumor. Again, BSG HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Herc, time to Unleash Hell...

    by chromedome

    ...Fury, and Anger upon the Untested Source<p>or not...<p>Strength and Honor.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:27 a.m. CST

    KILL THE TABLE EATERS!

    by CaptainWalker

    Have you ever wondered what the Network "Suits" at NBC must have thought after they Cancelled "Star Trek" back in '69?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Not?

    by CaptainWalker

    Phew!

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:27 a.m. CST

    woe upon The Untested Source (TM)

    by BlueshiftingCows

    Screw him/her, and screw the coworker. I might want to date the coworker's sister, though.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    what was the [staff function deleted]?

    by BlueshiftingCows

    Let me guess, the Untested Source's coworker's sister was a former dishwasher for the soon-to-be-hired catering company at an upcoming NBC Universal gala event where a Galactica producer might be present? Where do you dig these people up?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    the [staff function deleted] will remain deleted ...

    by Hercules

    .... because sometimes even C.J. Cregg didn't always know what Jed Bartlet was up to. Just because someone says there's been NO talk about non-renewal doesn't mean there hasn't been just the TEENIEST TINY BIT of talk about non-renewal.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    indeed, Herc!

    by BlueshiftingCows

    ...fingers crossed for stronger ratings in the new Sunday timeslot!

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Moving it to Sundays is the death knell...

    by Bill Clay

    They better start writing the finale now. Moving the show to a different night is a sign of LACK of confidence on the Network's part.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I don't trust anything SciFI says after STARGATE

    by Triumph poops!

    I never trust anything that comes in the form of a SciFi Channel press release, and I certainly never trust what comes out of the mouth of a SciFi Channel exec -- so given this rumor or its source, I've learned the only thing you CAN do when it comes to the SciFi Channel is just grin and bear it and just wait and see how something plays out (which means keep some pepto bismol close at hand to be safe). After all, these are the same buffoons who made SUCH a big public deal about "how thrilled" they were with STARGATE..."how happy" they were with its ratings...and and "how proud" they were to be associated with a show reaching "a milestone event in broadcasting" of a 300th episode...<p>...at which point SciFi pulled the plug literally the day after the episode aired. SciFi Channel execs notoriously have their heads up their asses, which is why you can place a Vegas bet now that they WILL do something utterly boneheaded to screw up BSG. It's simply the nature of the brain-dead beast!

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Ridiculous. It's their only hit.

    by msspurlock

    Nah. Not this season. Maybe next, with a "promise" to do movies and some whining that "it's too expensive. Wah!"

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Tricia Helfer

    by supertoyslast

    http://tinyurl.com/ykkc2t

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    No one's watching

    by Avert Therapy

    It's not surprising that there are all these rumours of it being cancelled, the ratings suck. Much as I love Galactica, if they're going to make a series no one watches they should make Firefly.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Supertoylast, you're my hero

    by Abin Sur

    So say we all!

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    does anybody really use the word "frak"

    by dr.bulber

    - in their daily reality lives in place of the word "fuck"?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    battlestar galactica

    by kwisatzhaderach

    sucks

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Playboy?

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Geeks don't read Playboy! The only babes we jerk to is in Starlog.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Frak ya and frak yer fambily

    by fireclown

    does anybody really use the word "frak" by dr.bulber Jan 13th, 2007 09:04:34 AM - in their daily reality lives in place of the word "fuck"? Yeah. Me.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Hmmn, no Metalwater...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Methinks Herc got played.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Bullsh*t

    by www.thestopbutton.com

    Not to be negative, the that Sci-Fi publicist didn't answer the damn question. No one said the show was canceled for the remainder of this season, the concern is about next season... which she DID NOT answer.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Frak yeah!

    by nemesisdarkside

    Me too.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    SciFi would be insane to admit cancellation talks

    by Gorrister

    The way I see it, the worst case scenario, at the moment, it that there have been talks about the possibility of not renewing BSG. Yes, the show has been slipping in the ratings, but BSG is about to debut at a new day and time. Officially canceling the show without seeing how the show performs in this timeslot would be outright idiotic. How would they look, professionally, if they said "BSG is not getting a fourth season" and then the ratings for the new time take a massive leap upwards? Hell, NBC didn't cancel "Joey" until after they gave it a shot at a second season. I think they would at least give BSG a chance to improve things with the second half of the current season.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    LOL.

