Thursday, August 21, 2008

SciFi Wire: Stargate Universe Coming

From SciFi Wire:

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12:00 AM, 22-AUGUST-08

Stargate Universe Coming

SCI FI Channel is set to announce the pickup of Stargate Universe, the third series in the long-running franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

News of Universe comes on the heels of SCI FI's announcement that the current Stargate Atlantis will not receive a sixth-season order, the trade paper reported. Atlantis will live on in a two-hour telefilm to air on SCI FI in 2009...

Stargate: Universe - The Hollywood Reporter: Sci Fi orders 'Stargate' spin-off

From The Hollywood Reporter:

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Sci Fi orders 'Stargate' spin-off

August 21, 2008

Sci Fi Channel isn’t about to let down “Stargate” fans.

The network is set to announce the order of a new series from MGM Television, “Stargate: Universe,” that will mark the third entry in Sci Fi’s longest-running original series franchise.

The greenlight comes on the heels of Sci Fi’s confirming Thursday that “Stargate: Atlantis” will not receive a sixth-season order. The “Universe” pickup ensures the continuation of the popular “Stargate” franchise, which has been on the air in various incarnations since 1997.

“Universe” will premiere as a two-hour movie early next year and will assume a regular hourly slot in the summer. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, co-creators of “Stargate: SG-1” and “Atlantis,” will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series.

The new show will involve more space-based action than “SG-1” or “Atlantis.” With the “Star Trek” television franchise having folded in 2005 and Sci Fi’s “Battlestar Galactica” airing its final episodes next year, the network hopes “Universe” will become sci-fi fans’ new favorite space-travel series...

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Brad Wright Audio Interview

At GateWorld:

All Good Things

GateWorld talks with Brad Wright

The world of Stargate fandom let out a gasp today with the announcement that Stargate Atlantis will end this season, and yet continue on in a series of TV movies (story). Was it the ratings? Has the show been kicked to the curb in favor of Stargate Universe, the anticipated third series in the franchise? Is the franchise just running out of steam?

We took these questions to Brad Wright, who co-created Atlantis with Robert C. Cooper five years ago. In this frank and honest conversation, the executive producer answers all those questions, talks about the matter of blame, and shares why he believes that this is truly the best decision for Atlantis and for Stargate moving forward.

GateWorld's interview with Brad Wright runs about 24 minutes. Listen online at your leisure, download it to your MP3 player, or subscribe now to the iTunes podcast! The full interview is also transcribed {at the site].

Our thanks to Brad for making himself available to us on short notice, as this news broke. Don't miss GateWorld's continuing coverage of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe in the days to come, and tune in to our weekly podcast for more discussion of these issues.

A brief excerpt:

GW: Now we've just found out that SCI FI Channel has cancelled Stargate Atlantis, and will continue on the show in the form of movies for TV and DVD. Stargate Atlantis has been doing really respectable numbers in the ratings this year, and it seems to me that it's creatively still on an up-swing. Were you anticipating a renewal for the show?
BW: Well, I kind of already answered that. We have been in discussions with MGM and SCI FI about "Where to next?" and we decided basically to pull the trigger on movies sooner rather than later, while Atlantis was still doing well. It was a mutual thing. I honestly have neither the desire nor the inclination to blame anybody, because this is a wonderful thing to be able to continue.

Stargate Atlantis - Stargate Official Magazine Issue #24

Stargate: The Official Magazine #24. In this 100-page special, find out the latest about Stargate: Atlantis season five! Connor Trinner talks about world domination, Robert Picardo discusses Woolsey's first command, and much more!

Release Date: August 26


Stargate: Atlantis Season Five 100 page Special!

Designer Wraith - Connor Trinneer talks world domination...

I.O.C. In Charge - Robert Picardo on Woolsey's first command


Fan Q&A!

Wraith Evolution!

Team Atlantis - Then and Now!

The official magazine web site.

Stargate Atlantis - David Hewlett Twitter Update Aug 21 '08

From David Hewlett's Twitter site:

No more weekly McKay...sniffle...still, it's an actors life for me! ;-)

8 minutes ago

Eureka - Eureka Unscripted: Behind the Scenes Photos from "I Do Over'

At Eureka Unscripted, their August 20th update has behind the scenes photos from 'I Do Over.' And at 'The Revealing Science of Eric' blog, Eric Wallace (one of the series' writers) explains why Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn) will NOT be returning.

Sanctuary - Walt TV: Paley Center for Media: Oct 2 Sanctuary Panel

From Walt TV:

(Please follow the link for the complete article, which is mainly about the Sanctuary appearance at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on Aug. 30.)

The Paley Center for Media in NYC will be presenting a special sneak peek and panel discussion with the cast and creative team of “Sanctuary” on Thursday, October 2—the day before the show premieres.

