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Syfy cancels Stargate Universe after two seasons

Thursday - December 16, 2010
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Destiny‘s mission will come to an abrupt end this season, with Syfy Channel announcing today that it has canceled Stargate Universe after two seasons.

The news was first announced by Syfy’s Craig Engler via Twitter (first reported by  “Syfy will end its original action-adventure series Stargate Universe when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011,” Engler said. “The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002.

“Syfy has a slate of new scripted projects lined up for 2011 including the series premiere of Being Human on January 17, the recently green lit one-hour drama series Alphas, and the much anticipated Battlestar prequel pilot movie, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven will also return with new seasons next year.”

Stargate Universe premiered in the fall of 2009 with a larger cast and a very different style from the two previous incarnations of the long-running franchise.  Series creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper expressed a desire to do something different after producing over 300 hours of Stargate, and crafted a third installment for the franchise that was a gritty, more realistic character drama.

Lt. Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith) records a message to try and save the crew's lives. From ''Time''

The series premiered in front of more than 2.3 million viewers in the U.S., but fell to less than 1.5 by the end of the first season.  Syfy attempted to revitalize the viewer base with a move to Tuesdays — a successful night for its top-rated summer shows Eureka and Warehouse 13.  The move ultimately proved unsuccessful, with SGU averaging less than 1.1 million viewers (Live + Same Day) so far this season.

SGU‘s Tuesday night lead-out companion, Caprica, was canceled in October after faring even worse in the 10 p.m. time slot.

The production team members have been focused on finishing Season Two and securing a third season, and so far haven’t publicly suggested any plans for a fourth Stargate television series. (Cooper departed Universe earlier this year.)

The 2011-2012 season will mark the first time in 14 years without new episodes of Stargate airing.

The final ten episodes of SGU will air in the spring, picking up where the mid-season finale left off, with “Deliverance.” The second season finale has already been filmed, and is expected to end on a cliffhanger.

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  • Well the told us “if you don’t like it don’t watch it”. And we did!

  • Can’t say i’m surprised about this. It’s not like it was completely unexpected. Perhaps Stargate should go on rest for a couple of years until NEW writers and NEW showrunners get involved, and can make something that properly honors the franchise (pre-SGU). Doubtful if we’ll ever see the light of day for either the 3rd SG1 movie, or 1st SGA movie.

  • ^ We have the only fandom where fans gloat about the newest series in the franchise getting canned. I’m honestly ashamed to be a part of it sometimes.

  • For those who kept winging about the show and are now happy it’s gone; bare in mind that you will have NO Stargate for a very longr time, enjoy sitting alone and watching your Atlantis episodes over and over. ;)

  • This sucks, SGU was getting better and i really hoped that they would renew it for a third season.

    This is a sad day for all stargate fans, as the franchise will die a slow death… RIP Stargate :(

  • “Crap. Just heard the news as well. Apparently, nobody decided to tell us ahead of time. My rep heard it online. Seems they cancelled #SGU..”

    – DavidBlue via web –

    Well done Syfy, real professional

  • NO, NO, NO… THEY DID IT… THEY CANCELED IT…DAMN THEM…DAMN THEM ALL TO HELL (FALLS ON FLOOR CRYING) why would they do this to the Stargate Franchise its the only thing that is watchable on “the channel that shall not be named”

    i think this is unfair to all the viewers online and worldwide and im saying that because i don’t have cable or a DVR and because the barely even gave the show a chance…from this point on im going to not watch any show on “the channel that shall not be named”

  • I don’t care what all the haters say. SGU was and is an EXCELLENT show! Great acting, writing, and everything else, great science fiction! You suck syfy channel. It could have been just as big as Sanctuary if it had the same time slot, and it’s a much better show than Sanctuary, hands down.

  • Wow, this sucks. The longer success of Universe was probably going to contribute to MGMs and SyFy’s decision for the SGA and SG-1 movies.

  • i hope, somewhere down the line, the sgu saga will be allowed to finish their story, *for the fans*.

    (((sgu fans)))

  • No more new Stargate in production at all… Abrupt end to one of my favorite franchises ever. Heartbroken.

  • Trouble is the last 10 eps are wrapped up and end on a cliffhanger.

    Also I heard if a dvd movie is offered to the SG franchise, the SGU has the priority and writers preference. So SG1 & SGA fans will be suffering either way…… as they did by having this show shoved in there face because the writers wanted to.

  • Badly done all round, from the moment SGA was cancelled a season too early to this sorry state of affairs. It’s the fans that have been massively let down all round, whether SGA or SGU or both.

  • Thus continues the death spiral of the “syfy” channel.

  • This is really sad to hear. I actually liked SGU a lot. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. They should at least get half a season after this one ends so they can wrap up the story properly. You know, for those of us who actually cared about the franchise.

  • I won’t miss SGU.
    However the network has given us more than just a little hope about Stargate continuing. They made an effort to keep the rights to the series despite the bankruptcy and space made for a couple of movies and another series.

    What is needed now is to clean house. SGA was cancelled because they thought they could spike ratings with a new series… And while I don’t agree running SGA into the ground that ending was alot more merciful than this one.

  • So – Stargate is dead. Damn… this sucks. It’s been around for so long, and it’s been part of my life for so long that this seems like it’s almost impossible. I don’t even know how to express what I’m feeling right now. This is gonna get really bad once it truly sinks in.

  • unfortunately, most of those people with a ratings box think reality shows are the bestest-ever. what can you expect from a slowly dumbing down of our society.

  • Well, I’ll just say that it’s sad but expected since SyFy is now run by monkeys.

    In before the SGU hate machine spins up for their final hurray. They should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Now nobody has the StarGate series they want.

    Man, this sucks, even crappy Stargate was better than no Stargate.

  • The best of the franchise now gone. Enough to make me quit watching that channel. By all means… let’s have more wrestling, because that makes sense. Right?!!??!

    In my opinion, the original Stargate was only good up to about season 7. Then it got stupid with the “Ori” a poor man’s “G’ould”. Then SGA wasn’t much better (except for the chemistry between Hewlett and Flanigan. But c’mon the “wraith”?! Really?! Just another villain that leaches on humans. Three villains in a row with no difference between them. Finally, with Universe, something new and smart. The best show (even over the original Star Trek) ever made about exploration and flying into the unknown. Believable, with characters that are rich and selfish (in every great and wonderful way). All three layers of conflict explored and building upon themselves. (Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. the World). I have to admit that I had doubts as to whether the writers of the original series would be able to deliver what they were promising. I was concerned that Carlysle might deliver the scene chewing from which past performances showed him capable. But all fears were put aside, and the guys delivered quality work. This show will be missed.

  • if they moved it back to Friedays for the 2nd half of the 2nd season i’m sure it’ll do better. but i hope Syfy will change their minds if it does better in the 2nd half. so watch it and get those ratings up so it can return for a 3rd season.

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