'Caprica' gets series pickup at Sci Fi

'Battlestar Galactica' prequel's cast includes Eric Stoltz

Sci Fi Channel has given a series pickup to "Caprica," the prequel to the channel's signature series "Battlestar Galactica."

The project, which is set 50 years before the events in "Battlestar" on the home world of Caprica, hails from "Battlestar" masterminds Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

"Caprica," starring Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Esai Morales and Polly Walker, was originally expected to be ordered to series in August when another pilot, "Warehouse 13," got a series green light.

"Caprica" remained in contention as a series deal was being worked out.