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What the Frak? No New Battlestar Until 2009

Battlestar Galactica's Michael Trucco by Carole Segal/SCI FI Channel Photo

Battlestar Galactica fans are well-advised to sit back and savor this Friday's midseason finale, because the balance of Season 4 — the series' last, lest we forget — won't be hitting the tube until after "the first of the year," says executive producer Ronald D. Moore. And that's a best-case scenario.At a Wednesday-night screening of this week's episode, Moore explained to TVGuide.com that even though they are currently filming the series' final scenes, the "practical realities" of post-production — coupled with the formidable end-of-year competition presented by new fall series, baseball and football — places the onset of the final episodes at the start of 2009, at the earliest. "Realistically, there's no way to get back on the air faster," he apologetically added.What's your take? Sure to be worth the wait? Or does it sound like a frakkin' eternity? — Matt Mitovich, with reporting by Anna Dimond and Erin FoxRelated:• Battlestar's "The Hub": Burning Q... read more

Battlestar Boss' New Starship Starts Staffing Up

James D'Arcy by Mark Sullivan/ WireImage.com

British thesp James D'Arcy (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) has landed the lead in Virtuality, Fox's two-hour backdoor pilot from Battlestar Galactica exec producer Ronald D. Moore, says the Reporter.Set on Earth's first starship, Virtuality has D'Arcy playing the psych officer in charge of producing virtual reality shows designed to keep the crew amused during their 10-year voyage. (On Star Trek, that all fell on Yeoman Rand.) — MWMRelated:• Galactica Vets' Virtuality Takes Flight on FoxMore casting news:• Young Frankenstein Lawyers Up for ABC• Rose McGowan to Play a Woman in Chains? read more

Battlestar Galactica Comic Con Panel: A Play by Play

Michael Trucco by Justin Stephens/Sci Fi Channel Photo, Michael Hogan by Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel Photo

I have to admit I had no idea how crazy crowded the Battlestar Galactica panel would be at NY Comic Con Luckily for me hee hee I had a press pass and scooted right in to a seat in the middle of the room I was really excited to be among so many thrilled fans since I am one myself When the lights lowered the crowd went crazy as new footage was edited together into a long trailer for whats to come and let me tell you that shizzle is intense Adama screaming at Tigh to admit to what he is Adama telling someone that they just couldnt stand knowing that they were married to a cylon The lights came up and the panel was introduced Micheal Trucco Anders Rekha Sharma Tory and the awesome Michael Hogan Tigh Lets go through the big highlights of the session149 Rekha was asked about when she found out that she was going to be a cylon and how she felt about it She said I was soooo excited Apparently someone Aaron Douglas name was thrown around a lot read more

Ronald D. Moore Takes on Sci-fi Trilogy

Ron Moore by Albert L. Ortega/ WireImage.com

As if Ron Moore wasnt busy enough with finishing up the last epic season of Battlestar Galactica gearing up to shoot its prequel pilot Caprica and tackling the new series Virtuality the Hollywood Reporter announced that hes inked a deal with United Artists to create an original sci-fi trilogy for the theatrical release This guy wont be sleeping for the next seven yearsMoore worked with UA CEO Paula Wagner as in Tom Cruises producing partner nearly 10 years ago when she was producing the awful Mission Impossible II on which he was given a story credit Wagner said Over the last decade Ron has emerged as the foremost sci-fi fantasy creatorwriter in the industry and working with him to bring his creative talents to the big screen is a great partnership for our studioAs long as it doesnt involve a character named Xenu I think well all be onboard to check out Moores trilogy Erin FoxRelatedbull Galactica Vets Virtuality Takes Flight on Foxbull W read more

Galactica Vets' Virtuality Takes Flight on Fox

Ron Moore by Trae Patton/Sci Fi Channel

Fox is blasting off its new programming orders with Virtuality, a two-hour sci-fi pilot from BermanBraun and Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore and Michael Taylor. The story follows 12 astronauts who are on a 10-year mission to find a distant solar system. They must be pretty bored up there, because they pass the time by hooking up to virtual reality modules — think Second Life, but you get sucked into the action. Good sci-fi trouble ensues when someone (perhaps a crew member?) hacks into the VR system and infects it with a virus. The concept came from Lloyd Braun, who, along with Gail Berman, pitched it to writers; Moore and Taylor turned out to be the perfect fit. Fox boss/former Peacocker Kevin Reilly bought the program after NBC passed, saying, "Moore and Taylor have taken a complex concept and made it incredibly accessible."Producers want to shoot Virtuality this summer with an eye on a February 2009 launch. Are you excited about another sci-fi show from Ron Moore? — Er... read more

