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Richard Dean Anderson will be on Stargate Universe

Thursday - April 2, 2009

UPDATE: We’ve confirmed that Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping are not shooting Stargate Universe on Monday.  The story below has been updated.

He led SG-1 through the gate for eight seasons, and helped launch Stargate Atlantis five years ago. Now Richard Dean Anderson is set to bring Jack O’Neill back to Stargate with what sounds like multiple appearances on Stargate Universe.

“Rick is doing episodes of Universe,” series co-creator Brad Wright told GateWorld exclusively today. “He was just here yesterday shooting an episode of Universe with us. So that relationship is always on-going, and it’s good to have him back.”

The show’s fifth episode is currently filming, and is likely one in which Anderson will appear. It’s not clear yet whether this is “Earth” — which was previously indicated to be sixth for the season, and had a hint of O’Neill’s return in the casting documents — or the episode we currently have listed as fifth, “Water.” “Earth” certainly makes more sense.

Will Anderson help kick off the show by also appearing in the first episode, as he and Michael Shanks (“Daniel Jackson”) did with Atlantis?

Later the same day (today), former Stargate SG-1 co-star Gary Jones (“Walter Harriman”) appeared on stage at Creation Entertainment’s official Stargate convention in Vancouver, and told fans that he is appearing in an episode of SGU with Anderson. He noted that General O’Neill will have been promoted to 3-star general for the episode they filmed together.

Jones didn’t specify which episode it was, but he also noted that he (Jones) was asked to appear in the SGU premiere, “Air.” So, if you’re keeping score at home, Jones should appear in “Air” and Anderson is likely for “Earth” — while Anderson is possible for “Air” and/or Jones is possible for “Earth.”

Confused? Stick with GateWorld this week and through the weekend for more news from the Vancouver Stargate convention! Stargate Universe is now filming for a fall premiere on SCI FI Channel in the U.S.




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  • OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG ty ty ty ty ty
    RDA is what the new series needs + daniel
    + sam and teal’c

    Also its not to late to do SG-1 season 11 after the two movies uno find more azguard and some toulan or maybe knox ppl

  • This makes me ridiculously happy – especially the idea of O’Neill showing up in multiple episodes. Hurray!

  • I’m really sorry but not even the whole of SG-1 could make me any happier about this show being the reason SGA was cancelled. I’ve already said I’ll give them the pilot — if it hasn’t hooked me by the end of that —
    I’m just waiting for the SGA movies and it had better be plural!

  • FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC!!! Oh man, I am sooooo over the moon at this news!!! It’s always a joy and a pleasure to see Richard Dean Anderson back as “Jack O’Neill”!!! A great actor playing a great character in what I’m sure is gonna be a great series!!! Roll on “Stargate: Universe”!!! :) :) :)

  • YIPPY !!!!!!! RDA back. i still have reservations about SGU, but i just may have to watch a few extra episodes just to see SG1 team. bring them back more so i can watch more … the whole SG1 team. throw in the SGA team too. SG1. SGA. SG1. SGA. where’s Samantha Carter. where’s Daniel and T’ealc.

  • Lieutenant General Jack O’Neill? Holy Buckets! If they have the entire SG-1 team in the Pilot i would be in stargate heaven.

  • just think … if it were the whole SG1 and SGA teams all show up in SGU, then think how wonderful that episode would be. it’d be an all star cast. SG1 SGA SGU all blended together. that would be the absolute most coolest thing they could possibly do and would absolutely never have been done before. i for a SG1 SGA SGU complete full teams episode.

  • SG1 + SGA + SGU show would be absolutely wonderful. i vote for doing it.

  • Is it just me, or does it seem like O’Neill’s being promoted insanely fast? I mean, I know he’s head of Homeworld Security now, but he’s gone from colonel to three-star general in six years.

  • let’s promote RDA again … let’s take him from general up to Mr. President :)

  • RDA as President much better than having shrubs in that role.

  • This is great news. O’Neill AND Walter. Now we know that regardless of the ‘new direction’, whatever that turns out to mean, it’s still going to be Stargate, and there’s still going to be at least some connection with Earth. This should ally fears that it might seem too ‘Voyager-like’. These are still people from the SGC, and they’re gong to be doing their best to get them back and leave no man behind. Excellent! Congratulations on the promotion, General O’Neill!

  • Interesting that they are going to be on SGU since this was to before the other gates took place.

  • Ooh, a promotion. That’s exciting! I’m really glad to see RDA come back for a few episodes.

    And actually, although he is going up the ranks pretty fast, there is no “required” time in each rank above 0-7, if I recall correctly. The general officers are nominated for promotion by the president and confirmed by the senate. It’s very political…

  • I’m assuming this means the SGC can still call the ship periodically but the ship can’t dial back. Makes sense.

  • I like RDA and the other SG1 actors, but they sure are going all out to bribe former Stargate viewers into watching SGU!

  • In response to Kate Carter.
    I always felt O’neill as well as Carter weren’t promoted quickly enough. He should be a 4 star General by now after all he has done for earth compared to all the other Generals in the Airforce.

