The critically acclaimed, but very, very low-rated, sci-fi drama series Caprica, co-created by Star Trek vet Ron Moore, has been canceled by Syfy, the network announced today. Five original episodes remain to be aired but they’ll be pulled from the schedule effective immediately. More details below, plus Ron Moore talks about differentiating Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
Coming less than a week after announcing they have greenlit the backdoor pilot Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Syfy has is putting an end to the Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica. From the official statement:
“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, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”
The network says they plan to run the rest of the episodes in the first quarter of 2011.
While fans of the show will be — understandably — disappointed at this news, Syfy really had no choice. Through last Tuesday (10/19) the series’ first season was averaging a dismal 1.10M viewers and a 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share. Even worse, the most-recent episode drew a paltry — series-low — 718,000 viewers with 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share.
The newly greenlit pilot Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is also a BSG prequel, but set during the first Cylon war, which will up the sci-fi action. However, although described as a “godfather” to the show, Ron Moore is not officially involved in Blood & Chrome.
The more grounded "Caprica" failed to hold its audience – now cancelled by Syfy
Ron Moore on technobabble, nitpickers and more
In other Ron Moore news, Wired has a new interview with the show’s creator where he contrasted his approach on BSG and his long tenure with the Star Trek franchise. Here are some excerpts:
Moore on nitpicky fans:
People made books of Trek just dedicated to continuity errors. There’s The Nitpicker’s Guide [for Next Generation Trekkers ]. They did that on Galactica, too. And at a certain point, I can’t engage in that. I have to sort of accept that a certain margin of error will always occur — there are things we’re going to miss, things we’ll screw up. What’s important is that the characters remain who the characters are, and we have an integrity to the story that we’re telling. Let the fans enjoy themselves picking it apart later
Moore on Star Trek tech:
My experience in Star Trek taught me that technobabble could just swamp the drama in a show. Especially in a space opera, where you’re on ships in space and dealing with technical things, technobabble becomes a crutch to get into and out of situations. It just leaches all the drama away. The audience doesn’t know what the hell you’re talking about, and you’re making it up anyway. You make up a problem with the Enterprise warp drive, and then you solve it with a made-up problem, too
Much more from Moore on Trek and BSG at Wired.com.