Sci-Fi officially greenlights Caprica

by Joey Paur

Now this is some good news to report! Sci-Fi Channel has greenlit the prequel to the amazing show 'Battlestar Galactica'! I am sure most of us are eagerly awaiting the last 10 episodes of Battlestar which begins Jan. 16th. On top of that a two hour movie adaptation called 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan' is slated for early next summer. Now we have something else to look forward to in 2010. Variety reports:

"Caprica" will star Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, and will be set 50 years prior to "Galactica's" seminal attack on human civilization by those dreaded 'droids the Cylons. Family-drama-themed series will focus on the Earthlike planet of Caprica as two rival families deal with, among other topical issues, the broader implications of their society's emerging artificial intelligence technology sector.

I like where they are taking this new spinoff sereis. It is going to be able to explore some really interesting topics. As you may or may not now a two hour pilot was already produced which was really good. I think Battlestar Gallactica has been the back bone of the Sci-Fi Channel and has really brought a lot of success to the network. They are hoping this new caprica series will bring in even more people because it is a family drama it has the potential to tap into a whole new market, at the same time keep the hardcore fans coming back. Sci-Fi Channel prexy Dave Howe says:

"We want people to come to this who have never heard of 'Battlestar Galactica,' " he added. "I think, because ('Galactica's') backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. 'Caprica' has none of that. It's an intense family drama set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly."

I am really looking forward to this. Sure it wont have the awesome space battles but it is still going to be a great show to watch.


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