Creator of Battlestar Galactica to Develop New Series for SciFi Channel
Feb 24 2006 by Ray Grant
Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, has signed a deal to develop two new series for that cable network, which the more popular mainstream networks commonly refer to as "Dork Central."
SciFi Channel's usual Friday night line-up of Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Galactica consistently scores high ratings among nerds, particularly the virgins age 25-49 demographic. Galactica, the strongest of the shows, draws up to two million viewers.
This may be less than one-tenth of what hit shows like CSI, Lost and Desperate Housewives attract, but SciFi President Bonnie Hammer put it another way. "These are actually quite impressive numbers when you consider that we're a niche market of freaks and geeks." Then she sighed and said, "I once worked for Lifetime Network. Did you know that?"
Moore, who recently won a Saturn Award for "Best Use of Killer Robots in a Science Fiction Series," feels a sense of validation and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work on new projects.
"Battlestar Galactica is about an epic war between humans and robots, but the possibilities in sci-fi are limitless. My two new series will strive to be more philosophical. What is it about killer robots that makes them kill? Is it just a matter of their programming or are there more complicated issues involved? Perhaps they are simply misunderstood."
The first new series, Mechanical P.I., will feature a killer robot that decides to give up dispatching humans and instead travel the universe in a flashy red spaceship solving mysteries. The other, Kill All Humans...But One, will explore the relationship between a killer android and the human female with which it unexpectedly finds itself in love.
Both series are set to debut this spring and will run back-to-back on Sunday mornings from 3am-5am.
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