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Writers Strike May
Revive GALACTICA Prequel??

Published at: Jan. 16, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! The new “Sci-Fi Preview” edition of TV Guide reports (on page 28) that the desperately script-starved SciFi Channel may put into production the fully-scripted pilot for the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel “Caprica.” “I just got a call from NBC-Universal,” SciFi VP Mark Stern tells the magazine. “They want us to take another look at the project.” The prequel, set about half a century before the events of “Galactica,” will deal with Bill Adama’s lawyer dad and his contemporary, the human “inventor” of the Cylons. Of course, recent events suggest “Cylons” have actually been around for centuries!

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  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    As much as I want more BSG..

    by ShogunMaster

    This project doesn't sound good at all. Mind you, I never thought the reboot of BSG would be worth two strokes either..

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    we were due some silver lining to this whole tragic affair

    by Demosthenes2

    although I guess it's not a consolation to the people losing their jobs. I can't believe that after the Globes fiasco, the producers still aren't giving the WGA what they deserve. This really doesn't seem to be a game of chicken to the WGA, if the producers think they can just wait for a surrender. Anyway I'd be thrilled if the spinoff happens, because while I'm all for a show going out while it's strong, just four seasons are not enough for the BSG universe; many stories left to tell....

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Classic BSG...

    by tensticks

    I hope they do this. But then I also think it'd be a great move, when the current BSG is all over, to do a continuation/wrapup of the classic Battlestar...Larson, Hatch & all. New show is far better, no question...but I still love the original and think it deserves some genuine closure.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Finally

    by skywalkerfamily

    About time they air more Galactica. This year long wait just kills me.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD is dead. Get over it.

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Can't wait for Galactica on Blu ray!

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I actually called this

    by GregoryHarbin

    In an e-mail to TV Guide's Mike Ausiello dated 12/8/07, I said "It seems to me that if the AMPTP and the WGA don't come to a deal before the Christmas 'hiatus' is over, there will be little to no time for pilots to be developed and finished for consideration for 08-09. With the recent news of broken-down talks, this seems likely. Are there any pilots from 2007 that you think will be brought to series? I'm thinking Football Wives is a sure bet, but what else? Might Sci Fi go ahead and pick up Ron Moore's 'Caprica'? I'll bring you some of my very own creation--Smurf Salad--next time I'm in New York if you think the latter."

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    BETA VCRS 10 BUCKS ON EBAY!!!

    by wash

    If you're going to hawk a dead product, you might as well go for the better value.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I saw people selling VHS tapes today!

    by skywalkerfamily

    That brought tears to my eyes.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    leave bill maher alone strikers

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, and those Angel movies are coming REAL soon...

    by happybunni

    It is not going to happen. There are reasons why they denied it in the first place, and those reasons have not changed.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Hooray!

    by Paul T. Ryan

    That is all.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Ah, the BluRay hawkers are aren't in force already. lol

    by jae683

    HD-DVD may be dead, but BLu Ray isn't far behind.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    adama in caprica == luke making 3po

    by captain_sulu

    who fucking cares about more adamas! this isn't the fucking skywalkers or something. surely moore can come up with some other interesting plot lines in the BSG universe. -everything- does not have to be connected. fucks sake man.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Canon, Shmanon...EVERYONE IS A CYLON.

    by uss cygnus

    Since when do people with BSG or Star Trek give a rat's ass about canon or continuity? We haven't seen any of that stuff since DS9 ended!

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Bring it on!

    by LoneGun

    The more BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the better. Best damn show on television.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I don't know about Caprica, but...

    by fractureJonze

    Man, I'd really like to see some of that first Cylon war stuff they showed in Razor. Those flashbacks satisfied in a way that the current show doesn't. It was really awesome to see a few battlestars go up against a few basestars. Real epic stuff.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    What? Shocking Ending? Everybody is a Cylon?

    by isther

    Oh, what a surprise... damm... saw that coming since season 1... *sighs*

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Why the AMPTP Leaders Are Idiots...

    by Stacy Without An E

    With so many choices for today's consumer, you're slowly killing yourself by not solving this strike. How long before "Manimal" and "Misfits of Science" scripts are dug up to offer "new" content on the networks and cable outlets. Maybe this strike is a blessing in disguise. People will rediscover family time and actually throw the ball around with their sons and daughters. Nightly board games around the dining room table will resurrect themselves. Ritalin doses will diminish and childhood obesity will cease to exist. On second thought...

