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BSG Writer-Producer Tells Herc Producers Are Pursuing Spaceship Drama VIRTUALITY As An International Co-Production!!

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If you haven’t been following my twittering, I spoke briefly with “Virtuality” co-creator (and “Battlestar Galactica” writer) Michael Taylor after the Comic Con BSG panel this afternoon and asked if “Virtuality” was well and truly dead at this point. Taylor said it looked really dead as far as Fox (which aired its excellent but low-rated two-hour pilot in its Friday Death Slot last month) was concerned, but producers of “Virtuality” (co-created by BSG mastermind Ron Moore) were now pursuing the idea of mounting a “Virtuality” series as an international co-production in the tradition of CBS' “Flashpoint,” ABC's “Impact” miniseries and ABC's fast-approaching spaceship drama “Defying Gravity.” “Virtuality,” said Taylor, requires a broadcast (as opposed to a cable) budget, so the international strategy – which could round up non-U.S. channels as partners – could be the way to make it more financially attractive to U.S. networks. I’ve watched the pilots for every new scripted series coming to broadcast TV this autumn, and I’m here to tell you the “Virtuality” pilot is better than any of them. Taylor is currently working with fellow ex-BSG writers Moore and Jane Espenson on Syfy’s “Galactica” prequel series “Caprica.”
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  • July 23, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Hopefully it gets picked up...

    by TheWaqman

    much more interesting than that shitty Caprica.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Michael Taylor...

    by MajorFrontbum

    ...couldn't write a grocery list.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    FOX is teh stupid

    by yomomma

    Of course they didn't pick up this show, it didn't feature tramps marrying midgets.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Getting the cast back might be a problem.

    by tonagan

  • July 23, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Please happen!

    by Cartman86

    This is such an interesting show and concept. You never see it on TV and I want to see more!!!!

  • July 23, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Hope so. It was good.


    One of the better pilots i've seen in many a year actually.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The pilot was enjoyable

    by Amy Chasing

    not great, but entertaining. I think comparisons to that movie Sunshine can be made, only Virtuality seems to do a similar job without a similar feeling of pretentiousness. And the ending was interesting - unlike a certain Torchwood series this year. So I guess all we are saying, is give relatively-decent-sci-fi a chance.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    loved the pilot

    by Jarek

    I hope this goes to series.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Way to slow

    by Vision

    It was a 30 minute show padded to 2 hours - they need to seriously tighten it up - and lose about 50 cliches for this to even be worth pursuing.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Sunshine was pretentious?

    by TheWaqman

    Are you serious?

  • July 23, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Loved this.

    by secretcylon

  • July 23, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Sunshine - yes, pretentious

    by Gherkin

    I agree with that assessment. Almost seemed like the crew came from a planet of sun-worshippers. Liked virtuality except for the gay chefs. Looking forward to what they can do with a series, although the concept seems fairly limited.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Watched it twice

    by doubleARon

    I watched it and thought... pretty good, but no way this is going to get picked up. (The low point was the reality tv talk.)<p> Then, I kept thinking about it and ended up watching it again on Hulu. It played much better for me.<p> I'd like to see it continue, so this is good news, however unlikely it might be.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by doubleARon

    So wished the creators had resisted the urge to go slasher film on that one. It was brilliant otherwise, and I still managed to enjoy it overall.<p> Pretentious? Maybe a little, but the fixation on the sun would only be natural on such an expedition, no?

  • July 23, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah it was pretty good

    by Kobaal

    Better than expected. Hope it gets picked up. Maybe the BBC could chip in, they love that kind of stuff.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    worth it...

    by oneletter

    well, it has potential, I would most definitely be tuning into more. Funny how we have quite a few space themed entries this year, its a hard challange but I like what they had so far. But, of course, I think I'd tune into anything with Clea Duvall...

  • July 23, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    worth it...

    by oneletter

    well, it has potential, I would most definitely be tuning into more. Funny how we have quite a few space themed entries this year, its a hard challange but I like what they had so far. But, of course, I think I'd tune into anything with Clea Duvall...

  • July 23, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    worth it...

    by oneletter

    well, it has potential, I would most definitely be tuning into more. Funny how we have quite a few space themed entries this year, its a hard challange but I like what they had so far. But, of course, I think I'd tune into anything with Clea Duvall...

