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Four Drama Pilots Land Directors

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Four high-profile pilots have found directors. Mark Romanek is in negotiations to helm Fox’s Locke & Key, Jace Alexander is set to direct USA’s Eden, Jonas Pate has come on board to direct Syfy’s  Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, while Jim Sadwith has closed a deal to direct TNT’s untitled Allan Loeb pilot.

Based on the comic, Locke & Key, from 20th TV and writer Josh Friedman, is set in a mysterious New England mansion. This marks the TV debut of Romanek, who started off as a music video director. His feature credits include One Hour Photo and this year’s Never Let Me Go.

Eden, from Universal Cable Prods. and writers Ken and Mary Hanes, centers on a resourceful young concierge at an elite NYC hotel. ICM-repped Jace Alexander has become the go-to pilot director for the NBCU cable networks. He directed the pilots for USA’s hits Burn Notice and Royal Pains and Syfy’s hit Warehouse 13. He recently directed the pilot Three Inches, which is in contention for a series pickup at Syfy.

The two-hour Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a Battlestar Galactica spinoff about the young years of Ensign William Adama, hails from Battlestar Galactica  executive producer David Eick and Universal Cable Prods. WME-repped Pate most recently served as co-executive producer-director on Syfy’s Battlestar prequel Caprica.

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SyFy Pulls The Plug On Series ‘Caprica’

Nellie Andreeva

It’s over for Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica. The cable network said today that it will be pulling the show off the schedule effective immediately. The final five episodes of the sci-fi saga will air in the first quarter of 2011 and will mark the end of the series’ one-season run. “We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” said Mark Stern, Syfy’s EVP of original programming. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” After a soft start with the first part of its freshman season at the beginning of the year, Caprica returned with the second half of the season earlier this month to disappointing 889,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating with adults 18-49. That was down from where it ended in the spring, with the series falling even further in the ratings since, raising speculation about pending cancellation. But Despite Caprica’s cancellation, the Battlestar Galactica legacy will live on at Syfy, at least for now. The cable network just greenlighted a two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, about the young years of Ensign William Adama, which hails from Battlestar Galactica exec producer David Eick.

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SyFy Greenlights ‘Battlestar’ Spinoff Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

SyFy is going back to the Battlestar Galactica well. After launching prequel Caprica, which is now airing the second part of its first season while awaiting word on a second-season pickup, the cable network has greenlighted a two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome or BGBC how it will probably be known in the Battlestar fan universe. The pilot, about the young years of Ensign William Adama, hails from Battlestar Galactica  executive producer David Eick and Universal Cable Prods. and will involve CGI and virtual technology. Here is more from the network’s announcement: Read More »

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