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Mary McDonnell is nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in "The Closer". Vote in this poll!

Interview with Sasha Roiz 7/19/11

From tvline: In news that just made our entire summer, former Buffy producer Jane Espenson and Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar have joined the already stellar team behind Once Upon a Time, the new ABC drama that already boasts two former Lost producers as EPs. Both female powerhouses tweeted the news over the past few weeks, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals how exactly they’ll be contributing to the fantastical project: Espenson will co-executive produce, and Tigelaar is a consulting producer.

FIRST WAVE OF “TEEN CHOICE 2011” NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and GLEE Lead Film and TV Categories with Most Nominations; Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez Lead Top Artist Categories
Special Airs Sunday, August 7, LIVE on FOX
TEEN CHOICE 2011 will celebrate the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion in the choicest, star-studded two-hour event airing live Sunday, Aug. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” leads the TEEN CHOICE 2011 nominees with 12 nominations, and GLEE has nine nominations. In addition, “The Vampire Diaries” has seven nominations, while “The Hangover Part II,” Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez each earned six nominations.
Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2011 nominees at http://www.teenchoiceawards.com. Performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced soon.
Grace Park is nominated for Choice TV Actress: Action for “Hawaii Five-O”.

Michelle Forbes is nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award. Watch it Monday, June, 20 on VH1.

This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the
blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT
confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a
series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become
television's next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The
Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading
into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar
Galactica). McDonnell has been featured on The Closer as Capt. Raydor, who
was often on a collision course with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh
Johnson, played by Sedgwick. Major Crimes will be executive-produced by
James Duff, creator of The Closer, along with Greer Shephard and Michael
M. Robin. Major Crimes and The Closer come to TNT from Warner Bros.
Television.

Info from warmingglow.uproxx.com The biggest gamble this pilot season is “17th Precinct”, the Ronald Moore-created series that’s been described as an “adult Harry Potter,” with lots of magic and cities with silly names (such as Excelsior). If you like “Battlestar Galactica”, it’s likely you’ll at least give “Precinct” a chance (outside of Moore, the show stars Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, and James Callis).  Also, Esai Morales of Caprica will be in the cast.

Buddy TV BSG News Feed!

Syfy Never Planned To Air 'Caprica,' 'Blood & Chrome' Together

SYFY’S BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME LAUNCHES 2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama’s Adventures in First Cylon War CBS Lili Bordan Joins Luke Pasqualino and Ben Cotton in the Cast
NEW YORK – February 10, 2011 – Production has begun in Vancouver on Syfy’s highly anticipated 2-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga. Universal Cable Productions will produce the event 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, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport.
From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor form a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and directed by Jonas Pate. David Eick, Jonas Pate and Michael Taylor will serve as executive producers.

January 13, 2011
JANE ESPENSON AND DREW Z. GREENBERG TO WRITE NEW SYFY PILOT RANDALL AND HOPKIRK (DECEASED) FROM ITV STUDIOS AMERICA AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
NEW YORK – January 13, 2011 – Writers Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg are teaming to pen the script for Syfy’s pilot development project Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) from ITV Studios America. Syfy announced last May that it had acquired the rights to the classic British detective show for development as a potential one-hour series with Howard Braunstein of Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment (The Memory Keepers Daughter/ Christmas in Canaan) on board as executive producer. Randall and Hopkirk is a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and ITV for Syfy. UCP will be the producing company.
Jane and Drew most recently collaborated on the Syfy original series Caprica, where Espenson served as executive producer and Greenberg as supervising producer. The pair also worked together on genre busting crossover television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Espenson was a writer/producer and Greenberg a writer.
Espenson’s other writing and producing credits include Battlestar Galactica, Gilmore Girls and Dollhouse. Greenberg’s writing and producing credits include Warehouse 13 and Dexter.
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is based on the popular British detective series from the late 1960s in which Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) was murdered while investigating a case. He returned as a ghost, visible only to his former partner, Randall (Mike Pratt), and assisted him in sleuthing from beyond the grave.
ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV plc in the U.K. is one of the largest international producers for the U.S. market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for US networks.
ITV Studios, Inc., is a world leader in television production and distribution, with international production centers in the UK, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, and Scandinavia as well as America and programs distributed to over 155 territories worldwide.
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, as well as Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas . The studio also produced the long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica, as well as the series Caprica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.
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.)
 