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Does anybody know

    by mukhtabi

    How one would submit a pitch to scifi? Being a young non guild writer, now sounds like the time to present some stuff.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    is BSG still "fierce!" ?

    by Boomers_Lips

    i sure hope so.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    I love the sci fi channel

    by skywalkerfamily

    We know everything about each show before it airs because it never does.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    mukhtabi...How to pitch an idea in Hollywood

    by apolo_sputnik

    Ever see Team America? Getting aHEAD in the industry is summed up quite nicely.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Non-guild writers...

    by apolo_sputnik

    Sci Fi channel CAN NOT use Non-Guild writers. It is illegal for them to use material outside the union. Which is why nothing new is being shot right now.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Best way to get into the industry

    by apolo_sputnik

    Is to WRITE your own original script. Buy FINAL DRAFT. Finish it. Polish it. Register it with the WGA (It costs 25 dollars), and then send it off to get it copy righted. Then, write a one sheet. Register that. Send the one sheet off to every agent in town. Aim for the big 3. Wait a few weeks, and do it again, and again and again. Eventually, there is a chance you will be called in. And if you're lucky, it's all down hill from there. (No, it's not, actually). Now you're ready to write your next script.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    by manicart1

    Goodness me but this madness needs to end. The studios need to stop making like they don't need anyone to write anything. They're like children who hold their breath and turn purple if they can't get what they want! 2009 is going to be the year I and many others like me rediscover our brains and read books instead of the diet of wall-to-wall reality tv and 'special editions' of old movies we're sure to get. As for breaking into the vaults and resurrecting the decaying corpses of scripts actually considered too weak for television (in the face of some of the dross that comes out of Hollywood already)... Well, that joke appears to have already written itself.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Lame

    by jebuslovesyou666

    I don't care about what was going on on caprica, if they do a spinoff it needs to be about the colony inhabiting earth.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Sure you have the pilot, but who's going to write...

    by J-Dizzle

    the rest of the series?

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Enh...

    by BizarroJerry

    I'd rather they focus on Galactica and let all that other background stuff be revealed there. Why stretch the concept thin with a prequel? Plus, will this show outlast Galactica? I kind of doubt there'd be much interest after the original series ended.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    eh- make a show that follows

    by Judge Briggs

    what happens after they reach earth... that sounds better.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Please don't

    by fireclown

    Prequels suck. And there is nothing wrong with ending a story where it ends. Tacking more stuff on the end of a good story is a slippery slope that ends at everything after season 5 of Babylon 5. So say we all.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    @apolo_sputnik . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    But is it not also illegal to strike? Six in one, half dozen in the other.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    How about picking up the GLOBAL FRQUENCY pilot instead?

    by SpyGuy

    Yeah, it was made a while ago, but it rocked and deserved at least a 13-episode pickup. If you want to resurrect projects from the dead, GLOBAL FRQUENCY is the one.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Crap. Apparently, I can't spell "FREQUENCY" today.

    by SpyGuy

    Jesus, I botched that twice! I need me some caffeine goodness.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    would they get actors?

    by punto

    I thought the deal was that the actors weren't going to cross the picket line either.. unless they consider being "in development" a productive thing (basically a bunch of executives whining at each other and sending "notes" to non-existing writers)

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    No such thing as too much BSG

    by veritasses

    as long as they don't change the creative team. I wouldn't mind if they started re-airing the show from season one either. These reality and game shows are horrible...

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I'm Such a BSG Whore...

    by fedrich519

    ..that they could make a series about three male Centurion toasters and three female Centurion toasters hanging out in a coffee shop and frolicking in a water fountain and I I'd watch every second like my life depended on it.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    skiffy blows goats.

    by palewook

    the few series they got right started before bonnie. as for bsg, bonnie only opted it, b/c the brits were going to take it. <p> dont expect much from Caprica, but shitty dawson creek casting and a reality string budget.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    This is good news...

    by Strabo

    ...I'm not entirely sold on the Caprica concept, but hey, I wasn't looking forward to BSG either. <BR><BR>The good news here is that the studios are getting desperate for new content. The article says specifically that NBC called Sci-Fi; so it's not just the little networks that are starting to hurt. My guess is that they're probably starting to auction off blocks of advertising space for next fall and, whoops, no one wants to buy commercial space on reruns. Good. I hope this hits the execs HARD. No one should have to work for nothing. And no, SkidMarkedUndies, it is NEVER illegal to strike.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Beta VCRs not $10 on Ebay

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Fuck I wish! Those suckers run about $150 and up (for a functional unit, anyway). I've got a box full of Beta tapes from my own collection that outlived my Beta player. Hell, I've got a copy of "Fast Times" that still has the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK. I'd love to grab a $10 Beta player, but alas it's not to be. It was a better format than VHS, y'know. Damed corporations....

