Battlestar supernovas after next season

Last month, Edward James Olmos shocked fans of Battlestar Galactica when he said that the fourth season of the show would be its last. The show's network, Sci Fi Channel, quickly dispelled Olmos' quote, saying that no such decisions had been made.

Now it appears a decision has been made, and unfortunately for Battlestar fans, Olmos was right. Executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick have decided to end the series after the upcoming season, which concludes in 2008.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, middle, and finally, an end," the producers said in a statement. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there: We're going out with a bang."

Battlestar Galactica, based on the 1970s sci-fi series of the same name, focuses on the battle for survival between the human race and the robotic Cylons. The show won the Peabody Award in 2006 and took home the Saturn Award, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series the past two years.

Season four will kick off with a two-hour extended episode, "Razor," in November. For more information on Battlestar Galactica, read TV.com's previous coverage.

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Four seasons is at least two seasons too few.

The producers should rethink, because quality stuff like BG doesnt come around too often, even from the same people.
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Frack. www.WTFpleaseSAVEbsgBECAUSEweLOVEnudeCYLONS.com
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It will be a shame when it finishes, but personally I am really pleased it will end when it makes senses narratively. Too many shows are dragged on way past there use by date. Besides, they need more time to work on the spin-off!!
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At least it will end, hopefully, on a high. It would be a shame if it pulled an X-Files...
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Why do all good things come to an end so quickly? :(
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There is only one thing to say about this News: FRAK !!! I hate to lose the best Scifi Show
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My goodness this is sad news. I wonder if there is any chance of a spin-off show? So many possibilities. Life before the time period of the show, or life many years later, or a series for Number Six or for Baltar??



Regardless, as many have written, everything must come to an end. At least this show has been a well-written symphony which can be watched again and again throughout the years.
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Damn, they should have put this show out of its misery after season 2. Season 1 (and the mini) were fantastic, season 2 was mediocre and season 3 was so bad it destroyed my opinion of the show.



What made this show so good in the beginning was the constant tension of not know when or where they were going to be attacked and when they WERE attacked it was a spectacular event. But now it's more likely the big plot point of an episode would be something like whether or not the cylons can cry or if Baltar is going to shave.



If they get back to the POINT and stop fiddling around with useless episodes (like that boxing one in season three which is 45 minutes I'll never get back) another season will be worthwhile. However if they continue along the lines of season 3 I'll be tuning out before it has a chance to end.
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Mixed feelings about this... sad to see it go and yet happy they're able to end it on their own terms. Torn between selfishly wanting more of BSG for as long as I can get it but at the same time also wanting to see how it ends. If Moore and Eick deliver on what they've promised us fans, then it's going to be with a bang. So say we all.
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FRAK! I hate to see it go. We are fraking losing good sci-fi shows. Please hear me ol' lords of cobalt, don't let this show's timeslot be filled with pro-wrestling.
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I think it's a okay show, but time to finish it. I don't think there are enough in the series to keep it going. But I really hope, the show ends with something spectacular.
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I'm not sad, nostalgic maybe. A show like BSG needs to have an ending. Let it go out with a bang, instead of a whimper.
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At least Ronald Moore aka STNG/ST E and other Star Trek shows knew enought this time to throw in the towel. I have just finished wathing Season 2. Cannt wait for Season 3 to come out on DVD.
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All good shows come to an end, too bad it has to be so soon for bg...
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Well i'm glad and sad that its going to end ,glad that it is ending on thier own terms because there is nothing worse than a show being cancelled right in the middle without an ending like what what happened to JERICHO.
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Channel 10 in Aust stopped playing it after season 1 anyway. I liked it though.
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I surprised it was renewed for another seaon. I love science fiction, even bad SF, but Battlestar puts me to sleep.
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Was it really that much of a shock? I believe this is a positive move from a storytelling standpoint. It is much easier to conceive and develop a great story when you work within a confined limit instead of continuing season to season. This isn't the end of Battlestar Galactica in its entirety - but simply the end to another chapter in its mythology.
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This cant be happening. IT CANT! I am greatly saddened by this news. TV will never be the same.
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NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Im sad to see the ending of such a great show. But as long as we get a good ending to the show i dont mind that much. Better to go out with a bang at the top then to drag it out in eternity and ending with at the bottom.
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Had it not been for the statement about going out with a bang, I would have been saddened by this. Now, like the rest of you it seems, I just can't wait for season four...
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Had it not been for the statement about "going out with a bang" (or maybe it'll rather be "bong"...? :) I would have been saddened by this. Now I just can't wait for season four.
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hate to see it go but glad to see they can wrap it up
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Just like most, I have mixed feelings. I love this show and hate to se it go, but I am so happy that a Sci-Fi show gets to have a proper ending as they go out on there terms, not the terms of the Evil Powers That Be!
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i am much happier hearing there will be an ending to the show instead of CANCELED! with so many other..
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This is sad. This show is so awesome. But all good things have an end.
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why I'm only on season 2 but I love this series they keep on canceling my fav sci-fi shows like stargate.

