Fans have been eagerly waiting to hear whether or not Syfy will pick up “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff for a second season. But such an announcement may not come in time for San Diego Comic-Con next week.
“Caprica” aired its first 10 episodes earlier this year to slightly below-average ratings. But despite the smaller audience turnout, Syfy has made it clear they are commited to the series, and hopes to see growth in the back half of the first season, whenever they decide to air it.
Syfy is planning a “Caprica” panel at Comic-Con Friday morning featuring Alessandra Torresani (who plays Zoe Graystone), Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama) and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. While there will be a tease for the back half of the first season — which has already been filmed — it seems Syfy is still in no hurry to announce a second season.
At least one source at Syfy says despite what seems to be a long period of silence from the cable channel about this series, there are still many indications that “Caprica” will indeed earn a second season.
Syfy has until next month to pick up options on contracts for the primary actors involved for a second season, and likely will wait until August to make any announcement. While rumors are likely to spread during the convention, where some 140,000 fans are expected, another source tells Airlock Alpha that Syfy may instead choose to announce a “Caprica” renewal on a much-different stage, the twice-annual Television Critics Association press tour, which will take place a week later in Beverly Hills.
“A few years ago, networks thought it would be fun to use Comic-Con as a venue to announce new shows, and give us word on the fate of others … but in the end, the journalists networks need to meet are gathered in one place at TCA, and that’s traditionally where such announcements are made,” the source said.
But that doesn’t mean plans could change over the next week. When to announce decisions remains fluid nearly up to the time the actual announcement is made. And if Syfy feels it can get more traction from a renewal by announcing it at Comic-Con instead, the cable channel will definitely take that route.
However, if the decision ends up being cancellation, it’s almost assured such an announcement would not be made on the Comic-Con floor.
That leads to one last bit of speculation: Is Syfy holding back on a decision until after Comic-Con because it may be one fans don’t want to hear, and it could affect how well it fills Ballroom 20 — one of the larger panel venues — at the convention?
“No, I don’t think it’s that well planned out,” the source said. Syfy is simply “taking their time in making a decision, and they don’t have any reason to believe such a decision needs to be rushed.”
The network is still planning to air the back-half of Season 1 in late fall, one announcement that could actually be made at Comic-Con this year, so fans likely won’t leave too empty-handed.
None of this has been confirmed by Syfy, and should be treated as any rumor would.