Sci Fi Plans Battlestar Galactica Spinoff, Online Network

The Sci Fi Channel planning a “Battlestar Galactica” prequel as part of the launch of an online network called Pulse.

Pulse will premiere next month with a mix of recycled original series and movies, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and other video extras. Exclusive original content including “webisode” spinoffs of primetime series and a weekly news show will be added in the summer. Sci Fi will go as far as testing potential series pilots online for viewer feedback.

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“Galactica” executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick are working on “Caprica,” which traces the evolution of the Cylon species featured in the mothership show.

While I have watched television shows on a notebook computer on DVD and even digital download, I’m not sure I’m ready for direct-to-download television. When I’m not traveling, I far prefer the big screen, surround sound, and comfort of my den.

Update: More on “Caprica” from SciFi Wire:

Caprica would take place more than half a century before the events that play out in Battlestar Galactica. The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better.

But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television’s first science fiction family saga, the channel announced.

I’m not a big fan of prequels but it sounds interesting.

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