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Syfy Passes on Blood & Chrome

Even has an unauthorized trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome spread rapidly online, with NBC Universal lawyers following in its wake, news broke that Syfy has passed on the long-in-development prequel to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed reimagining of the 1970s space opera.

Initially envisioned as a 10-episode webseries, Blood & Chrome made the jump in October 2010 to full-fledged television pilot, chronicling the adventures of a young, brash William Adama (played by Skins star Luke Pasqualino) during the10th year of the First Cylon War. In contrast to the other Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, Blood & Chrome relied heavily on special effects — in addition to the battle scenes, many of the sets were virtual — leading delivery to the two-hour pilot to be delayed until last November.

Since then, Syfy executives apparently have been trying to iron out a workable budget for such an effects-reliant project before ultimately determining there’s no way to make it work as a television series. However, the cable channel there’s still a chance Blood & Chrome could return to its roots, airing as a webseries.

“Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned,” Mark Stern, Syfy’s president of original programming, said in a statement. “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

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  • Bass Guitar Hero

    SyFy continues to give me reasons not to watch their network.

  • Ian Thal

    Given the non-sensical plot developments of the final season of BSG, it’s hard for me to trust the production team to come up with a good story.

  • Selina

    Blood and chrome sounds too much like The sparticus series blood and sand (if I’m remembering correctly) that asiide, I’m not really watching syfy anymore, which is kinda sad. Is scifi dying as a genre :(

  • Anonymous

     No, sci fi is not dying as a genre just because SyFy isn’t that great anymore. Though admit it, Saturdays still rock on SyFy!

  • Geistbusters

    And now I have no reason to watch that channel. I mean seriously, no Eureka, no SGU, now no Chrome. Plenty of “reality” shows though (ugh). SyFi has done more to ruin scifi than the Big Bang Theory has done to mainstream it.

  • sandwich eater

    I am disappointed.  I just want to watch a TV show that is set in space.  Have you guys noticed that all the sci-fi and fantasy shows these days take place in the present modern world?  There are no shows that are set in a fantasy world or the future. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think it’s so that the shows can have product placement.  I mean you can’t sell cars or beverages on Star Trek (although the last movie tried it’s hardest to do just that).

  • Getit

    I don’t know who is running the show oner there, but SyFy is out to lunch.

  • Tom

    Quote from Deadline Hollywood.

    “For 2010, Syfy averaged 1.199 million viewers, down 6% from 2009. In
    Adults 18–49 the channel averaged .539 million viewers, down 11% from
    2009. For 2010 Syfy did not hold any of the Top 20 Primetime Original
    Series”

    Things like the above article is why.

  • John

    GREAT decision SyFy. Can’t wait for your other original CRAP programming like Chihuahuasaur.

    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

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    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!

  • John

    GREAT decision SyFy. Can’t wait for your other original CRAP programming like Chihuahuasaur.

    I’m locking the channel so my boys can’t watch.  Keep up the great work!