Caprica canceled

Bid on BSG Viper and other Syfy stuff! Syfy fans can go to http://www.syfy.com/hollywoodtreasure and bid on seven lots that will be individually featured each week, including wardrobe pieces, autographed memorabilia and themed experience trips.

Caprica marathon today 10/5 on Syfy, starting 10 am eastern time

The Season 1.5 Premiere of Caprica is fast approaching. The epic saga continues, transporting us from stunningly twisted Virtual realities to the fascinating outer worlds of the 12 Colonies. Revolutionary tensions rise, family power shifts, and our characters grapple with the physical and emotional consequences of their questionable decisions. Episode 110, "Unvanquished" will air on Tuesday October 5th at 10/9c on Syfy. The following 2 sneak peek clips can be sent wide immediately.
Caprica "Unvanquished" - Sneak Peek #1 VIDEO 
Caprica "Unvanquished" - Sneak Peek #2 VIDEO  

 The SyFy channel has announced that the second half of Caprica's first season will begin airing in January, though it didn't give a specific date. A trailer for the ten remaining episodes will be shown during the Caprica panel at the San Diego Comic Con Friday.
In season 1.5, the once idyllic world of Caprica – as well as life across the colonies – falls prey to an explosive chain reaction of consequences set off by the characters’ many questionable actions in the season’s first half. Tensions rise, power shifts and the line between reality and the virtual world becomes increasingly blurred as everyone struggles to learn – and conquer – the stakes in this volatile setting. As the season races towards its stunning conclusion, events of each episode lay the framework for the inevitable (and brutal) clash between the newly-created Cylon race and their human creators.

You can find SyFy's entire press release for Caprica's upcoming episodes here:
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/21/caprica-returns-to-syfy-in-january-2011/57822

Caprica returns in January 2011 on Syfy!

Vote for Eric Stoltz (Daniel) for Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity!

PALEY CENTER NYC To Host CAPRICA Event in March

'Spartacus,' 'Caprica' continue ratings trends

'Battlestar Galactica' meets 'Sealab 2021'

Syfy sent these 3/24/10

 Caprica: Mid Season Finale Sneak Peek Clip
We're excited to provide you with the following sneak peek clip, in support of this Friday's Mid-Season finale of Caprica on Syfy!
In "End of Line" Daniel (Eric Stoltz) finally sets a deadline for resetting the U-87 Cylon - and unknowingly ending Zoe-A's (Alessandra Torresani) existence as she knows it - she makes a desperate attempt to save herself. But when her plan backfires, she finds herself out of time and out of options. Furious with a recent comeuppance, Barnabas (James Marsters) ignites his feud with Clarice (Polly Walker) into an all-out war. Trapped in the middle is Lacy (Magda Apanowicz), who is forced to make a decision she may regret forever. Daniel makes a confession to an already reeling Amanda (Paula Malcomson) that sends her over the edge.
Caprica - "End of Line" Sneak Peek Clip *Mid-Season Finale*
Airing: This Friday, March 26th @ 9/8c.
Synopsis: Barnabus escalates his war with Clarice and Zoe tries a daring escape.
http://video.syfy.com/shows/caprica#/promos_trailers_6/end-of-line--caprica--sneak-peek/v1210955 

Syfy sent these 2/16

We wanted to pass along the latest promo in support of this Friday's all-new Caprica episode entitled "Gravedancing" which will air 2/19 @ 9/8c. on Syfy. We've also included two new video blogs from Syfy.com, featuring the cast and creator's of Caprica.

Caprica - "Gravedancing" Promo

Airing: Friday, February 19th @ 9/8c.

Synopsis: The Graystones attempt damage control while vengeance closes in on them.

Caprica - "To Be Adama" Video Blog

Synopsis: The cast and creators of Caprica talk about what it's like to be a part of the Adama family.

Caprica - "U-87" Video Blog

Synopsis: The cast and creators talk about the relationship between Zoe and her new body, the U 87.

We've got two new sneak peek clips available in support of this Friday's episode of Caprica, "Reins of a Waterfall," airing at 9/8c. on Syfy! Additionally, Syfy is hosting a new question via the Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Caprica Open Mic application, featuring Alessandra Torresani asking fans what they like or fear most about the idea of a real V-Club: http://apps.facebook.com/capricaopenmic/ . We'll have the highlight reel of this week's top fan submitted video responses, as well as a new question posted on Facebook this Friday, prior to broadcast!

Caprica - "Reins of a Waterfall" Sneak Peek #1:

Airing: This Friday, February 5th @ 9/8c.

