Syfy still has no plans to make Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome into a TV show

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You've seen the slick-as-hell trailer for Battlestar Galactica's Cylon War prequel Blood and Chrome. But even though the trailer has revived the world's fervor for frakking toasters, it didn't change Syfy's postion on demoting Blood And Chrome to the status of webseries. But there's a silver lining!

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According to the President of Syfy's original content, Mark Stern:

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. 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.

So the good news is, they're finally releasing the pilot they shot years ago. The bad news? Should the pilot get a ton of attention, it will probably only come back in webseries form. While we have no problem with a lovely webseries, the Syfy video player is probably one of the most infuriating contraptions on the internet. I want my space opera in HD and across a giant screen (not a problem if you have internet on the telly, but virtually impossible with the current stuttering Syfy player).

And now the underlying question. Where is the serious space opera on Syfy? There are vampires, ghosts, werewolves, gadgets, detectives, and even monster movies. But what happened to our big juicy spaceship drama steak?

Perhaps our only hope is the Untitled Robert H. Wolfe Project (and no, that's not the official name). The only thing we know about this series is that it's "set in a postwar era in which a newly formed Unity Democracy orders a volatile mix of humans and trans-humans to lead the Starship Defender on an expedition in search of lost worlds requiring law and order." Which sounds awesome...and really, really expensive. Fingers crossed this series makes it out of development purgatory, because right now it doesn't sound like Syfy wants to spend any money on any show with a spaceship.

[Via Blastr]

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DISCUSSION

Have to admit, this is grossly disappointing. While there are a few shows on SyFy I do enjoy (i.e. Being Human, Lost Girl, Eureka, WH-13) Blood and Chrome would have been a significant return to the "Golden Age" of SyFy's programming when Eureka and BSG were new and the channel was trying to get back to it's Science Fiction roots.

Caprica failed because, really, it abandoned the precepts and narrative approach of BSG and Stargate Universe failed because, well, it was trying to be a copy of BSG with a Stargate flare. Blood and Chrome appeared to have been a return to pure Sci-Fi...and of course *that's* just too expensive for them.

(Sigh) I really would rather them just cancel the show altogether then try for a web series. When BSG did the web-shorts in-between seasons they were too short and it was a torture going from tiny mini-episode to tiny mini-episode waiting for character/story development. Blood and Chrome is just too massive in scope for it.

If they can't commit, just give the pilot as a movie, see what the ratings are like (count Online, DVR, etc; not just the archaic Nielson) and if it's high enough (which it had a very good chance of being) then maybe they could shoot for at least a six episode run, see if the ratings are good, then green-light the back 9 for a full season. Will they do that? Likely not. This is SyFy after-all...