NOTE: Here's the link for the Paley Center, however I couldn't find any information at the site (yet) about the panel.

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Aug 21 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for August 21, 2008:

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August 21, 2008: All Good Things…

By now, I assume you've all heard the news. This will be Stargate Atlantis's fifth and final season. I'm disappointed but not surprised. We came into this year knowing that renewal would be a longshot. With 100 episodes under our belts, rising production costs, and the US dollar's steep decline, the odds were stacked against us. Still, we'd heard no definite word either way and if SG-1's surprising 10-year run taught us one thing, it's that anything is possible. The circumstances that contributed to SG-1's longevity were very different but, back then, we hadn't expected it to get a sixth season pick-up either. Furthermore, with our strong premiere numbers and the equally impressive showing of the ensuing episodes, some of us were, if not exactly upbeat, then cautiously optimistic. We watched. We waited. And, finally, received word the other day...


Like my grandmother used to say: Whenever a gate closes, a hyperspace window opens…

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: SCI FI confirms Atlantis cancellation, TV movie

At GateWorld:

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SCI FI confirms Atlantis cancellation, TV movie


Press Release: Network will follow the fifth and final season with a 2-hour movie.

A brief excerpt:

Thursday - August 21, 2008 | by Darren Sumner

The SCI FI Channel is calling it quits with Stargate Atlantis -- or at least in its current format -- the network confirmed in a press release today. The spin-off series will conclude in January with the current, fifth season, and will be followed with a 2-hour Atlantis movie (story).

Despite the cancellation, series creator Brad Wright tells GateWorld that, looking ahead, the Stargate franchise is as strong as it has ever been.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Studios: SciFi Channel Greenlights 2-HR Film

From MGM Studios:


New York, NY – August 21, 2008 – Building upon the successful Stargate franchise, SCI FI Channel today announced it has greenlit a two-hour movie based on the hit science fiction adventure series Stargate Atlantis. SCI FI will have the exclusive worldwide television premiere of the yet to be titled Stargate Atlantis film, which will then be released on DVD by MGM. The movie will be written by Stargate Atlantis' executive producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who also serve as series showrunners. The movie is set to follow the fifth and final season of Stargate Atlantis, as it draws to its thrilling conclusion in January 2009.

"We're excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas. The successes of the two original Stargate DTV movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise, " said Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and who both currently serve as executive producers on Atlantis.

"We share in the producers' enthusiasm to move forward in this direction and we look forward to a strong and continued relationship on Stargate Atlantis in this new format," said Thomas Vitale, Senior Vice President Programming & Original Movies.

Stargate Atlantis follows the adventures of an intrepid team of military and civilian explorers who travel the distant Pegasus galaxy by means of a Stargate, a portal created long ago by a highly advanced alien civilization called the Ancients. In their never-ending quest to seek out other technologies left behind by the Ancients, the Atlantis team encounters alien cultures – some friend, some foe.

The series will reach a milestone with the 100th episode airing in January 2009. Atlantis is executive produced by Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, Carl Binder, and Martin Gero. Mallozzi and Mullie share the reins as showrunners.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'What's My Line - Part 1'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'What's My Line - Part 1,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz and Anthony Head. Guest stars include Seth Green, James Marsters, Bianca Lawson, Juliet Landau and Armin Shimerman.

As career week at school has Buffy wondering what her future may have been like, Spike hires three professional bounty hunters to ensure she has no future at all.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Episode 'The Shrine' Aug 22 '08

From the SciFi Channel's schedulebot, the Stargate SciFi Friday line up for August 22, 2008:











Photos courtesy of the SciFi Channel and GateWorld

New Amsterdam - Video: 'Keep the Change'

Courtesy of HULU, New Amsterdam's 'Keep the Change,' starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,
Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore and Stephen Henderson. Guest stars include Susan Misner, Robert Clohessy, Nick Sandow, Bridget Regan and Stephen Kunken.

John and Eva investigate the death of a homeless man whose best friend believes that his overdose was actually a homicide.

Dexter - Lauren Velez - Video: Hollywood 411 Interview

Courtesy of TV Guide's Hollywood 411 and HULU, Dexter: Lauren Velez

Celebrity Interviews

Interview |05:04 |

Lauren Velez, Lt. Maria Laguerta of Showtime's DEXTER, joins Madison Michele in the Hollywood 411 studio to discuss all the new developments that are up for season 3. Does she befriend Debra and does she ever suspect Dexter?

Jared Padalecki - Supernatural - Voices From Krypton: Audio Interview

At Voices From Krypton:

August 20, 2008


As Supernatural enters its fourth season, the timing is perfect to sit down with series star Jared Padalecki -- which is exactly what our sister site VAMPIRES & SLAYERS was able to do at Comic-Con.