    by Cotton McKnight

    You guys sure sent the dorks at trekweb.com into a panic. I make fun of this show over there on a regular basis and you wouldn't believe some of the responses I get.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    @Cotton McKnight . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Of course they'll defend it, it's all they got left. It's sad being without hope. Sad.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    cancelled?

    by jimmy rabbitte

    O.K. so they "leak" a cancellation rumor and we the fans are supposed to fall all over ourselves in protest. I can't help but feel like the network is playing us. Fine. Hey SCI-FI, I like BSG, so don't go killing it. There we're doing our part. Now, you worms at SCI-FI... do the right thing.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Maybe the Playboy pics....

    by johne5

    are sort of a desperate way to draw people into watching BSG? BTW, those pics were as weak as clock radio speakers. Just tit shots? C'mon, where's the muff shots? Lame.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Here is where they went wrong

    by Eclipse7015

    When they moved BSG from its original schedule on Fridays to a October premiere. If they had left it on the "off-season" schedule, ratings would still be sky-rocketing. Move it back to the standard SciFi/USA schedule and problem solved

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I don't think the schedule was the problem

    by Gorrister

    If you look at the ratings for the finale of Season Two and the premire of Season Three, you'll see that pretty much the entire finale audience returned for the premire. So the schedule didn't cause viewers to drop off. Personally, I think it's the writing that is losing audience members. Not only are they continuing the Soap Opera style of the second season, but they started off the third season with a social commentary of the Iraq war....with the "good guys" in the role that mirrors the Iraq terrorists and the 'villians' in the role that mirrors the US military. Not only would his offend a certain percentage of their audience but others are so sick of hearing about terrorism and insurgencies in the news and don't want to see it popping up in 'escapist' shows like BSG. People watch TV to be entertained, not lectured.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Farscape and Invisible Man went this way.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Both were cancelled out of the blue. Why not Galitica?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    How is Sunday a better night?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    All us geeks have been trained for Sci-Fi-Friday. So how is Sunday a better night for BSG? Even goober political bloggers look forward to Sci-Fi-Friday.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Sunday is better because...

    by chromedome

    ...the current fans will follow it there, and Sunday is a better night in general, since the non-geeks who have dates and shit like that on Friday nights will be home on Sundays to watch it, too. Setting it up with the premiere of Dresden IS a vote of confidence. Leaving it paired up with Atlantis [cough lame cough] on a now dead friday night would be a vote of no confidence. None of us will stop watching it because they moved it, and many new viewers may now discover it.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    10PM time slot sucks

    by Gorrister

    I don't know about everyone else, but I have a job every monday morning. Staying up until 11pm on a Sunday is just not possible seeing as I have to get up at 5am.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    so maybe theyre just monkeys, not cancerous

    by aestheticity

    I still say payday for them consists of nbc execs throwing bunches of bananas through the door

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Escapist?

    by supertoyslast

    BSG has had deliberate parallels with the 'war on terror' since the very beginning. To suggest that people have tuned out during season three because of themes that have been there all along seems slightly odd. Sure it's escapist in the sense of being sci-fi, but not in the sense of it being 'light'. I like BSG precisely because it is dark and has shades of grey - one big reason why it wouldn't play to a mass audience on a network like NBC (whatever happened to that particular rumour?).

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Gorri is a bit of a buzzkill..

    by Billyeveryteen

    But not as bad as MW.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Um, Herc?

    by Amy Chasing

    nevermind about trusting the word of some untested source, but why then are we trusting the opposite word just because it comes from a publicist? If you're to believe public relations people then GameTap was supposed to have made Myst Online: Uru Live end its beta testing last week - didn't happen. But anyway, I said it before and I'll say it again: Tricia Helfer looks great! Now, if there's a Cylon God, it's Christina Hendricks turn. Pleeeze... oh pretty pleeeze?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    AMY CHASING!!

    by nemesisdarkside

    You genius! I love me some YoSaffBridge. What is Hendricks up to now anyway? She NEEDS to be on TV. I love her and would not begrudge some PB action. ;D

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Christina Hendricks hopefully has...

    by Amy Chasing

    a movie coming out later this year called South Of Pico with Gina Torres (according to IMDb). Other than that she's doing the TV show circuit.

