Galactica Season 3 Delayed to October

That’s right gang, it’s now a seven month wait till we get to see another episode of Galactica.

Though the release from Sci-Fi Channel says it will be returning to its same timeslot, there are some rumblings that the hit show may be moving to NBC. It’s just a rumor at this point, but since NBC owns Sci-Fi Channel (and they are ratings desperate) there is a shred of plausibility to it.

25 replies on “Galactica Season 3 Delayed to October”

  1. Trekkie says:

    ….
    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Tekzel says:

      Re: ….

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      I second that emotion :(

      • nedwidek says:

        Re: ….

        noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

        I second that emotion :(

        Not enough emotion for me.

        7 month wait:
        Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
        ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Move to NBC:
        Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
        ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I hate the normal networks. They’ll want to tweak the show to "improve" it. Then they’ll pre-empt it so you’ll never know when it is on and casual viewers won’t be interested in trying to watch it. Then they’ll cancel it before season 4 because they can’t figure out why it isn’t getting the ratings. Doubt me. Just think of Firefly or Surface (NBC show, granted it did suck from the beginning).

        • madhack says:

          Re: ….
          My biggest concern would be NBC toning it down to keep the FCC and Christian Coalition-type nutjobs happy. Do you think NBC would have been okay with airing last week’s scene where Tyrol beats the shit out of Cally? Or some of the sex scenes? Or the blood spilling out of destroyed Cylon raiders?

  2. Mr. Vapor says:

    One nice thing about NBC owning it….
    …is that BattleStar Galactica is shown on UniversalHD in full HD glory /w 5.1 sound. Neither NBC or SciFI is HD in my area.

    excellent

    • Timeshredder says:

      just to make the point again, though
      I hope this remains a rumor. Galactica has found an audience, and the show does not need to be cleaned up, dumbed down, sanitized, and tweaked for sweep’s week in the hopes it will broaden its appeal.

    • Cerberus7 says:

      Re: One nice thing about NBC owning it….

      …is that BattleStar Galactica is shown on UniversalHD in full HD glory /w 5.1 sound. Neither NBC or SciFI is HD in my area.

      excellent

      That’s the only possible good thing about BSG moving to NBC. In my area I only get OTA HD broadcasts, and the NBC station here comes in really nicely; almost never has signal hiccups. I surely would like to experience BSG in 1080i or 720p. :)

      • drazaelb says:

        Re: One nice thing about NBC owning it….

        That’s the only possible good thing about BSG moving to NBC.

        No, there is another. Those of us in Canada would finally have a legal way to see the episodes at the same time as everyone else.

        Although, I have to admit that this isn’t quite worth the risk of the network execs meddling with the show.

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: One nice thing about NBC owning it….

      …is that BattleStar Galactica….in full HD glory

      Oh yeah, that’d be nice. But Galactica: 2006 with the super boy scouts and going back in time in white jumpsuits to stop the Nazi’s in HD would suck just as much in 1080i than it would in 480i ;)

  3. valen1260 says:

    they should learn to share
    I know my mother, who is a huge SG1 fan, is able to watch Atlantis in syndication already. And I know NBC has already aired the BG mini. Why doesn’t NBC just leave BG exactly as it is on Sci-Fi, and rerun the older episodes and/or mirror the new episodes on NBC? They could clean up/censor/ruin the broadcast ones from the "original" Sci-Fi/DVD ones.

    Plus, from a ratings standpoint, how would they launch a show that is already two seasons old on a new network for a new audience? "What are Cylons?" "Why are all the people in this mish-mash fleet?" "Why does no one else see Six?" That would surely require a lot of series rewrites/sacrifices.

    • Damien says:

      Re: they should learn to share

      Plus, from a ratings standpoint, how would they launch a show that is already two seasons old on a new network for a new audience?

      Who said they wouldn’t rerun the older episodes?

      Damien

  4. Damien says:

    Wait and see
    We need to just wait and see.

    The seven month delay isn’t too bad, at least it has been renewed and we know new episodes are coming. What’s to say they aren’t taking the extra time to be able to show all of the episodes without a break in the middle? :-D

    As for an NBC involvement, its just rumor and we’ve no idea what it means, so, urm, can it. Yes, they might "adjust" the show slightly, but given how strong a show Lost is (so I’ve heard) I can’t imaging them screwing it up. Yes, it has happened in the past (TNT vs B5) but y’all need to stop panicing.

