Watch With Amanda: Battlestar Galactica Prequel, New Netflix Series, Casting News

Sorry Battlestar Glactica fans… Syfy has decided not to go forward with the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome as a regular TV series, reports Deadline.  Just this past weekend, an unofficial trailer screened at WonderCon causing a fan frenzy, but the project will not be moving forward – at least as a TV series. Although the network has passed on the project as a regular series on television they are still looking to do it as a digital one.  Syfy President Mark Stern said in a statement, “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”  The network announced in October 2010 the pickup of the two-hour pilot, which follows the early years of William Adama (played by Skins‘ Luke Pasqualino).  CLICK HERE to watch the trailer that was screened at Wondercon.

Netflix has ordered another series to its growing list of original programming. Hemlock Grove will be available exclusively on Netflix.com in early 2013.  The project is a horror series directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) and will star Famke Jannsen (Nip/Tuck) and newcomer Bill Skarsgard (brother of Alexander Skarsgard).  Hemlock Grove is based on the novel by Brian McGreevy and is set in a dilapidated Pennsylvania steel town.  The series explores the unsolved murder of a young girl found dead in a former steel mill. Locals suspect the killer to be Roman (Skarsgard), the son of Olivia (Janssen).  Eli Roth said in a statement, “I’ve been waiting for years to dive into television.  Brian McGreevy’s novel blew me away, and the material lends itself perfectly to long format storytelling.  Hemlock Grove is smart, dark, complex, and at times terrifying.”  This marks the third original series to join Netflix. Lilyhammer premiered in February, and House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, is aiming for a premiere near the end of this year.

TVLine has confirmed that House alumni Olivia Wilde will reprise her role as Thirteen in the show’s May 21 series finale.  Wilde checked out of House in October to pursue her film career full-time. In her then-final episode, Huntington’s-afflicted Thirteen briefly rejoined the team only to get fired by House, who, oddly, issued the pink slip with the best of intentions: he wanted her to live our her final days in peace and happiness instead of alongside a grump like him.

I don’t know how legit this is but EW.com reported that Maroon 5’s Adam Levine is in talks to play a big role in Season 2 of FX’s American Horror Story. The frontman and current coach on The Voice is apparently going to take on his first acting role as one half of a couple referred to as “The Lovers” in the drama’s sophomore season.  To date, all that is known about Season 2 is that it will be set on the East Coast at an “institution” and bring back Jessica Lange (who originally played Constance), Zachary Quinto (Chad), Evan Peters (Tate), Sarah Paulson (psychic Billie Dean) and Lily Rabe (Nora).  The series is also currently casting a “ferocious, extremely sexual and dangerous wild-child sexpot who harbors a secret”.

True Blood has cast Camilla Luddington in a recurring role in the upcoming season, reports Deadline.  Luddington who portrayed Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie William and Kate and has also played recurring character Lizzie in this season’s Californication will play a fairy named Claudette.  Show runners have announced this season will have a large focus on the fairy world.  The character Claudette is one of Claude’s (Giles Matthey) many sisters, who gives Sookie insight into what it means to be a fairy.

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