The journey into the creation of the V world and the events leading to “Battlestar Galactica” in the form of the series “Caprica” is over.
In a simple press release, Syfy shared Wednesday what many fans feared and expected: “Caprica” has been cancelled after a single season.
“We appreciate all the support the fans have shown for ‘Caprica’ and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” said Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming, in a statement. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”
The writing seemed to be on the wall as early as Friday when the network announced it was reformatting its planned web prequel series “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” to an actual television series, utilizing the talents of Battlestar executive producer David Eick as well as former producers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who spent two seasons on “CSI” on CBS.
At the time of the announcement, speculation kicked into high gear about the fate of “Caprica,” with sources telling AIrlock Alpha at the time that the network was not interested in having two BSG prequel series running on the network at the same time.
“My sincere gratitude to the fans,” said Sasha Roiz, who played gangster Sam Adama on the show, through his Twitter. “It was a joy to be a part of this quality show. Thank you for letting us into your home and imagination.
“It was a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. I’ll miss Sam and the world we created. Thanks again for following and supporting.”
Alessandra Torresani, who played Zoe Graystone in the series, tried to keep a happy face despite the bad news in her Twitter feed.
“I love my lil Cylons so much and will continue to kick ass,” Torresani wrote. “It’s a very sad day. Time for Mama Cylon to go cry a river! It’s OK, I have you lil Cylons to make me smile.”
“Caprica” was not ever expected to see the light of day in the first place. First announced as a potential development project soon after “Battlestar Galactica” hit mainstream consciousness, Syfy had in fact shelved the pilot script until the writers strike hit in 2007 and 2008. Networks like Syfy — then known as the SciFi Channel — dusted off old scripts and other projects and planned to put them on the schedule, with “Caprica” seeing new life.
The series starred Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Esai Morales, Roiz, Torresani and Polly Walker. Jane Espenson, who was part of “Battlestar Galactica’s” writing team after spending time on Joss Whedon programs like “Angel” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” was installed as showrunner. However, she was replaced after the first 10 episodes by Kevin Murphy, who changed the pace and tempo of the show in the second half of the season, which will end up airing only five episodes this year.
With the announcement, Syfy won’t even air the remaining episodes until next year beginning immediately. It’s not clear what Syfy will put in the timeslot as the lead out for “Stargate: Universe,” which also has been struggling in the ratings for its second season after moving from Fridays.
The remaining first run episodes of Caprica – airing Tuesdays at 10/9c – will be removed from the schedule as of next Tuesday, November 2. These final five episodes of the season will be re-scheduled to air at a to be announced time in the first quarter of 2011, and will conclude the run of the series.
Syfy says it will release further scheduling details Thursday.
See our letter to Syfy asking them to air the final episodes of “Caprica” now by clicking here.
Also, Airlock Alpha will host a live radio show with Michael Hinman Oct. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET to talk about what happened to “Caprica” and what this means for the Battestar franchise in a roundtable discussion with some experts in the field. Find out how you can listen to tonight’s show for free at AlphaWavesRadio.com.