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Syfy cancels the slow-starting 'Caprica'

October 27, 2010 |  4:36 pm

Caprica As a prequel spinoff, "Caprica" has tried in vain to capture the imagination of both new viewers and "Battlestar Galactica" stalwarts -- but its journey toward the first Cylon war has been cut short.

Syfy has decided not to renew the series for a second season, cutting short the possibility of seeing how cylons get to fully develop (at least in this series). The recently announced "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" will have to carry on the storyline.  Here's the release that the network's publicity group sent out:

The remaining first run episodes of "Caprica" -- airing Tuesdays at 10/9c -- will be removed from the schedule as of next Tuesday, November 2. These final five episodes of the season will be re-scheduled to air at a to-be-announced time in the first quarter of 2011, and will conclude the run of the series.

"We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for ‘Caprica’ and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series," said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."

A detailed schedule change with complete and updated listings information will be issued tomorrow morning (Thursday, October 28).

At least we do get to see the remainder of the current season. The collection of actors -- Eric Stolz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Polly Walker, Alessandra Torresani, Magda Apowicz, Sasha Roiz and more -- were solid, but apparently could never capture the Starbuck/Apollo/Adama magic of the original.

-- Jevon Phillips

Photo: Esai Morales, left, and Eric Stoltz in "Caprica." Credit: Syfy

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