Battlestar Galactica

Canadian actress Tricia Helfer has landed a role on Community.

The Battlestar Galactica actress has been cast as a character called Lauren in the show’s fourth season.

Helfer’s previous roles include The Firm and Criminal Minds. Continue reading »

Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore has signed an exclusive deal with Sony Picture TV.

Moore, who was the brains behind the cult classic as well as its spin-off Caprica, is locked down for two years in the deal which will see him creating projects for both cable and broadcast.

His production company, Tall Ships Productions, will be involved in the future projects for the studio.

Moore is coming off a three-year deal with NBC Universal’s Universal media Studios, which is the home of Battlestar and Caprica.

The 45-year-old will join Smallville creators Al Gough And Miles Millar who both signed two-year deals recently at Sony.

Source: TV Squad

BATTLESTAR Goes Out With A Bang!

Two-hour series finale was most-watched program on specialty television last Friday –

Encore of finale and FANDOM FORUM added to schedule, March 28 –

Toronto, ON (March 24, 2009) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA wrapped the frak up on Friday night with out-of-this world numbers, becoming one of the highest rated events ever on SPACE. A massive audience of 430,000 Viewers 2+ watched as the Galactica flew off into the sunset and the remnants of civilization began their lives on a new planet. The series finale, which aired last Friday at 9 p.m. ET, ranked third behind CTV and Global in its timeslot. An encore presentation of the two-hour finale has been added to the schedule this Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. ET.

The series, which has been called the best show on television by TimeRolling StoneThe Chicago Tribune, and Newsday, ended on a high note as the two-hour finale episode became the most watched show on specialty television on Friday night. The series finale also created a lot of buzz online on spacecast.com, increasing daily unique visitors by more than 70% over the eight-week average.*** Fans can catch the highly-anticipated prequel CAPRICA, exclusively in Canada on SPACE in 2010.

SPACE’s original special FANDOM FORUM, which followed the series finale at 11 p.m. ET, had a strong performance with a Viewers 2+ audience of 132,000, garnering 34% more audience than its normal time slot. The first-ever live event for SPACE, hosted by on-air reporter Teddy Wilson, was held in front of a live-studio audience at CTV’s headquarters in the heart ofToronto’s entertainment district. On-air reporter Natasha Eloi reported live from Vancouver amongst a fleet of BSG fans dressed as their favourite characters from the series at a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA party throughout the FANDOM FORUM. The FANDOM FORUM also repeats this Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

“The success of Friday’s finale, and our subsequent FANDOM FORUM, proves what a community of passionate sci-fi junkies our audience is,” said Fraser Robinson, Director of Content, SPACE. “The record number of viewers who watched FANDOM FORUM were able to access a sharing of ideas that kicked off an entire weekend’s worth of arguments and theorizing in our living rooms, coffee shops and online forums. I know that’s how I spent my weekend!”

Also a success online, the series finale brought record numbers to spacecast.com. SPACE’s live chat had more than 1000 participants during the season finale with 3,500 messages posted during the two-hour period. With the finale posted online after broadcast, video streams of BATTLESTAR nearly doubled for the season finale this past weekend, reaching record high daily page views to the site – nearly double the weekly average. Daily unique visitors increased by 70% compared to the eight-week average.***

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA has helped make SPACE the #1 specialty network destination for P2+, A25-54 and A18-49 on Fridays 10-11pm, with a higher audience than any other English Specialty station during its timeslot.** Every Friday, more than half a million Canadians tune in to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (average weekly reach of 506,000 P2+). BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is the most-watched non-sports series among M25-54 and M18-49 this broadcast year to date.*

SPACE is Canada’s national science fiction, speculation and fantasy channel. SPACE is truly the boutique station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination (www.spacecast.com). SPACE is owned by CTV Limited, a division ofCTVglobemedia, Canada‘s premier multi-media company.

