Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Battlestar's Bamber Wants Viewers

New Article from the SciFi Wire:

Battlestar's Bamber Wants Viewers
Jamie Bamber, who stars as Lee "Apollo" Adama on the SCI FI original series Battlestar Galactica, told SCI FI Wire that he appreciates the show's success and the many accolades it's received to date, but added that he hopes the show will attract a wider audience this year as it kicks off its third season.
"It is a little weird, because we are a success," Bamber said in an interview. "For our network we are doing well. We're in the press. We were just on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Time magazine said we're the number-one show. The New York Times and The New Yorker have all done huge feature spreads. And, yes, they're all pretty emphatic about the quality of television that we're making. We've won a Peabody Award. Yet we're still not reaching an audience as broad or as diverse as I would like. Having said that, more and more and more I do get stopped, and the people who stop me tend to be the more influential people in life."
Battlestar Galactica returned on Oct. 6, picking up the cliffhanger ending of last season, when the human settlers of New Caprica found themselves under Cylon occupation. Executive-produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, the series also stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.
"It's interesting," Bamber said. "It's very interesting, but we're not going out to 70 million people like the original show did. I guess we're not a family show, particularly. We're very adult and quite cerebral. So I guess we've found our specific audience, and it happens to be the ones that write the reviews. That's always nice, but we'd love to break out and become more recognized in the mainstream. For me, awards don't mean a thing, but I know they're important currency in the business, in the markets and the networks. So, hopefully, we can get the Emmys to at least take us seriously." Battlestar Galactica airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. —Ian Spelling

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