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    strabo

    by palewook

    "And no, SkidMarkedUndies, it is NEVER illegal to strike." <p>Wildcat Strike: An employee work stoppage that is not authorized by the labor union to which the employees belong. Since the passage in 1932 of the Norris-LaGuardia Act (29 U.S.C.A. § 101 et seq.), employees have had the right to strike for the purpose of demanding concessions from their employers. However, when employees go on strike without union authorization, their action is called a wildcat strike. Federal courts have held that wildcat strikes are illegal under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935 (29 U.S.C.A. § 151 et seq.), and employees may be discharged by their employers for participating in wildcat strikes.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    So, they've got one script?

    by mbeemer

    And they're going to shoot it with ZERO re-writes? Who're they trying to kid?<p><p> And once this is in the can, then what? Wait around for the strike to settle so they can cancel any other script submissions?

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    palewook

    by Strabo

    And I thought I was a pedant. SkiMarkedUndies was clearly referring to THIS strike, which IS a lawfully conducted strike. Would this make you more comfortable? It is NEVER illegal _for a Union_ to strike.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Serenity

    by Refuge5

    I just watched Serenity on HD DVD last night... Looked amazing!!!

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The REAL reason...

    by Kasch

    No more Bonnie Hammer! YAY!

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Shit,...now I have buy a freaking PS3

    by Lost Skeleton

    I was hoping to avoid that...I have gotten used to my Xbox 360 with the HD-DVD hookup. Sony, I'll be back in a month baby...you missed me?

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The strike will kill Galactica

    by jccalhoun

    I said this when the strike started and I'm still afraid that I'm right. The strike is the perfect opportunity for Scifi to cancel Battlestar. I hope I'm wrong but I don't think I am.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a good idea for a 2-hour one-off

    by IAmLegolas

    but not a whole series

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    They should turn all their unused pilots into 2-hour movies

    by happybunni

    That would be interesting. think how many unused pilots Sci Fi has turned down.. There also must be scripts around continuing Firefly, Farscape, various other shows, incase it decided to get picked up. And I wouldn't even outsource to Mexico, college kids will write on the cheap.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    tell BluBois to This isn't the avsforum, so I can suck it

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    hit me up when you finally get a format worked out, fucking clownshoes.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    This isn't the avsforum, so I can tell BluBois to suck it

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    there ya go....silly mouse moving text!

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    No no please no.

    by Lemming

    This prequel thing was a bad idea from the start. Please let it die!

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Still waiting. . .

    by jtishere

    for those unfilmed episodes of My Mother the Car.<br> <br> After that, the strike will end. Count on it.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Galactica 1980!

    by tensticks

    OK, so while I called for a continuation of Classic BSG above, it just occurred to me that there were several unfilmed GALACTICA 1980 scripts, including "The Wheel of Fire", which revealed that Starbuck had become one of the angelic beings from the ship of lights. (HMMMMMM....I wonder....Kara Thrace....NAAAH) Anyway, Dirk Benedict, Kent McCord and Barry Van Dyke are all still around...why not film THAT? Hehe.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    How about that Lost in Space pilot?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Maybe they should do that?

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Just heard Bonnie Hammer is history

    by Gorrister

    Hope it's true. Used to watch SciFi all the time before she came along and systematically killed off just about every single show I loved on that channel. Just hope Dave Howe can repair some of the damage.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    bonnie hammer is still in power

    by jccalhoun

    she is still the president of the "USA Networks" of which SciFi is a part. David Howe just got promoted. http://tinyurl.com/3bpkk4

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Outsourcing

    by Pouchstalker

    Why couldn't they buy scripts from writers in Canada or England?? Anyway I'm waiting for them to film the pilot episode of Misfits of Galactica.

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    April 4th. BSG- The Final Season begins that night.

    by Pennsy

    Back on Fridays at 10. It's in the print issue of TV Guide, which came out yesterday. Finally, a date, which means the season 3 "Story So Far" recap will probably air a week earlier.

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU, TOMBODET!

    by Pennsy

    Spoil my entire season, why dont'cha? ;)

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Remember the lesson of MAGNUM, PI...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Someone above mentioned the LOST IN SPACE pilot which never aired...and there were things like the GLOBAL FREQUENCY pilot (based on the Warren Ellis comic) that starred Michelle Forbes that are in the can, too. So why not use the WGA strike as the perfect reason to air them and fill broadcast time?<p>Let's get real here -- every year Hollywood DOES finance and shoot assorted pilots that ultimately were killed by some stupid ass suit (who really has no fucking idea what makes for good or bad TV since he's too busy crunching numbers to save his high paying job) OR they are killed by a small limited focus test group who also have no real idea.<P>Seriously, if you already PAID for it...right up through filming the friggin' thing...why not use the strike as the reason to just test it with a wider audience? <p>Case in point: Anyone remember a small little show called MAGNUM PI? That lasted like 8 years and made Tom Selleck and international star and was a top 10 or top 20 show for years? CBS filmed the pilot and decided to SCRAP IT...again, some suit or focus group decided it wasn't very good...but then when Steven Speilberg and George Lucas came knocking to CBS and said "Well, if you're not going to do this series, we want to use Selleck now for this movie called RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK we're in pre-production on."<p>At which point someone who DIDN'T have their head up their ass completely said "Wait a minute. What do people like Speilberg and Lucas see that we don't? Maybe we SHOULD run this pilot after all."<p>And they did and the rest is history. Women swooned for Selleck and CBS had one of its best hits in ages.<p>So I say fucking show the LOST IN SPACE or GLOBAL FREQUENCY pilots or other things you have in the can since you really have nothing to lose right now...

