Battlestar may end in...2009?

Most fans of Battlestar Galactica were saddened to hear that the upcoming fourth season would be the show's last. BSG actor Edward James Olmos, who plays the stern Bill Adama, first let details of a final season slip in an interview at the sci-fi-centric Saturn Awards this past May.

The statement was later confirmed by the drama's creators, Ronald Moore and David Eick, who said the program was "always meant to have a beginning, middle, and finally, an end."

Conventional wisdom says that 2008 should be the final year of Battlestar, with the fourth season kicking off with the two-hour Razor telefilm this November and the season concluding sometime in 2008.

If reports out of Atlanta's DragonCon are to be believed, Battlestar's final season could be agonizingly stretched out for longer than thought. Over the weekend, Ain't it Cool News was tipped off by a reader who claims to have attended the Battlestar Galactica panel at the sci-fi convention, where cast members said that the current plan is to split the final season in two 10-episode halves. The first 10 episodes are scheduled to air in February 2008, and, according to the cast on the panel, the second 10 will air in...*gulp*...February 2009.

The reader also claims that the cast, which included Aaron Douglas and Jamie Bamber, took some shots at Sci-Fi Channel's handling of the situation, with Bamber saying "that the channel is not used to producing high-quality material, and now that it has a hit, it doesn't know what to do with it."

SyFy Portal did some digging on the matter and was able to find out that Sci-Fi is indeed splitting the fourth season, but has not decided how long the break between halves will be.

Given the beating from fans (and lost ratings) that serialized dramas have taken from mid-season breaks, resting Battlestar Galactica for an extended period would seem like a poor move on Sci-Fi's part. Take this rumor of a 2009 finale with a grain of salt.

[UPDATE--September 6] Reps from NBC Universal, Sci-Fi's parent company, could not confirm the cast member's statements and could only confirm that the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica would premiere in 2008.

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Tthis is my problem with what is going on (this this is because I'm not American and the thinking is a bit different) but do you actually think they can say for sure now if they're gonna end it ... seriously ... "internal voices" saying that they should end on there on therms ... it's all about having jobs and getting $ ... and about what can you do ... if you're a Battlestar Galactica fan and you don't want it to end don't just sit around and cry , send nuts to the producers post of the forums , sitting around doing nothing usually dose not help
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Figures, I just started watching them again, ONly 20 more episodes is kinda sad. I have to say this is one of the best Sci-fi shows ever!
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I liked this when it was on but it stopped showing in Australia for some reason. Bummber :(
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They are such dickheads!
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why drag it out
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The Sci-fi channel needs to find new blood to be in charge who can handle huge hit series and know how to keep a series going for the fans till the time is right to finish it. Plus know what we want to watch, like strong powerful shows, not this garbage thats been brought on these last few years.
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They're trying to stretch out the viewership as long as possible, like they did with Farscape. Only in Farscape's case, it only got a two-part miniseries.

Now, if the Sci-Fi channel would actually keep good shows and get rid of their crap monster movies, they might actually have a stable viewing.
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I'm not surprised to hear that it will be ending soon. I never expected it to run on for years. For me, it was dragging in the middle of S3 (which I only saw half of, because SKY pulled its channel off the cable network I use). It all got just too pretentious and obviously working at being 'complex'. It had the potential to be a good dramatic show that would have run for years - but these days TPTB on a show seem to have to develop more complicated arcs and situations as seasons roll on. It would be nice - just now and then - to have a show that unashamedly runs with a format of weekly adventures. Develop the characters sure and provide a history and backstory (referencing previous events, not ignoring them), but you don't need to get to the point of examining your own naval to do that.
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I understand that the creators want to end the show before it gets to the point of jumping the shark, but I don't agree with taking such long breaks. I hope they don't intend to stretch it to 2009.
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it was great when it started but now it feels as if the episodes are dragging on. i was one of the 1st to watch it and turn few mates on to it but i think it better they get a last episode so they don't get cancelled.

peace
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It cannot end! NEVER!
If there is one thing BSG writters can do it is continue in new and fantastic ways and they should be allowed to do so.
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a moment of silence please.
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Obviously Sci-Fi don't know a good thing when they see it, with all the BSG must have done for them. Who's going to remember what happened in 10 episodes a year later? They are certainly gaining no fans with this ludicrous idea. I certainly hope it doesn't come to pass.
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Gallactica, the Last Episode: Adama is looking around the bridge. Someone announces that scanners have picked up a planet. Suddenly the screen goes black. End credits.

Like a previous poster said: So Sopranos.
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Can't handle a hit? then what about Stargate? showtime a more recognize channel at the time couldn't handle it but sci-fi did. and Bamber is saying they don't know what to do with it how stupid. But i do agree with moore and eick everything has to have an end so if it must i just hope! that the gang makes it to earth. At least that would make it a bareable for all that dam waiting we will have to do before it ends.
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Man this sucks, I hate waiting at the best of times but splitting the season in half is just torture. :(
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Well maybe they want to end it out on top then to let it the network cancel it.
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Stupid why are they stretching it out?
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It's bad enough that the show is ending at least let it go out by showing all of the last season back to back. Maybe giving a six month break at best between halves at the most it deserves that much!
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If you're going to wrap something up, do it properly, e.g. God only knows if those TV movies promised for the end of Deadwood will ever see the light of day...
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they've been teasing us with this forever. i'm over it. i don't want to be over it but i am. as long as i have heroes and eureka, i'm great. :D
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This smacks of a rapacious desire to double DVD sales and rental income as well. No other sane reason for it. We can moan all we like - they know we'll watch it anyway.
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That's stupid, if you ask me!!
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If this turns out to be true I'm gonna come to the US and kick Moore's ass myself :)
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Noo dlockjaw!! No more Flash Gordons and Painkiller Janes!
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That is so Sopranos...
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Sci-Fi is taking a page from the ABC Lost play book. Who knows how that's going to turn out? I wonder just what the people who ultimately pay for these shows, the advertisers, think as they watch the audience shrink from a stunt like this. If the bottom falls out from Galactica's ratings we should probably expect many more Flash Gordons and Painkiller Janes in our future.
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Ah well. A year or two after it's all done we'll have forgotten they dragged it out and we'll just wish it were still on the air.
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Terrible idea.
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This is insanity. They make us wait nearly a year between seasons and now they're going to make us wait nearly a year between half seasons. I...I'm not sure I can make a coherent statement at this point. This is...it's just insane.
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if it's the last season, they should at least make 22 or 23 episodes.
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This is terrible. They can't do this!
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I don't understand a choice like this, let's hope they rethink about it
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Yeah, this is very bogus to expect us to keep events from the first half fresh in our minds. A month or two maybe, but a whole year? Give me a break!
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Splitting a season in half is just plain stupid... delaying the final half for a year is moronic! If this rumor becomes true then Sci-Fi really has lost the plot.
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Now thats just mean
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I wouldn't be surprised if sci-fi channel draged it out till 2009. With the awful shows they are giving us lately like Flash Gordon, they have to keep their best show around.
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OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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They'd try this with Flash Gordon if it was worth it. But I guess with that trash it's just better to get it over with.
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true its bound to end but scifi is dragging out the ending,an additional year just to find out the conclusion of the whole story is way too long.
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bound to end out some point
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