    Chill.

    (sorry if I’m being brusque, I’ve got the flu and feel crappy)

    Damien

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: Wait and see

      (sorry if I’m being brusque, I’ve got the flu and feel crappy)

      Hah. You’re just an NBC exec trolling this website! ;)

      • Damien says:

        Re: Wait and see

        Hah. You’re just an NBC exec trolling this website! ;)

        Hah, I wish, then I might have some power to make them not screw it up ;-)

        Damien

    • spincycle says:

      Re: Wait and see

      …but given how strong a show Lost is (so I’ve heard) I can’t imaging them screwing it up.

      Don’t watch TV much, do you? TV networks are more capable of doing more damage in a short period of time than any entity I am aware of, including a W88 nuclear warhead.

      The best thing that NBC could do is give the producers & directors more money, more production space, and more artistic control….and then walk away.

      The most LIKELY thing that NBC will do is take the cash cow, move it to a more mainstream spot, point out that Middle America’s herds of WalMart-shopping drones might be upset about X, or Y, or Z. And then they’ll bring a few "network consultants" onboard to "help communicate the network’s vision" to the existing staff. And THAT will be the beginning of the end.

  5. Damien says:

    More food for thought
    According to Dark Horizons (http://www.darkhorizons.com/news06/060310f.php) the show’s ratings have dropped this year, which is disappointing to hear. Maybe a move to NBC could increase its ratings?

    Damien

  6. Maggard says:

    NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build
    Yes, it would be awful if NBC "poached" BSG from their own SciFi Channel and then put in a whole different layer of executives and sr. production folks all eager to put their own mark on the show. Yes, more then likely they’d end up utterly crappifying it.

    On the other hand…

    BSG is the first SciFi Channel show to win wide acclaim. It’s also the one of the few ‘smart’ shows on a network now known more for big-bug-of-the-week movies rather then anything recently compelling or mass market. SG1 & SGA are established but they’re not growing the market particularly, I’m betting the demographics of BSG are fantastic.

    So if anyone has any sense at NBC (and that’s a 50/50 gamble) if they do adopt BSG they’ll do so as a customer and not as an owner. In other words continue to have SciFi Channel produce BSG, under the exact same set of staff and executives, just instead of SFC broadcasting it 1st-run NBC would do so, under similar terms as TV Tuvalu (they buy a finished product.)

    Finally, why the big gap? I’m betting sets & sfx. For Pegasus they were able to reconfigure an unused Lost in Space (the new series that wasn’t) set. Yes, those Atlantean glass doors/walls on the Pegasus CC weren’t a BSG addition, they were a set left-over. Those sorta constraints are tough, and why I’m thinking that now it’s proven itself BSG will be getting a bunch of new sets to play with, but they’ll take awhile for the story arcs using them to be hashed out, then the sets built.

    Same for sfx. BSG has a primary vendor and some support ones, it’s possible they’re going to be switching to a more full-service/expanded service vendor so BSG can do more sfx-heavy space shots, massed Cylons, alien environments, etc. That transition will complicate operations as the move happens and then as new sfx elements are developed and implemented, with that same requirement of writing delaying everything.

    • nkuzmik says:

      Re: NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build

      Yes, it would be awful if NBC "poached" BSG from their own SciFi Channel and then put in a whole different layer of executives and sr. production folks all eager to put their own mark on the show. Yes, more then likely they’d end up utterly crappifying it.

      On the other hand…

      BSG is the first SciFi Channel show to win wide acclaim. It’s also the one of the few ‘smart’ shows on a network now known more for big-bug-of-the-week movies rather then anything recently compelling or mass market. SG1 & SGA are established but they’re not growing the market particularly, I’m betting the demographics of BSG are fantastic.

      So if anyone has any sense at NBC (and that’s a 50/50 gamble) if they do adopt BSG they’ll do so as a customer and not as an owner. In other words continue to have SciFi Channel produce BSG, under the exact same set of staff and executives, just instead of SFC broadcasting it 1st-run NBC would do so, under similar terms as TV Tuvalu (they buy a finished product.)

      Finally, why the big gap? I’m betting sets & sfx. For Pegasus they were able to reconfigure an unused Lost in Space (the new series that wasn’t) set. Yes, those Atlantean glass doors/walls on the Pegasus CC weren’t a BSG addition, they were a set left-over. Those sorta constraints are tough, and why I’m thinking that now it’s proven itself BSG will be getting a bunch of new sets to play with, but they’ll take awhile for the story arcs using them to be hashed out, then the sets built.

