Syfy Passes On ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’; TV Movie Will Still Air

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 31st, 2012 at 11:28 am,

BSG Blood Chrome TV Syfy Passes On Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome; TV Movie Will Still Air

After receiving over 100,000 views in 24 hours, a leaked trailer for Syfy’s new space drama Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has eager BSG fans chomping at the bit for the series to air. Unfortunately, after much deliberation, Syfy has decided not to air the Battlestar Galactica prequel as a regular series – but there is still hope for a TV movie and a digital series.

In January, Syfy’s President of Original Programming Mark Stern stated that he and the network were “trying to figure out the economics right now” and that a solution would be figured out soon.  Now it seems that the economics were not worked out in the way Stern had intended, as the network has decided to pass on the project as a regular series, but is leaving it open for the possibility of a digital airing.

In a statement made this week, Stern gave fans some insight into the decision:

 “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.” Stern goes on to say, “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.”

Originally intended as a web series, the Battlestar Galactica off-shoot was later greenlighted for a two-hour TV pilot back in October 2010, but was subsequently pushed back due to intensive post-production and special effects issues. The pilot stars English actor Luke Pasqualino ( UK Skins) as a young William “Husker” Adama, a fresh academy graduate entering the tenth year of the First Cylon War on the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet, The Galactica.

BSG Blood Chrome TV 2 Syfy Passes On Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome; TV Movie Will Still Air

As far as the leaked trailer goes, NBCUniversal quickly ordered it removed from YouTube and other sources, saying it was not an official trailer – but not before it went viral. Even with swift action, the trailer can still be found if you know where to look. Outside of a digital series, Universal Cable Production, which produces Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, has not completely ruled out shopping the project to other television networks.

Fans of the successful 2004 re-imaging of Battlestar Galactica, and its not-so successful spin-off Caprica, were really excited at the prospect of  Galactica and her crew making a triumphant return to television. The recent news concerning Blood & Chrome is bittersweet, as there is still a slim chance the Cylon space drama might go on in the form of a web series.


More info on the future of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome as it is released


Source: Deadline & E!

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  1. Yet *another* reason to dislike the ever increasingly unimaginative SyFi channel.

  2. Add Caprica to that list. Caprica had pretty good ratings, except during the ratings week, which some genius decided to hold during the ALCS between Boston and New York. Guess what people are gonna watch? The split season thing they’re doing on cable is getting annoying and hurting the ratings and longevity of shows as well. Falling Skies is a great show, but it’s only on during the summer on TNT. Alphas, another great new show. But you only get to watch in summer and late fall. I’d settle for that on TN at this point, just to get to watch it.

    • I Meant BSG. Though it goes for TN, also, which SF should pick up and continue with the same budget/quality. Right after they fire a lot of people and change the channel back to SciFi.

  3. I saw the Non-pilot pilot and liked it very much. When I was setting the DVR to record I scrolled though all the Syfy programming for 10 days prior. Complete CRAP. The network has gone from my favorite to least favorite. CSPAN has better plots and more realistic shows.

    BORING. Please sell the network to ANYONE so that they can actually make shows worth watching. The words to describe Syfy is BORING AND STUPID.

    Please let the morons in programing know that they are losers and should be fired.

    • I agree Si fi channel is rubbish . All they seem to put on is made for tv films about the end of the world. The films are so bad you turn off after 5 minutes . He Si fi keep going in this direction can see the channel lasting much longer.

  4. SyFi channel, is quickly becoming a channel of the past.

  5. Another poor choice by Syfy… And they wonder why no one watches anymore? Caprica, SGU and now Blood & Chrome. It’s almost criminal to draw fans into a new series just to drop the hatchet when things get good. It’s not the shows that suck… Just your marketing!

  6. Pass on BSG? ARE THEY INSANE? wtf? what other good show can be as awesome as BSG, the best sci fi ever!!!! F**KERS!!!!

    Kill Stargate Universe (franchise) and now BSG?

    DIE SyFy… DIE

  7. Syfy channel has been abducted by aliens and the producers have been replaced by dousch bags. I hear there going to bring honey boo boo after wrestling wtf is going on at sci fi. BSG is a great show.

  8. Seriously…. PUT THIS SHOW ON SYFY AND STOP EFFIN ABOUT. This is a great show, and if you give it a year, it will be huge. Where is your vision? Syfy – a channel that is obviously supposed to be about the future and innovation. It’s baffling that you would pass on something that is so inline with what your viewers want to see.

    • Syfy is all about wrestling and stupid variations on the same couple of “reality” tv themes. With the exception of Monday nights and Lost Girl on Friday nights, Syfy basically sucks now (Haven might be pretty good, but I didn’t watch the first season and not knowing what is going on half the time bugs me whenever I watch it).

  9. SciFi really started going downhill after they let WWE have the 8pm slot on Friday night. Aside from the rather substantial payout from WWE, that showed the network that they could put on reality tv shows and people would watch. Money talks and the fans get scrooged. RTV costs a fraction of producing a decent tv drama – particularly a science fiction show. The only times I ever watch Syfy these days are Mondays from 8 to 11 for Continuum (a good show – don’t cancel it the way all other good shows on Syfy are cancelled), Being Human, and Lost Girl.

    • Ok, I had a much longer rant, but the spam filters on screenrant pick up almost everything in it as spam – since it mentions other tv shows syfy should pick up instead of stupid reality television all the time.