Episode Synopsis: Amanda Graystone's confession sends shockwaves through the Colonies.

Caprica - "Reins of a Waterfall" Sneak Peek #2:

Airing: This Friday, February 5th @ 9/8c.

Episode Synopsis: Amanda Graystone's confession sends shockwaves through the Colonies.

We have a new promo for Caprica.

Caprica – This Is Our Future: Promo

 

Caprica - "Rebirth" Sneak Peek Clip

Airing: This Friday, January 29th @ 9/8c. on Syfy

Synopsis:

On this Friday's episode titled "Rebirth," airing at 9/8C, pressure mounts on the Graystones and Zoe deals with her new life.

SYFY'S INNOVATIVE CAPRICA DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING CAMPAIGN GENERATES 1.5 MILLION PRE-PREMIERE VIEWING AUDIENCE FOR PILOT EPISODE

Here's an extended clip of BSG: The Plan, airing this Sunday at 9/8c

BSG: The Plan - "Every 33 Minutes" [Extended Clip]

It's my pleasure to announce that Syfy has just launched the official Caprica Facebook Fan Page, available here: http://www.facebook.com/Caprica 
In addition to digital content, we're excited to host unique opportunities to engage not only with other Caprica fans, but also allow fans to interact with cast and crew members within the Facebook community via a brand new application - set to launch very soon. The Caprica: Open Mic application is specifically designed to allow fans to talk back to the Caprica cast and producers. We hope that you will come on over and engage with us and each other as we ramp up for the January 22nd premiere and beyond!

We have some clips and promos supporting Sanctuary and Caprica on SyFy!
Find them on our Primetime Forum!

Katee Sackhoff, Gilles Marini
We catch up with Hollywood's hottest stars at the Young Hollywood Party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
http://www.nbc.com/golden-globes/video/clips/katee-sackhoff-gilles-marini/1185564/

Final 'Battlestar Galactica' online auction to begin Dec. 8  12/3
by Nicole Sperling

"The Plan" set for January 10 on Syfy.

Visit the Caprica Page on SyFy and here's the poster for the new show, premiereing January 22nd, 2010!

Exclusive first look: 'Battlestar' prequel 'Caprica' retools, reduces and readies itself for January debut  11/12

From ausiellofiles.ew.com 10/7 BSG director Michael Nankin has been recruited to helm two upcoming (and consecutive) episodes of "Flash Forward"

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
HOT FROM FOX... SUMMER GLAU MOVES INTO JOSS WHEDON'S "DOLLHOUSE" ALEXIS DENISOF, JAMIE BAMBER, MICHAEL HOGAN AND KEITH CARRADINE MAKE GUEST APPEARANCES DURING SEASON TWO
Series Returns Friday, September 25, on FOX
more info on our Primetime Forum!

Exclusive: 'Caprica' snags James Marsters!
by Michael Ausiello

Bryan Singer to direct and produce 'Battlestar Galactica' movie

'Battlestar,' 'True Blood,' and 'Big Bang' win Television Critics Association awards! News flash: Critics have good taste!

'Galactica' producer Harvey Frand dies at 68

'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Lost' top TV Saturn Awards

Katie Sackhoff (Kara Thrace) joins the cast of "24" next season!

FOX has announced it will air Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore's two-hour sci-fi pilot, Virtuality as a movie. Virtuality will air July 4th at 8 pm Eastern. The move likely means Virtuality is no longer under consideration for a spot on FOX's fall schedule.
Virtuality follows the voyage of the Phaeton, Earth's first manned mission to another planet. To enable the ship's crew to endure the ten-year journey, the ship is equipped with virtual reality modules. As the ship nears a critical point in the mission, the crew begins to encounter a strange man who attacks them in each of their virtual reality simulations. Could someone aboard the ship be sabotaging the mission?
Virtuality's cast includes Clea DuVall, Erik Jensen, Gene Farber, James D'Arcy, Jimmi Simpson, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Joy Bryant, Kerry Bishe, Nelson Lee, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omar Metwally, Richie Coster and Sienna Guillory. You can find FOX's press release announcing the airing of Virtuality here:
http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=8081