  • I look at it from this perspective; The only way you’ll see the original sg1 characters are through flashbacks. Nothing wrong with that…The show will get more respect if it’s done in that manner. Agree to disagree?

  • If stargate wasn’t on the scifi channnel I would’nt watch the network.(BSG and Eureka excluded) Because sci has this mystical number of five seasons. If a show is successful it’s shelf life is five years. Think about it. What show has lasted longer than that on that network? Its cheap and it needs to change. Free your mind and your ass will follow! Listen to the people who really care. Friday nights are big for the scifi. keep in mind the demographic, most don’t stay home on a friday night. It’s an dvr era. Keep that in mind before cancelling a top show. Sg1, Atlantis, Farscape, etc…..

  • I always liked Rick as Jack and im glad he’s back for “multiple episodes” i hope amanda and michael get to come back to SGU for the pilot and or earth cause we already know that michael is in the pilot. and im hoping rick is in it as well.

  • Yeeees :))) That’s the best news about SGU ever! Now I will definitely watch it, if only to see RDA… and Walter of course ;)

  • Yes RDA!!! I quess they really changed there mind about having SGU loss from other Stargate series!
    Great to have RDA on SGU for one or maybe more episodes!

  • So, let me get this straight – according to TPTB, SGU is a stand-alone show, not another spin-off but two SG-1 stars were already announced to guest-star on the show. It’s an original concept but Destiny’s situation is quite similar (almost identical) to Atlantis’ S1 (no way to get home, taking in refugees etc. – the only thing that’s missing is a friendly alien).

    O-kay…

  • Fantastic News! Thank you so much GateWorld, Brad Wright, and especially, Richard Dean Anderson! :)

  • I was gonna watch SGU anyway, but now I’m SOOO gonna watch it. x)

  • I am so glad to hear that SGU will not be as “stand-alone” as they claimed it would be. VERY excited. Would love to see crossovers from Atlantis as well.

  • YEAH!!!!! fantastic news Richard Dean anderson as Jack ‘O neill is back. Wow such good news. Hope they will ask him to do more in Universe. I agree Brad its good to have him back.
    Way to go guys.

  • gotta calm down a bit, for all we know, he might just walk by with a cup of coffe and say hi…. We saw this happen with several of the stars in cameos…

  • I’m excited… I wasn’t too thrilled about the existing cast choices, except for LDP, but I’m always willing to try new sci-fi. RDA is just icing on the cake. Literally! ;-)

    I don’t know who said it, but 5 years is an amazing run time for a sci-fi show. SGA was sucessful in that it thrived as long as it did, despite the low ratings.

    I’m looking forward to to start of SGU!

  • In my perfect world…The show would be called Startgate: O’Neil. And it revolve around the character of General O’neil. Maybe later on after a few episodes perhaps Daniel Jackson may show up with Teal’c. And they’ll say “Hey, let’s go see what Carter’s up too back at Atlantis”. And they would all go say “Whatsup” to Shephard.

  • Cool. That definitely adds to the appeal of SGU for me.

  • Thats lame. In my perfect world I would be right there with O’neil apart of the team…… with everyone else of course….. oh ya and after watching the trailer for SGU i dont think i will need anymore incentive to watch the show. it looks pretty intense. But they should at least have Rodney or Carter or both of them figure out the address for the ship. or maybe even Jackson could figure it out somehow….. excellent!

  • Let hope he put in a descent performance unlike his other appearences in the last few years, which has been less than stellar.

  • Make it easier on all of us and just bring back SG1 and SGA .. we really don’t need SGU. I believe that the cast in the other two originals were the backbone of the franchise and SCIFI messed up when they dumped them. They really don’t care about their viewing audience. I am waiting for the movies to be released and hope there will be more to follow. With all the original cast of both shows. You can watch re-runs only so many times. I would really like to know the “truth” of the “why” they dropped the two shows and went for the new boring-apparent one SGU.

  • Get a grip people. As much as I like RDA, I do not like the tactics being played out, to “Entice” people to watch SGU. The producers got the message loud and clear, what the people wanted. If you look at the original “concept” of Universe, it not the same as now. Cast has changed, ages have changed, played charachter profiles have changed. now they are pulling in tactics like bringing in cameos. So if they feel like the episodes are tanking out, they’ll do a “meanwhile at SGC” and bring in a couple of cameos again, to reel us poor fish in.. Gosh, this is pathetic. (Yeah, I’m bitter about SGA being canned, if anyone didn’t notice)

  • RDA: “I was up there doing a snippet of a scene with Robert Carlyle and I’ll be going back March 17 for another scene in part 2 of the two-hour” and he continues.. “So I’ll make a few slim appearances in the first half-dozen episodes, or so. Again, details are sketchy..”

    So is this what we crave now? Slim appearences and Scene Snippets.. Aaaahchooo.. what? I sneezed, and missed his cameo? Pretty Slim pickins for Stargate Fans.. Almost like throwing a well gnawed bone, to stray dogs..


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