The network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel has now “officially” set the date for the first episode of Caprica to premiere on that network. According to the network that we shall now refer to as Syfy, that date is Jan. 22 and as we are big fans of the show around here, we could not be more enthusiastic.
However, in case you’re not quite as big a fan of the show as we are, here’s a little info by way of backstory. Caprica is a prequel to the award-winning Battlestar Galactica, which just concluded its fourth and final season on March 20. The Caprica storyline predates BSG by 58 years and leads up through the creation of the Cylons, the war and the near annihilation of the human race.
The two hour pilot, which was written by Ronald Moore and Remi Aubuchon and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, was completed last year, already aired on the network and has dropped on DVD. Syfy has ordered an additional 20 hours in addition to the pilot but its not known at the moment if they will split the order into two seasons.
Production on brand new episodes began July 15 in Vancouver. Caprica, which features Esai Morales, Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker and is exec. produced by Ron Moore, David Eick and Jane Espenson, will air at 10/9C on Friday nights.