Battlestar Reunion Scoop: James Callis Joins Jamie Bamber in NBC Drama Pilot

Ron Moore’s NBC pilot 17th Precinct is looking more like the 13th Colony with each passing day.

James Callis has signed on to reunite with former Battlestar Galactica‘s co-star Jamie Bamber in Precinct, a supernatural-tinged cop drama produced by BSG boss Moore.

Callis’ character is a homicide detective, while Bamber is playing a crime scene expert. The cast also includes Stockard Channing and Jack & Bobby‘s Matt Long.

You thinking what we’re thinking? ‘Cause we’re thinking Mary McDonnell would make a kick-ass captain.

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  1. Pamela says:

    That is awesome!

  2. Liz says:

    See, now I just have to watch this show. Can we throw in a Tahmoh Penikett?

  3. Amiee says:

    You had me at Bamber…

  4. Laura says:

    James Callis? I’m in!

  5. John says:


  6. Amanda says:

    This needs Starbuck!

  7. Tim says:

    Looks pretty cool.

  8. Katy says:

    Does that mean he will not be in Law and Order UK….? I watch them on BBC America. Have enjoyed him since he was on Horatio Hornblower

  9. Scott says:

    Katy, I understand Jamie Bamber has left LAO:UK to work in the US again.

    As for the story, yes get Mary McDonnell, Tahmoh Penikett, Tricia Helfer and don’t forget Katee Sackhoff either. It’s a pity Grace Park is on H50 on the rival CBS network.

    Could this be NBC’s biggest drama in years? It’ll certainly be very popular across the pond with two well known UK actors (Bamber and Callis) already cast. I should imagine NBC will have no trouble selling the show to the UK.

  10. Josh says:

    I just made a post about this on my blog before coming here and used that exact same photo. haha. It is going to be badass seeing these two together again.

  11. DryedMangoez says:

    Very solid cast!
    I wish NBC would lock in Mary McDonnell in something, anything on the network!

    • Tina says:

      Yes, Mary Mcdonnell in anything would be awesome. Get her together with some of the old BSG cast, throw in Eddie Olmos, RDM would have a runaway hit.

    • Doug-H says:

      Mary is great with Kyra on The Closer in her recurring role.. Have actually warmed up to her character on that show as has Brenda Leigh somewhat…. Since there’s only one more long season split up by a couple of years it appears ( speaking of BSG scheduling), she should be open for other roles…

  12. sashay says:

    Very smart casting. The networks are usually overrun with cop shows and I don’t usually bother checking out most of them. I’ll make a point of trying out 17th Precinct though, just so I can see Jamie and James again.

  13. Side3 says:

    Is James Callis done with “Eureka”?

  14. AJ says:

    Lords of Kobol! This pilot is now officially at the top of my to-watch list.

  15. Briana says:

    The gods have blessed us! This show is on the top of my list now!

  16. Luke says:


  17. Chatty says:

    Yes! Let them reunite as much of the BSG cast as possible and, if the show is well-written, it will become a ratings juggernaut! And, please rescue Lucy Lawless from No Ordinary Family; at least her character offed Tricia Helfer’s!

  18. Jayde says:

    I am officially watching this: Jamie Bamber & James Callis together again! This is casting heaven…now we need Katee Sackhoff & Tricia. I would even settle for a guest spot. Wow, I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

  19. Mary says:

    Now they need to cast Mary McDonnell and Tricia Helfer.

  20. Teresa says:

    Frakkin Great!!!

  21. Teresa says:

    I guess they hired Stockard Channing instead of Mary McDonnnell

    • Valkyrie says:

      Stockard Channing will be airlock’d in episode 3… Plenty of room for Mary!

      • kellybelly says:

        Hey,hey,wait a minute. There’s plenty of room for Stockard AND Mary.
        And lets’ get some Katee and Tricia in there for guest spots.

        Tricia has been terrific on “Dark Blue” USA network (following Burn Notice).Awesome show that is.

        Katee is wasted on CSI vegas.