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Caprica gets a greenlight

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, December 1, 2008

The Sci Fi Channel has given a go-ahead to make futher episodes of Caprica, the prequel series spun off from Battlestar Galactica. Variety reports that the cable channel is hoping to reassemble as much of the Galactica writing team as possible; since the final episodes of that series were filmed earlier this year, the scribes had scattered to find work on other shows. The idea is to have episodes of Caprica filming by the middle of 2009 for an anticipated debut on Sci Fi in early 2010.

Caprica is set five decades prior to Battlestar Galactica and will examine the rise of artificial intelligence in the Twelve Colonies and how the mechanical enemies in Galactica, the Cylons, were originally created by man. A pilot has already been filmed that stars Esai Morales as the grandfather of Edward James Olmos' character on BSG. Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker also star in the pilot.

"Battlestar Galactica was absolutely our flagship show. It put us on the map and helped transform the perception of the network,"said Dave Howe, president of the Sci Fi Channel. "We want people to come to this who have never heard of Battlestar Galactica. 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."

Galactica showrunners Ron Moore and David Eick will exec produce Caprica along with 24 writer Remi Aubuchon.

-Variety.

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