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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
  
Announced on the 41st anniversary of the [[Original Series|1978 ''Battlestar Galactica'' series]], this new series is inspired by the [[Ronald D. Moore]]-lead [[Re-imagined Series]], but will inhabit its own continuity. Meaning, of course, that it is another re-imagined version of the ''Battlestar Galactica'' story and concepts.<ref name="esmail">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/battlestar-galactica-reboot-sam-esmail-works-at-nbcus-streamer-1239018|title='Battlestar Galactica' Reboot From Sam Esmail in the Works at NBCU's Streamer|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref> Although Esmail seems to have muddled the point with his tweet, claiming that "it will '''NOT''' be a remake of the amazing series by @RonDMoore launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. [[So say we all]]!"<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/samesmail/status/1173987378894999552|title=Sam Esmail Tweet|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019}}</ref>
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Announced on the 41st anniversary of the [[Original Series|1978 ''Battlestar Galactica'' series]], this new series is inspired by the [[Ronald D. Moore]]-lead [[Re-imagined Series]].<ref name="esmail">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/battlestar-galactica-reboot-sam-esmail-works-at-nbcus-streamer-1239018|title='Battlestar Galactica' Reboot From Sam Esmail in the Works at NBCU's Streamer|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref>
  
Executive produced by [[Sam Esmail]] under an overall deal with [[Universal Content Productions]] that itself was renewed February 2019, this series will leverage the ''Battlestar'' brand for NBC's own specialty streaming service called [[Peacock]].<ref name="peacock">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcuniversals-streaming-strategy-name-programming-lineup-revealed-1240157|title=The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal's Streaming Strategy, Name, Programming Lineup Revealed|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref>
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Following the announcement wherein NBC claimed that the new series was a "reboot,"<ref>{{cite_web|url=http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/nbcuniversal-announces-%E2%80%98peacock%E2%80%99-name-its-streaming-service-and-unveils-initial|title=NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES ‘PEACOCK’ AS THE NAME OF ITS STREAMING SERVICE AND UNVEILS INITIAL CONTENT LINEUP|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019}}</ref> Esmail went to Twitter to clarify that "it will '''NOT''' be a remake of the amazing series by @RonDMoore launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of ''Battlestar''. [[So say we all]]!"<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/samesmail/status/1173987378894999552|title=Sam Esmail Tweet|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019}}</ref>  
  
Additional details on development, plot, casting, and airdate were not yet available as the series is considered in-development as of 17 September 2019.
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Furthermore, according to the website Deadline.com, "We hear Esmail had been in touch with Moore, who blessed the idea of him taking on the franchise, because of Esmail's passion for Moore's show."<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://deadline.com/2019/09/battlestar-galactica-reboot-drama-series-sam-esmail-nbc-streaming-service-peacock-1202736127/|title=‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot From Sam Esmail Headed For NBCU’s Peacock Streaming Service|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Hipes|first=Patrick}}</ref> However, to date, Moore himself has not commented publicly on the series' development.
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Meanwhile, fan reaction is understandably mixed, with some questioning publicly as to why another ''Battlestar Galactica'' series is necessary to some even voicing doubt on Esmail's claims.
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Reaction from cast and crew members is also fairly positive, with initial responses posted to social media by [[Katee Sackhoff]] ([[Kara Thrace]]), [[Aaron Douglas]] ([[Galen Tyrol]]), [[Sam Witwer]] ([[Alex Quartararo]]), [[Rekha Sharma]] ([[Tory Foster]]), and others. (See: [[#Official Statements|]].)
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Executive produced by [[Sam Esmail]] under an overall deal with [[Universal Content Productions]] that itself was renewed February 2019, this series will leverage the ''Battlestar'' brand for NBC's own specialty streaming service called [[Peacock]] and may launch as early as April 2020.<ref name="peacock">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcuniversals-streaming-strategy-name-programming-lineup-revealed-1240157|title=The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal's Streaming Strategy, Name, Programming Lineup Revealed|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref>
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Additional details on development, plot, casting, and confirmed airdate were not yet available as the series is considered in-development as of 17 September 2019.
  
