Ratings will tell a lot about whether a show will live or die, but in this case, the angels that graced "Battlestar Galactica" throughout its run might be needed to give its Syfy spinoff "Caprica" a little bit of a boost.
It seems that the network has set a deadline for Nov. 15 to decide whether or not "Caprica" will see life in a second season, a possibility that appears to be ever more fleeting each and every day thanks to the ratings.
Mark Stern, Syfy's vice president of original programming, told E! that a decision will be made by then, if not before, on a Season 2. The show has received plenty of critical acclaim, much like its "Battlestar Galactica" predecessor, but ratings have been a different story. Despite a move to Tuesdays as a lead-out to "Stargate: Universe" -- which also has had its own struggles in the ratings -- the audiences have not been tuning in to "Caprica" like they should.
And in Hollywood, ratings is power.
"Caprica" is really finding its groove in the second half of the first season, which aired its third episode this past Tuesday. During the recent Syfy Digital Press Tour in Orlando, Fla., "Caprica" co-creator and executive producer said the final group of episodes this year will bring out the best in the show.
"Well, second half of 'Caprica's' first season, I think you'll see more momentum, certain streamlining of storylines for the first half of the season," Moore said. "We sort of started to focus in on what were the primary stories as we got into the second half, and started to sort of strip away some of the more extraneous details as we went. I think it has more momentum than the first half. I think you'll also start to see more tie-ins between the 'Battlestar Galactica' mythology and sort of the ongoing story in 'Caprica.'"
A lot of that could carry over into a second season. Moore was coy with Airlock Alpha over whether or not future seasons could feature large time jumps to help make up the 58 years between "Caprica" and the start of "Battlestar Galactica," but composer Bear McCreary has told Airlock Alpha in the past that as the show moves forward, his plans are to start bringing the music of "Caprica" closer and closer to that of "Battlestar Galactica," a show he also scored.
To see video of Ronald D. Moore and fellow executive producer David Eick at Syfy's Digital Press Tour in Orlando, click here.
"Caprica" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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