Writers Strike May
Revive GALACTICA Prequel??
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
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
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
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
About time they air more Galactica. This year long wait just kills me.
Jan. 16, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST
Can't wait for Galactica on Blu ray!
Jan. 16, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST
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
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
That brought tears to my eyes.
Jan. 16, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST
Jan. 16, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST
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
by Paul T. Ryan
That is all.
Jan. 16, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST
HD-DVD may be dead, but BLu Ray isn't far behind.
Jan. 16, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST
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
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
The more BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the better. Best damn show on television.
Jan. 16, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST
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
Oh, what a surprise... damm... saw that coming since season 1... *sighs*
Jan. 17, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST
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
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
i sure hope so.
Jan. 17, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST
We know everything about each show before it airs because it never does.
Jan. 17, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST
Ever see Team America? Getting aHEAD in the industry is summed up quite nicely.
Jan. 17, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST
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
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.
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
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
the rest of the series?
Jan. 17, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
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
by Judge Briggs
what happens after they reach earth... that sounds better.
Jan. 17, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST
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
But is it not also illegal to strike? Six in one, half dozen in the other.
Jan. 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST
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
Jesus, I botched that twice! I need me some caffeine goodness.
Jan. 17, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST
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
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
..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
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
...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
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
"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
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
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
I just watched Serenity on HD DVD last night... Looked amazing!!!
Jan. 17, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST
No more Bonnie Hammer! YAY!
Jan. 17, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST
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
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
but not a whole series
Jan. 17, 2008, 2 p.m. CST
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
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
by Ultron ver 2.0
there ya go....silly mouse moving text!
Jan. 17, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST
This prequel thing was a bad idea from the start. Please let it die!
Jan. 17, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST
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
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
Maybe they should do that?
Jan. 17, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
Spoil my entire season, why dont'cha? ;)
Jan. 18, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
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
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
Air those lost pilots!
Jan. 18, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
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
(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
by Tyrion's Tyrannical Todger
...is Mr T. And I pity the fool.
Jan. 19, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
It was cool when one or two people were Cylons. Now, everyone is. That sucks ass.
Jan. 19, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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