The apocalypse has come early for "Caprica."
The struggling "Battlestar Galactica" prequel has been canceled by Syfy, according to Entertainment Weekly. The series will be pulled from the air immediately with the remaining five episodes from the first season to be shown in the first quarter of 2011.
"Caprica" took place roughly 60 years before the critically acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica" reboot and featured the origin of the Cylons and the beginning of the downfall of the Twelve Colonies as the backdrop of an emerging feud between Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales). Paula Malcomson, Alessandra Torresani, Magda Apanowicz, Sasha Roiz and Polly Walker co-starred in the series.
Since its return to the schedule, "Caprica" has been unable to compete on Tuesday nights against competition from the major networks and other cable outlets. During the Syfy Digital Press tour earlier this month, Syfy insiders hinted that the DVR numbers might help save the series. But in the end, "Caprica's" fate appears to have been inevitable.
“We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for 'Caprica' and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” said Syfy Executive Vice President of Programming, Mark Stern. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”
The writing may also have been on the wall when Syfy revealed that the "Battlestar Galactica" webseries "Blood & Chrome" was upgraded to a TV movie (BSG: Blood and Chrome) with a possible spinoff series to follow. "Blood & Chrome" takes place ten years into the first Cylon War and will follow the young Viper pilot, William Adama as he undergoes a mission that could turn the war in humanity's favor.
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" is expected to debut late in 2011 or early in 2012.