Is Syfy Really In It For The Long Haul With Caprica?

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February 19th, 2010

Syfy's EVP of original programming says they're in it for the long haul with Caprica.  But nothing says "in it for the long haul" like actually renewing the show, which Syfy hasn't done yet.

I saw some Twitterage and thought I must have missed a renewal announcement for Caprica.  But I had to pull back my fist pump because, nope, for now at least it's merely PR puffery from Syfy execs saying they're definitely in it with Caprica for the long haul.

The PR puffery is not without cause.  The ratings have pretty much sucked, and Syfy of course fears even the few who are watching it will turn away  if they think the show will be canceled.

Syfy isn't amping up the marketing for the show, so I'm not clear what Syfy bases its hope that the show can add viewers on.  If it's the addition of James Marsters who was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for ages, that seems, well, downright frakking insane, honestly.  That's not meant as any disparagement to Mr. Marsters, but rather a year plus experience on the risks of hoping fans of Whedon shows can bring a new show enough viewers.

Of course one thing Syfy could do to actually show they are really in it for the long haul is just go ahead and renew the show.  If they really are in it for the long haul, and they really are afraid of people avoiding the show for fear it will be canceled, one way to nip that in the bud is to just go ahead and renew it.   But for now, Syfy is merely talking the long haul talk, without walking the long haul walk.

I hope they renew Caprica. I like the premise, but so far the execution seems a little off, but I'll stick with it for a while. I am into the whole Adama vs. Greystone battle that is shaping up nicely. I also worry Alessandra Torresani is way too restrained by the role of Zoe. I've now seen a couple of interviews with Ms. Torresani and she's a real piece of work and is entertaining as hell.   The problem is those interviews with her were much more entertaining than her portrayal of the character she plays on Caprica.

 
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