US tv series (1980). Universal MCA/ABC-TV. Creator, executive producer Glen A Larson. Most episodes written by Larson. Regular cast included Lorne Greene, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass. Three pilot 50-minute episodes followed by seven 50-minute episodes.
The pilot, Galactica Discovers Earth, a three-part made-for-tv film sequel to the television series Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979), was successful enough to convince ABC-TV to commission a new series. Rushed into production, aimed at an early-evening time slot where special rules applied about what children can watch, and underrehearsed, it flopped badly and was soon jettisoned. In the pilot, Galactica finds Earth too undeveloped to fight off the Cylons and attempts are made via Time Travel to improve the situation. The remaining episodes are all set on Earth and feature Cylon attacks. The pilot, directed by Sidney Hayers, with sections of two further episodes, was theatrically released as Conquest of the Earth (1980). Generally the series was shown on television abroad as if part of Battlestar Galactica. [PN]
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