'Battlestar Galactica' Headed For UPN?By Caillan
February 1, 2002 - 5:19 PM
After saving Roswell from cancellation last year, UPN could be jumping to the rescue of another on-the-rocks genre series: the revival of 70s cult classic Battlestar Galactica.
According to BattlestarGalactica.com, UPN is currently considering whether or not to pick up the series. Originally, Fox had ordered a pilot for the show, but bailed when 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer said he wouldn't be able to helm the pilot episode. Even when producers asked 'Star Trek II' director Nicholas Meyer to helm the show Fox refused to reverse their decision. (story).
Executive producer Tom DeSanto, who developed the revival along with Singer, is still fully committed to the series and has been shopping it around to other networks, including UPN. Under the original schedule the series was to have been shot early this year in time for a debut in the fall.
This isn't the first time UPN has been reported to be considering Battlestar Galactica. In May last year, the network was apparently contemplating adding the series as a mid-season replacement, but nothing came of it (story). However, with the cancellation of Enterprise lead-out show Special Unit 2, the network could be considering the series as a new companion for the latest Trek.
Fans of Battlestar Galactica have organised a campaign to convince UPN to pick up the show. An online petition to revive the series currently has over twelve thousand signatures.
The original Battlestar Galactica ran for 22 episodes between 1978-1979, but was cancelled because of prohibitive production costs. It was followed by the short-lived Galactica 1980, which was almost universally panned by critics and fans alike.
Please note that this information has not yet been confirmed by UPN and until then should be treated as you would any other rumour. The original report can be found at BattlestarGalactica.com. Thanks to 'Dr. Ravishol' for this!