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.
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.
Battlestar Galactica hits BBC America on Saturday, June 18 @7pm.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter