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Sara

Hayward, CA

#1 Feb 20, 2009
I missed the first few years of Ron Moore's reimagined series because I thought the original series was a joke. Sad, because the current BSG is a fantastic character-driven drama. No, I won't be going to see a movie based on the original series.
John

Lockport, IL

#2 Feb 20, 2009
I find it hard to believe this is really going to be "based" on the original, espeically given how it ended plot-wise with 1980. Maybe a remake based on the same ideas and campy feel.

Plus, they'd have to recast just about everyone but Hatch, who is probably a little BSG'ed out at this point.
John

Lockport, IL

#3 Feb 20, 2009
And yeah, Moore's is a hard act to follow.
Doug

Sellersville, PA

#4 Feb 21, 2009
I would take this rumor with a grain of salt the size of a small iceberg. The idea of going back to the campy 1970s show may be Glen Larson's dream come true, but it's not very realistic. Had nuBSG never happened, then I might be able to swallow it. In the wake of the huge success nuBSG has enjoyed critically and financially, though, it would be the greatest of blunders to go backwards and confuse so many people. The old show has a very small and ever-aging fan base in the 50s age range; not exactly the most desired age group in Hollywood. The new show has a fan base of youth and of the older fans, though. It doesn't add up to invest in such a limited interest property as the old show.

Making an old BSG film follow up, now, in the wake of the nuBSG series, would be... well, lets put it this way -- could you imagine Warner Brothers announcing that rather than do another Chris Nolan helmed Christian Bale starring film sequel to 'The Dark Knight' they're instead going to re-unite Adam West with the cape-and-cowel and do a film based off of the old 1960s Batman series?

I think this is Larson trying to keep himself afloat. He had nothing to do with nuBSG, his own attempt at re-inventing his former glory in this seasons failed "Knight Rider" sequel series has failed ratings wise, the show already getting the axe and just airing out it's last few episodes. I think he's hoping if a rumor like this starts, some 50-something executive at Universal who watched the older BSG show as a youth will see it, buy into it, and call him up about the idea.
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#5 Feb 21, 2009
John wrote:
And yeah, Moore's is a hard act to follow.
Given how Ron Moore's Galactica has failed to find a significant audience in spite of repeatedly being hyped, I'm not sure how he would be a tough act to follow, except when it comes to hyping yourself.
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#6 Feb 21, 2009
A movie like that, if done well and with Glen Larson (and Don Bellisario would be even better!), would actually be quite interesting.

I'm sure I'm going to shock and upset fans of the new show, but ratings for the new show have been dismal throughout in spite of all the hype and a movie based on the classic show would be a breath of fresh air.

Given how Hollywood wants to clobber everything they remake into formlessness (see Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, Starsky and Hutch and Battlestar Galactica...) I'm not holding my breath.
Alex

Calgary, Canada

#7 Feb 22, 2009
Stupid idea. Full stop. BSG has had its comeback as one of the most acclaimed SF series ever, which in turn is launching its own franchise with Caprica. A movie based on the original series simply isn't needed, nor wanted. Maybe in another 20 years.
Alex

Calgary, Canada

#8 Feb 22, 2009
A followup to Rena's comment regarding "failing to find an audience" please remember this show is on Sci-Fi, a niche cable network. If it gets a million viewers that is considered a success. Don't confuse it with NBC, CBS, or the other big networks where a series needs 10-20 million to be considered a hit. Completely different animals.
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#9 Feb 22, 2009
Alex wrote:
Stupid idea. Full stop. BSG has had its comeback as one of the most acclaimed SF series ever, which in turn is launching its own franchise with Caprica. A movie based on the original series simply isn't needed, nor wanted. Maybe in another 20 years.
Neither is a spinoff to the new Galactica needed or wanted. The original is languishing with awful ratings.

