Just my thoughts on this news that just broke...
There's probably not a single Stargate fan who hasn't heard the news, as it's spreading like lightning.
Multichannel News (a legitimate trade paper) reports.... People close to the production of Stargate SG-1 said Sci Fi Channel canceled the series on the eve of its 200th episode, which aired last Friday night, making the show the first cable scripted series to reach such a milestone. The announcement came in sometime before cast, crew and executives gathered to celebrate the historic airing at a Saturday-evening bash held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the series is shot. Spinoff series Stargate Atlantis -- which also airs Friday nights on Sci Fi and shares producers and production facilities with the older SG-1 -- was said to be unaffected by the cancellation. Atlantis is currently in its third season.
(expletive deleted), that sucks for the cast/crew, but to me, it wasn't surprising. The massive shove, push, etc. for SG1's 200th episode was suspicious, at least in my book. I've watched TV too long to know that once a milestone is made, and a series is old, the executioner is standing outside the door with a sharpened axe. MGM/Sony, whowever the owner is (NBC?) was obviously pushing for the 'record ten years,' while giving the Stargates little in the realm of promotion. Plus USA Network's Monk and Psych were doing great guns, another nail in the coffin. SciFi showing a wrestling series, for pete's sake???
While I suspected that season 10 would be it, I thought Scifi would show more tact in delivering the bad news. Ah, let's dump the news on cast/crew at a party in celebration for the show. Man, I've been there, done that. It's NO fun. Losing one's job sucks, but in that business it happens a LOT, but still, doesn't make it any less painful.
To the cast/crew of SG1, you've given us a lot of fun stuff (and yeah, I've bitched about the quality of some writing - can't and won't retract that, but that doesn't mean I still don't watch every episode and own all the DVDs) and it's been fun. It will be odd NOT to see SG1 on the schedule as I've been watching it ever since the Showtime days.
I am happy that Atlantis got renewed - it deserves a chance to grow and its ratings did, yes, outpace SG1 this year. It has the potential, I hope, to reach SG1's longevity. I only that SG1 fans can see this and not attack the show. I've already seen snarky comments cropping up on the boards, very much in the manner of some Farscape fans who attacked SG1 for being picked up. Someone up at the top, in a business suit, not an actor or a producer, made the decision to axe Stargate. The actors are blameless and we should be thrilled that Atlantis will remain and that some folk still have their jobs. There is no doubt that there will be a migration, at least for some, of production crew, from SG1 to SGA. Some have pulled dual duty already, so now they'll concentrate on one show, not two. I have no doubt that there may be some SG1 guest shots on SGA in season four. It just seems inevitable now.
My hope though- and I wish not to be shot for this or flamed (flaming comments will be summarily eradicated)- that SGA remains in its present form, and that the producers/executives/whoever, do NOT bring much if any SG1 material over to the show. I like the writers we have now, I LOVE the cast. I don't want to see any cast members shoved aside to 'make room' on a permanent basis for someone from SG1. I'm not be mean or catty, but SG1 has had a decade (well, 9.5 years so far) and I want SGA to get its chance.
I'm sure that in the next few days, fans will be clammoring for closure of one kind or another (the Sam/Jack 'ship', Jonas returning, etc. etc. etc.) but I hope that in the final episode, which I assume has yet to be written that a) nobody dies, that b) we get no resolution. I want to see an open-ended finale that leaves us with hope for a potential movie down the road.
The news is still fresh, very fresh, so for all we know, something could change (well, I sorta doubt the cancellation order will be rescinded) so I'm waiting to see what the legitimate press gets out to the fans. Multichannel News has been good on following SG1, so folks should check that one or just go to www.google.com/news and search for Stargate.
Just my thoughts on this news that just broke...
At Gateworld, executive producer Robert C. Cooper told GateWorld exclusively. "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." A formal announcement from the studio and the network is expected later this week. Cooper also emphasizes that, though emotions are running high among Stargate fans who have just learned the news, it is important to keep the show's ratings strong throughout the remainder of its run on SCI FI. "What's most important is that fans don't take out their frustration with SCI FI by not watching," he said. "In fact, what they need to do is watch both SG-1 and Atlantis LIVE and make sure the ratings stay strong.
Still sounds like SG1 is toast, but maybe it will revive in a third series? Time will tell.