Battlestar Boss Dishes About the Show's End

Jamie Bamber, Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff by Justin Stephens/Sci Fi Channel

Ronald D. Moore, exec producer of Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica, hinted to TVGuide.com about big developments in the final episodes of the series. Among our burning questions: Will the final Cylon be revealed early in the season, or at the bitter end? Moore was vague, as only a good show-runner would be, but did confirm that we will see the final Cylon "before the very end." We have to wait that long? Frak!We were also curious about how quickly we'll learn about what happened to Starbuck while she was gone. Moore said the details about her journey would be parsed out over the season, then added enigmatically, "Who she is, what she is [and whether] we trust the information that she says [about having been to Earth] will provide a lot of story in the first batch of 10 episodes. And the story of exactly who and what she is and how that'll happen is something that will develop more slowly over the course of time." Double frak!And then, the $64,000 question. When we asked Moore if our he... read more

Inside Battlestar Producer Jane Espenson's Frakkin' Amazing Job

Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson is one of the busiest and seemingly happiest writers around Hollywood these days. Not only does her résumé include incredible shows like Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Gilmore Girls, Jake in Progress and Andy Barker, P.I., but she's now working as co-executive producer on Sci Fi Channel's Peabody Award-winning hit show, Battlestar Galactica. TVGuide.com sat down with Espenson at her Universal Studios writing office to talk about working on one of the best shows on television, which TV character she'd like to have lunch with, and the new Caprica series. TVGuide.com: At the Paley Festival, Joss Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar discussed the darkness that Buffy went through in Season 6. Since you were a part of creating those stories, can you explain the thinking behind that sort of character arc for read more

Battlestar First to Suffer Post-strike TV-DVD Impact

Tricia Helfer and James Callis by Frank Ockenfels/SCI FI Channel Photo

With the Writers Guild of America strike coming to a close, a lot of post-strike analysis is going to concentrate on the "winners" and "losers" in this battle. Let's face it, though, the fans were the biggest losers in all of this. With no new episodes being written, all of our favorite programs got pushed aside in favor of "more of the same" reality shows. In the final tally, some scripted series are getting a handful more episodes this season, while others will wait until next season and still others simply got the ax.What about TV-DVDs, though? How did the strike affect the home-video release pattern of current shows? We're still waiting to see the fallout on this, and we won't know the extent of it for weeks or months to come, but our first indication has come to light in the form of Battlestar Galactica.When the strike started back on Nov. 5, shooting on Galactica continued until the 16th, using already completed scripts. Of the 20 episodes ordered for the fourth and final seas... read more

Battlestar Galactica Blasts into Theaters Nov. 12

Katee Sackhoff in Battlestar Galactica by Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel Photo

Sci Fi Channel and Microsoft are bringing Battlestar Galactica: Razor, the two-hour special "prequel" episode kicking off the new season, to select theaters on Nov 12 — two weeks before its cable debut. The free showings will be held at venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Seattle. (Yep, Cazenovia gets the shaft. Again.) Click here for details.But will this Battlestar be presented in Sensurround? That's the question.In other BSG news, exec producer Ronald D. Moore will make his directorial debut with an episode that shoots just before Thanksgiving. read more

Galactica Boss Inks Deal to Do Moore for NBC U

Ronald D. Moore by Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel

Ronald D. Moore has scored a new two-year, seven-figure deal with NBC Universal Media Studios, where he will continue overseeing Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica during its final run, as well as develop new projects. NUMS, says Variety, is hot to get a new Moore series on the air for fall 2008, perhaps a comedy ("When an Earthling and a Cylon wind up as roommates, it's pure mayhem!") or even another sci-fi redo. "It sort of depends on what it is," Moore tells the trade. "My first instinct is to do something new and of my own [creation]. But I'm not averse to doing a new spin on something else. I will be as curious as you to see what my next project is."On the feature front, Moore is at work on a sequel to I, Robot and a remake of John Carpenter's The Thing. read more

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