This extra-British installment of TV Bits includes updates on across-the-pond favorites Sherlock and Downton Abbey — but not all of it is good news. After the jump:

  • BBC’s Sherlock might not come back until 2014
  • Downton Abbey gets picked up for a fourth season
  • … but Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley may be out
  • Watch the trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street
  • HIMYM is getting a special hourlong Christmas episode
  • A Two and a Half Men star urges viewers to stop watching his show
  • The Daily Show is losing correspondent Wyatt Cenac
  • Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel join Girl Meets World
  • Beyonce will direct a documentary about herself for HBO
  • Get your first peek at Patton Oswalt on FX’s Justified
  • HBO’s Girls reveals the first images from Season 2
  • See how BSG: Blood and Chrome made its green screen universe
  • AMC warns FiOS customers that they could lose AMC channels

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We’ve waited a good while for the debut of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, the web series which focuses on a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, Skins) and his youthful encounters with early Cylons. There was once a chance that the series might air exclusively on television, but Syfy has broken the pilot up into a web series. That’s not so bad, however, because you can watch the first episode below.

(The full movie airs on Syfy in February, with an unedited DVD release to follow immediately next year.)

The original trailer we saw for the series made the effects look ambitious, but rickety, but the final trailer release made clear that the first look at the show was very premature. The show was shot against greenscreen, and there’s a blown-out, halo’d look to much of the lighting and many effects, likely intended to make it all look more organic than, say, the Star Wars prequels. And while the writing isn’t quite as impressively on point as the televised series, what you’ll find in these first two 12-minute episodes is likely going to make BSG fans pretty happy. Read More »

Who wants to see William Adama kill some frakkin’ toasters this week? Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chromewill make its world premiere online this Friday on Machnima. The show follows a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, above) as a Viper pilot on the battlestar Galactica during the first Cylon war. Edward James Olmos played the elder version of the character on the recent TV show.

SyFy originally put the show into production as a pilot but it wasn’t picked up. It now exists as a two hour movie which’ll be released online in 7-12 minute segments via Machinma Prime over the next month, followed by a full airing on SyFy in 2013 and an unrated release on Blu-ray after that.

After the jump, check out the trailer for the show (which is pretty much the same as the one we posted in March, only an official release with finished effects) and get a bit more info about it. Read More »

The fortunes of Blood and Chrome, the prequel to the revamped Battlestar Galactica, have risen and fallen over the past couple years. Planned at various times as a TV movie, a possible pilot for a new BSG series, and a web series, Blood and Chrome was conceived as an action-oriented project with most of the footage shot against greenscreen, composited with CG reconstructions of BSG sets that were scanned before the end of the show’s fourth season. While the show was announced in late 2010, we still don’t really know what’s up with the plans to air the show at this point.

What we do know is that there is now a trailer for the story of a young William Adama as he fights in the first Cylon war. And while the trailer does nothing to tell us whether the script, acting or characters are any good, it looks very, very cool. Check it out below.

Update: Turns out the trailer wasn’t quite official and has been pulled. And Syfy confirmed to EW that while the network will give the pilot a TV airing in the future, at some point, the plans for Blood and Chrome are web-based at best. So no new TV series for now.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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