Mar 22 2012 12:12pm

SyFy’s “Game Changer” Is Already a Bummer: Blood and Chrome Will Not Be a Regular TV Series

Yesterday, the Internet collectively discovered the trailer for the Battlestar Galacitca prequel; Blood and Chrome. Set during the first Cylon war, this show will follow the adventures of a young William “Husker” Adama as a hotshot Viper pilot. Cool! Fun! Except for the fact that it isn’t going to be a show.

The trailer  has already been pulled from You Tube and SyFy has made everyone prematurely disappointed by announcing today that Blood and Chrome will be a webseries and a TV movie, but not a proper show. Some sites have pointed out this is likely a budget issue, which may very well be the case. Though with the critical and financial failure of Caprica, it seems all Battlestar-related projects are permanently cursed. Here’s a statement from SyFy’s Mark Stern:

“We are actively pursuing it [Blood and Chrome] as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

The trailer for Blood and Chrome looked to be the BSG prequel fans wanted. But now, like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, we’ve already had our dreams fraked-over.

Dominic van Berkel
1. Barometz
This doesn't bother me as much as your headline did, Stubs. "Web series" doesn't have to mean 15-minute webisodes with shoddy production. A big advantage is - if they do this Right for a change - that they might be able to reach the international audience via their primary distribution method rather than via de-commercialed torrents. As a member of that international audience I say: please, SyFy, get this right!
Sky Thibedeau
2. SkylarkThibedeau
Oh well it has been so long since B&C was announced it didn't seem like NBC-U was in a hurry to release it and start a new show. The SFX shows are very expensive and with the 'failure' of Terra Nova they may be giving those type of genre shows a rest for awhile.
Sam Brougher
3. Azuaron
Do not (yet) despair! Battlestar Galactica, after all, started as just a miniseries. If the webisodes and tv movie do well, we may get a full-blown series.
Mordicai Knode
4. mordicai
Meh. I didn't buy it, anyhow. I liked the show-- even the finale!-- a lot, but found the spin-offs, like Razor & Caprica, to be sadly lacking. I didn't have a lot of hope for Blood & Chrome, either.
5. Ellisande
It's been a year since they filmed, right? The longer they wait the more expensive it gets to keep everyone together and since it seems like Syfy had less and less money to do anything interesting, I'm not exactly hopeful for any series. I just want them to air the movie.

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