‘Caprica’ Stands on Its Own at PaleyFest

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series will be released on Blu-Ray DVD on July 28th, according to several websites. While no official announcement has been made yet, both the Galactica Sitrep blog and Digital Bits website are reporting the same details. The release will likely become official in a few days. Battlestar Galactica's series finale airs March 20th.
The Digital Bits also reported that the final batch of episodes (Season 4.5) will likely hit DVD on April 21st, the same date that the Caprica spin-off pilot movie is set for release. If you haven't yet bought the BSG season 4.0 set, rumors are that a triple pack including both 4th season sets (4.0 & 4.5) and Caprica will be released around the same time.
TV Shows on DVD has a roundup of the Galactica DVD and Blu-Ray rumors here:
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Battlestar-Galactica-The-Complete-Series/11368

The final Battlestar Galactica telefilm is called The Plan.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286130/

From the Star Trek & Media Science Fiction Forum:

According to TVShowsOnDVD.com the pilot episode of Caprica will be released on DVD April 21st.
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Caprica-Press-Release/11265
Universal Studios has a promo site for the release although there isn't much there so far.
http://www.capricadvd.com/

from TVweek.com 2/6/09

‘Battlestar’ Viewership Grows in Live+7-Day Numbers MediaWeek

Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” drew a total 2.8 million viewers for its Jan. 16 episode after live-plus-seven-day numbers from Nielsen were factored, MediaWeek reports. The show saw a 32% increase from its live-plus-same-day viewership, which came in to the tune of 2.11 million viewers, the trade says. That episode was the first of the series’ final 10, MediaWeek notes.

iTunes Battlestar Galactica Cylon Detector App

Richard Hatch speaks out about 'Battlestar Galactica's' Tom Zarek (contains spoilers about the last episode, "Blood on the Scales")

Katee Sackhoff talks about her new job and BSG


Galactica TV Movie and 'Caprica' pilot (added 10/5/2008)

Despite declining ratings and the end of production on the series, it
seems the future of Battlestar Galactica is a bright one. Filming
begins Monday on a second Galactica tv movie, and a spin-off pilot,
Caprica, is likely to get a greenlight for series production in the
next few weeks.
 
The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan reported the start date for the
new Galactica tv movie, and also added several cast members that will
definitely be appearing in it. In addition to the previously
announced Edward James Olmos (Adama), Michael Trucco (Anders), Aaron
Douglas (Tyrol) and Dean Stockwell (Cavil), Tricia Helfer (No. 6),
Grace Park (Boomer/Athena), Rick Worthy (Simon), Matthew Bennett
(Doral) and Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben) will appear. Addtionally,
Michael Hogan (Tigh) and Rekha Sharma (Tory) will have small roles.
The storyline will follow the machinations of the Cylons leading up
to and immediately following their genocidal attack on the twelve
colonies. The new movie is expected to air sometime next year and be
released on DVD shortly thereafter.
 
Galactica executive producer Ron Moore told Ryan that he expects to
hear about Caprica's series status in the next few weeks. Given that
Sci-Fi has already ordered additional scripts and advance reviews of
Caprica's pilot have been strong, a series order would seem likely.
Caprica's pilot stars Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales as the heads of
two families caught up in a struggle over the creation of an
artificial intelligence that will lead to the rise of the Cylons.
Morales plays Joseph Adama, father of Olmos' Admiral Adama and
grandfather of Lee Adama.
 
Chris Talbott, of the Associated Press, has examined how a tv series
that's earned ratings low enough to be cancelled can generate enough
interest to support tv movies and a spin-off. He comes to the
conclusion that Galactica's ratings aren't indicative of its
popularity. Galactica's DVR numbers and DVD sales are both similar to
shows that have much higher ratings.
 
You can find Ryan's scoop on the new Galactica tv movie here:
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2008/09/battl
estar-gala.html
 
Talbott's analysis of Galactica's success is here:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5go_FpGsHVSBNE6F7hLUyCIEUZ84AD92PIO0
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Keeping the info short for all you spoiler-phoebes out there:

Sci-fi plan a BSG Film for after the final series, you can find out more here curtsey of TV week. (good news huh?)

New BSG prequel "Caprica" ordered by SciFi Channel!

From SFTV: The Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, has been given the green
light for a two hour backdoor pilot. Production will beging soon with an airdate likely this fall. The official description is "Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families - the Greystones and the Adamas - as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe. Caprica will deliver all of the passion, intrigue, political backbiting, family conflict and hardcore action that always leaves Galactica fans begging for more. "
Also on the Galactica front, SciFi will debut the fourth season opener at Noon ET on Friday, April 4th, the same day it debuts on the channel. They will also be having new webisodes but didn't announce any details. Finally, they will be launching an online social gaming experience pitting humans versus cylons.

