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Battlestar Galactica

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The show is produced in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Grace Park originally auditioned for the part of Kara Thrace.
 
Donnelly Rhodes was one of three actors considered for the part of Colonel Tigh. Michael Hogan won the role, but Rhodes was brought back as Dr. Cottle.
 
The characters of William Adama and Laura Roslin were written with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell written in mind, respectively, Moore and Eick not thinking that either of the Oscar winners would agree to do the series.
 
Michael Trucco originally read for the part of Lee Adama.
 
Richard Hatch who played the original Apollo, and now plays Tom Zarek on the new series was initially opposed to the Ron Moore remake, but has since changed his stance on the program. He currently remains the only actor to appear in both series.
 
10 four-minute webisodes collectively entitled Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance were released exclusively on the Sci-Fi Channel website. The episodes were first posted on September 5, 2006, with subsequent episodes released, which led up to the Season 3 premiere. The objective of the series was to fill in the gaps between Season 2 and Season 3. There were over six million downloads of the webisodes in just a few short weeks.
 
With rare exceptions, things like paper and photographs have the corners cut off at a 45 degree angle. The reason for this, both onscreen and off, has not been given.
 
The premise of flashing clips from an episode in the opening of the episode itself is a direct homage to Space: 1999.
 
The character of Boxey was intended to be incorporated as much as his counterpart in the original series. However, many of his early scenes were cut for time from the first season, and ultimately, the character was dropped by the time of the second season.
 
Featured in most episodes is a survivor count. This is a tally of people within the fleet left after the Cylon attack. Commonly, this number goes down to accomodate for the loss of life, but occasionally rises whenever there is a birth. The number given in the expository intro for individual episodes reflects only the count as of that point in the episode.
 
The idea of Cylons taking human form actually predates this series by 23 years in a two-parter episode of the much loathed Galactica 1980 entitled "The Night the Cylons Landed".
 
The series was created in the wake of an abandoned continuation project of the original series that was to be helmed by director Bryan Singer and producer Tom DeSanto. The projects coincidently share the concept of a female president, as well as employing the name New Caprica in a storyline that the re-imagined series would explore at the end of Season 2 that mirrors part of the continuation story's set-up.
 
Roslin's glasses in the series are Mary McDonnell's real glasses.
 
Colonel Tigh's first name was originally going to be Paul, but had to be changed for legal reasons.
 
Tricia Helfer's Number Six is named as an homage to the cult TV series The Prisoner.
 
In order to more closely resemble each other as father and son, Edward James Olmos wears blue eye contacts while Jamie Bamber dyes his hair darker. Bamber, who is British, also speaks with an American accent on the show.
 
Edward James Olmos still hopes to continue working in the Battlestar Galactica franchise, as director or acting as Adama, and says he has a great idea which continues the story set a short time after the finale.
 

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama | Military/War | Sci-Fi
Status: Ended
Network: Syfy ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 08, 2003
Ended: March 20, 2009
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