 
== Series development ==
 
== Series development ==
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== Official Statements ==
 
== Official Statements ==
  
''Forthcoming.''
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=== [[Sam Esmail]] ===
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* ''Esmail clarifies the announcement:''
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: BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the [[Re-imagined Series|amazing series]] [[Ronald D. Moore|@RonDMoore]] launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of ''Battlestar''. [[So say we all]]!<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/samesmail/status/1173987378894999552|title=Sam Esmail's Tweet - Re: Reboot|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Esmail|first=Sam}}</ref>
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* ''Esmail discusses topical political commentary in response to a fan's plea to refrain from the inclusion of "identity politics or anti [[w:Donald Trump|Trump]] comentary (sic)," wherein they state that "the equilibrium between conservative AND liberal views" made "the <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Re-imagined Series]]<nowiki>]</nowiki> so special."''
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: Please try to remember that Trump doesn’t represent liberal or conservative values. All he represents is ignorant narcissism via his banal assholery. My attacks on trump (sic) aren’t on any political affiliation, just on the shittiness of his pathetically low character.<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/samesmail/status/1174428056569569280|title=Sam Esmail's Tweet - Re: Battlestar Politics|date=18 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Esmail|first=Sam}}</ref>
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=== [[Re-Imagined Series]] Cast & Crew Statements ===
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* ''[[Katee Sackhoff]] ([[TRS]]'s [[Kara Thrace]]) replies to Esmail via Twitter:''
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: Good to know 👍🏻😉 Excited to see what you come up with. 🚀<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/kateesackhoff/status/1174164332080271361|title=Katee Sackhoff's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Sackhoff|first=Katee}}</ref>
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* ''[[Rekha Sharma]] ([[TRS]]'s [[Tory Foster]]) initial reaction to the news via Twitter:''
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: Dear BSG fans, I think @samesmail @NBCUniversal are gonna do something great with BSG: not a remake! So lay down your sidearms and grab the ambrosia...
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:And if it goes sideways, don't worry.
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:I mean, have you met us?
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:Cylons are NOT to be trifled with.
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:End of line.
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:😘😘💃🏽💃🏽💪🏽💪🏽<ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/kateesackhoff/status/1174052752177029121|title=Rekha Sharma's Twitter - Re: BSG - Not a Remake|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Sharma|first=Rekha}}</ref>
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* ''[[Rekha Sharma]] ([[TRS]]'s [[Tory Foster]]) replies to Esmail via Twitter:''
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: Looking forward to it, Sam! And maybe you've got a place for some [[Cylon (RDM)|cylons]] (sic)...? I'd love to revisit that exquisite mythology 😘 <ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/kateesackhoff/status/1174164332080271361|title=Rekha Sharma's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification|date=18 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Sharma|first=Rekha}}</ref>
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* ''[[Aaron Douglas]] ([[TRS]]'s [[Galen Tyrol]]) replies to Esmail via Twitter:''
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: Hi Sam. I’m available & I’m very familiar with the mythology of Battlestar…. 😉 @samesmail <ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/theaarondouglas/status/1174100959548461056|title=Aaron Douglas' Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Douglas|first=Aaron}}</ref>
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* ''[[Sam Witwer]] ([[TRS]]'s [[Alex Quartararo|Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo]]) replies to Esmail via Twitter:''
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: We breathe a sigh of relief, sir.
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: <nowiki>#CrashdownWasACylon</nowiki><ref>{{cite_web|url=https://twitter.com/SamWitwer/status/1174504250677719040|title=Sam Witwer's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification|date=18 September 2019|accessdate=19 September 2019|last=Witwer|first=Sam}}</ref><ref>Also, Crashdown was not a Cylon.</ref>
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==

Revision as of 02:28, 20 September 2019

This article refers to the 2019 re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica. For previous incarnations of Battlestar Galactica, see: either Original Series or the Re-imagined Series.
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Summary

Announced on the 41st anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series, this new series is inspired by the Ronald D. Moore-lead Re-imagined Series.[1]

Following the announcement wherein NBC claimed that the new series was a "reboot,"[2] Esmail went to Twitter to clarify that "it will NOT be a remake of the amazing series by @RonDMoore launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!"[3]

Furthermore, according to the website Deadline.com, "We hear Esmail had been in touch with Moore, who blessed the idea of him taking on the franchise, because of Esmail's passion for Moore's show."[4] However, to date, Moore himself has not commented publicly on the series' development.

