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Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” prequel “Caprica” might not air as a backdoor pilot after all.
It might go straight to series.
“We’re not sure if it’s going to air as a backdoor pilot,” says Sci Fi Channel’s executive vp of programming Mark Stern at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We’re going to take a look at it and maybe just order it as a series from there. We are going to take delivery on it in a couple of weeks and then decide whether to air it as a standalone movie or as the premiere of a new series.”
Sci Fi had a panel for “Caprica” during the network’s TCA session, where showrunner Ron Moore and cast members took the stage to answer questions from critics. The project has long been called a two-hour backdoor pilot, and is supposed to air sometime this fall. An upgrade to a series order would likely push its air date until sometime next year, a Sci Fi spokesperson says. Certainly the very act of paneling a mere pilot at the critics tour suggests network enthusiasm for the project.
Moore says that it won’t matter that people already know how the prequel story ends. In fact, he’s counting on that to add suspense.
“The tension comes from the fact that you do know where it’s going,” he says. “All of this — this world you’re about to visit — is doomed, in some shape or form.You know how WWII turns out. You know the Nazis are going to lose. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tell compelling stories.”
Moore declined to say how long before the Cylon war that “Caprica” takes place, but did note that the 12 colonies are not entirely peacefully co-existing. Also, there will be no flash-forwards to the current series (“intercutting the two would feel very oil and water,” he says).
” ‘Caprica’ is a different animal,” he says. “It’s about a vibrant society that is at the height of its power and the height of its decadence. It’s going to come apart. It’s sort of like a roller coaster.”
The action will be firmly grounded on the planet of Caprica rather than lots of space-based jumping around between different locations. Executive producer David Eick said technological emphasis in the new show will be on artificial intelligence instead of space travel.
“That’s what’s new on this show, rather than space travel, which we take as an existing technology,” Eick says.
A few other articles worth checking out…
TV Week talks about where the tension in Caprica will come from.
The TV Addict talks a little bit about Caprica’s look.