Thursday, 9 September 2010

CAPRICA returns early

In the USA, SyFy have confirmed that Season 1.5 of Caprica will start airing on 5 October 2010, three months earlier than their previous estimate. According to their marketing speak, they freed up some space in their schedule to show it to appease the impatient fans, but the real story appears to be that SyFy have a late November deadline on their decision to renew the show for a second season and they needed to get some fresh ratings before then to help them make that decision.

The first half of Caprica's first season aired in January-March this year and got initially mixed reviews, although there also seemed to be a broad consensus that the show was getting stronger in its later few episodes, particularly the unexpected VR 'New Cap City' storyline which took the show in a fresh and interesting steampunk-styled direction. Ratings were pretty low, but it has to be said that amongst the things SyFy could have done to improve them, taking the show off the air for seven months just as it was getting good was probably not among the cleverest. Now it would appear that Caprica needs to come back strong from the break to stand a reasonable chance of being renewed.


Jack Tripper said...

Glad Syfy decided to start airing the remaining episodes in Oct. The last few episodes were very good after a somewhat sagging mid-season. I just hope that, if the show does get canceled, Syfy will at least allow one more episode or TV movie to be filmed, in order to get some type of resolution, so it doesn't just end on a season-ending cliffhanger that will never get resolved.

Adam Whitehead said...

The fact that SyFy have also been talking to RDM and his team about a possible second BSG spin-off is not too encouraging for CAPRICA. According to rumour, this new series would focus on space-based drama again, something CAPRICA is lacking. My guess is that it would take place during the First Cylon War, although the timeline would allow them to revisit some of the CAPRICA characters and situations.

But yeah, that does sound like SyFy are preparing to ditch CAPRICA and move onto something else in the BSG universe.