Meanwhile, fan reaction is understandably mixed, with some questioning publicly as to why another Battlestar Galactica series is necessary to some even voicing doubt on Esmail's claims.

Reaction from cast and crew members is also fairly positive, with initial responses posted to social media by Katee Sackhoff (Kara Thrace), Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol), Sam Witwer (Alex Quartararo), Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster), and others. (See: [[#Official Statements|]].)

Executive produced by Sam Esmail under an overall deal with Universal Content Productions that itself was renewed February 2019, this series will leverage the Battlestar brand for NBC's own specialty streaming service called Peacock and may launch as early as April 2020.[5]

Additional details on development, plot, casting, and confirmed airdate were not yet available as the series is considered in-development as of 17 September 2019.

Series development

Forthcoming.

Official Statements

Sam Esmail

  • Esmail clarifies the announcement:
BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because... why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all![6]
  • Esmail discusses topical political commentary in response to a fan's plea to refrain from the inclusion of "identity politics or anti Trump comentary (sic)," wherein they state that "the equilibrium between conservative AND liberal views" made "the [Re-imagined Series] so special."
Please try to remember that Trump doesn’t represent liberal or conservative values. All he represents is ignorant narcissism via his banal assholery. My attacks on trump (sic) aren’t on any political affiliation, just on the shittiness of his pathetically low character.[7]

Re-Imagined Series Cast & Crew Statements

Good to know 👍🏻😉 Excited to see what you come up with. 🚀[8]
Dear BSG fans, I think @samesmail @NBCUniversal are gonna do something great with BSG: not a remake! So lay down your sidearms and grab the ambrosia...
And if it goes sideways, don't worry.
I mean, have you met us?
Cylons are NOT to be trifled with.
End of line.
😘😘💃🏽💃🏽💪🏽💪🏽[9]
Looking forward to it, Sam! And maybe you've got a place for some cylons (sic)...? I'd love to revisit that exquisite mythology 😘 [10]
Hi Sam. I’m available & I’m very familiar with the mythology of Battlestar…. 😉 @samesmail [11]
We breathe a sigh of relief, sir.
#CrashdownWasACylon[12][13]

Notes

  • In lieu of a more distinct title, the initialism "SE" (for Sam Esmail) is to be used for any content in this series' continuity, per our Separate Continuity policy.


Production Crew

Producers


References

  1. Goldberg, Lesley. 'Battlestar Galactica' Reboot From Sam Esmail in the Works at NBCU's Streamer (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.
  2. NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES ‘PEACOCK’ AS THE NAME OF ITS STREAMING SERVICE AND UNVEILS INITIAL CONTENT LINEUP (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). (17 September 2019). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  3. Sam Esmail Tweet (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). (17 September 2019). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.
  4. Hipes, Patrick (17 September 2019). ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot From Sam Esmail Headed For NBCU’s Peacock Streaming Service (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  5. Goldberg, Lesley (17 September 2019). The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal's Streaming Strategy, Name, Programming Lineup Revealed (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.
  6. Esmail, Sam (17 September 2019). Sam Esmail's Tweet - Re: Reboot (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.
  7. Esmail, Sam (18 September 2019). Sam Esmail's Tweet - Re: Battlestar Politics (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  8. Sackhoff, Katee (17 September 2019). Katee Sackhoff's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  9. Sharma, Rekha (17 September 2019). Rekha Sharma's Twitter - Re: BSG - Not a Remake (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  10. Sharma, Rekha (18 September 2019). Rekha Sharma's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  11. Douglas, Aaron (17 September 2019). Aaron Douglas' Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  12. Witwer, Sam (18 September 2019). Sam Witwer's Twitter - Re: Esmail's Clarification (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 19 September 2019.
  13. Also, Crashdown was not a Cylon.