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    There's nothing better than

    by Lour Reed luvs Frank Zappa

    some heroin. I love it, how about you guys? I heard there's a planet in Battlestar that exclusively grows opium poppies. Does the ship ever go there, and if so, do they ever cultivate it and shoot up for the rest of the season?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Reed luvs Zappa

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Are you sure you aren't thinking of a scene from any season of America's Next Top Model?

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST

    BSG

    by Cobbio

    Regardless of whether this rumor is true or untrue, I'll keep watching (or TiVoing) every episode as it rolls out. Guess I'm a big fan of the show. If it gets cancelled or doesn't get renewed, I'll be disappointed but I won't go ballistic.<p> I'd like to see BSG's overall agenda play itself out, though, and witness the conclusion of Galactica's journey. Hopefully I'll get the chance.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    "People watch TV to be entertained, not lectured."

    by Bill Clay

    Riiiiiiight! BSG lost their audience because the right-wingers left over the Iraq allegories. Even though the brain-dead war supporters now only make up 35% of the US population. BTW Gorri, didn't you make a big public announcement that you stopped watching the show after the President's miracle cancer cure? "The fleet sails on without me!" LOL!

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    The Iraq Allegory WAS A Ratings Killer

    by Captain Sulu

    If you show the humans as terrorists , who the Hell is anyone supposed to root for? It's a depressing show when you show 99 percent of the human race as either collaborators or terrorists. While it certainly is food for thought, it isn't escapism. Star Trek had the occasional episode like this, but BSG kept it going for half a season. While I personally enjoy this type of sci-fi, I can easily see why it turned off others. I think it was a ballsy choice, and am glad it was made, but there's a reason most shows play it safe. Thank God BSG is usually not one of them.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Why keep [staff function deleted] if the rumor was BS??

    by J-Dizzle

    Doesn't make sense. What are you REALLY trying to hide Herc?

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    The show MUST go on!

    by b3n

    I think it will be a sad day when Battlestar Galactica is cancelled. I was frankly amazed when I heard that the ratings for the current season were falling. It didn't take long to figure out the reason. The show has always been very ambitious with its narrative choices, pushing the boundaries of what I've thought possible in a TV show, allowing it to outstrip many movies in its complexity and scope. TV seems to be about making 'brave' shows these days. 24 stays alive because of the tension it creates through the constant jeopardy of its characters. Battlestar season 1 and, to some extent 2, rocketed along brilliantly because of this. And, really, season 3 is no different - it's just more complicated. It was the danger from the Cylons that kept that threat alive. Now the threat is divided into certain sets of individuals on both sides. This is brave in a different way. It's asking people to invest more and more in the mythos and less and less in the characters who we simply can't trust in the same way anymore. Fans are fans and have no problem with that, and people with a appreciation for good storytelling will love the show still, but the average audience feels lost and abandoned by a show they thought they understood. Maybe TV shows are aproximating the movies with their quality but cinema audiences are not the same as TV audiences. Cinema audiences want to be shown something really powerful or challenging or intense and they'll enjoy it no matter what because they're paying (or have paid for the DVD). They also feel obliged to sit through it. TV gives no such obligations, and perhaps that's the reason there's no such thing as 'Arthouse' television. It's the audience - not the show. That's my two cents. Maybe a movie would better serve the franchise?

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    'Arthouse' television

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    i'd say Twin Peaks could be called ArthouseTV...kinda like Homer watching it in season 9 <P> "BRILLIANT!...I have no idea what's going on" <P> haha...remember when the Simpsons was funny?

