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Stargate SG-1: Over and Out?

Stargate powered downGateWorld – Cooper: SG-1 will go on

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.

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3 comments to Stargate SG-1: Over and Out?

  • G.O.D.

    I am especially surprised that this is happening as well. Although, I knew the ratings for the show had been declining – I thought it had enough of a following to continue at least for 2 or 3 more seasons.

    One thing that surprises me more, is that Stargate Atlantis is supposedly doing better in ratings than SG-1. I watch and like Atlantis, but did not think it yet had the following as that of SG-1.

    If I had to guess – if SG-1 is actually done after this season, I predict that Atlantis only has 2 more seasons before they are cancelled.

    I believe that Battlestar Galactica is as strong as it is, because of the Stargate shows – due to lead ins they carried. It will be interesting to see how Battlestar does this fall without the Stargate lead ins.

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  • Yeah, there were clues that it would be cancelled – in fact, Sci-Fi said a week or two ago that the only way to save the show would be to watch it live – but I thought at a minimum we wouldn’t hear of cancellation until the second half of the season.

    Atlantis’ stories are improving, so I’m glad that it’s been picked up, but I think you’re right that it has a limited life left without its lead-in.

    BG definitely became popular in part due to its lead-ins, but I think it has taken over as Sci-Fi’s flagship show. I don’t know what the ratings were last season, but I’d bet BG had higher numbers than either SG. Sci-Fi probably looked at BG vs. SG-1 and thought the former had more life left in it than the latter, and if you’re going to throw increasing amounts of money at something, toss it to the breadwinner.

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  • DWubya

    I don’t know what the ratings were last season, but I’d bet BG had higher numbers than either SG. Sci-Fi probably looked at BG vs. SG-1 and thought the former had more life left in it than the latter, and if you’re going to throw increasing amounts of money at something, toss it to the breadwinner.

    I’ll take that action. Put me down for five (ie., a nickel):)

    I think the show had run its course and everyone thought it best to leave on a high note. Or at least while people are still interested. Ending the TV show now makes it easier to create a Stargate movie. Soon we will see the fans start petitions and such to ‘save’ the show. The creators of Stargate will then will subsume these fan efforts as they schmooze and cajole to the Hollywood elite.

    It’s brillant I tell ya!

    DWubya
    “So what do you want to do tonight, Brain?”

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