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'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series, 'Caprica,' coming in 2010

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Moralesstoltz_lAfter a dud like this fall’s TV season, I’m in serious need of shows to look forward to. Sure, the January returns of Lost, 24, and Battlestar Galactica have got me pretty amped, but can anyone name any bright spots beyond that? Imagine my delight to find out that the SciFi Channel has greenlit a prequel to BSG called Caprica. It’s not scheduled to air until 2010  (with a pilot directed by Friday Night Lights‘ Jeffrey Reiner) but, folks, that’s still something.

The show is set 50 years before BSG and follows the lives of two rival families–the Graystones and the Adamas. That’s right. We’ll be following along with Admiral Bill Adama’s father, Joseph, a civil liberties lawyer played by Esai Morales. At the start of the series, New Adama’s got a real problem with the experiments being run by the head of the Graystone family, played by Eric Stoltz. That would be the same family whose computer company is developing some living robots called Cylons. Ever heard of ’em?

While the show will be futuristic, it’s set in “a society recognizably close to our own” that’s dealing with artificial intelligence and robotics. The network claims that it will “deliver all of the passion, intrigue, political backbiting and family conflictin television’s first science fiction family saga.” So, it’ll be even more of a sci-fi soap opera than BSG, and I’m okay with that. How about you?

BTW: Take a look at the trailer.

More on ‘Battlestar’:
‘BSG’ scoop from Michael Ausiello
EW.com’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’ HQ
‘Battlestar Galactica’: 12 Things We Learned This Year
‘Battlestar Galactica’ recap: The mid-season finale