  • July 23, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Not getting my hopes up, but yeah, this would be great.

    by flickchick85

    I really loved the pilot. And yes, I loved Sunshine. It seems like Sunshine The Series, which sounds great to me. I do have to wonder if they'll be able to get the cast back, though, if this does go through. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    It was pretty good, but too much conflict from the get go

    by performingmonkey

    People having affairs and being evil, all that. There was no need for it all in the 'pilot'. A couple of the cast were lame too, but definitely keep the British cast members (weren't like half the crew British?), the guy in the wheelchair yes. There's ONE problem with the idea and that's how to bring in NEW characters once the ship has blasted toward the new solar system. OK they could appear in the virtual world but that's not the same as having them on the ship. Whatever, the idea of the show is good but I would maybe flashback to BEFORE the pilot and show them setting off from Earth, maybe even before the crew are selected, show that process.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    no thanks and don't try sky either!

    by Castiel

    I remember what you did with BSG year one. we gave you a chance. and then you screwed us over by giving it to scifi. that and the fact i cant stand four more years of pretentious bollocks

  • July 23, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    jeez is craprica going into full production?

    by Castiel

    why in gods name? the story wrapped up things. talk about extending the storyline. it's done already!

  • July 23, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Sunshine is pretentious, but awesome

    by nechyv

  • July 23, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Something good might happen on TV?

    by Crow3711

    A show that should be made might actually get made? Holy Nonsense, I don't believe it. Anyway, it'll be promptly canceled again no matter what, because no one will watch it because the world is full of shmucks. It's basically a futile effort, imo.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Drop the talking-to-the-camera-for-folks-on-Earth

    by kabong


  • July 23, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    don't bother

    by Tallguyme

    the pilot sucked. move along. move along.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by Cash907

    The pilot was complete and utter crap on a stick, so what is the point?

  • July 23, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Better than any of them? Yeesh.

    by ar42

    I mean, the Virtuality pilot was interesting, but nothing about it made me go "Gee, I would love to watch a whole TV show about this!" Super kudos for the level of attention paid to scientific accuracy and details, and cool overall concept, but in the end I think there were too many characters and they were too interchangeable. A bunch of bland thirtysomething mostly white people whose stories and problems I didn't particularly care about. Also, a lot of the drama seemed manufactured-- I mean really, the ONLY two options are to keep frolicking willy-nilly in the rapist-infested VR world, or to ban anyone from ever using it again ever? Isn't there some sort of investigation that could be done?

  • July 24, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Pilot had a lot of potential. Make it happen!

    by ev1ldead

  • July 24, 2009, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Yep, make it happen, please!

    by DC Films

  • July 24, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    better than any thing else this season?

    by baba-lou2

    Then God help the rest of the season...

  • July 24, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Is this what it's come to? I have to read a first line now of an article explaining this information was already twitted or tweeted or whatever the fuck? Shoot me now. Take some fucking Ritalin.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Well produced but not very interesting

    by Himbo

    if you have watched much SF in the last 20 years. The Orion burn was very well done technically, and the highlight of the show. <p> Centrally, it was a show about people in a tin-can that WILL NOT TALK TO EACH OTHER about very basic things. They also apparently have not read/scene/discussed any 20th - 21st century Science Fiction. <p> And they kill off the most interesting character. Ooops. I'd like these producers to get another crack, at another idea, with better writers.

  • July 24, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I call it . . . "PHONEETERING."

    by kabong

    I get on the phone and speak in truncated phrases that don't exceed a character-total of 140. <P> It's an incredible achievement. I have revolutionized communication. <P> You can do PHONEETS too. Be a part of this trendy trend.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    is it me or do these international co-productions

    by punto

    look like absolute shit? I saw 10 minutes of "mental", it looked like it was shot with a cellphone (camera and microphone). I actually miss the shows that were shot in Canada or New Zealand.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    "Sunshine"-even with the 3rd act Love It!

    by soloaj

    For a smaller budget film the film makers made a beautiful sci-fi film= watch it a huge flat screen TV. Even when it stumbles in the 3rd act and goes "slasher" it does not ruin the movie. I still enjoy this movie at least 1 a month on DVD,

  • July 25, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    God I Hope This Gets Picked Up

    by fedrich519

    Great show. Fox is notorious for shit-canning great shows. Idiots.

  • July 25, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by DJShay

    This looks much better than Caprica, which was ok, wow, think of all the directions it go if it were a series. Who/Where do I pester someone to get this done? Start an online petition?

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Yes, please make this show

    by solotwit

    Virtuality was great. I thought the reality show in space idea was really annoying at first, but then I thought maybe it wasn't all that far off from what might happen on a mission like this. It was executed well.

  • Aug. 14, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Clue: they're not really in space at all...

    by DrManhattansUnit

    ...which makes it far less interesting. A proper show about a mission to the nearest star, that would be worth seeing. But the clue is in the title, and Virtuality has much less than meets the eye.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    'Defying Gravity' did it better --

    by Genre_Boy

    without the holodeck.