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Stargate SG-1: No Season 11 But Its Not the End!

Stargate SG-1 cast says goodbye - not likelyBack in August, the Sci Fi Channel upset fans of Stargate SG-1 by revealing that the venerable science fiction series would not be renewed for an eleventh season. The series, which once starred MacGiver’s Richard Dean Anderson, has been airing on the Sci Fi Channel for the past five seasons (following five seasons on Showtime). A campaign to save SG-1 began almost immediately and the studio publicly announced its support for the series. Well, all those efforts have paid off.

The ratings for Stargate SG-1 admittedly have been slipping. The show has run for 10 seasons so it was really no big surprise that the Sci Fi Channel pulled the plug. Science fiction shows are expensive to produce – especially shows that have been around for 10 years. Cast and staff members receive raises over the years and that all adds up to big production costs. In truth, Stargate SG-1 was not expected to continue this long. When the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis was created three years ago, it was expected that it would be replacing SG-1. But Stargate SG-1was rejuvenated and did so well that it was decided to air both series concurrently.

The Sci Fi Channel made the announcement not to renew the series on August 26, 2006. But Sci Fi does not own the SG-1show. They purchase the rights to air it in the United States from MGM. So, could the show simply be picked up by another cable station or network? Not a chance. Though Sci Fi doesn’t want to buy any new episodes themselves, they don’t want anyone else airing them either.

Mark Stern, Sci Fi Channel’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming, reportedly told Multichannel, “There is not going to be (a season 11 of Stargate SG-1) on U.S. television. Our contract with MGM prohibits it. It’s done a great job, rejuvenated with the additions of Ben (Browder), Claudia (Black) and Beau (Bridges), but we think we’ve come to the end of those stories. We really felt like it was the right time to segue out, for the show not to overstay its welcome.” (Sci Fi will finish airing season 10 in Spring 2007 and will continue to air the 200+ episodes of SG-1 in reruns for the foreseeable future.)

How about movies or DVDs or even downloadable episodes via iTunes? Possibly. MGM studio spokesman Jeff Pryor said “From MGM’s perspective, we don’t view SG-1 as a television series, we view it as a franchise, and one with a lot of vibrant life. The fan base is fiercely loyal.”

How refreshing to see a studio stand so solidly behind a show though it’s been cancelled. The studio even went so far as to create a special section of their StargateSG1.com devoted to encouraging fans to write, record and campaign to save the show. Fans of the show started their own campaign (SaveStargateSG1.com), wrote letters and bought full-page ads in the Hollywood trade paper Variety.

Stargate SG-1 on DVDWell, the diligence has paid off.

MGM has now given the go-ahead for the production of two direct-to-DVD Stargate SG-1 movies. Executive producer Brad Wright told TV Guide that the first film will be “the climax of the Ori story line.” The DVD movie will tie up the loose ends from season 10 (expected to conclude its initial U.S. television run in June 2007) and will be written and directed by current SG-1 executive producer and show-runner Robert C. Cooper. Wright himself plans to create the second film script and said it will involve time travel.

In addition, Wright said, “They’re not big-budget (movies) by any definition, but for us it’s pretty good. As we’ve proven over the years, just give us little more money and we can make pretty good television, or DVDs. There’s a sense of an era for us ending, but at the same time, we’re all positive because of the prospect of continuing forward with movies and the introduction next year of Stargate Worlds, a massive multiplayer online game.”

The Stargate SG-1 castmembers haven’t signed on for the movies as yet, but are said to be “very eager” to be part of the new SG-1 stories. The studio is targeting a Fall 2007 release for both projects – just a few months after the airing of Stargate SG-1 season 10. It’s possible that the movies could be aired on TV (perhaps the Sci Fi Channel) prior to their DVD release.

The producers have expressed interest in starting a third series based on the Stargate world. It’s possible that the second DVD movie might help to set that up.

Stargate Atlantis, meanwhile, has been renewed for a fourth season, and the Sci Fi Channel hopes that the spin-off series can stand alone.

