(Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone and Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone)

Over the weekend, I had been pointed to a snippet on TV Guide.com that the Battlestar Galactica (AKA BSG) prequel, Caprica, was being delayed to air after the end of season 4.5, 5 or whatever the heck you want to call it. It also intimated that there was a possibility that it would air after BSG, -> if at all. <-

I tend to believe TV Guide… They’ve steered me in the right direction many times but I couldn’t find any collaboration for this information ANYWHERE. So I held my tongue for a bit.

I’m a little disappointed, but I’m glad I held still on the mis-news because the Sci-Fi Channel has indeed ordered 20 hours of Caprica and will star Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, Esai Morales as Joseph Adama, Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone and Polly Walker as Sister Clarice Willow.

It’s set 50 years before the events in BSG and will follow the Graystones and the Adamas in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies.

As society in Caprica is in the midst of technological advancements, the ever developing technology of artificial intelligence and robotics will eventually come together, leading to the creation of the Cylons.

Through it all, the Graystones and Adamas will go toe to toe amidst a blend of action, corporate conspiracy and sexual politics that’s bound to set us into a tizzy. Well, I’d like to go into a tizzy. I fully anticipate a tizzy. Yeah yeah, I know. Number Six won’t be in it. Whatever. Wouldn’t that be a cool guest appearance?

Anyway, the families will face each other off as Joseph Adama, the father of William Adama (Sina Najafi) is a renowned civil liberties lawyer who’s an active opponent of the experiments undertaken by the Daniel Graystone.

As the prequel begins, the creation of the first cybernetic lifeform node, or “Cylon”–the ability to marry artificial intelligence with mechanical bodies, will take place.

Production begins in the summer of 2009 in Vancouver, Canada with a premiere date set for 2010. Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed the pilot.

Caprica will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and will be executive-produced by those evil, inventive geniuses who re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Remi Aubuchon (24) will also exec produce. Dang… Is this sounding as good as I think it is? The 2-hour pilot is co-written by Aubuchon and Moore.

I’ve been pretty positive through this whole article so far, but dare I dredge up the fact that even though Sci-Fi has ordered 20 hours, how will they air it? Are they going to break it up into two different 10-hour segments, or have maybe Moore and Eick perhaps had a little pull and made some SIMPLE requests to not torment or diss the fans… again.

We’ll see in 2010 just what they do with it, but I’m not holding my breath. Two years is too long to do that – I’d turn funny colors.


(Esai Morales (left) as Joseph Adama and Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone)

News and image source: Sci-Fi Wire