Caprica Returns Three Months Early

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Fans waiting for the return of Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica will have a much shorter wait than expected; Syfy announced today that the second half of the show’s first season will begin on October 5th at 10pm, instead of the previously announced January 2011. The official statement on the schedule change quotes the network’s EVP of Original Programming, Mark Stern, as explaining the shift thusly:

Though we initially announced the January return of Caprica, we still had hopes of finding a way to get the series back on the air sooner… We’ve been able to successfully re-work our schedule, and are thrilled to bring the show back during what is traditionally Syfy’s most-watched time of the year. The outcome should also please fans who expressed their wishes for a shorter mid-season hiatus.

What isn’t mentioned is that the network needs to make a decision on whether or not to renew the show for a second season by November – a deadline already extended from the middle of last month – and will, most likely, be looking very closely at the ratings for the first few episodes of this Season 1.5 to see if it’s worth it, financially. Here’s hoping these episodes are more exciting for the audience than what we’ve seen already.

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