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SGU is Syfy’s Latest Victim and Why It Should be Saved

Last week it was announced Stargate Universe was being cancelled.  After moving to Tuesday, and being paired with the recently cancelled Caprica, its rating were in rough shape.  Notice that the show was being cancelled was not sent out via a press release or notice on Syfy’s web-site, instead the news was sent out via Twitter.  This was the first anyone had heard that the show was being cancelled.  This includes the cast of Stargate Universe.  Needless to say this news took a lot of people by surprise, but mostly the cast and crew of Stargate Universe.

The fact that this was the only notice the show was being cancelled was fairly disrespectful to the cast, crew and fan.  Stargate fans are vocal to say the least.  They would have fought to keep the show on the air but the cancellation was done in a way that fans could easily be ignored.  After all how hard is it to ignore messages on Twitter?

My concern for SGU is, will they be able to finish the storyline that has been started.  SGU just took its midseason break and the next 1/2 season, which has already been filmed, will serve as the finale for the show.  Since they had not been given notice the show was being cancelled I doubt the storyline has been finished.  We, the loyal fans, are probably going to be left with no resolution to the storyline of Stargate Universe.

So, how do we resolve the story of SGU if there are no more episodes to be filmed.  It would be ideal if Syfy would give the show an extra few episodes or a TV movie to wrap up the storyline.  Do I think thats likely to happen?  No, I don’t.  Remember Syfy promised there would be additional Stargate Atlantis movies that would continue the story and presumably get Atlantis back to the Pegasus Galaxy.  Even if Syfy promised an SGU movie to wrap things up I’m not sure I would believe it based on the track record.

The cancellation of both Caprica and SGU can probably be linked to one thing.  The, now, Syfy channel is moving away from its core fan-base.  It wasn’t too long ago when there was a SciFi Friday with a solid block of shows.  That was back in the day when Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica were on the air.  On Friday nights there was a 3 hour block of awesome SciFi shows.  Now what’s on Friday nights?  Anyone want to take a guess?  Syfy’s Friday night lineup consists of WWE Smackdown?  How does this appeal to your core fan-base that made your channel a success?  Simply put, it doesn’t.

Needless to say I’m a little miffed with Syfy Channel right now.  Back in its heyday the channel had lots of shows that I wanted to watch, and reruns of shows I had never seen before.  SciFi Channel introduced me to Firefly, a show I had mistakenly missed out on when it first aired.  Now the channel cancels quality SciFi shows to make room for professional wrestling and terrible B-Movies.

There’s really nothing I watch on Syfy now except for the occasional rerun of Stargate and new episodes of Stargate Universe.  I plan to watch the final episodes of Caprica and Stargate Universe but then I’m going to be taking a break.  I have great hope for the upcoming BSG mini-series Blood and Chrome.  I really want to watch it and hope that its successful and turns into another series.  However, if it becomes a series and struggles I don’t have faith in Syfy giving it a chance to recover.  Their history shows it.  Personally I think that Syfy got spoiled by the success and critical acclaim that came with Battlestar Galactica.  It’s very tough for shows to live in the shadow of such a successful show and so far nothing has lived up to the success of BSG.

Hopefully I’m wrong and BSG: Blood and Chrome succeeds.  I really hope  I’m also wrong and Syfy gives the fans a chance to see how Stargate Universe should truly end.  The fans don’t deserve to be left hanging.  There’s only so much abuse the fans will be willing to take when it comes to unresolved stories.  Caprica is going to be left unresolved and more than likely Stargate Universe will be too.  Eventually fans of the Science Fiction genre will stop coming back to Syfy and in order for the channel to succeed they will have to move further away from its fan-base in turn losing them.  Its my fear that in the end Syfy channel will turn into a poor man’s SpikeTV loaded with pro-wrestling and Ghost Hunters.  That’s not a channel I want to watch and I’m sure there are many fans with me.

BSG: Blood and Chrome Press Release

I’ve gotten my hands on a copy of the official press release on the upcoming movie and wanted to share it.

SYFY GREENLIGHTS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME 2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama’s Adventures in First Cylon War

New York, NY – October 22, 2010 – Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

“The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”

“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said David Eick.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s Royal Pains, Law & Order :Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Fairly Legal, along with Syfy’s Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Caprica. The studio also produced both long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

Via: Blastr

Another Battlestar Galactica Prequel is Coming

William 'Husker' Adama

This could be bad news for Caprica, but it hit the web last week that the SciFi Syfy Channel has greenlit another prequel to the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica.  TVSquad’s Maureen Ryan broke the news that Syfy will air the 2 hour tv-movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome in late 2011 or early 2012.  This movie will focus on a young William “Husker” Adama as a Viper pilot in the first cylon war.  According the the news I’ve seen so far ‘Blood & Chrome,’ takes place roughly 20 years after the events of Caprica and about 40 years before the end of the worlds depicted in BSG.  On a sidenote, I’d just like to say I called this back in March 2009 and asked online for the SciFi Syfy Channel to please take this idea and run with it.  Now they are doing so… not that I’m taking credit or anything.

Some other interesting news is that the movie will take place on the Grand Old Lady herself, the Galactica.  Now I am truly excited; Galactica is back and Adama is back.  Seems like good news to me.  The movie will take place during the 10th year of the Cylon War and follows Ensign William Adama as he undertakes a mission that could change the tide of the war.  See?  This is good stuff!

Mark Stern is Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming and gave some news on the potential timeline of the series being filmed.  He  said the network hoped to begin production on the pilot in Vancouver in early 2011.  This maps up quite nicely for a late 2011 or early 2012 release.  Stern gave a lot more information that I am going to quote directly so I can get everything across:

“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Stern said. “This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight. … As you hope ‘Battlestar’ would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit… but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they’re fighting.”

“Your way into the story is a young William Adama who is not the grizzled old veteran we have come to love in ‘BSG,'” Stern noted. “This is someone who is more like us, in terms of coming into this with certain preconceptions and learning as you go. … It’s very much about relationships along the way. I think ultimately the arc of the pilot and of the series is about getting Adama to be who you came to know in ‘BSG,’ but it’s also about the deep relationships he forms. And I don’t think there are any deeper relationships than the ones you form in life-or-death situations.”

The interesting thing is Syfy originally intended to show Blood and Chrome as an online series, but they liked the outline so much that have turned it into a TV movie with the intent of using it as a backdoor pilot.  Meaning, that if the movie gets good rating we might just get a new BSG prequel on TV.  This is actually the same process that was used for BSG back in 2003 and turned out successful so keep your fingers crossed.

I can tell you that I am 100% sold on this new prequel, however that might be mostly because I’m such a huge Battlestar Galactica fan.  This is what I had originally hoped to see as a prequel to BSG and I think it has a better chance of capturing audience interest than Caprica.  I still enjoy Caprica but it’s very plot-driven and slowly developing.  That’s fine for me but many fans need something they can get interested in that keeps grabbing their attention.  A war time series should do that.  Hopefully Caprica can chug along and be paired with the new BSG in the future.  However, it seems things might be looking a little grim for Caprica right now.  It’s not bringing in a lot of new viewers.