So, the future looks very good for the Stargate world. Could it be that Sci Fi’s cancellation made much of this possible? Hard to say but perhaps there’s truth in the old saying, “What does not kill us, makes us stronger…” TV Series Finale home page

 

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Sugram June 19, 2009 at 11:31 am

that sucks that SG-1 & SG-Atlantis ended, i like them to continue

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Sugram May 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Jack was funny whit ASKARDS, ASKARDS+JACK= good jokes, it was like that all the time, i miss more ASKARDS then jack :D

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Sugram May 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

i hope som1 new continues to make SG-1 new sessions
bout Stargate series rock

continue SG-1 !!!! & newer stop ATLANTIS !!!! : )

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Sugram May 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm

i like SG-1 to it was good tv show but i like SG-ATLANTIS to
in SG-1 first seasons are poring, i think that after i so all 10 season,
SG-1 was start to get fun when SG-1 was battle VS ANUBIS
SG-ATLANTIS rocks to, i like to go live in ATLANTIS cos it is cool city but to bad it only exists in SG-ATLANTIS SHOW.

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Min May 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

i think if Jack was still on show there will be a better rating

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ANTONIO May 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm

SG-1 es espectacular, da pena que una serie como esta se pudiera perder de esta forma tendria que continuarla con la temporada 11.GRACIAS DESDE ESPA√ĎA

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antony January 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I love SG1 it was much better than any other Sci-Fi show on TV, Stargate Atlantis is just rubbish and that

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Espen January 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

u know what…….. i think its so sad that stargate sg1 ended like that, it was a good episode, but to know that the season 11 was cancelled, was a big dissapointing, so i’m not plessed…….=(

i was, and still are a big fan of stargate sg1..

Espen
Norway

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Anonymous December 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

ENIG!

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sg1 fan December 20, 2008 at 10:55 am

I love SG1 it was much better than any other Sci-Fi show on TV, Stargate Atlantis is just rubbish and that

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IDO September 27, 2008 at 11:35 am

OMG!!! I want this show back!!!!!!!!

This is the best show on T.V

Ido ISrael!

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JACK O"NEIL IS THE BEST!! September 4, 2008 at 7:29 am

PLEASE MAKE AN 11th season PLZ i want stargate BACK!!

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maxime August 4, 2008 at 10:56 pm

bonjour je suis de Montr?al et j’?coute depuis bient?t un an les saisons de Stargate Sg1 et Stargate Atlantis… pour ?tre bien honnete je crois que ces s?ries ont ?t? celles auxquelles je me suis le plus accroch? et j’avoue ?tre plut?t d??u de voir celles qui les remplace! Bref je suis un fan comme tout le monde et j’adorerais voir le Sg1 Crew revenir sur sc?ne!!!

De toute fa?on s’ils veulent continuer ? faire de l’argent , y va faloir qu’ils se creusent les m?ninges pour inventer une nouvelle menace et repartir la s?rie pcq avec les ?missions qui diffusent ? Ztele et Sci-Fi … j’ai un feeling tr?s fort que leur je?ne ne durera pas longtemps!!!!

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Alexander Nemar July 11, 2008 at 2:25 am

And i think if there is a new season or movie, you should continue the movies in diffrent timelines which bring back the fans together again. And the seruise with a non magical but make it into like a big war season.

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Alexander Nemar July 11, 2008 at 2:20 am

stargate sg1 has been one of my best sifi show i have ever seen. Please and this is from the fans as well, please make a 11th seruise. And we would also like more of these movies. Come on guys what do you say !!!!!!!

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shane June 21, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Stargate SG1 is the best Sci-Fi thats ever been made and i was really looking forward to season 11. The people in the higher ups at the Sci-Fi channel need to pull their heads out of their **** and make season 11 and many more no more the cost. They should just pay the ******* actors the actors their dues thats its. Sci-Fi channel is getting weak and with shows like ghost hunters and **** like that, so keep the real Sci-Fi alive keep making SG1

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