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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Ronald D. Moore Sells Non-Sci-Fi Pilot Script To NBC!!

Published at: Nov. 9, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! Writer-producer-director Ronald D. Moore (“Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Carnivale,” “Good Vs. Evil,” “Roswell,” “Virtuality,” “Caprica”) has sold to NBC a script for his Coast Guard adventure drama “The McCulloch.” This is not the first non-sci-fi project for Moore, who had a hand in scripting 2000’s “Mission: Impossible II.” Moore attended Cornell University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and even served one summer on the USS W. S. Sims, but was disqualified from Navy service due to a high school knee injury. Moore’s other big-screen credits include “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: First Contact” and the upcoming Mary Elizabeth Winstead version of “The Thing.” Find the Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive on the matter here.
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  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Will it involve Angels?

    by _Venkman

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    They should set it in the late 1960's...

    by Henry Fool

    ...and make it about a bunch of goofball acidheads who are trying to avoid service in Vietnam. Hallucinations and boats. Sounds awesome. The whole NBC things keeps making me think of Seaquest and the ghost of Jonathan Brandis.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    wow!

    by chainsaw_shawn

    his resume is fucking amazing. I hope this show is successful. I mean why not a show about the coast guard?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Cool?

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    A few thoughts: Terrible name. Fan of Ron Moore. I have no interest in this. Wake me when he gets back to SciFi.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    And...

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    I thought Virtuality had some promise. I also liked Defying Gravity. But they were both canceled. Kings was also pretty good. All canceled.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The main villains will be Pirates! and the BP oil spill!

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Coast Guard adventure drama?

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    wow

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    as long as it doesn't star Kevin Costner

    by matchesmalone2380

    Wow. That was a pretty brief but descriptive look at Moore's career. Are you trying to sell us on the idea that Moore has somewhat good career, with the low points being Star Trek:Generations and the now defunct Caprica? Unless it's a comedy on NBC Thursday night, not set in India, this new show will be classed as "meh".

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Coast Guard - Like The Navy But Less Gay

    by GornPirate

    And More Boring.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    SPOILER: The Coast Guard turns out to be God.

    by BurnHollywood

    Jus' trollin'...

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST

    will the coast guard have a plan?

    by alice133

    or will they copy what other popular branches of the service are doing as they go along?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Aside from throwing insults at the guy, does anyone care?

    by V'Shael

    Was there some growing movement of fans who were desperately waiting for this guys next script to hit the screens?<br /><br />He's a hack, who had some moderate success (as many hacks do). But his colours were revealed, and he stands before us naked in his utter hackdom. <br /><br />You can choose to avert your eyes, and swear the emperors clothes are beautiful, but I can see his shrivelled nutsack and it's cold outside.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Oh yea sure he's a hack alright

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    considering that this "hack" turned a space show into a mainstream success and had you guys debating about it week after week, who could he be anything but a "hack"?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Don't agree that he's a hack

    by theGoldbergV

    Moore created the most sucessful and critically acclaimed sci-fi show in modern times, contributed to the stellar first season of Carnivale and ran one of the (supposedly, I don't do Trek) best Star Trek series so I wouldn't describe him as a hack. Even if you hated the BSG finale, which I didn't, then you can't deny that the show itself was a sucess. <P><P> And Moore was more than open with the fans and media about the writing process on BSG, he made it up as he went along, and most of the time it worked out great. Compare and contrast this with the 6 years of bulshitting from Cuse and Lindelof's interviews (all questions will be answered, etc etc) and I know a better fit for the label of "hack". <p><P>Just sayin...