The only apparent reason for a spinoff is that the press continues to hype Galactica as a "hit" (even though it's not) and that's enough to keep NBC-U's executives happy (it doesn't take much to keep them happy these days - the appearance of success in the press seems to be more than enough).
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#10 Feb 22, 2009
Alex wrote:
A followup to Rena's comment regarding "failing to find an audience" please remember this show is on Sci-Fi, a niche cable network. If it gets a million viewers that is considered a success. Don't confuse it with NBC, CBS, or the other big networks where a series needs 10-20 million to be considered a hit. Completely different animals.
You make a good point,:) but an incomplete one IMO.

Cable shows are routinely getting 4 to 5 million viewers (Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, Saving Grace...). The Closer, cable's biggest hit, often comes close to 10 million (and averages between 7 and 8).

The low expectations of SciFi Channel are self-fulfilling. By programming shows that do not attract a wide audience, they generate the impression attracting wide audiences is impossible.

It's the same management mistake NBC is making with its flagship. NBC has convinced itself that it is impossible to program hits on NBC and thus keeps retrenching as its ratings collapse.

Somehow, the fact that CBS is not having that problem does not seem to strike them as reason to change their development team and try and make better shows to will attract more viewers.

The ability of executives to accept mediocrity at first, and then to embrace it as a new way of being "successful" (if only in the newspapers) never ceases to amaze me.

Of course, it's no coincidence that SciFi is beset by the way of thinking. After all, it's part of NBC-U, home of the Silverman Doctrine (aka the "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Audience" Doctrine).
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#11 Feb 22, 2009
Alex wrote:
A followup to Rena's comment regarding "failing to find an audience" please remember this show is on Sci-Fi, a niche cable network. If it gets a million viewers that is considered a success. Don't confuse it with NBC, CBS, or the other big networks where a series needs 10-20 million to be considered a hit. Completely different animals.
By the way, I wanted to commend you. It's all too rare to read a Battlestar Galactica fan being able to express disagreement without resorting to insults. It's more appreciated than you know.:)
johnd

AOL

#12 Feb 22, 2009
Most of us have learned to ingore your commits. Moores "Galactica" is in my opinion one of the top five dramas on TV right now. We know its not on your list.
Marc

Warren, OH

#13 Feb 23, 2009
It would be about time to have the TRUE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA insted of the faux version that we have been stuck with for many of yahren now.
William

Warner Robins, GA

#14 Feb 23, 2009
I think that cable shows on networks like TNT, USA, and the like do well because those networks aren't really specifically targeted to a certain group of viewers. SciFi is. Theoretically, you need to be interested in science fiction to want to have that channel. That's why it is really unfair to compare ratings for SciFi shows with those of other broad-based cable or network shows.
Flower

Aurora, CO

#15 Feb 23, 2009
Loved the Battlestar Galactica series. Are all the episodes out on DVD? and blu-ray?

thanks,
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#16 Feb 24, 2009
johnd wrote:
Most of us have learned to ingore your commits. Moores "Galactica" is in my opinion one of the top five dramas on TV right now. We know its not on your list.
IF you've learned to ignore what I assume you to mean are my "comments", then why do you feel compelled to try and get me to stop by some semi-mean comment?
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#17 Feb 24, 2009
William wrote:
I think that cable shows on networks like TNT, USA, and the like do well because those networks aren't really specifically targeted to a certain group of viewers. SciFi is. Theoretically, you need to be interested in science fiction to want to have that channel. That's why it is really unfair to compare ratings for SciFi shows with those of other broad-based cable or network shows.
So what you're saying is that SciFi is happy to have low ratings and that's why they program the low-rated Galactica (and yet try to pass it off as some sort of ratings success, which it isn't).
monolith21

San Diego, CA

#18 Feb 25, 2009
This will be awesome to see!
Rena Moretti

North Hollywood, CA

#19 Feb 25, 2009
monolith21 wrote:
This will be awesome to see!
The sea of red ink should indeed be very pretty. ;)
Ghost of Colicos

Perth, UK

#20 Feb 25, 2009
If they do this right they'll clean up with it.
Frankly, Galactica has always been bigger than the 2.1 million viewers the new show gets. I know only about 300,000 watch it in the UK.
It'll be good to see BSG on the big screen again!

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