On the heels of the long-running series’ landmark 200th episode, the Sci-Fi Channel has chosen not to renew Stargate SG-1 for an 11th season. This is coming as a shock to some fans as we approach the mid-point of the series record-breaking 10th year in production – the longest continuous run for any science fiction television show. Oddly it seems to be a shock to the people working on the show as well. Ever since the fourth season, the writers have written every season with the threat of cancellation and have had a series finale on deck – until now. This year, both creatively and contractually (for the actors), the series had a plan for the next season. So of course, the hammer would fall now.
But there is hope, according to series executive producer Robert C. Cooper:
“As far as the future I can’t comment yet because nothing has been confirmed,” Cooper said. “What we want to emphasize is that the franchise is not dying. SG-1 will go on in some way. We’re just not ready to announce how.”
It’s hard to imagine that another network will pick the show up, though it’s certainly a possibility. There have been plans for a movie a few times, so that’s where I’d place bets. And if this season’s finale doesn’t wrap up the storyline, I would think they’d have to create a movie — at the very least a tele-movie — to complete the arc.
Spin-off series Stargate Atlantis has been renewed for a fourth season.