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Wait, he WROTE Generations??/

    by Dharma4

    Did not know that. And I agree, Moore isn't a hack. He's a smart man who got a lucky break. Good for him.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Blame Braga and Berman

    by Crumb

    I think Moore was Braga's writing partner for Trek which may include the sheer awfulness of Generations and to a lesser extent First Contact. But you've also got assholes like Berman adding two cents worth, plus TNG stars like Spiner and Stewart that probably feel they should have input on the story. To sum up, dumping Braga was the nest move Moore ever made.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Series finale = God did it!

    by fanboy71

    No thanks

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    BSG ended when the Pegasus exploded...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Love what Moore accomplished with DS9 and most of BSG. Ruining what may be the greatest Sci-Fi series ever is tough to forgive.<p>Maybe he belongs on the ground.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Just can't forgive him for final BSG season.

    by Behemoth

    What a wonderful show for nearly 3 seasons. One of the best I'd ever seen. Then, he washed his hands like Pilate and said, "It's the CHARACTERS, stupid." No, it's the plot AND the characters, douche. <p>Can never root for this taint-licking sloth again. what an artistic choke job.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Moore is not a hack

    by InActionMan

    When it comes to BSG however he was I think the following things happened: <P> 1.) He was a victim of his own success. After BSG became a hit he was asked to script doctor and work on other projects. He spread himself too thin and quality suffered. <P> 2. Skiffy management. Asked for less arch stories and more standalones. They also started cutting BSGs budget forcing more bottle shows. <P> I will agree that season four was full of misfires: Starbuck wandering around on her garbage scow searching for her special purpose, telling instead of showing the origin story of the final five, However, point to another series that had all the great episodes of BSG like "33", "The hand of God" the Pegasus arc, the escape from New Caprica, the discovery of Cylon Earth with all the swelling music and and redemption imagery only to pull the rug out from under the audience with it being a radioactive wasteland. <P> All great stuff. They set the bar for a new kind of story telling on TV.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    @Fareal, so is it the finale you hated or

    by theGoldbergV

    the final season? I get that people don't like the finale, and I understand why even if I don't agree with them. But for me season4 is a vast improvment on season 3, and despite the muddled final 5 arc, at least it tells a consequential story rather than the string of pointless standalones that plagued the second halves of seasons 2 and 3. <P><P>Yes, the first half of BSG is better than the second, but I don't agree that the dip in quality was as dramatic as you make out

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Will it have deep religous elements?

    by Madmarek

    I hope so, then if they can't think of an ending he can just wrap it all up in crazy religious shit.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    BSG was a success from beginning to end

    by oisin5199

    so say we all.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Anyone ever watch The Guard?

    by jim

    Ron Moore living in Vancouver to work on BSG and Caprica probably did.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Never foget. Never forgive.

    by SmokingRobot

    Ron Moore is dead to me. http://tinyurl.com/ksq7kc

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I'm bored already

    by Citizen Sane

    MS II is, by far, the worst in the franchise (so far). He is one of the few show runner's that can actually make sci fi as boring as a soap opera. Now he is going to creat more content in mundane settings?<br><br> Two words: Bionic Woman"

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I'm bored already

    by Citizen Sane

    MS II is, by far, the worst in the franchise (so far). He is one of the few show runner's that can actually make sci fi as boring as a soap opera. Now he is going to creat more content in mundane settings?<br><br> Two words: Bionic Woman"

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hope the ship moves faster than BSG.

    by kabong

    Australian "Sea Patrol" is good. <p> But it's Navy, not Coast Guard, if that is of significance to the Guardians of the Thread.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Not Sci Fi, so... Caprica, then?

    by MurderMostFowl

    RIMSHOT!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Imagine greater

    by JamesT

    I'm still waiting...

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Another Thing???

    by JacksParasites

    Tell me it ain't so. There's only one thing and it's John Carpenter's version, damnit? So is Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing Kurt Russell or one of the other members of the all-male cast?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Good News

    by Smack_Teddy

    Forgotton he scripted the new Thing movie, so bonus! Still dubious about that new Thing movie, though.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by kadayi

    Albeit I didn't think Virtuality was entirely awful (though fairly risible), I still think after the 'why did I invest my time in this crap' debacle that was the last season and a half of BSG, RDM has got a long way to go before he earns back any goodwill. Even LOST with all it's loose ends managed to cross the finishing line in a better state than BSG did with the whole 'angels' BS.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Also i think "Its the characters stupid!"

    by Smack_Teddy

    more refers to readressing the balance between plot & characters seen conventionally in a 'high concept', or 'event' televised serial;, rather than literally making it entirely about the characters. Maybe i'm wrong.<p> I do have to admit though the last season did have some serious rough patches, or dubious choices set across the limited no. of episode orders, but i am firmly in the camp of folk who thought the Final was excellent, suck it etc.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    in other news, SGU revealed Destiny's true mission

