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Showrunner: No Need To Worry About 'Caprica'

Production could halt, but not because of anything bad -- unless the Olympics are a bad thing

It doesn't take much to stir up fandom, but if there's one word of advice: Be wary of uncorroborated information.

CinemaSpy this week kicked up some concern that the new "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff series was in trouble. Using a single anonymous source they said had been "100 percent accurate" in the past, the site described the behind-the-scenes of the show that is set to premiere in January as if it were a part of the new Roland Emmerich film "2012."

"A trusted industry insider informed CinemaSpy on Saturday that production faces suspension on 'Caprica' due to serious script problems/shortfalls, and that the future of the series may well be in jeopardy," site reporter Robert Falconer wrote. "From what we've been told, the producers haven't been altogether happy with the caliber of the stories."

The issue is that how the producers really feel is the exact opposite of what CinemaSpy suggests, and our source should know, because she's the executive producer of "Caprica," Jane Espenson.

"I'm one of the producers and I'm absolutely thrilled with the work my writers have done," Espenson told Airlock Alpha.

There is a possibility that production could in fact shut down, but not for the reasons that recently plagued the ABC series "V." In fact, the shutdown really has nothing to do with the show itself. It has more to do with the fact that Vancouver, B.C., where "Caprica" is filmed, will soon be overrun by international athletes in town for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"The Olympics might require a couple scheduling adjustments," Espenson said. "Those are probably being misunderstood."

Over the years, Airlock Alpha has established some strong sources inside Syfy and NBC Universal, including those who correctly informed us that when NBCU picked up "Battlestar Galactica" for just a half-season in its fourth season with the option to pick up more episodes, if the network were to order the back half of the season, it would be to wrap up the series.

Soon after NBCU picked up the back-half of the season order, it announced it would end the show after four seasons.

These same sources, however, have not expressed any concern for "Caprica," and instead have been glowing about how production is coming together under Espenson, who is getting her first crack at a showrunner's position. And just to add that production shutdowns are most typically ordered by the studios, not producers, and usually come with some sort of a creative shakeup.

Even Espenson, who wrote some memorable episodes of "Battlestar Galactica" and has been involved in other genre series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dollhouse," has been excited about what's to come on the show.

"'Caprica' moving ahead so fast," Espenson wrote on her Twitter feed over the weekend. "Eps nine, 10, 11, 12 on their way ... 13 taking shape! Season 1 is going to be all wrote up!"

"Caprica" premieres Jan. 22 on Syfy.

About the Author

Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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