Source: BBM-NMR, Canada, *BYTD Sept 1/08-Mar 20/09, **Since the premiere of BSG Jan 16-Mar 20/09

***Source: Omniture

 

Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Space

.BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Takes Over Spacecast.com for Series Finale

– FANDOM FORUM streamed live on spacecast.com after BATTLESTAR wraps up –

Toronto, ON (March 17, 2009) – With three days left until BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reaches its frakkin’ end, SPACE gives fans more chances to mourn the loss with its newly redesigned website, spacecast.com. Fans can visit this new online community now to get their fill for all things BATTLESTAR, leading up to the end. The highly-anticipated finale premieres with a special two-hour episode on Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

In anticipation of the finale, BSG takes over the SPACE website. Fans can catch the latest episodes on demand, exclusive and extended interviews from THE CIRCUIT with the cast and crew, exclusive phoners with the cast, and a look at the trailer of the BSG spin-off CAPRICA starring Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales. Spacecast.com hosts a live stream of SPACE’s FANDOM FORUM hosted by Teddy Wilson, airing Friday, March 20 at 11 p.m. ET, as well as a live chat where fans across Canada can share their theories and thoughts on the end of the pivotal science fiction series.

SPACE introduces an online playground for the imagination with the newly redesigned spacecast.com, a place where sci-fi freaks and closeted fans can come together to indulge in and share their obsessions. Fans can comment on up-to-the-minute blog posts, leave their thoughts on SPACE show pages, and enter contests. SPACE also gives a chance for fans to submit their blog entries and ideas to feedback@spacecast.com. Now both on-air and online, SPACE is the one-stop destination for everything sci-fi, fantasy, gadget, and comic books.

Trek versus WarsSTARGATE or BATTLESTAR? No matter what their preference, spacecast.com unites fans and gives them the chance to interact and share with each other, providing a community for those who care about what’s new in the genre,” said

Fraser Robinson, Director of Content, SPACE.

Closely tying in content from SPACE’s flagship show THE CIRCUIT, spacecast.com extends VIP access to the people, places, and things in genre entertainment. Not only do fans get access to extended interviews and behind-the-scene footage from the latest in movies and TV, but also exclusive previews and reviews for the latest in gadgets, games, comic books, and DVDs.

SPACE is Canada’s national science fiction, speculation and fantasy channel. SPACE is truly the boutique station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination (www.spacecast.com). SPACE is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada‘s premier multi-media company.

 

Friday, March 20 at 11am on SPACE

For The Love of BATTLESTAR: SPACE Preempts Programming to Mourn The Frakkin’ End, March 20

– THE CIRCUIT PRESENTS: THE FRAKKIN’ END beginning at 11 a.m. ET –

– Highly-anticipated two-hour series finale begins at 9 p.m. ET –

Live FANDOM FORUM following the finale at 11 p.m. ET , SPACE’s first-ever full live event –

Toronto, ON (March 5, 2009) – SPACE commemorates the end of an era as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the series that redefined science fiction, reaches its climactic conclusion on Friday, March 20. Before the grief sinks in, SPACE preempts its regular programming for a day of devotion to the “frakkin’ end” of the groundbreaking series.

SPACE’s swan song to BSG begins with a marathon of episodes from the second half of Season 4 and a one-hour finale special, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The highly-anticipated finale premieres with a special two-hour episode at 9 p.m. ET, followed by a live in-studio FANDOM FORUM at 11 p.m. ET and streamed on www.spacecast.com. The live event marks the first of its kind for SPACE.

SPACE kicks off the day by offering viewers a chance to relive the events leading to the series’ end, with an all-day marathon beginning 11 a.m. ET. THE CIRCUIT PRESENTS: THE FRAKKIN’ END features encore presentations of episodes 411 (“Sometimes a Great Notion”) to 419 (“Daybreak: Part 1”), hosted with interstitials from THE CIRCUIT crew Ajay Fry, Natasha Eloi, Teddy Wilson and Paul Stachniak. Following the episode recap at 8 p.m. ET is the premiere of Sci Fi Channel’s one-hour retrospective, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA FINALE SPECIAL.