BSG: “Razor” Extended and Unrated DVD Now Available

BSG “Razor” Takes Us Around in Circles

BSG Razor to Hit Theaters Before TV Premiere

BSG Season 4 Not Starting Until April 2008

Latest updates after the writers strike: It seems the must muted Galactica spin-off Caprica could be back in business. Although it'd been relegated to the back-burner and once the writers strike hit I assumed the worse, it seems I might have been wrong to do so. No firm news as yet but all the forums and magazines are buzzing that we might be getting Caprica after all (due to the networks need for new material). Since the fate of the series is still up in the air - at this point, in regards to how many episodes we're getting - It's just a case of wait and see. More news when I get it!

Season Split:

On the 9/19/2007 http://www.tvweek.com reported that executives at the sci-fi channel we're considering splitting the series in two as has become common practise with other shows like Lost. You can see the full article by clicking here. For my money I think it's a bad idea! That's one sure fire way to lose yourselves viewers.

From Lee: Galactica Return in April? With SciFi's promos indicating Galactica was returning in March, it was assumed that it could resume as early as March 14th with Atlantis' seaseason finale on March 7th. However, the March schedule only has two half hour specials scheduled at 10 pm for the last Friday in March. The two specials are Battlestar Galactica: Revisited and Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon. I would assume that means the new season will kick off the next week on Friday April 4th.

Mini-Movie to be made: On the 5/4/2007 Starburst Magazine (issue 352) reported that A short movie called 'Razor' detailing the story of the survivors on board the Battlestar Pegasus would be aired before the start of the Forth season. If you want more info check out the spoiler section of this website. If not watch out for it during November on the sci-fi channel.

From www.tvguide.com 6/12

Question: What's the latest on the Caprica project over at Sci Fi? I'm going to need something Battlestar Galactica-related to look forward to after the 22-episode season flames out.— L.L. Dickson
Ausiello: Sci Fi hasn't made a final decision on whether to move forward with it, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica to End After This Season By Anne Becker -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/31/2007 11:04:00 PM

As its fans have feared, Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica will end its run after this, its fourth season.

Executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eik said they will wrap up the show's storyline with these 22 episodes. The fourth season is in production in Vancouver and will premiere in November. The official announcement, planned for Friday, ends months of speculation from the show's core group of dedicated fans.

"We respect the producers' decision to end the series and are proud to have been the home of this groundbreaking show," said Sci Fi Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Mark Stern in a statement.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and finally, an end," said Eick and Moore in a joint statement. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms."

From buddytv.com

Battlestar Galactica Coming to HD-Dvd?

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May 29, 2007

TvShowsOnDVD is reporting from multiple sources that Universal is expected to announce and HD-DVD release of Battlestar Galactica very soon. Previously, Battlestar Galactica had aired in HDTV on Universals Hi-Def cable channel evoking enthusiastic praise from fans. If the rumors prove true Universal will make the announcement of the next few weeks and the release date will be sometime around September 18th, 2007.

Battlestar Galactica will not be the first series to dabble in HD-DVD, fellow fantasy effort Smallville has also been transferred to the HD-DVD format, with encouraging results. The industry has been slow to respond to the new formats for complete series sets mostly due to re mastering cost and limited hardware sales consumer side. Another slow down was the format way that arose when Sony decided to stand by its Blu-Ray format despite a consensus from other electronics manufacturers to back the HD-DVD format.

The introduction of hybrid players has made the market slightly more viable. Many predict that Sony's superior storage capacity will eventually win out over HD-DVD, since DVD's are an 'extras' driven market. The increased story capacity also allows for higher bit encoding rates, which for none geeks means simply smoother transfers.

When we spoke with LOST producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about the possibility of a LOST HDTV disk release, they were hesitant to make any promises. It is interesting that most of the series to come to HD, with some notable exceptions, have been niche shows from cable markets who are using the formats as a way to set themselves apart from their more high profile contemporaries.

When the news is officially released, we'll bring you all the details on the Battlestar Galactica HD-Dvd release, so be sure to keep checking back! While we're on the topic though, what other shows would you like to see come to HD? Which format are you backing, Blu-Ray or Hd-Dvd?

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer

From syfyportal.com

'Battlestar Galactica' Loses Anne Cofell Saunders To 'Chuck'
Responsible for episodes such as 'Pegasus'

By MICHAEL HINMAN
Source: SyFy Portal
May-14-2007

With it already bad enough that the future of "Battlestar Galactica" is in question nearly eight months before the next season is set to start, the SciFi Channel show suffered what many would say a significant loss.

