Syfy GreenLights Battlestar Galactica Web Series Blood & Chrome

by on October 25, 2010

in Entertainment, web series

Battlestar Galactica Sci Fi Series

Back in July/August we chatted about the new Battlestar Galactica web series titled Blood & Chrome.   Back then we mentioned it will be green-screened, and that all in all, the episodes will add up to the equivalent a two-hour pilot.  We also mentioned that if the web series does well enough, that it could lead to a TV series.

The Syfy Channel has made the leap and made the official announcement about Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.  Except, rather than direct to web, it’s headed to a 2-hour TV pilot!  Nice.

Check it out:


2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama’s Adventures in First Cylon War

NEW YORK – October 22, 2010 – Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

“The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”

“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said David Eick.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s Royal Pains, Law & Order :Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Fairly Legal, along with Syfy’s Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Caprica. The studio also produced both long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.).

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Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) October 26, 2010 at 8:06 am

Paul, The CW is proving that people will watch online episodes with ads, so my guess is it will have ads peppered throughout… sort of like Hulu does these days.

Plus I think web series might be more the precursor to possible TV shows… web traffic is much easier to track and define than guesstimated Nielsen traffic. The Riese web series that’s starting up today at Syfy’s website has the potential for become a TV series.

It might be something in the wind, when manufacturers start selling web-based, wireless TV’s! They may know something of a trend that we, the consumer, don’t yet.


paul forcey October 26, 2010 at 6:28 am

I wonder if this is going to be a new trend, when a popular series finishes they will do some web episodes.

How will they monetize? Promoting the DVD sales of the TV series I suppose and ads for their other shows.

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