No need to stop with “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
BBC America is continuing its path toward more science-fiction programming to help complement re-broadcast series such as “Doctor Who” and “Being Human” with the addition of “Battlestar Galactica.”
The 2003 remake, which helped put Syfy (then known as the SciFi Channel) on the map, will premiere on BBC America June 18. It will be a part of BBCA’s “Supernatural Saturday,” although there really isn’t a lot of supernatural occurrences taking place on “Battlestar.”
The show — which includes the original pilot miniseries plus all four seasons — will air alongside of “Primeval” and “Outcasts.” Although the show was produced by an American company (and filmed in Canada), “Battlestar Galactica” does have some strong British connections.
Both stars Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) and James Callis (Gaius Baltar) are from the country. Also, the first season of “Battlestar” — a shorter 13 episodes compared to the later 20-episode seasons — was co-financed by Sky in Britain, and actually aired episodes in England before they aired in the United States.
That move introduced a lot of Americans to illegal bit torrent sites, to get episodes of “Battlestar” ahead of their airing in the United States. BBC would suffer from that even more in later years when fans would download episodes of “Doctor Who” and “Being Human” ahead of their airings in America, prompting BBC America to provide almost near instant re-transmission of “Doctor Who.”
“Battlestar Galactica” was a reimagining of the original 1970s series by Star Trek alum Ronald D. Moore. It kept the ragtag fleet, the Cylons and other aspects, but completely changed the tone more into a dark, political drama. It won extreme critical praise, even though audiences didn’t hold on as much as Syfy liked.
The series ended in 2009, and produced the short-lived spinoff “Caprica” as well as the upcoming William Adama-focused prequel “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” which recently shot its pilot.
It stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer.
“Battlestar Galactica” will air Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 18 on BBC America.