At the Sci Fi Upfronts: Battlestar Finale, New Shows and a New Name
Sci Fi chose their upfront event to screen the much-anticipated finale of their hit series Battlestar Galactica, introduce new shows and formally reveal their new name, SyFy.
Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
The evening began with the screening of the two-hour Galactica finale, "Daybreak — Part 2." Executive producer Ron Moore made reporters and critics raise their right hands and promise not to reveal any spoilers until it airs on Friday (9 pm/ET - an hour early). We will abide by this promise, but say the show's bow is stunning, action-packed and quite emotional.
Jason and Grant were good enough to name their "can't miss" episodes for TVGuide.com this season. They feature the creepy, old, abandoned Essex County Hospital and a Titanic exhibit with some reported spooky activity at the Georgia Aquarium. To raise the stakes — and the hairs on the back of your neck — the network is airing the Titanic episode on the anniversary of the ship's demise, April 15. We also couldn't resist asking if the boys minded being spoofed last year by Supernatural, and if they would be up for a cameo on the show. "We don't take ourselves seriously," said Grant. Jason echoed the sentiment, saying, "We'd love to... we think those guys are great and we'd love to meet them!"
Robert Carlyle told TVGuide.com that the network's third installment of the Stargate franchise was much darker than its predecessors, but assured us the show will have the audience hooked immediately. When we asked if he thought the show's tone was influenced by the success of Battlestar Galactica, he said, "I would hope so. It's such a magnificent piece of work. ... I think [Universe] is very, very well written. ... It's certainly about survival. I think this is the point where (executive producer) Robert Cooper has said, 'We've done a lot of alien stuff, so let's concentrate on people.'"
We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes with Eureka's charming leading man, Colin Ferguson, who informed us that this is the "season of love" on the series. It includes a "hot" new love interest for his character, Carter, played by Veronica Mars' Jamie Ray Newman. It also includes the return of Henry's love, Kim Anderson (Tamlyn Tomita). Colin said that he and Jamie have "fanastic chemistry" and that their scenes were a blast to film.
Previews of Caprica and Warehouse 13
Battlestar fans who may be weeping over the show's end were told that they would find solace in the intense character drama Caprica. The powers that be claimed that you will still be intrigued by Caprica "without ever having scene an episode of its sibling, Battlestar Galactica." The other new vehicle for the net is Warehouse 13, starring Eddie McClintock (Sully from Bones) and Joanne Kelly (The Dresden Files). They play two secret service agents assigned to protect a top-secret storage facility in barren South Dakota. It houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. From the preview, it looks like one part X-Files, one part Moonlighting, with a dash of Eureka for effect.
Sci Fi Will Soon Be SyFy
President Dave Howe explained to the audience that by changing Sci Fi to SyFy, the network can extend its content beyond science fiction to fantasy, paranormal, action and adventure, mystery and their own take on the reality genre. The change will officially take place on July 7.