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    b3n

    by nemesisdarkside

    If that's true, than that explains why I hate "the average audience". Those people have NO right to complain about remakes or reality TV, when they turn their backs on things which are slightly challenging and take risks.<P>Even though only US ratings matter, I doubt UK "general audiences" would be too different so I can't point the finger culturally.<P>As Bender would say: Kill All Humans!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    to bd this can't be on HBO

    by Russman

    Listening to some of you guys complain about the show and some of the alleged allegories about Iraq is an excellent example why there's so much stupid shit on TV. If you listen to the podcast Moore says this isn't about Iraq, it's about people doing anything to get free of am occupying force. This show is a drama, and drama needs conflict and good drama really questions the morals and values that we've adopted. It's supposed to make you think. And I bet you people who are complaining would still be complaining if BSG was just another "planet of the week" show (next week on BSG! Starbuck crash lands on a planet where everyone gambles and she plays a high stakes game of poker to buy her freedom from the town brothel). And some of you are kids just trying to start flame wars, but for the adults... why are you still watching and posting about it if you don't like it?? Go away, read talk back about another show, go read a book, go for a walk, play some sports, talk to your kids, play with your wife or girlfriend. Come on!

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks... hmmm

    by b3n

    Yeah, kinda forgot about that... I guess, where I was going is that there seems to be no widley acknowledged catagory called 'arthouse tv' because the audience just arn't there. TV broadcasting companies wouldn't go for something that would have an inherently smaller viewing audience - unless it was a specialised station. That's not to says that there havent been or arn't some shows with an artistic temperament, TP and BSG included.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Captain Sulu....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    First off, the New Caprica story had nothing to do with Iraq as it was modelled after the resistance in Viche France in WWII. This has been widely published in multiple articles and spoken about in podcasts by Ron Moore himself.<p> Second, they were only on New Caprica for the first four episodes of the season, not half the fucking season like you said in your ignorant ass post.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I knew as soon as the DVD movie was announced

    by performingmonkey

    And that's the truth. DVD movie to wrap up the show. Gods fucking damn.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST

    performingmonkey

    by NoHubris

    I have to say that I first began to wonder when I heard about David Eick taking on producer duties for BIONIC WOMAN.<P>Here's to January 21.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Not Surprised

    by Roboteer

    Know I wasn't entirely alone, but damn I'm good. I was just wrong saying BSG might have another year left. Yes, the heavy handed political panderings often pointed out not only detracted from the story, but were moronic in their logic and moral equivalency. But IF BSG is a goner, it's not because of that and some of the more discerning viewers it turned off. A big part is the cost. I think this is ultimately too expensive for a specialty cable network that has limited patronage. (Going from a 3 to a 2 share is a huge drop off too.) Even though it did work for a while. The final straw though will be that the plot has nowhere to go. There's just the continued flight of a battered mankind with little hope in sight. Dragging in another human Cysimp to betray the fleet is just more of the same. The set-up was always a downer and just too negative and confining. They're gonna find Earth so the Cylons can slaughter them too? The biggest mistake was taking the Cylons' side. Besides already being depressing, the self-loathing of this show was often out of control. I think it could find renewed interest if it was optimistically retooled with Earth found. But don't see much purpose or appeal otherwise with the story OR series. All good things must end. If now, at least it was before BSG got really, really bad. And leaving the door still open for a big screen treatment if somebody else wants to front the cash.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    They aren't going to cancel this series...

    by lynxpro

    SciFi needs content for the recently announced SciFi HD Channel. BSG is shot with HD cams. Use your brains, peoples. And with that, hopefully SciFi will coerce/kick down some funds for the BBC to finally join the year 1998 in terms of shooting *Doctor Who* with HD cams instead of DigiBeta.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Tricia Helfer spread....

    by lynxpro

    Why did they have to airbrush her pics so much? She's a beautiful woman. They could have cut down on the airbrushing and the heavy eye makeup. Were they deliberately trying to reference Blade Runner with the makeup? Sheesh. And what's with Helfer's modesty?

  • Jan. 15, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    BSG in HD

    by Itchy

    They've been playing reruns of BSG on the UHD channel on Comcast. How great is it to watch the episodes in HD instead of the usual crappy Sci-Fi feed. I rewatched the entire initial "miniseries" this weekend (having never seen the first 40 minutes of it) and it was wonderful. Pretty good hints at the story to come, too. In any event, if Sci-Fi is launching an HD channel, they'd do well to keep this show around - it looks glorious.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    For Those Idiots Who Are Predicting Nonrenewal

    by Real Deal

    http://syfyportal.com/news423149.html

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