Fans knew it wouldn’t take long for Ronald D. Moore to make a triumphant return to Syfy.
The developer of the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” series that helped put the cable channel on the map, is reportedly returning for a new series he has developed through Sony PIctures Television.
“Helix” combines the popular film “Outbreak” with science-fiction, centered on a group of scientists who discover an epidemic at an Arctic research facility, and have to find a way to stop it from spreading. Moore developed the project with Cameron Porsandeh, who according to one profile, once worked for the Federal Reserve and the World Bank before turning to stage writing.
This would be the first television project for Porsandeh, who wrote “Helix” on spec, according to Deadline.com. Moore, like some other small production shingles, have been pushing to sell series on spec scripts rather than pilots, and is expected to get a six-episode order from Syfy.
What kind of series this will be is a bit hard to imagine at this point. Porsandeh’s writing background appears to be in comedy, and the project has already attracted another executive producer, Linda Obst, who is currently the executive producer of TV Land’s comedy “Hot In Cleveland.” However, Obst does have a dramatic background as well, working on past films like “The Fisher King,” “Contact,” “Hope Floats” and “The Siege.”
Moore has been trying to find his foothold since the end of “Battlestar Galactica.” He was an executive producer and co-creator of the BSG spinoff “Caprica” that lasted just one season, and then almost convinced NBC to take on a supernatural crime procedural “17th Precinct” in 2011 which the network eventually passed on.
Fox rejected his “Virtuality” pilot in 2009 soon after BSG completed its run, and since then, Moore has been working on a series of projects, looking for buyers in a tough (and crowded) television market.
Moore got his start on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” submitting spec scripts to the production before earning some credits and later a job. He would make his first major mark after moving to “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in its third season, being part of a team that would earn the series critical acclaim.
From there, Moore’s resume included “Roswell” on The WB, HBO’s “Carnivale” and even the short-lived “Good vs. Evil” before getting hired by NBC Universal to redevelop “Battlestar Galactica.”
Moore has been nominated for four Emmys, including being part of the production team behind “Next Generation” that was nominated for Outstanding Drama in 1994. He won in 2008 for his work on the “Battlestar Galactica” telefilm “Razor.”
No official announcement has come from Syfy yet, but reports are “Helix” could be readied for a fall or winter release.