Writer Anne Cofell Saunders, who joined BSG at the beginning of the second season, has joined the writing staff of the NBC series pilot "Chuck," which was officially picked up as a series by NBC today, Saunders told SyFy Portal.

"Chuck" will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET between "The Biggest Loser" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." It is based on a pilot written by Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz and stars Zachary Levi and Adam Baldwin. Baldwin, of course, is best known as Jayne in the short-lived Fox series "Firefly" and its motion picture followup, "Serenity."

The show, created by Schwartz (who also created "The O.C."), is described as a "comedy-tinged spy drama" by Zap2it.

Saunders left a lasting legacy on the "Battlestar Galactica" franchise as both a writer and later a story editor for the series. She first broke into the BSG scene with the very popular episode "Pegasus," the second season mid-season finale that introduced Adm. Cain and the Battlestar Pegasus in a remake of the episode from the original series. That episode, and the small mini-series it created, is being followed up this fall with "Battlestar's" first telemovie since its back-door pilot in 2003, highlighting some of the Pegasus history first mentioned in Saunders' episode.

Saunders also wrote "Resurrection Ship, Part 1," "Sacrifice," "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2" and "Torn." She worked with Jane Espenson, best known for her work on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly" franchises, in the pro-union episode "Dirty Hands" that featured Aaron Douglas' character of Chief Tyrol.

Espenson previously announced she has joined the writing staff of BSG for the fourth season.

Before joining "Battlestar Galactica," Saunders was an assistant to the producer on the Fox series "24" before writing an episode of the show in 2005.

From buddytv.com

NBC Releases First Look at Battlestar Galactica Producer's Bionic Woman

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May 14, 2007

Michelle Ryan as The Bionic WomanMichelle Ryan as "The Bionic Woman" Jamie Sommers. (Image ©2007 NBC)

NBC has released its first look at the all-new Bionic Woman series set to debut this Fall. Produced by Battlestar Galactica Veteran David Eick, The Bionic Woman re-imagines the 70’s classic that starred Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers, an accident victim involuntarily repaired with robotic parts.

The new Jamie is played by Michelle Ryan (AKA #21 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2004.) So far the plot is not that different from the original; as with Galactica, though, it is anticipated that the show will depart onto very different territory than its lineage. Don’t expect to see Sommers taking on Bigfoot, in other words.

Eick, along with partner Ron Moore, achieved notoriety for the daring liberties they took with the classic "Battlestar Galactica" in crafting their reinvention for the SciFi Channel. The fan base for the original "Bionic Woman" have yet to bristle publicly at NBC's reinvention, but then again the information released so far hardly resembles the gutting that Galactica received.
Bionic Woman's LegsA first look at Sommers' Bionic Gams (image ©2007 NBC)

Many of the themes of the original have been preserved in this iteration; Sommers is the victim of a horrible (as yet undisclosed) accident, and awakens to find herself the recipient of unauthorized experimental surgery. Her legs, an arm, an ear, and a few other organs have been replaced by robotic equivalents, giving her superhuman capabilities. Once the full scope of her new abilities is realized, Sommers is conscripted into a government-run black ops spy program.

Bionic Woman purists, if there are any left, will have to deal with the fact that some tweaking has taken place to Sommers’ configuration as well, particularly the rumored inclusion of The Bionic Man’s Cyborg eye. In addition, the series offers a much darker tone, as evidenced in the promo stills released by NBC.

Besides Ryan, Miguel Ferrer (Dr. Garret Macy "Crossing Jordon") is on tap to play the equivalent of the Oscar Goldman character from the original, the character who masterminds Sommers’ bionic reconstruction and guides her subsequent efforts as a force of good. Battlestar Galactica vet Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), will be appearing as Sommers’ first, and perhaps ongoing, bionic nemesis. The story details of the first episode are being closely guarded, but those privy to the details have described it as dark and violent.

Katee Sackhoff Bionic WomanMichelle Ryan (As Jamie Sommer's) goes toe to bionic toe with her nemesis played by Katee Sackhoff. (Image ©2007 NBC)

Confidential sources have described the plot of the pilot as being similar in tone to "Batman Begins", Sackhoff, a bionic prototype, trains Sommers in the use of her new super human capabilities, only to wind up revealing herself as the project's villain leading to a protege vs master showdown.

"The Bionic Woman" will air as part of NBC's Fall 2007 Schedule.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer


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