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Who is the last Fricken Cylon??!!!

    by D.Scully

    I'm damn curious and can't wait for this season to start! Last season folks (VERY SAD!) and it's gonna be balls to the wall riveting!!! I think the prequel is a good idea to give BSG freaks like me more to absorb and enjoy but I'm READY READY for the new season and I'm excited. Who can the last cylon be? Any thoughts?... Theories?

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Amen Brother

    by Jeditemple

    Air those lost pilots!

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Who is the last.... - Doesn't matter

    by happybunni

    The next season isn't coming for a freaking YEAR. It is a waste of space to dsicuss it now.

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    galactica

    by smutpeddlar

    (Brian williams reporting in advance of the most important press confrence in worldwide history "33days ago" every orginization planetwide that has a telescope began reporting the presence of dozens of objects on a course for earth...now those objects can be seen with as little as the naked eye..just look up.. As the objects got closer to the earths atmosphere,it became quite clear,that these objects were not asteroids as first feared..in fact they are ships intended for interstellar travel,created using care and exhibiting a level of scientific know how vastly more advanced then anything produced..planetwide..yes,over the last month the most monumental shift has taken place,"global community" is not a new phrase,but the belief that we are part of a collective..has never been higher in recent memory,i personally have been on this planet for over 48 years..and this is the first time in that span that 26 days...26 being the amount of days that we have all known that we are not alone in the universe..26 days..without war,the middle east..africa..asia..there have been fewer murders over the past 26 days,then in any 26 day span globally then at any time in the past 50 years,over the past month,we have had endless press confrences,by nearly every world leader,most repeating the same mantra "stay calm,our visitors have shown us no hostility,we are communicating..when we have answers,you will have answers" today is the day for answers,leaders from china,france,the russian federation,the united kingdom,and united states are about to come on stage for a joint press confrence to tell us about closed door meetings held with leaders of our visitors,today we get pictures of them,quotes,and there are rumers that 1 or more may actually att...(rustling..interruption..excitement) ladies and gentlemen ..along with the other members of the UN's security council..the 44th president of the united states...AaRON DORAL (ZOOM on his face..cut to black..title screen "GALACTICA-AFTERMATH" EP 1.1

  • Jan. 18, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The last fricken Cylon...

    by Tyrion's Tyrannical Todger

    ...is Mr T. And I pity the fool.

  • Jan. 19, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    3rd Season killed the show

    by skywalkerfamily

    It was cool when one or two people were Cylons. Now, everyone is. That sucks ass.

  • Jan. 19, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    airing pilots.

    by jccalhoun

    I really don't know why they don't just go ahead and put pilots on tv. They used to do it all the time during the summer. They didn't think people wanted reruns and so they just put up a bunch of pilots for series that weren't picked up. Why not do it now?

  • Jan. 19, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Fan fiction

    by malificus

    Not all of it is gay and sucks. A whole season of monster of the week episodes taken from open submissions. I'd watch...AND submit.

  • Jan. 19, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    wild idea

    by Larry Sellers

    How about someone write a script about this strike? Oh right Galactica TB. Umm...set it in space. HBO mini-series! There's no other way it could be told!

  • Jan. 20, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    4400? Never heard of it.

    by malificus

    Galactica, however, is one of the best shows to come along in years. PickedUp, you sound like a bitter douchebag, like those jackasses who piss and moan about how unfair it is that untalented cheaters play Guitar Hero but won't listen to their actual band they've worked so hard on. When was the last time you created anything as ground-breaking and enduring as Star Trek? That's what I thought. If you didn't talk out your ass your ideas wouldn't stink so bad.

  • Jan. 20, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    PickedUp

    by secretcylon

    The 4400 is a very, very, silly show. Remember that episode with the cigar that tells the future? Very, very, bad. (IMO)

  • Jan. 22, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Dumb Idea, Bring Back I-Man Instead

    by _Maltheus_

    I thought this was a stupid idea back in the days when I liked BSG. After the season 3 lack of direction, I'm about as interested in watching a show about a Caprica lawyer as I am in watching Flash Gordon. Hell, if they needed an idea, they had Journeyman in their stable. Surely that would rate as well as most of their crap. And I'm still waiting for Invisible Man on DVD you sci-fi fuckers. Hopefully this Howe guy won't follow Hammer's 'model of success.' Why don't they just start up a 'bad horror movie' channel, and leave sci-fi, sci-fi?