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    And yet no talkback

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Smoking Robot: BSG is a masterpiece, all of it...

    by Krinkle

    God, some of you are hopeless nerds. Just hopeless. To try to critique a stirring TV achievement like the full run of Moore's BSG (best sci-fi show ever, and I loved the ending) by picking apart the psuedo-science is just... just too nerdy for words. The only legitimate way to critique BSG is on a spiritual/philosophical level, because that's obviously what Moore was really concerned with... and on THAT level, the finale works perfectly. Also, there is no indication that "burnt Earth" is our Earth or that "coda Earth" is our Earth. Happened before, happened again, remember? There is room in BSG for much speculation, much of it is very purposefully ambiguous. It's a masterpiece. For instance, if you read the final images as meaning "the robots are coming!", you really, really have no facility for "decoding" art, popular or otherwise. The montage of the goofy robots is all about the main question the whole series was on about: are we controlled, or are we free? Do we want to be free, or do we prefer to think we have a destiny? Jesus, you people. Pearls before swine.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    What on earth was "Good Vs. Evil"?

    by CountryBoy

    And MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD? Is that a joke?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    test

    by jbs9200

    test

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Re: Destiny's true mission

    by jbs9200

    To search for the alternate universe where BSG seasons 3 & 4 where as good as and made sense within the context of season 1 & 2?

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Krinkle, thou art easily wowed by pretentious "Message" writing.

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Ye are hereby restricted to viewings of THE WIRE, BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN until such time as ye grasp the subtleties of good teleplay writing...

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    BSG season 4 VERY GOOD

    by Sloppy2nds

    while the final 5 arc was a bit fuzzy... some of the best episodes of the series were in season 4. The two parter with the mutiny was BSG at its finest. Really people you finale haters are just way too over the top. Get some kleenex, wipe your noses and move on with your lives.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    BSG turned to Shite when....

    by lukestarkiller

    ..they left New Caprica...right up to the exodus the show WAS gripping, genre busting television...then it drifted into all about "on the nose Iraqi allegory", became hit and miss and clearly showed it had no idea where it was going or how to end in a satisfying, classy way. The potential good news here is, it sounds like "Blood and Chrome" (aka "cylon war 1 with asskicking Adama") WON'T have Moore involved. I think later "Galactica" and "Caprica" showed that Moore had lost interest/inspiration for this universe. If you believe the "conspiracy theorists", Moore exhausted all the "good" ideas he lifted from the Singer/DeSanto BSG bible - female cocky fighter pilot (daughter of the original) Starbuck, human cyclons in their midsts, the supernatural "angel aspect" similar to the "War of Gods" aliens from the original series that would have been a big part of the Singer Desanto BSG etc.) after 3 years and just ad libbed after that. A "Moore-less" (and hopefully "Eick-less" given his big non Galactica "creative" experiment" was the revamped "Bionic Woman" a couple of years back) war set "Galactica" series might just be the creative reboot it needs. The gritty, edgy, character driven "war footing" aspect of BSG but WITHOUT the new age-y, pseudo religious crap (which was present in BSG but FRONT AND CENTER on the dull, uninvolving "Caprica" soap opera) and navel gazing human cylons might be a huge Win for viewers. Sorry all you "trekkie-like, BSG was BRILLIANT THROUGH AND THROUGH defenders....Get a life, so say we all!

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    SGU's Destiny mission makes no fucking sense.

    by V'Shael

    If you see a structure in the Cosmic Microwave Backgroud radiation, then a few things.<br />1) It's everywhere in the universe. No need to travel anywhere to see it.<br />2) You can't chase after it to the ends of the universe and find it. It's in the past. That's why you can see it today.<br /><br />The writers seem to be trying to say that there's some great structure "at the end of the universe" which Destiny is racing towards at faster than light speeds. And that's just retarded.<br /><br />SciFi can work just fine when you posit technologies which don't exist yet, but might. It fails spectacularly when it doesn't understand basic physics.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Forget Moore.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Richard Hatch kept the BG torch burning since the 70's, and these jokers stole it out from under him, turning it into a dour, self-important mess.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Good Vs Evil

    by theGoldbergV

    If it is what I think it is, was also known as "GvsE" and starred Clayton Rohner and Richard Brooks. It was about people working for Heaven on Earth who fought Morlocks and tried to save the souls of people who had made deals withthe devil. It was all done in a kind of 70s, baxploitation feel and was entirely awesome. One of the best and least watched shows of the 90s. Some episodes are on YouTube

