So, we know there are reasons that the current labour impasse in Hollywood might be bad for Galactica (though I’m not too worried, since the first half of the final season is written, and rumor has it that SFC was already planning to postpone the second half to 2009 anyway).
But apparently there’s a way in which it might be good for Galactica too. It had looked as though plans for Caprica, a prequel pilot dealing with Adama’s father and the origin (in some sense of “origin”) of the Cylons, had been pretty much shelved. But now the network is taking a second look at it because of those magic words, “script already written.” (Conical hat tip to AICN.)
Speaking of the effect of screenwriters’ strikes on science fiction shows, do you know of the show Probe, created by none other than Isaac Asimov?
It was killed off by the 1988 strike after only 7 episodes, and has faded into complete obscurity. I’ve heard that Asimov was happy with it, in contrast to most attempts to use his ideas in film, and was disappointed it was cut off.
“Probe” was ahead if it’s time. The surveillance technology that the show featured are almost routine today.