What's the Sci Fi Channel to do now that the end of Battlestar Galactica
is approaching? Since the series has been its esteemed leader in the perilous universe of ratings, the network is going to have to do its best without the show. It's just basic survival skills, but things could get more complicated.
Sci Fi executives and fans are well aware that January 16 marks the beginning of the final ten episodes of Battlestar Galactica
. After that, a prequel series called Caprica
has been slated for a pilot movie in 2009 and perhaps a TV series in 2010. Even so, it's going to be quite far from the standards set by Galactica
, since Caprica
deals with new characters and new plotlines. Well then, it's just going to be one risk Sci Fi has to take.
Dave Howe, president of the cable station owned by NBC Universal, maintains that he is indeed excited about the whopping end of Battlestar Galactica
. However, he can't help but be anxious about the loss, as well as about the future of the Sci Fi network. He remains anxious about decommissioning such an award-winning drama which gave the channel so much more than just numbers. It was practically the basis of fan interest for most of the channel's 16-year existence.
“Believe me, none of us could ever overestimate the success of 'Battlestar' in terms of putting us on the map with not just a critical audience but actually with a new audience and an audience that is reevaluating a genre,” Howe admitted.
“It's been a honor to be associated with the show for all of us,” he continued. “It's been an amazing ride, and I think all of us will be depressed when it's over.”
The Sci Fi network became home to a few successful shows that couldn't compare to what Battlestar Galactica
has brought the channel. There's no doubt that they're heading for something completely unexpected once the series ends. Many question how Howe and his team will put themselves on the map once more upon the series' finale.
With a new year on the way, Howe is certain they'll rise again with shows like Sanctuary
, Estate of Panic
, and even Cha$e
. Of course, there's also Caprica
to look forward to, and Howe's not alone in thinking it's the solution to their conundrum.
Happy with how things turned out for him and Sci Fi, Battlestar Galactica
developer and executive producer Ronald Moore says, “This is the most stable it's been since I've been there, and there's a lot to be said for that.”
He's even positive that Caprica
will gain as much attention as Battlestar Galactica did. Moore exclaimed: “I think there's good people making good decisions and a sense that great things are happening.”
-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times
(Image Courtesy of Sci Fi)