      Same for sfx. BSG has a primary vendor and some support ones, it’s possible they’re going to be switching to a more full-service/expanded service vendor so BSG can do more sfx-heavy space shots, massed Cylons, alien environments, etc. That transition will complicate operations as the move happens and then as new sfx elements are developed and implemented, with that same requirement of writing delaying everything.

      I’ll just be really miffed if the blow that cliffhanger, and thats all I’m saying to give everybody a few days to watch their tapes.

      • joe__gee says:

        Re: NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build

        I’ll just be really miffed if the blow that cliffhanger, and thats all I’m saying to give everybody a few days to watch their tapes.

        They were really brave, weren’t they? I listened to the podcast, now I hafta rewatch the finale. I don’t think I have ever seen a show that attempted a thing like this. That’s both good and bad, good, because it could really freshen things up, bad, because it could alienate a *lot* of fans.

        And that’s all *I* am saying until the review gets posted.

        -Joe

        • Damien says:

          Re: NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build

          And that’s all *I* am saying until the review gets posted.

          I’m going back into the corner and will continue shaking violently until the review is posted.

          Damien

          • joe__gee says:

            Re: NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build

            I’m going back into the corner and will continue shaking violently until the review is posted.

            Damien

            I am trying to keep quiet. I’ll bet the conversation thread for season 2’s finale is going to be huge. From the podcast, I guess people in some other markets are getting an hour long season 2 finale that doesn’t make much sense. Hopefully they have net access, and can speak enough English to understand the downloadable 1.5 hour episode.

            -Joe

            • Trekkie says:

              Re: NBC isn’t automatically evil, and pausing to build

              From the podcast, I guess people in some other markets are getting an hour long season 2 finale that doesn’t make much sense. Hopefully they have net access, and can speak enough English to understand the downloadable 1.5 hour episode.

              -Joe

              And that is just wrong. There is no way to make a coherant show out of that 90 min we saw.

  7. Drew1Down says:

    NBC is evil and are morons
    ok, NBC’s ratings are shit (#8), they can’t even beat UPN! so moving BSG which they do OWN, scifi and USA networks it would be in a sad attempt to bost ratings and sell more ad time. that would put our BGS from a 47min show to a 40min show after NBC rakes in the profit from advertising. oh, and did i mention they would dumb down the sex and violence and kill the story because they censor primetime TV 7-10 alot more then then they do on cable, you think NBC would put a hit show out of a primetime spot? i don’t think so. Hell, NBC lost in buying Star Trek: The next generation in the 80’s by $8,000. So don’t tell me BSG would not be affected by NBC flagship network.

    • J_W_W says:

      Re: NBC is evil and are morons

      ok, NBC’s ratings are shit (#8), they can’t even beat UPN! so moving BSG which they do OWN, scifi and USA networks it would be in a sad attempt to bost ratings and sell more ad time. that would put our BGS from a 47min show to a 40min show after NBC rakes in the profit from advertising. oh, and did i mention they would dumb down the sex and violence and kill the story because they censor primetime TV 7-10 alot more then then they do on cable, you think NBC would put a hit show out of a primetime spot? i don’t think so. Hell, NBC lost in buying Star Trek: The next generation in the 80’s by $8,000. So don’t tell me BSG would not be affected by NBC flagship network.

      You know, mentioning USA gives me a thought. Why don’t the execs from NBC all resign and hand over the reighns to the creative teams from USA and SciFi. It seems nowdays that they have more hit shows than NBC does (Galactica, Monk, The 4400). A least SciFi and USA have more shows my DVR pays attention to than NBC. I only record 1 show off of NBC on my DVR. On a number of shows basis they come in behind a lot of other networks in number of shows recorded on my DVR.

      Who knows, maybe a shakeup at NBC is in the works. This October thing with BG is coming at a time when the network should be planning their next season.

  8. Count_Zero says:

    NBC and BSG

    There is 26-28 weeks before the first week in October. I would like them to run all 23 episodes and the Mini-series. They could easily put the miniseries on a friday saturday if they wanted to. Then they could run the show at 10:00 on friday but they have all these new shows that have started mid-season. Maybe if one of those bombs. I am of the opinion that the more exposure that BSG can get the better.

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