As reported earlier, the two-hour pilot for BSG: Blood & Chrome was completed and delivered to Syfy last October. So what happened? Is it still a go, or has it been pulled? BSG fans want to know.
Well, here’s the scoop. Early on the project was considered for a web series. Then Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and co-President of Original Content for Universal Cable Productions, decided to go with a two-hour movie instead, after reading Michael Taylor’s script. So in 2010 the announcement was made that the movie would be a pilot for a series.
Then came the reports that BSG: Blood & Chrome would indeed air online instead as originally planned instead of as a TV movie. Fans were really bummed, myself included.
Now, according to Patrick Nunn at TV Wise:
The manner in which Blood & Chrome will air will depend on whether or not Mark Stern and co decide to order a weekly series. If they do green-light production on a series, the two hour pilot will apparently be held in reserve as the first episode of the show’s first season. Whereas if word comes down that a series wont be ordered, the network will likely air it as a standalone TV movie, probably on a Saturday night. I have also been warned that a third scenario is possible in which the series is not ordered at this stage and the pilot is aired as a TV movie and backdoor pilot, at which time a decision regarding a series pickup will be based on the ratings and fan reaction to the young Adama project.
In other words, fans could actually have an impact on this decision. Should the project actually make it to series, as we all hope it does, it will be shot entirely on green screen, like the pilot. This method is used for the popular “Sanctuary” series which is very well received with a large fan base.
The bottom line is BSG fans will get to see the two-hour pilot one way or another. We’re just not sure when or how. It basically boils down, like everything else, to budget. A decision is expected to be made within the next six weeks.