The all day marathon takes viewers to the premiere of the long-awaited series finale. “Everyone reacted differently… some people cried, I felt like I was punched in the stomach,” says Canadian actress Tricia Helfer on reading the finale. The finale, titled “Daybreak,” airs in two-parts with the first hour airing March 13 at 10 p.m. ET and the two-hour conclusion airing March 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

The frak fest concludes with a special one-hour, live FANDOM FORUM at 11 p.m. ET, hosted by Teddy Wilson. Teddy, along with a panel of special guests, discuss their thoughts and theories on the series finale in front of a live studio audience from CTV headquarters in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district. The FANDOM FORUM will also be streamed on www.spacecast.com where viewers from across Canada will be able to participate and share their thoughts via webcam and by phone.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA exploded into a pop culture phenomenon that lasted four successful seasons and over 70 episodes. The series changed the face of science fiction with its gritty realism, intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances garnering it four Emmy® awards, a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and recognized twice by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year. Time, Rolling Stone, The Chicago Tribune, and Newsday all lauded the series “the best on television.”

The Vancouver-shot series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Canadian actors Tricia Helfer,Tahmoh Penikett, Aaron Douglas, and Grace Park.

Every Friday, nearly half a million Canadians tune into BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.* Episodes of Season 4 are available on demand at www.spacecast.com.

The countdown is on! With just 10 days left until the premiere of the first of the final 10 episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, SPACE announced today that its weekly flagship entertainment show THE CIRCUIT will celebrate the return by hosting 14 hours of “BSG” programming on Friday, January 16. Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, THE CIRCUIT PRESENTS: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA DAY features encores of the first 10 episodes of Season 4, a special BSG episode of THE CIRCUIT, the a half-hour special, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW, the broadcast premiere of the Season 4 webisodes, “The Face of the Enemy”, a special FANDOM FORUM edition of THE CIRCUIT and, of course, the greatly-anticipated Season 4 Part II premiere.

Fans tuning into SPACE, the destination for all things BATTLESTAR GALACTICA in Canada, on January 16 will first see the encore presentation of the first 10 episodes of Season 4 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET. Throughout the day, viewers will be joined by THE CIRCUIT’s Ajay Fry, Natasha Eloi, Teddy Wilson, and Paul Stachniak. The crew hosts interstitials airing throughout the day, as well as a special “BSG” edition of THE CIRCUIT at 8 p.m. ET, featuring exclusive interviews with cast and crew.

At 8:30 p.m. ET, new and returning fans of the series can bolster their BSG knowledge with an encore viewing of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW. The half hour special featuring interviews with the shows executive producers, Ron Moore and David Eick, and breaks down the series to its essential elements, characters, locations, and key storylines with an emphasis on first 10 episodes of Season 4.

At 9 p.m. ET, SPACE premieres the Season 4 webisodes, titled “The Face of the Enemy.” The webisodes, which previously aired online on SPACE’s website spacecast.com, focus on Lieutenant Gaeta (Canadian actor Alessandro Juliani), in the aftermath of the fleet discovering Earth in the Season 4.0 finale.

The much-anticipated “Sometimes A Great Notion,” the first episode of the Final 10, airs at 10 p.m. ET exclusively on SPACE. In the episode, Starbuck (Katee Sackoff) struggles with the foreboding prediction of the Cylon Hybrid, while Adama (Edward James Olmos) and the Colonial fleet despair over the shocking discovery that Earth is a barren wasteland.

THE CIRCUIT PRESENTS: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA DAY concludes at 11 p.m. ET with a new FANDOM FORUM special. The hour long in-depth chat focuses on theories and ideas in what has happened on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and what will happen in the Final Ten. The forum features series fanatics comic Seán Cullen, journalist Kat Angus, author Jo Storm, internet radio host Anthony Kingdom James, and is hosted by THE CIRCUIT’s Teddy Wilson.

Viewers fretting the end of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA can look forward to the prequel series CAPRICA, starring Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcolmson, and Esai Morales which premieres exclusively in Canada on SPACE in 2010.
Audiences for the first 10 episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s final season, which aired on SPACE in spring 2008, ranked the show as the #1 series on specialty television in the key demos of A25-54 and A18-49, averaging almost 240,000 A25-54 viewers per episode.*

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is the gripping saga of humanity’s last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica’s intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards, including four Emmy® awards and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was twice recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year.

The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Canadian actors Tricia Helfer, Tahmoh Penikett, and Grace Park.

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