The "Battlestar Galactic" prequel "Caprica" won't premiere on Syfy until January, but there will already be less of the series than originally anticipated.
According to Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune
, the first season of "Caprica" will now be 19 episodes, one fewer than originally intended.
Since the show hasn't premiered, the cause for the reduction isn't ratings or even, according to Syfy brass, concerns about the direction of the series. Ultimately, that extra episode was merely the victim of budgetary concerns.
"We wanted to keep the quality of the show as high as we could, and so we put more money into it, but it still wasn't quite enough," Syfy Programming EVP Mark Stern tells Ryan. "We said, 'OK, would it help to cut an episode?' and we talked about it and they adopted the decision creatively."
Ryan notes that "Caprica" will premiere on Jan. 22 with the two-hour pilot already available on DVD or for digital download. Eight episodes will air through March, followed by a pause and the completion of the first season later in 2010.