Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica gets full season go-ahead
The final episodes of Battlestar Galactica will air in the new year, but a new prequel series to the hit sci-fi show is already on the horizon.
U.S. network Sci-Fi Channel has given the go-ahead for production of a full season of Caprica, a spin-off series to the critically acclaimed BSG, according to Hollywood trade press.
Though producers had originally planned to broadcast a two-hour Caprica TV movie this year, it will now serve as a pilot for the new series, which is slated to debut in early 2010.
The final 10 episodes of BSG begin in mid-January, with a two-hour movie entitled Battlestar Galactica: The Plan slated for broadcast next summer.
The prequel tale Caprica will be set 50 years before the plot of BSG, focusing on two rival families, one of whom is pushing artificial intelligence forward by developing living robots called Cylons. The cast includes Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales and Polly Walker, with the series to be executive produced by BSG creators Ronald Moore and David Eick.
Filmed in Vancouver and featuring a host of Canadian actors, the reimagined Battlestar Galactica got underway with a miniseries in 2003 and a regular TV series in 2004.
Though some originally believed the show would simply revamp the 1970s series, the latest BSG ó always slated to last just four seasons ó became a hit, garnering praise from both viewers and critics. Its accolades include winning a prestigious Peabody Award in 2006 and two outstanding program trophies from the American Film Institute in 2005 and 2006.