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For 'Blood & Chrome,' BSG Might Be DOA On Syfy

Despite previous announcements, new series not exactly a sure-thing for television

The one consolation Battlestar Galactica fans had following the cancellation of the prequel "Caprica" was that an originally proposed Web series was going to come to television instead.

But now there's a possibility it's heading right back to the Web.

AOL TV is reporting that "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" may not end up on the boob tube anytime soon. Or even at all. Syfy president of original programming Mark Stern hinted during San Diego Comic-Con last month that no decision had been made on the ultimate fate of "Blood & Chrome," and there's a good chance it could be shown through the same medium you're reading this story.

Filming on the pilot is complete, but a good portion of the special effects are not, Stern told the site last month. Because of that, there is no immediate plans to give the show an air date, and if it does come to television, it almost definitely won't be in 2011.

The idea could be to try out "Blood & Chrome" as a backdoor pilot, similar to what Syfy did with "Battlestar Galactica" back in 2003. However, the difference here is that "Battlestar" was a four-hour miniseries, while "Blood & Chrome" will simply be a two-hour movie.

And while "Battlestar" had to face tough comparisons with the classic 1978 series, "Blood & Chrome" not only would have to live up to the hype that follows "Battlestar," but also pick up the pieces of the franchise broken when Syfy unceremoniously pulled the plug on the reincarnation bath of "Caprica." Syfy not only cancelled that show, but inexplicably pulled the remaining five episodes off the schedule and released them on DVD before showing them in a marathon.

Airlock Alpha has reached out to Stern for comment on the story, but he has yet to respond.

"Blood & Chrome" takes place, timeline wise, between "Caprica" and "Battlestar Galactica." Taking place a short time before flashback scenes used in the telemovie "Razor" with a young William Adama first coming aboard the Battlestar Galactica during the first Cylon War. It was written by "Battlestar" alum Michael Taylor.

The series will have some twists and turns, if the pilot script is of any clue, and will feature never-before-seen versions of the Cylons, all meant to lead into the Peabody-winning series that helped put Syfy on the creative map.

The "Blood & Chrome" pilot stars Luke Pasqualino as William Adama, Ben Cotton as Coker Fasjovik, Lili Bordan as Dr. Becca Kelly, and Brian Markinson as Silas Nash.

Syfy has made no official announcements about the fate of "Blood & Chrome," so any speculation of its fate should be treated as any rumor would.

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