May 7, 2009
Behind the News
'Virtuality': The Final Insult
Burnoff Theater is making a comeback this summer.
A Fox spokeswoman confirmed today that the network will air the apparently failed two-hour pilot for “Virtuality” on Saturday, July 4. Website The Futon Critic first noted the scheduling earlier today.
“Virtuality” is from “Battlestar Galactica” showrunner Ronald Moore and producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Fans of “BSG” have been buzzing about the project since it was first greenlit more than a year ago. Executives at the network weren’t wowed when they screened the finish product, but there had been talk that Fox might try to rework the pilot.
But by scheduling the “Virtuality” pilot on a holiday Saturday in July, Fox seems to be saying it’s breaking up with the show for good. A Fox spokeswoman did not reply when asked whether the July 4 scheduling meant the project was dead.
Networks used to regularly air busted pilots during the off-season. But for a variety of reasons, that practice has become much more rare in recent years. It’s possible Fox decided to give “Virtuality” a network run to help boost its international value.