by Rob Vaux Posted: December 31st, 2010 at 7:00 am
“What went wrong with Caprica?” is a popular refrain among sci-fi circles this holiday season. Syfy cancelled the would-be successor to Battlestar Galactica’s legacy after just one season, engaging in a hasty retooling over the hiatus before dropping the whole thing in a very ugly mess. The second half of–well, of the entire series–has been released on DVD, with five as-yet unaired episodes constituting the set’s major draw. Watching it reminds one that, while the show ultimately couldn’t measure up to BSG, it still has a number of things to recommend it. Hit the jump for my full review.
After an apparent struggle finding high enough ratings, SyFy has canceled the Battlestar Galactica prequel spin-off series Caprica and yanked it from their schedule effective immediately. The remaining five episodes of the first and only season of the series will run in early 2011. Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of SyFy says, “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” Surely a blow to all Battlestar Galactica fans, but fortunately they still have the recently announced two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome to look forward to in the future. Anyone really disappointed?
In case you’re still holding out and haven’t seen Syfy’s excellent Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, you’re missing out on one of the absolute best shows on TV. You don’t have to have seen any Battlestar to enjoy it, so don’t let its fantastic nerd pedigree scare you off. This recap of the first half of season 1 is a good primer for what’s happened so far: basically, a teenage girl (Alessandra Torressani) dies in a terrorist bombing but her avatar is still alive in a steampunk-meets-Grand Theft Auto virtual world, and her father (Eric Stoltz) creates the Cylons while monotheistic fringe groups and James Marsters create chaos. Caprica returns on Syfy on October 5th at 10pm. Watch the 5 minute recap after the jump:
Though most network and cable shows are kicking later this month, October always sees the return of some series a little later in the fall season and this year is no exception. First up, via press release, HBO announced their drama series In Treatment will return to the air on Monday, October 25th with two back-to-back episodes kicking off the third season. Then Tuesday, October 26th will see two more back-to-back episodes as well. Gabriel Byrne will reprise his role as Dr. Paul Weston with new cast members like Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married) and Amy Ryan (The Office, Gone Baby Gone) being tossed into the mix.
Details on SyFy’s returning series after the jump.
The studios, networks, and production companies go all out for Comic-Con every year and SyFy is no different. This year, not only did they bring the thunder with cast members and sneak peeks of their series and such for the panels, but they even went so far as to take over a Hard Rock cafe in downtown San Diego and turned it into their own Cafe Diem, where the menu is customized to include items like Lou Diamond Flapjacks (a play on words of Stargate Universe star Lou Diamond Phillips). Though we can’t transport you to Cafe Diem, we can provide a look at all the Comic-Con trailers that SyFy brought to San Diego this year including Warehouse 13, Eureka, Stargate Universe, Sanctuary and Caprica:
You can add Jon Hamm to the ever-growing list of celebrities who have appeared on The Simpsons: the Mad Men star will voice an FBI supervisor in the December episode “Donnie Fatso.” Executive producer Al Jean told EW, “there will be no Mad Men reference,” though the show already has that satirical territory covered pretty well. You can get a hint of what Hamm looks like as a live-action FBI agent in Ben Affleck’s The Town (in theaters September 17, 2010) — the fourth season of Mad Men premieres Sunday, July 25th on AMC.
Hit the jump for news of Olivia Munn’s appearance on Chuck, and details on the return of Caprica.
From Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie and executive producers Heather McQuarrie and Remi Aubuchon, Persons Unknown is NBC’s one-hour mystery drama, in which a group of seven strangers must come together to solve the puzzle of their lives.
All of them have been taken from their families and have arrived in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there, and they must rely on each other to get out. While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by security cameras with no idea who or what is behind them, and every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances. At every turn, these strangers are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally.
Showrunner Remi Aubuchon recently talked exclusively to Collider about developing the 13-episode series, figuring out how to gradually reveal the show’s mysteries to viewers and what he loves about the sci-fi/mystery genre. He also promises that fans will be freaked out by the end and that they’ll never see it coming. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The Battlestar Galactica spinoff Caprica has been getting weak ratings and only average reviews, but Syfy is anxious to keep expanding its Galactica francise. In an interview with THR, Syfy’s Executive VP of Development Mark Stern indicated that Caprica would receive a second season and that the network was also trying to develop a second Galactica spinoff. The exact nature of the spinoff has not yet been determined, but it would:
“mark a return to the franchise’s space-opera roots.”
Galactica Executive Producer Ronald Moore is working with Syfy on developing the new series, which may have a non-traditional format. More as we hear it.
It’s been a pretty crazy week for news here at Collider as Steve landed the first photos and full synopses from dozens of upcoming films. If you haven’t seen them, you can check them out here, here, here, and here. That was on top of all the good stuff we bring you on a regular basis. But even with all the news we posted this week, there’s still more and while we didn’t have time to give these stories their own articles, we wanted to make sure you knew about some other cool stuff from the past few days.
Hit the jump to read about how James Franco’s General Hospital stint folds into a larger art project he’s doing, South Park taking their shot at James Cameron’s Avatar, Spider-Man finally arrested for being a menace, and more.
Ronald Moore and Joss Whedon seem to be trading actors lately. First Tahmoh Penikett, who played Helo on “Battlestar Galactica,” joined the cast of “Dollhouse” last year. Now James Marsters, best known as Spike on Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” is joining Moore’s BSG prequel series, “Caprica.” That’s not all though. Patton Oswalt is joining the cast as well. Fun, right? More after the jump.
NBC and Syfy have just announced some exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con. While most of the items are only for the die-hard fans, two of them caught my eye. One is a “Chuck” supervisor polo from their fictional store Buy More. The other is easily the best exclusive of the bunch. It’s a “Battlestar Galactica” toaster which creates the image of a Cylon on your toast! Admit that’s cool.
Since all the items are limited, if you want either of them, I’d pre-order them now at nbcuniversalstore.com. More info on the other exclusives from “Heroes”, “The Office” and “Caprica” after the jump:
If you live in California and you are a big “Battlestar Galactica” fan then you may want to check out two performances by the series’ composer – the talented Mr. Bear McCreary. McCreary will conduct an evening of “Music from Battlestar Galactica” on June 13th to kick off the Grand Performance Series at California Plaza. I do not live in California so you are going to have to Google the directions yourself…
Bear will again revisit his signature creations for “BSG” on July 23-25 at the San Diego site of the famed House of Blues. That’s during Comic-Con, just in case you were planning on attending this year and wanted to visit another completely-crowded tourist spot
Seriously, though. If you loved “Battlestar” then you have to give it up to the haunting scores McCreary fashioned for the series. Just imagine what it would have been like if they had just used the standard collection of Jason Mraz songs favored by shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and I think you can see why we should all say a big “thank you” to Bear. And if you really want to thank him you will pick up the new collection of tunes he has created for the series “Caprica”. La-La Land will release that soundtrack disk on June 16th.