'BATTLESTAR Galactica" may be making its final landing after next year.
The creators of Sci Fi Channel's acclaimed space opera are consider ing ending it after its fourth season, according to studio sources.
"Like many other serial dramas, such as 'Lost' or 'The Shield,' these series have a beginning, a middle and an end," says an insider at Universal, the studio that produces "Galactica."
"Right now it seems to have become fashionable for the makers of these shows to talk about how and when they want their series to end."
In recent months, the creators of "Lost," ABC's increasingly confusing island drama, have said they hope to end the series in about two years, but ABC brass has downplayed their statements.
"With any of these shows lately, it's comes down to the basic struggle between business and creative," says an official at a rival cable network.
"Galactica" is nearly done with its third season and Sci Fi execs are expected to inform advertisers tomorrow about when its fourth season will begin.
Sci Fi officials say that it is still too early to say when "Galactica" will end, but acknowledge its future is uncertain.
"At this point, we don't know," says Mark Stern, executive vice president of programming at Sci Fi. "It's still early days. We need to sit with [creators] Ron [Moore] and David [Eick] to hear what their plans are for that [fifth] season, and what they'd like to do about any future seasons."
"Galactica" is one of the hottest, most acclaimed and beloved shows on the NBC-owned cable channel.
It follows the adventures of a group of humans fleeing though space from a race of machines bent on their annihilation. But the series has also become one of the most politically informed shows on TV, filling its episodes with rich metaphors about war, race relations and prejudice.