Caprica fans will need to wait a little longer to learn whether Syfy's critically acclaimed but ratings-hungry show will return for a second season. Meanwhile, Battlestar Galactica and Caprica co-creator Ronald D. Moore confirmed reports that another BSG project of some sort is under consideration.
SCI FI Wire pulled Moore aside last night at Syfy's upfront session in New York City and asked him what it will take to bring about a Caprica renewal. His reply? It boils down to the same two things to which it always boils down, ratings and money.
"It's an expensive show for Syfy, for a basic cable show, and the ratings are not gangbusters, but the ratings have been ticking up and we're building momentum," he said. "It's been critically well received, so there's a good buzz on the show. It adds a lot of prestige to the network, but the network also has its own business people that have to figure out a cost analysis on it. I feel like we're gonna get it. I always felt like we were gonna get it on Battlestar. We'll just have wait and see."
When must the decision be reached?
"I think ultimately it comes down to when the actors' contracts come due," Moore replied. "That's the real trigger, and I don't think those are due until August. However, I think that the other factor is [the network's] schedule and when they'd want the show to be on the air. So they would probably pull the trigger before that in order to start production in time to get the show on the air for their schedule."
As for that other potential BSG-related project, Moore insisted it was "really nothing yet." Syfy approached him and producing partner David Eick, and it's still early stages. "[They] said, 'We have this concept for a format in which to do a show. Would you be interested?'" Moore recalled. "We kind of said, 'Yeah, that's interesting. What would it be?' And we had some conversations about what the parameters of the show would be. We're really at the very beginning of that whole process, so there's really nothing definitive yet, but we are sort of talking back and forth about what it might be. It'd be in this [BSG/Caprica] universe."
Whatever it is, Moore added, it won't necessarily be for TV or, for that matter, a theatrical release. "It's potentially something that may be not TV, or not TV exclusively," he said. "It's very fluid."