Sci Fi Developing ‘Galactica’ Prequel

Apr 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Sci Fi Channel is developing a prequel to its award-winning series “Battlestar Galactica,” the network said during an upfront press briefing on Wednesday.

The NBC Universal-owned network is also working on a series of specials with NBC News. One, called “Countdown to Doomsday” will be hosted by Matt Lauer; another, “Quest for Atlantis: Startling New Secrets,” will be hosted by Natalie Morales.

The “Battlestar Galactica” prequel is called “Caprica” and takes place a half-century before the events of the original show and features the lives of two central families, the Adamas and the Graystones, and the invention of the first living robot, the Cylon.

The network is also developing a thriller called “Snap,” and series “Persons Unknown,” about strangers who awaken in a deserted town from which they can’t escape; “The Bishop,” from executive producer Freddie Prinze Jr. about a slacker who discovers he has a supernatural gift; and “Blink,” from Eric McCormack,” about a squad of afterlife investigators who can change a decision that affected the course of an individual life.

Sci Fi Channel also greenlighted production of a limited series called “Motel Man,” which will air on the channel in December.