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BBC America acquires rights to 'Battlestar Galactica'


BBC America is fast becoming the new destination for sci-fi programming. The home of "Doctor Who" announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to the award-winning series "Battlestar Galactica," which it will begin airing at 6 p.m. June 18.

"Battlestar Galactica" follows humanity's last survivors as they flee deadly Cylon enemies. "Galactica," which originally aired on Syfy, redefined the space opera with gritty realism and issues-driven storytelling.

The announcement comes a day after BBC America set dates for its other new genre series, "Outcasts" and "Bedlam."

"Outcasts," starring Eric Mabius, Liam Cunningham and Hermione Norris, tells the story of survivors from Earth struggling to create a new society on another planet. It premieres at 8 p.m. June 18. The supernatural thriller "Bedlam" is set in Bedlam Heights, an apartment building converted from a pre-Victorian lunatic asylum. Will Young, Charlotte Salt and Joanna Page play resident who experience the darker side of the building's history when former asylum spirits come back to claim what they believe to be theirs and seek revenge on those who have wronged them. It premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 8.

BBC America also announced Wednesday that it will co-produce the new season of the original British "Being Human," which will return in Spring 2012.

And don't forget, "Doctor Who" returns at 8 p.m. April 23 for a brand new, exciting season.


BBC America today announced it has signed a deal with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution to acquire 80 hours of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning science-fiction series Battlestar Galactica. The deal includes a two part miniseries and seasons one to four. It will air in the channel's Supernatural Saturday line up and premieres Saturday, June 18, 7:00pm ET/PT.

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards and critical-acclaim. The show originally aired on Syfy from 2003 to 2009 and was recognized two years in a row by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year.

Battlestar Galactica was produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sky One (UK), and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park and British actor Jamie Bamber.

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