The SCI FI Channel's top-rated original series will break the mold and jump to a fall season premiere, the network announced today. The 20-episode third season of Battlestar Galactica will premiere in October 2006 on the cable network.The move potentially demonstrates Sci Fi's faith in the show, in spite of the recent drop in its ratings, but it also represents a chance for Moore and his writers to get their act back together. There isn't necessarily any more time for them to plan the season (filming begins in April, as it would have in the case of a summer season), but there is a difference between planning the season in two separate blocks and laying it all out in advance. Hopefully the writers will take this opportunity to develop storylines and character arcs more seamlessly than they have done thus far.
Also, absence may make the heart grow fonder.