Most anime shows last 1-2 seasons if there lucky they last 3-4 but some are really lucky like Bleach (my avatar) and last longer (bleach has gone on for 6 and still going)
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Lets hope the ending is worth it!
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let's hope that the show will end well
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Going out with a bang eh? Can't wait!
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Well at least they're probably going to wrap things off unlike most sci-fi shows. I'd really hate to see this end up as one of those series that ends up making crap TV movies to round off or extend storylines. God knows, enough sci-fi has done it in the past...



So I'm glad they're wrapping it up. There's not really much more you can do with it since the 3rd series.
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It's good that the writers have a time line to end the show, so they can finish the story with a bang and with no loose story lines... unlike other shows (Jericho) which get an abrupt axe before the story can be finished.
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I am glad for once the fans are given time to prepare for a show to end, instead of some shows that get axed mid season or even at the end of a season with no real ending for the fans. I love the show and will be sad to see it go but at least I can look forward to this season and watch knowing that all our questions will hopefully be answered with no loose ends
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Another one of my favorite shows is coming to an end. While this makes me sad, I am glad BSG is ending on its own terms rather than being canceled or dragging the story out. Hopefully season 4 will be another great season and the show can go out with a bang.
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im glad their decision making is up to pare with their writing skills!!!...good for them!

it broke scifi bounderies with the quality it gave us,and it looks like we will still have that quality down to the very last episode...cant wait!!!
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One of the things you have to appreciate is that nearly all of these shows are written as a one season story, because the networks are so cut throat you can never guarantee you will get to the end of a season, let alone have your show renewed for the next season. Modern serial Drama's are not the same as other drama's like house where each episode can be a stand alone episode, with some loose background serial plot ie the drugs. A serial drama is supposed to progress a massive storyline with each episode, and when things are not progressing, fans get bored.



Also another issue that was addressed in a previous comment is that you cannot tie up a team that work to bring together a show for season upon season, because they get bored, they want to try something new, and its unfair if we try to stop them.
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Its good to see a series end on its own terms. Shows like Lost and Prison Break are examples of program that should have had a defined shorter run but keep coming back and back. Glad to see BSG go out with class.
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Stargate SG1 did good for 10 seasons but they defeated one enemy and then created another etc. BSG can't do the same thing. They can't find earth and then decide to go find a different planet. It has to end at some time. I had originally thought it would only do the one season, and was thrilled to find out they were doing more. They can't drag this plot line out, not with the season 3 cliffhanger. 4 Seasons is good, and I look forward to re watching them all on DVD a couple years down the road.
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It's a good thing it's ending. I thought season three was rather weak - compared to the strong seasons 1 & 2. You can't keep dragging the story, it has to end, it has to end when they reach Earth.
They can always produce spin-offs if they want to continue, the battlestar however must come to the end of his voyage.
Wise decision of the producers, stop before descending in Galactica 1980.
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This is a great landmark in Television Land. Finally the people responsible for a show will decide when it's over. No more sponsors or network suits causing problems by insisting on keeping a show alive past its natural life. I can only hope this marks a trend in the way shows are produced. It also lets the folks who created this brilliant show free to go on to create more great TV. I know I'll be watching for new shows from Ronald Moore and David Eick. Keep listening to your inner voices gentlemen, they have served you well.
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Won't be missed around my house.
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As much as I wish this show could go on forever, the fact is that it has to end. The show's plot has a goal and that is to find Earth.

I think that tv shows need to have an ending in sight (ie., Lost, BSG, etc) because if they don't they will be cancelled with either no ending or a rushed ending. I rather have the writers take their time and create a good ending to give us fans closure instead of finding out mid-seasont that the show will be canceled and rush the ending.

So lets be realistic here folks. If you are a true fan of any show, knowing that the end was mutually decided between the creators and the network is a good thing not a bad thing.
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I think we're seeing the beginning of a trend in TV these days. Rather than a series going on and on and on, the networks are giving us a beginning, middle, and end. While I'd like to see BSG keep going, I think the action would get stale after a while. I do hope they give us more episodes this next season though.
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Well, Stargate SG1 did pretty for ten seasons :)
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Bad news, one of the best shows in recent years is ending, good news, it's ending still being one of the best shows on TV. I started feeling like they were dragging it out, and the way things have been going, this being the last season makes sense. Hopefully it's the best of the lot.
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I love the show but i think it's a great decision to end it. It is lame to watch a show that it's in the air after several seasons only by inertia.
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will this kick start caprica?

sad day if you only last as long as the oc 4 seasons
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you should always stop when your on top of your game, so im cool with it
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The producers have always said they wanted to end BSG on their own terms and on a creative high. I'm glad that this is exactly what they are realizing. They have a clear-cut story to tell.



(I don't get how some people think it's about money and how they feel betrayed. Nothing would be worse for BSG than to jump the shark by becoming some mindless 20-season soap opera. Now *that* would be betrayal.)
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