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The SciFi Channel Kick Battlestar Galactica in the Cylons

Of all the bad television programming decisions that have been made in the last two years, the highlight, the ultimate bad decision was the “breaks” that split down entire series over a season causing severe audience losses in even top shows like 24 and Lost and leading to the cancellation of Jericho. It was suffice it to say a bad idea. A very, very bad idea.

Now the SciFi Channel has decided to improve on it by splitting down Battlestar Galactica’s final season of 20 episodes, half by half, with 10 episodes airing in 2008 and 10 episodes airing in 2009. Clearly the SciFi Channel is worried about not having a tent pole series that people actually like and wants two seasons of Battlestar Galactica without actually paying for them. This is actually an even worse idea.

The SciFi Channel suits (and these are the same sorts of people who left David Peckinpah in charge of Sliders) seem to think that Battlestar Galactica has such a built in audience that they’ll be happy to show up a year later after only 10 episodes. Considering the audience falloff from Battlestar Galactica’s second season after the long break, the wake up call obviously has not hit yet.

Battlestar Galactica is not the work of genius that many fans like to pretend it is but this kind of treatment is certain to diminish its audience even further.

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    Stefan June 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I believe the Scifi Channel is siwohng a marathon of the 4400 on Sat July 2. So you may be able to catch the first season . Its only about 4 episodes i think. Amy has been watching Into the West and has really enjoyed it. I will probably catch them later. I’m looking forward to the return of BSG, SG-SG1 and SG-Atl. Right now these are my favorite shows to watch. I usually tape them and watch them early Sat while everyone is still sleeping. This way I don’t get interrupted by little hands or Amy saying how stupid the show is. (I do this to her when she watches her Soap Operas so she does owe some payback every once in a while.)

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