From the set of 17th PRECINCT, former BATTLESTAR GALACTICA star Tricia Helfer posted this picture of herself and her BSG pals James Callis and Jamie Bamber on her Twitter account.
The NBC pilot by writer/producer Ron Moore reunites the trio as police dectectives and coroner in the series, which takes place in a world where magic and the supernatural are normal components of their investigations.
Note that the above is a personal snapshot, and note an officially released photograph.
According to TV Line, SMALLVILLE’s Lana Lang, Kristin Kreuk, is joining the cast of the pilot of 17th PRECINCT.
The show, created by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Ron Moore, already has three leads from BSG.
Jamie Bamber is signed to star as Caolan Longstreet, homicide detective at the 17th Precinct of the city of Excelsior.
Tricia Helfer (Six) plays Morgana, a necromancer who fills the role of coroner, with James Callis (Baltar) another detective at the station house.
I should note that the show takes place in a world where magic is real, and a normal part of police investigation.
Stockard Channing (THE WEST WING, PRACTICAL MAGIC) and Matt Long (GHOST RIDER, MAD MEN) were also previously announced in the cast.
Kristin Kreuk is set to play Susan Longstreet, wife of Jamie Bamber’s character. Apparently a guest role, though if the pilot goes to series, perhaps the part will become recurring.
TVLine reports that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Jamie Bamber has been cast in BSG producer Ron Moore’s 17th PRECINCT pilot for NBC.
The show, described as a ensemble police drama, set in a fictional town named Excelsior, “where magic and with supernatural elements rule over science”.
Jamie Bamber is set to play Caolan, a crime scene detective. He’s coming off OUTCASTS, a UK SF series that hasn’t yet hit American shores.
Already cast is Stockard Channing (PRACTICAL MAGIC, BATMAN BEYOND), who the role of Mira, a former homicide detective, now working in the robbery division.
Sounds a bit like the dark “magical” world of CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991), or the recent, comic book-based PARADOX, which starred genre vet Kevin Sorbo as a policeman in a world where magic, rather than science held sway.
Multichannel News reports from the TCA press tour that BBC America’s OUTCASTS will be “soft” sci-fi.
The series, described as a kind of space western, stars GALACTICA’s Jamie Bamber and Eric Mabius (RESIDENT EVIL, UGLY BETTY).
The premise is that Earth is no longer habitable, and shipload of refugees have come to a planet named Carpathia (which could be a reference to the ship that rescued Titanic survivors or the European mountain range). The plot is centered on the question of whether or not the colonists’ socio-political attitudes and ecological practices that destroyed the Earth will be repeated, and whether the indigenous inhabitants of this new world will be friendly.
Ben Richards (LIFE ON MARS), the writer/creator of OUTCASTS, said that despite the extraterrestrial setting, the series is more like a western than what’s normally expected from a sci-fi series, focusing more on human interactions than futuristic technology.
Of course, that’s a description of what most modern science fiction—outside of films and TV—has been for the last thirty or fourty years.
OUCASTS is currently shooting in South Africa for a premeire on BBC America in December of this year.