Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome not heading for television

News Simon Brew 22 Mar 2012 - 08:40

Syfy decides not to make a television series of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, opting for webisodes instead...

Here’s a bit of disappointing, but sadly not unexpected news: Syfy has passed on a television series of a new Battlestar Galactica prequel, Blood & Chrome. This was to be the show that explored the early days of William Adama, in his first assignment as a Viper pilot, and a trailer that appeared, and then disappeared, earlier this week had raised hopes for it substantially.

The company had funded and filmed a 90 minute pilot movie last year, which it still intends to air, but beyond that, it won’t be commissioning a full TV series. Instead, Blood & Chrome will be screened online, as ‘webisodes’.

This was the original plan for the show, to be fair, but then reports suggested that Syfy was interested in doing something a bit more ambitious with it. It seems that the network’s programming focus is more on reality shows than full-on science fiction now, though. Sigh.
At least we get the web series. That’s something.

Syfy’s president of original programming, Mark Stern, had the following to say:

“Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned. We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

Right-o, Mark. More reality shows, then?

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