‘Battlestar Galactica’ Headed to BBC America

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Battlestar Galactica BBC America ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Headed to BBC America

Even though it ended in 2009, Battlestar Galactica is still a hot enough property that BBC America intends to show all 80 hours of the series – including the two-part miniseries that aired in 2004.

Beginning soon, the network will launch its Supernatural Saturday block of programming, which will be headlined by the new season of Doctor Who. In addition to Battlestar Galactica and the good doctor, Supernatural Saturday will also feature other similarly themed programs such as the Eric Mabius-led Outcasts and the ghostly Bedlam.

Pairing the Battlestar re-runs with homegrown BBC content is a sure-fire way to earn some decent ratings on the other side of the pond. Doctor Who certainly has a significant following, but the lesser known British programs will benefit from those looking to get a little Battlestar in – without digging into a DVD or Blu-ray collection.

The fan-favorite show from producer/writer Ronald D. Moore was a major hit for SyFy during its four season run on the cable network. It successfully took a somewhat hokey Star Trek rip-off and turned it into a sometimes thought provoking discussion on topics such as culture, race, war and religion. BSG turned into such a phenomenon it also spawned two made-for-TV-movies: The Plan and Razor – though no word on whether or not BBC America plans to acquire and air those as well.

In the post-BSG world, SyFy aired the spin-off series Caprica starring Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales, but that program only lasted a mere season. Meanwhile, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a prequel series telling the tale of a young Adama fighting during the first Cylon war is currently in production, and will also air on SyFy.

Outcasts Doctor Who Bedlam BBC America Supernatural Saturday ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Headed to BBC America

Supernatural Saturday on BBC America

Currently, Moore has enlisted the aid of his Battlestar Galactica actors to help launch his new magic-laced series 17th Precinct. So far, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer and James Callis have signed up to star. Meanwhile, Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) is headed out west to co-star in the Wyoming-set sheriff-drama on A&E, Longmire.

Whatever your take on the ending of Battlestar Galactica, the series still has enough draw that many will find themselves tuning in again. Whether you’re absentmindedly-flipping channels or have the DVR set to record, it’s nice to know Admiral Adama and his crew will once again be gracing the airwaves.

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Battlestar Galactica hits BBC America on Saturday, June 18 @7pm.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Well count me out. BSG was one of the most boring and dismal sci-fi shows I ever tried to watch. Completely opposite tone of Doctor Who. BBCA would have been better off putting Eureka’s earlier seasons with the good Doctor than the dismal BSG.

  2. Oh, poor unenlightened one… BSG is such a profound concept that scores of anthologies have been published regarding the deep philosophical tension at the heart of the show. I suggest trying watching it again with an adult and inquisitive mind and see if you can answer for yourself the hard questions BSG asks of you…

    BSG is not WWE or saturday morning cartoon. It is not here to just entertain us… but to make us think, consider and think again – on many issues.

    Good Luck!

    • Or you can buy a dictionary and realize that adding a “z” to the end of a word is not the proper way to make something plural.

    • Trek: TNG did the same thing and lasted a lot longer. I’m with Andy S on this one; I tried watching BSG but the show was just too boring. SGU started out the same way but has become much better; unfortunately, it came to late.

      • Agree with you about SGU, it has definitely found it’s legs too late. I just hope it doesn’t mean the end of Stargate. One of my favorite sci-fi universes (with Star Trek and Star Wars being the faves, lol).

  3. Wow,,, ?!??

    Well you guys that thought BSG² was boring obviously didn’t invest much time in orientating yourselves to the show.

    Ron Moores, “Battlestar Galactica²” was basically the Sopranos of Sci-fi for its day. The themes in BSG² were far ahead of the shows campy original version.

    I think once I realised that the old Adama (played by Edward James Almos) was representative of the old ways of sci fi thinking I realised that this version of BSG had a spiritual side never seen before. The dynamic of Baltar and No7 balanced out the narrative in perfect spiritual fashion.
    ^
    BSG², is a classic science fiction tv show, and you’ll never see a show quite like it again.

    • Sorry, 790, but I didn’t care for The Sopranos either. I really WANTED to like BSG because as a kid I LOVED the original series. I just couldn’t get into it. I even checked in on a later season to see if it changed, but it was just as lifeless as the first season. Glad you liked it, but if I want cerebral sci-fi I will watch reruns of The X-Files. Otherwise I will keep watching shows like Eureka and SG-1.

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