Sci Fi Preps Two-Hour ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Special

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A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special is in the works for Sci Fi Channel that will air sometime in 2009 following the conclusion of the network’s most popular series.

The special will then be released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Directed by series star Edward James Olmos and written by Jane Espenson, the two-hour project will begin shooting in Vancouver at the end of the summer include current cast members Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell as well as others that will be announced in the coming weeks.

It will take Battlestar Galactica fans back in time to learn about events and characters that predate the popular series. In the beginning, according to Sci Fi officials, the Cylons “had a plan but it didn’t account for one thing: survivors.” During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.

In addition to winning a Peabody Award, the series has been honored as one of the 10 Outstanding Television Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute (AFI) for two years running. This year, the series was honored with six Emmy nominations, including a nod in the prestigious category for “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.” Battlestar is also responsible for introducing the expletive “frak” into the pop culture lexicon, Sci Fi officials said.

The series is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

The final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica will begin airing on Sci Fi Channel in 2009.

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