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It's Friday! And for some, that means the end of the work-week and weekend plans. For others, it's the day of Friday-night TV shows, including the return of Fringe and Grimm's move back to its regular time-slot. Some say Friday night is a bad night for TV, and granted, there's probably far less competition on the last night of the work-week than there is on any other weeknight. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to watch on Fridays.
I've been trying to avoid the words "the next Battlestar Galactica" when discussing Syfy's upcoming series Defiance. I don't want to set those kinds of expectations on the project, and the realist in me is tentative about piling all of my hopes on the drama. With that said, I doubt I'm alone in waiting for Syfy to deliver a new original drama series that is both outstanding and firmly in the realm of science fiction, much in the way BSG was. Written by Rockne O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy and Michael Taylor, Defiance could be both of those things.
BSG is some of the finest fictional programming about war ever created, and "The Oath" is the apex of BSG's war episodes. It's impossible to watch it and not feel for all perspectives, and wonder, in the same situation, on which side you'd fall.
I know there were a lot of people who liked Syfyís Caprica, and really took to the Battlestar Galactica prequel, but I wasnít among them. I gave it a shot, but it didnít capture my interest in the way the Syfy drama/reboot did. From the unauthorized trailer for the newer prequel in the works, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome looks like it leans more toward what many of us came to know and love from BSG, mixing drama, action, romance, Cylons, vipers and of course, blood and chrome.
While he hasnít exactly become a household name (unless you live in a household that loves sci-fi), Jamie Bamber has been keeping busy since the completion of Syfyís Battlestar Galactica. In addition to a steady gig on Law & Order: UK, heís appeared on House and CSI: Miami. We also came close to seeing him in a starring role on network TV, but NBC ended up passing on the Precinct 17 pilot. Now, it looks like he may be headed back to cable for the British actor.
Portlandiaís return is one of many reasons to be grateful that 2012 has officially started. If youíre a fan of the IFC comedy series and Battlestar Galactica, thereís even more reason to look forward to the seriesí return, as Season 2 is set to include ďOne Moore Episode,Ē which celebrates the love (or obsession) with Battlestar Galactica.
One of the reasons to look forward to the second season of IFCís Portlandia, for those of us who like good comedy and good sci-fi, is the Battlestar Galactica-themed episode, which is set to air. We just received word that those of us who are anxiously awaiting Portlandia's ďOne Moore EpisodeĒ wonít have to wait long! While the episode is scheduled to air on IFC on January 13th, itís premiering online this weekend.
Christmas may still be a few days away, but IFC has given us an early gift, which will likely appeal most to those of us who love Portlandia and Battlestar Galactica. This new clip from Portlandiaís upcoming second season will especially hit home for those of us who jumped into Battlestar Galactica (Jump!) partway through the series or after it finished airing.
Got time for twenty-one seconds of awesome? Take a look at what the Community opening credits might look like in Parks and Recreation-land. This video mash-up is pretty great!
Fans of Battlestar Galactica, and more specifically Jamie Bamber, might want to start watching Body of Proof if they arenít already. Word is, the former BSG star is set to appear in multiple episodes of the ABC drama series. Details (spoilers!) on his role ahead!
That is, if Blood and Chrome ever appears on network television at all. Syfy appears to be in no hurry to announce a release date for the movie, much less the series. Vice president of original programming at Syfy, Mark Stern, has even announced the network is weighing whether Blood and Chrome will appear as an online series or will be brought in as a backdoor pilot on the network, as was originally planned.
Iím still not entirely sure TV needs a continuation of The Firm, but Iím trying to keep an open mind about the project and this latest bit of casting news has me intrigued. Boarding the drama series is a Cylon and a natural born killer (or actors who have played such roles in the past.)
Perfect timing. Just as the television world is being shaken and stirred, we, thanks to the new doc Showrunners, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most important position in TV production...the showrunner. For anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes world of television production, as told through the creative eyes that have made so many of your favorite shows, Showrunners is a must.
Like those new fries at Wendyís or the first ten minutes of Up!, Battlestar Galactica sucks you in with its all-encompassing awesomeness. For two and a half seasons, it thunders forward like an unstoppable juggernaut of brilliant social commentary, only to go up in flames and perish a poor imitation of itself
Thereís some good news pertaining to the adaptation of Stephen Kingís The Dark Tower series. It was announced today that Mark Verheiden has been signed on to co-write the NBC TV series alongside Akiva Goldsman.