Monday, July 21

Talking 'Battlestar Galactica's' finale, 'Caprica' and the 'Battlestar' TV movie with Ron Moore

Source: Chicago Tribune

On Sunday, after the TCA panel on one of his new shows, “Caprica,” I talked to “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ron Moore. We talked a bit about “Virtuality,” his mid-season pilot for Fox, about “Caprica,” which is a “Battlestar” prequel movie that could become a series.

We also discussed a proposed “Battlestar” TV movie, which, Moore said, won’t air until after the series finale. (At left are Paula Malcolmson and Eric Stolz as Amanda and Daniel Greystone in "Caprica.")

First up, here are all the newsy things from the interview with Moore (and also from a short interview with Sci Fi president Dave Howe). This bullet list is followed by a transcript of my talk with Moore. Unless otherwise noted, what’s in this list came from Moore.

* The proposed “Battlestar Galactica” TV movie would take place during the time frame of previous seasons, but it would air after the series finale.
* Howe said the final episodes of “Battlestar” will begin airing in January.
* The final set of episodes will be at least 11 hours long, and the series finale will occupy three of those hours. However, there’s a chance that the series finale could expand even more.
* The “Battlestar” series finale will definitely expand on DVD. Regardless of the length of the finale that airs on Sci Fi next year, an even longer cut will be released on DVD.
* Howe said that if “Caprica” gets a full series order, it will air in 2009. If “Caprica,” which was written by Moore and Remi Aubuchon, does not get a series order and airs as a standalone 2-hour movie, it could air this fall.
* Regarding when the network would decide whether to pick “Caprica” as a full series, Howe said the decision would come in September. He and his team are considering two other pilots as well, “Revolution” and “Warehouse 13.” Executives will get a cut of “Caprica” in early August, then decide in September whether it will become a series.
* Howe said if “Caprica” does get a series order, it will not be something that is designed to end after 13 episodes. It’ll be a regular series that could potentially go on for years, not a limited-run series.
* Fun fact: Howe doesn’t know who "Battlestar Galactica's" final Cylon is. “Actually, no,” he said when I asked him if he knew. "I don’t want to know, because if I know, then I’ll blab it out to somebody like you.”
* Fun fact 2: Moore has watched way too much of the syndicated series “Cheaters.”

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