Caprica saw another dip in the ratings on Friday, but Syfy is standing by it. Plus the network is considering a second Battlestar Galactica spin-off show. Syfy's also jumping on the superhero bandwagon, with two super-powered shows in the pipeline.
Caprica's ratings had actually seen a decent uptick for two episodes in a row (the "New Cap City" one, and the "Tauron wants to buy the sports team" one.) But with last Friday's episode, the show surrendered most of those gains, grazing up against the one-million-viewers mark once again. Syfy's Executive VP of Development, Mark Stern, continues to be "bullish" about the show, and points to robust DVR viewer numbers — people, in other words, who have some place to be on a Friday night or are watching Smallville, but who watch the show later.
But the most intriguing thing in the latest interview with Stern, at Hollywood Reporter, might have been Stern's mention of a second BSG spin-off. Says Stern:
We're looking for other ways to spin off ‘Battlestar' beyond ‘Caprica.' That world is so rich. We're sitting down with (executive producer) Ron Moore and his team. It would not necessarily be a traditional series.
Also, now that superheroes are hitting network TV with The Cape and No Ordinary Family, Syfy is looking to get into the super-powered game too. Syfy is hoping one of its two superhero pilots becomes a series.
There's a 90-minute pilot called Three Inches, made by Fox Television Studios, from Twin Peaks writer Harley Peyton and producer Bob Cooper. It's about a guy who discovers he has telekinesis — but he can only move objects a total of three inches with his mind. He finds a bunch of others with similiarly unimpressive powers, and they form a superteam. Because. Says Stern, "‘Three Inches' is a fun, smart, offbeat spin on the superhero genre It's a very postmodern approach, with a really wonderful, tongue-in-cheek script." The other superhero show, Alphas, is also about a super-team, but less is known.
Syfy's upfront presentation to advertisers is scheduled for today, so we may know more about its upcoming programs soon.