This happened a week ago but I was away and still wanted to add my thoughts to the discussion.
Multichannel News first reported this last week:
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.
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.
Of course this is disappointing and bad news for SG-1 fans but it has happened before – 5 years ago Showtime axed SG-1. It was then picked up by Sci Fi where SG-1 currently lives. SG-1 fans seem to be putting a brave face on. Producer Robert Cooper says Stargate SG-1 will continue – whether it’s through a movie, another TV channel or a third series. However it seems like Sci Fi’s contract with MGM prevents an 11th season from being shown on US television.
In the past, more Stargate movies and a third series have been discussed quite often. Devlin has wanted to produce the rest of his original trilogy and Cooper has talked about an SG-1 movie for quite a while. The executive at MGM has said they’d like to have another movie which may dovetail into a third television series.
I’ve read somewhere that MGM easily makes back the money they spend on producing the show from selling DVDs and of course they make a lot more money from selling it to international television channels. It’s quite possible SG-1 could continue in it’s current form, but just not be shown on US television.
I am slightly suspect over whether MGM actually wanted Scifi to cancel SG-1 as they allowed them to keep Atlantis for a fourth season. Shows also get more expensive to make each time they get renewed; actors demand more money, etc. SG-1’s cancellation could pave the way for a movie and/or new series. MGM would also have known they couldn’t show SG-1 on another US television network.
Sci-fi shows which should be brought back:
- Star Trek: Enterprise
- Quantum Leap
- Andromeda (Hercules in Space)