Thursday, April 21, 2011

BREAKING: BBC America acquires rights to air 'Battlestar Galactica'

Yesterday we brought you news on the premiere dates for BBC America's Supernatural Saturday lineup.  Today they have announced another addition to the schedule.  On June 18, BBC America will begin airing Battlestar Galactica.

The deal with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution for the series includes seasons one through four, and a two part mini-series.  It is 80 hours of programming in total.

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) was a huge hit on Syfy, and was one of the best television dramas of the past several years.  The fanbase for this show is huge, and you can bet that this will bring in a new army of fans.

BSG on BBC America is a great addition to what they are already working on.  They know who their audience is and they are working hard to keep them.  My suggestion is that they drop the Supernatural Saturday title and just go ahead and call it Geekcentric Saturday.

You can read the full press release below after the jump.

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New York - April 21, 2011 - BBC AMERICA today announced it has signed a deal with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution to acquire 80 hours of the EmmyÒ and PeabodyÒ award-winning science-fiction series Battlestar Galactica.  The deal includes a two part miniseries and seasons one to four.  It will air in the channel’s Supernatural Saturday line up and premieres Saturday, June 18, 7:00pm ET/PT.

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies.  Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards and critical-acclaim.  The show originally aired on Syfy from 2003 to 2009 and was recognized two years in a row by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year.

Battlestar Galactica was produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sky One (UK), and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.  The outstanding ensemble cast stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park and British actor Jamie Bamber.

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