  10. Terra Nova. Falling Skies if it is ever available (summer series only on the other network currently).

    • Oh, and Syfy, WHERE IS BLOOD AND CHROME? Make the series. After the end of Caprica, the first period on Syfy began which was not running either a BSG or Stargate show since 1999.

      • Instead we get Haunted freaking Collector and a show about putting people in the dark and scaring them (though Irkle is cool). Get rid of all of the stupid reality TV except Face-off. I don’t watch it very often either, but if you must keep one, that’s the only reality TV show worth being related to science fiction. You can show make-up artists creating beings from the cantina on Tatooine, but you can’t create a decent science fiction line-up that will fill 6 days of programming?

        • Sad that I had to actually spam the comment board with my message parts in order to get past the spam filter. Lame. Seems Syfy isn’t the only people doing stupid things.

  11. i thing battlestar galactica blood and chrome is a very good show i wish to see a fall season of battlestar galactica blood and chrome and more seasons to come i also love to a season of the cylons on earth of 2000 years ago how it all began i love the original battlestar galactica of 1978 to 1980 and the new battlestar galactica 2003 to 2009 also battlestar galactica blood and chrome and also caprica i also love to see more seasons of caprica may one day they back to all those shows and make the seasons of battlestar galactica blood and chrome and caprica and a seasons of cylons on earth of 2000 years ago i a fan of caprica and of battlestar galactica of 1978 to 1980 2003 to 2009

  12. These Syfy people are nuts or what? The new BSG was an instant classic and so was Caprica. So far, EVERYTHING about the BSG universe was sparkling. Blood & Chrome have some minor issues probably due to back & forth managment decision but it has great potential. I am sure David Eicke had to fight the Syfy suits like crazy to even gave this 90 min web series to the fanbase as it is. Make no mistake, the dismissal of this show was made by Syfy chief accountants who have no idea about the loyalty of a fanbase. Maybe someone should brief them about Star Trek and how the 1966 original serie STILL makes money to this day and had bring dollar sign by the bucket to Paramount year after year.

  13. It’s sad the way SyFy cancels good shows and replace them with garbage. They want shows that are CHEAP to produce though, not stuff that has expensive special effects. So look forward to more reality-crap like WWE and Ghost Hunters.

    • Wwe isn’t even a sy-fy wtfrak I would rather see a remake of buck rogers! What good is a syfy chanel if there’s no syfy on?

  14. Please make this into a show!

  15. First off Caprica had horrible ratings and was a horrible show, it disguised itself as a BSG prequel and turned out to be some weird teenage girl high school culty piece of shat. Its funny because the fans never wanted or asked for PRE prequel like Caprica but and actual prequel like in BSG B&C. I was really hoping this show would get picked up but after watching the not a pilot movie, there would have to be a budget and after that no budget fan losing crap fest that was Caprica I can see execs being a little gun shy on this one.

    If you are really upset about the show not getting picked up then write an email to the writers and producers of Caprica and ask them what the frak they were thinking.

  16. I know what you mean I want more SGU and BSG they are fracking dumb assess!

  17. BSG was a great show…Caprica was entertaining but not as groundbreaking (I could see they were trying to be less “documentary” style and more appealing to teenagers). I actually thought Blood and Chrome wasn’t engaging: the acting and development were pretty bad and nothing like BSG. It would be good if Syfy broadcast good series and old sci-fi movies vs so many bad B movies…I don’t think a Blood and Chrome series would have made a significant impact.

  18. Have just seen the Bluray of Blood and Chrome and was totally gripped.
    Loved BSG (the original), struggled with the 2004 remake and seriously think, that someone could have a slice of gold, if B&C was produced as a series.

    I shudder to think what would have happened to a series such as Dr Who, if the execs in charge had the mind set, that seems prevalent in companys like
    Sigh Fi.

  19. It should be series!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God this infuriates me! Why don’t you do some crowd-funding to get it up and running instead of this nonsense? It’s a show people want to watch! Aren’t the demographics good enough for potential advertisers or is the big Hoo-Haa at Syfy still p*ssed that Starbuck was changed to being a female?

    BTW: It’s Sci-fi, Syfy is still NOT ‘cool’ and will never be.

    And I don’t care I necroed this thread.

  20. Id rather suffer thru reruns of gossip girls n wrestling than ever watch that train wreak of a show.. As with stargate universe .. No real point galactica is another failed attempt at a tv show.. The original in the 80s was 200 times better n the new one only destroyed , s*** on n ruined any propriety that already had.. The new showblows n hasno point n its whatsver it is .. Isjust depressing enough to make people either hang themselves with a coat hanger or take a bat n destroy thier tv.. It has no point n is retardedly done.. The makers need to get off the crack theyre smoking.. I used to think syfi channel was prettygreat till battle star galactica n stargats universe made me think twice before ever going back to the syfy channel.. If this channel is trying to lose viewers then its doing a wonderful job.. If u want ratings n ur actual viewers back please ditch n get rid of these two from ur channel network.. They are the absolute worst shows ever created

  21. Just watched Blood and Chrome. OMG this was great, as good as BSG. How the hell can syfy pass this up for a series ? Do the people in charge even know what good scifi is ? They put emphasis on ratings, but do they realise that true ratings are huge ! I mean people who download via torrent or buy DVD or watch on netflix and the like. If the idiots in charge could find a way to get revenue from this non tv broadcasts then they would see tv shows like BSG and indeed blood and chrome would be highests rated shows of all time. Come on surely the execs in charge can see that Blood and Chrome tv series would draw a massive global following that they could exploit commerically somehow.