wraithfodder (wraithfodder) wrote,

Stargate SG-1's cancellation: Take Four

And now the news is basically in the mainstream. Even USA Today had a tidbit on it, and if you go to Google news and type in Stargate, you get hundreds of hits, instead of the usual dozen or so...

Gleaned some relevant tidbits from today's articles, the most interesting but alarming one from Multichannel News, who gives us input into the legal problems inherent in resurrecting SG1. Aieeeeeeeeee

More tidbits on day three (right?) of the Stargate SG-1 cancellation…


http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/etoday/story.html?id=97d6273d-25d3-40f0-8e9f-9c023d0681d9&k=3150 says that MGM is "vigorously working to continue" apparently means boldly going forth into other formats. "We're working very hard to make sure there's a companion to Atlantis when we start back up in February," said Cooper, who extolled the virtues of being able to share production facilities, crews and costs. "It's premature to make an announcement as to what that companion might be. But you know, we thought Stargate was dead in the past." Cooper says a good guess would be an SG-1 miniseries, made-for-TV movie or even a feature. Good news for the 200-or-so crew that work on the show.


http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?cmsRedir=true&rmDate=08232006&cmsGuid={1D34F028-6983-4C7B-BD8B-B4C97EEC13FA} - …there are some signs of life in the show and it's not just the MMO (massive multiplayer online) game due out in the fourth quarter of 2007 that MGM, which owns the Stargate franchise, is sinking $40-50 million into. While executive producer Brad Wright tells TV Guide his "dream is to take SG-1 back to the feature it began as," we are now hearing that MGM may produce a series of TV movies based on the mothership series. … “Frankly, when we put Atlantis on the air," says Stern, "the intent was that SG-1 would go off the air, but they did such a great job of reinvigorating [it], we thought why take it off the air. Now is the time to do it." But although they cancelled the show, Stern says the network is open to discussing Stargate-based movies. "We love this franchise," he tells us, "if there are other ways to explore this world, we're certainly open to it. This is not the end of our journey with Stargate by any means."


http://community.tvguide.com/forum.jspa?forumID=700000044 - Brad Wright reveals that while Sci Fi Channel may have announced the series' end after its 10th season wraps up, the show might go on. Promising "a very satisfying end to the season," Wright tells us that finale is "not necessarily an end to SG-1 by any means.”


http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6365387.html?display=Breaking+News - Ratings for the show -- the 200th episode of which premiered Aug. 18 -- have been declining this season, but Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming for Sci Fi, said creative and economic decisions also came into play. Stern added that under terms of its contract, the network’s decision to cancel the series prohibits MGM from making any new episodes of the show to air on U.S. television. He noted, “If MGM came to us for less,” Sci Fi would be interested in more Stargate SG-1 fare, whether in the form of episodes, movies or miniseries. He would not disclose the network’s license fee to MGM. Currently in the midst of the first half of its 10th season, Stargate SG-1 will complete its original run on Sci Fi next year, when the service plans to run the final 10 installments of this season. Stern said encore episodes of Stargate SG-1 will also continue to air on the network past the conclusion of its 10th campaign.


http://www.spacecast.com/videoplayer_2605.aspx has up a brief interview with Robert C Cooper about the end of SG1. Here’s the transcript I did… “We’ve treated the last three years – six, seven and eight – as though they were the last years. We fully suspected that the series would be over after each of those years, and we wrote to them. I mean, we wrote what we thought were endings and nobody seemed to notice, so we just kept making the show and to be honest with you, I personally got a little tired of writing endings. And I think as a collective, the story department, we were wrapping up stories all the time and working on Atlantis, actually, really energized us and realized- made us realize how much fun it can be to start something new, to begin something again, and starting opening doors instead of closing them.”




So, one gets the impression that the producers aren’t crying over this decision – they’ve been on SG1 for a decade and can ‘reinvigorate’ with Atlantis, but SciFi sure doesn’t seem to be helpful. Stern added that under terms of its contract, the network’s decision to cancel the series prohibits MGM from making any new episodes of the show to air on U.S. television. So, that means that even if MGM did decide to pursue SG1 with say, Fox, they couldn’t air ‘em here in the States? Can we say… that sooooo sucks?? Heck, show ‘em all up in Canada and watch the fans download like crazy through, er, sources.



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