More Toasters: Battlestar Galactica Spin-Off Picked Up

See that woman in the red up there? For those of you that don’t know, that’s the amazing Tricia Helfer, and me and her have a little history together. Alright, that may be exaggerating just a tad, but there is a story here, and it’s quick. Then we can get to the news. Cool?

I was the executive editor of a magazine back in 2009, and with that lustrious title came the ability to pick and choose who was featured in the book. As a result, I had a few of my favorites picked out: Adam from Man Vs Food, Wil Wheaton, and I was really pushing for Oliva Munn – but those were all on my “future issue” list. Then a PR person dropped me a line. “Would you be interested in talking with Tricia Helfer?” Umm, yes. Yes I would.

We scheduled an interview and eventually had a 45 minute phone conversation about BSG, Human Target, and not getting recognized on the street. It was really, really cool. I started transcribing it right away and locked it in for the October issue.

Except October never came. Instead, I discovered in late August that my magazine was being discontinued and the September issue was to be the last on the stands. I was also demoted back to my old job, and I decided to move on. In October I left the company to start my own business.

So indirectly, I suppose you could say that Tricia Helfer caused me to quit my job. Or not. Either way, I wish I could’ve printed that thing, but now it’s all irrelevant data and old news. Sigh.

Unless she comes back to BSG that is. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that SyFy is working on a spin-off of the latest BSG. At first, the article gives us a bunch of BS about another horrible SyFy show getting greenlit, but then we get the good stuff:

Syfy also is seeking to expand its popular “Battlestar” franchise.

When asked about the chances of its modestly performing spinoff “Caprica” getting a renewal, Stern was bullish. He pointed to the show recently hitting a series high in the adult demographic using Live+7 ratings, drawing 1.6 million viewers and 913,000 adults 18-49.

“We have a lot of hope for that show,” Stern said. “The (DVR data) has been very promising and growing week after week.”

The network also is looking to order another “Battlestar”-related project. Details were slim, but Stern said the title would mark a return to the franchise’s space-opera roots.

“We’re looking for other ways to spin off ‘Battlestar’ beyond ‘Caprica,’ ” he said. “That world is so rich. We’re sitting down with (executive producer) Ron Moore and his team. It would not necessarily be a traditional series.”

My only hope is that it’s better than Caprica. A sci-fi show with no action isn’t any fun for me. I might as well be watching Oprah. Let’s hope this one takes it back to space where the series belongs. Maybe even redo the very first series.

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