Sci Fi Channel has greenlit the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, placing a 20-episode order for the highly-anticipated series.
Set 50 years before Galactica‘s Cylons destroy the humans’ 12 Colonies (including Caprica), the series will follow two rival families, the Adamas and the Graystones, who are both enmeshed in the burgeoning robotics and artificial intelligence industry that will eventually lead to the creation of the genocidal Cylons. Exec produced by Galactica masterminds Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, along with 24‘s Remi Aubuchon, Caprica stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales (NYPD Blue), Paula Malcomson (Deadwood) and Polly Walker (Rome).
Having already produced a two-hour backdoor pilot, Sci Fi is aiming for an early 2010 premiere for the series, with production starting around the middle of next year. Caprica was originally expected to be ordered to series in August when another pilot, Warehouse 13, got a series green light instead.
Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi’s flagship original series, has had its fourth and final season in the can for several months, with the final 10 episodes culminating their run March 20. A two-hour movie adaptation, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, is also slated for early summer.