Oct. 27, 2010 | 5:34 p.m.

‘Caprica’ wiped out: Syfy cancels planet before Cylons get chance

At our sister blog, Show Tracker, Hero Complex stalwart  Jevon Phillips tolls the bell for “Caprica,” a series that aspired to be “Dallas” in space but ended up as the “FlashForward” of cable. Here’s an excerpt.. As a prequel spinoff, “Caprica” has tried in vain to capture the imagination of both new viewers and “Battlestar Galactica” stalwarts — but its journey toward the first Cylon war has been cut short. Syfy has decided not to renew the series for a second season, cutting short the possibility of seeing how Cylons get to fully develop (at least in this series). The recently announced “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” will have to carry on the storyline…. THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST — Jevon Phillips RECENT AND RELATED Meet the mystery woman of “Blood & Chrome” “Chrome” takes Adama on secret mission Eick, “Caprica” and […]
Aug. 30, 2010 | 11:22 a.m.

‘Lost’ Emmys go missing, but ’24,’ ‘Dexter’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ find theirs

First, “CSI” beat out “Stargate Universe,” “V” and “Caprica” for best special effects in a television series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards … then “Lost” was all but shut out at the Primetime Emmys. Not a great year for shows popular with the Comic-Con crowd. There were some positive developments, though. Jim Parsons’ turn as Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” netted a win for best comedy actor, and “Dexter” took home two awards — one for John Lithgow as best guest actor and one for best directing. Another show joining “Lost” off-air this season was “24.” Jack Bauer’s travails scored the show two Emmys in its farewell run: best original score and best sound editing for a series. The “CSI” win was interesting because anyone watching the special-effects TV race (and who wasn’t?!) may have wondered who would […]
July 24, 2010 | 1:29 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Caprica’ tequila shots and a sobering Showtime panel

Moderating a big panel at Comic-Con International is a bit like big-wave surfing — flashes of stomach-wrenching terror and moments of go-with-it thrill. A few hours ago, in front of a few thousand fans in Ballroom 20, I moderated the panel on SyFy’s “Caprica.” The lineup featured four cast members and the show’s co-creator, Ronald D. Moore, and executive producer, David Eick. I don’t how it played in the audience, but from the stage it was an absolute blast — brisk, insightful, funny and candid. Eick brought a bottle of tequila onstage and he and Moore did a few shots at the start of the 11 a.m. panel. The two longtime collaborators were candid and charismatic as they talked about the show’s future (they are optimistic about a second season but it’s not a done deal yet) and analyzed the religious, ethical […]
July 23, 2010 | 11:21 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Stargate Universe’ and ‘Caprica’ — a Syfy double feature

Yes, it was Friday morning at Comic-Con, but things got awfully heady in Ballroom 20 at Syfy’s back-to-back panels on “Stargate Universe” and “Caprica,” two shows, though, that fans might not see back on the air for some time. The “Caprica” panel, moderated by Hero Complex’s very own Geoff Boucher, dealt with themes of religion, polygamous marriage and what it means to be human — all of which are represented in some fashion on the series — with panelists who included executive producer David Eick and executive producer/creator Ronald Moore and actors Alessandra Torresani, Sasha Roiz, James Marsters and Magda Apanowicz. Of course, the deep conversation might have been helped by the fact that Eick and Moore opted to do a couple of shots from what appeared to be a bottle of tequila to kick off the festivities. (Sure, it’s […]
Jan. 22, 2010 | 7:21 p.m.

REVIEW: ‘Caprica’ has marvelous acting amid a creaky slowness

Mary McNamara, the television critic for the Los Angeles Times, was one of the strongest voices among the chorus of critics who hailed “Battlestar Galactica” and now she has high hopes for the spinoff series, “Caprica,” which begins tonight. But, she writes, the series is off to a bit of a slow start.    In the midst of all its programming woes, NBC has managed to achieve something close to the impossible — a prequel series that should not only please all comers but may expand the demographic of science fiction fans everywhere. Debuting on SyFy (though it could just as easily be moved to that barren 10 p.m. slot on NBC), “ Caprica” is set 58 years before the Cylon wars that propel “ Battlestar Galactica” and tells how the Cylons came to be. The shows may share the same […]
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