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‘Caprica’ Premieres Jan. 22, Edward James Olmos Will Direct Episode

New series could end up with metaphysical elements like predecessor, but no rush to get into them

There is now a premiere date for “Caprica.”

The “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff will premiere on Syfy Jan. 22, coming close to taking on the old schedule of its predecessor, fans were told at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

National Public Radio’s Faith Salie, who was moderating a panel featuring “Caprica” and the upcoming “Battlestar Galactica” telemovie “The Plan,” told the thousands of fans in attendance about the premiere, but didn’t elaborate if that would start with the pilot that was already released on DVD last spring, or if it would instead start with the second episode.

Either way, about a dozen episodes are already in, and the series is going to get a big boost right away. Edward James Olmos, who played Adm. William Adama in “Battlestar,” told Airlock Alpha and a group of other reporters during a small press session after the panel that he would indeed be directing an episode of “Caprica,” most likely in the first season.

“Yes I am [directing], toward the end” of the season, Olmos said. “They gave me a little hard time about an hour ago on it, and we decided that I would be doing something toward the end of the season.”

Executive Producer David Eick, who worked with “Battlestar” showrunner Ronald D. Moore on the previous series, said he does plan to step in to write at least an episode this season after he finishes another project for HBO. At the same time, however, he said that it would be against the show’s interest to hit some of the more extreme science-fiction that seems to be a part of these types of series, including some of the metaphysical aspects of “Battlestar” that made up the show’s final episodes.

“I think really, it is a human story, at least in the early going,” Eick told Airlock Alpha and other media outlets during a press conference following the panel. “Other than the fact that you’re talking about the end of humanity beginning with an angry young girl, that is a metaphysical concept. We’re asking the audience to take this one leap. Let’s make everything around it very grounded, very naturalistic.”

While the show definitely will have ties to “Battlestar” beyond the story and some of the familiar faces involved, “Caprica” will have to stand out as its own show.

“I think it would be a mistake for us to assume that everyone showing up for ‘Caprica’ is a ‘Battlestar’ fan and that everyone is bringing all that baggage with them,” Eick said. “I don’t think that’s wise. We need to assume that there is going to be a lot of new audience for the show, and it should be. It’s going to be a different kind of show.”

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