BSG creator gets new pilot

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With Sci-Fi Channel's excellent Battlestar Galactica winding down its final season, its crew members are finding new work for the next chapter in their lives. Tahmoh Penikett, who plays Helo, is joining Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Tricia Helfer, who plays sexy Cylon Number Six, has signed a deal with Fox where she will star in a future project, and show creator Ronald Moore has several writing projects in the works, including the Battlestar prequel Caprica.

Now Moore has even more post-BSG work ahead of him. According toVariety, the writer/producer, along with fellow Battlestar producer Michael Taylor, shopped a new pilot to Fox, who quickly gobbled it up. The show, titled Virtuality, is a two-hour backdoor pilot heavily drenched in the pair's bread and butter: space-bound science fiction.

Virtuality follows a dozen astronauts on a mission to explore a distant galaxy. During the 10-year journey through space toward their destination, the group fills time by linking into self-created words in a virtual reality program. However, the team soon discovers that a bug has been implemented in the system and that someone on the mission may be the culprit.

The sci-fi drama will have an online presence in the form of a mock reality show that is part of Virtuality's story. They will appear as webisodes and feature the full cast.

Regarding Virtuality, Fox Entertainment's Kevin Reilly, who bought the project, was gushing with praise for the plot. "For all the times we've read that a project has a 'unique point of view,' it rarely applies," he said. "This time it does--in spades."

Virtuality will likely target 2009 for its debut, with the possibility of going to series upon successful numbers.

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