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Good Vs Evil was awful

    by MonkeyManReturns

    And that is why no-one remembers it. And that is why is failed. No seriously...awful.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    All of BSG's Season 4 sucked...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...The finale sucked most of all, and the overall suckiness was such that it set off a temporal suck-wave that even overwhelmed CAPRICA. Maybe LOST, too, somehow...<p> That Moore's moving away from SF seems to be a pretty obvious sign that even he acknowledges his shortcomings in the arena...<p> Anyway, BSG was probably the best two-and-a-half seasons of TV SF ever.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    His wife the Moby Dick

    by High_Guy

    Maybe that fatso he calls his wife, mrs.ron. could play whale or an island or even a continent.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    BurnHollywood

    by kadayi

    "BSG was probably the best two-and-a-half seasons of TV SF ever" Agreed. The Rot definitely set in after that esp with the lame assed introduction of the 'final 5'which pretty much undermined the whole human struggle on New Caprica, given most of the resistance turned out to in fact be Cylons....coupled with the writers killing off pretty much all the remaining human side characters (Dee, Cally, Gaeta, etc, etc) along the way....

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Just Got Around to Watching the Original BSG on Netflix

    by _Maltheus_

    And you know what, the original was better. The new BSG had extraordinary potential up through the Pegasus episodes in S2, then it floundered for a while with a few good (even great) eps like Exodus Pt. II. Then it jumped the shark with the final five. I know that's an overused term, but it truly applies here. It undid the impact of some of the greatest moments from earlier in the show (like Tigh killing Ellen). It also made the characters incomprehensible in their actions. Like Adama getting all cry baby buddy-buddy with the annihilators of the human race who can't ever be trusted so long as they can be programmed.<br /> <br /> BSG and Lost each represent a blue ball in the sack of unfulfilled expectations. Abrams, Moore and Darlon have joined the ranks of Bragga, Berman and Bill Gates as natural geek repellent. The only thing I'd watch from Moore, at this point, would be a DS9 movie.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    "characters that basically did nothing",,,

    by Billyeveryteen

    Let's see...<P>Lee's wife. Symbol of hope in pilot, who's attraction to Billy convinces Adama not to pursue oblivion. A cynical heartbreaking suicide.<p>Chief's wife. Murdered Boomer the 1st, in retaliation for shooting Adama. One of the first new mothers. Executed by a poorly conceived final five.<p>Savior of Cylon prisoners. Idealist who believed in government and redemption. Ejected from airlock for mutiny.<p>I'd say they were badly screwed over, but they certainly did something.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    To say BSG was crap after New Caprica

    by theGoldbergV

    is to discount some of the best storylines of the whole run. While I agree that the 1st 2 seasons are more cohesive, seasons 3 and 4 gave us Baltar's trial, Cally's death, The Hub, nuked Earth 1, the Mutiny and the kick-ass final battle. Personally I loved all of those moments and they rank right up there with the Pegasus arc, Kobol and Hand of God as classic BSG episodes.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by kadayi

    Billyeveryteen, pretty much called you out with his response. However the fundamental point is, that for a show that was all about this desperate struggle for survival by the last remnants of humanity, by the shows end there were barely any cast members left who qualified as human, undermining the whole affair from start to finish. When the show started off it was great because it was exceptionally ballsy, but somewhere along the way it lost it's edge (probably around when the Deus Ex Machina miracle baby blood 'saved' Roslin from rightfully exiting the series). Everything got precious, save the secondary cast who all suddenly became red shirts.

  • No. The final 5 realised their past origins, but there was no revelation that all humans were somehow Cylon hybrids.