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Syfy greenlights 'Battlestar Galactica' spinoff‎

October 22, 2010 |  3:18 pm

Eick Syfy announced Friday that it’s gearing up to bring fans an all-new chapter in the BSG saga with “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.”

The two-hour spinoff pilot, from executive producer David Eick, will follow a twentysomething William Adama during the 10th year of the first Cylon War. He soon finds himself leading a top secret mission that could change the course of the war.

“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: What does it mean to be human?, ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica's’ early seasons,” Eick said in a statement.

“Blood & Chrome” was originally ordered last summer by the network as a Web series, with former "Battlestar Galactica" co-executive producer Michael Taylor tapped to write the nine mini episodes.

In a statement, Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming for SyFy and co-head of content for Universal Cable Productions, had this to say:  “The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory. We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”

"Caprica" has floundered in the ratings since its premiere this year.

There is no air date set for "Blood & Chrome,"  but it is expected to go into production early next year.

— Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo:  David Eick arrives at the "The Battlestar Galactica/Caprica" at PaleyFest09 in Hollywood. Credit:  Valerie Macon / Getty Images. 

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