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TV News Tidbits: Battlestar Galactica’s Prequel, Amazon Original Series, CBS Shows on Hulu, and More

Fan-Favorite News
After a two-year wait and some confusion on which format it would be released in, it has been announced that the pilot of Syfy’s Battlestar Galatica: Blood & Chrome will be available via YouTube on Nov. 9 as a series of 10 chapters (of 7 to 12 minutes). This prequel to the beloved 2004 series follows young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, UK’s Skins) during the first Cylon War. The cable channel will be airing the full two-hour pilot in early 2013, which will be followed by the Blu-ray/DVD/VOD release.

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Fox has moved up the finale of Fringe, which is now slated to conclude its mesmerizing 5-year ride on January 18 with a two-hour series finale.

Super Bowl News
This is not about football, but about what will follow the game on CBS on February 3, 2013. The very coveted timeslot right after the Super Bowl (for obvious viewer retention reasons) has been given to Elementary, the re-imagined Sherlock Holmes freshman drama starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

Business News
CBS, the only major network which is not part of the joint venture that is Hulu, has signed a deal with the streaming video website. The agreement will make old CBS TV shows available to subscribers of Hulu Plus (the pay service) starting in January 2013. These would be shows from the library, titles such as Medium, Numb3rs and CSI: Miami, as well as classics such as Star Trek, I Love Lucy, and The Twilight Zone. So, if you can’t beat them, join them, but not wholeheartedly…

As another confirmation of the changing dynamics in the media world, Amazon is joining Netflix and Hulu in the very select club of video streaming websites producing original content. Deadline Hollywood reports that Amazon Studios, the content development division of the online retailer, is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to Browsers, a single-camera comedy. Browsers centers on four interns who work for a news website similar to the Huffington Post. The risk-adverse company is as careful as ever: the subject matter is light and close to home (website).

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