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Universe actors learned of cancellation via Twitter

Thursday - December 16, 2010
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Here’s an odd story that has come out as news has broken today of Syfy Channel‘s decision to cancel Stargate Universe (story): Many of the show’s cast didn’t learn about the fate of the show until their fans told them on Twitter.

“Crap. Just heard the news as well,” David Blue (Eli Wallace) posted on his Twitter account. “Apparently, nobody decided to tell us ahead of time. My rep heard it online. Seems they canceled SGU.”

“Look out for the back half [of Season Two,” Blue added. “Really proud of it. Shame, because where they leave Eli is frakkin’ cool. REALLY wanted to see where it went.  But I appreciate all of your continuing support in all my future works, as well. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!”

News of the cancellation first broke on, and was then posted by Syfy’s Craig Engler via the network’s Twitter account.  Thanks to the instantaneous nature of Twitter, fans were offering consolation to tweeting cast members within seconds.

“To find out SGU is canceled first from my tweeps is the power of Twitter,” Ming-Na (Camille Wray) wrote. “I’ll miss my SGU family very much! Thank you for your love and support!”

“David Read from GateWorld called and informed me,” stunt coordinator James “BamBam” Bamford wrote. “Moments later, it appears on Twitter … Much LOVE to EVERYONE involved in the SG franchise. It has been an honor and pleasure working alongside you all.”

Lou Diamond Phillips was among those actors who reacted to today's cancellation news on Twitter.

Actor Peter Kelamis plays Dr. Adam Brody on Universe.  He tweeted: “What can I say other than Thank You from the bottom of my Heart to all those who supported SGU.”

“What a wonderful SGU experience it was,” Lou Diamond Phillips (David Telford) tweeted. “Only sad I won’t see that wonderful cast & crew as often. But I know I made good friends for life!”

With the exception of Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira, all of the show’s main cast members are on Twitter, as are many supporting cast members and production team members.  (Here’s our slightly out-of-date list.)

Other genre faces and friends of the Stargate crew reacted to the news on Twitter, as well.  Stargate Atlantis‘s David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) wrote: “I thought the DMV was about as bad as it was going to get for me today … but I return to find out Syfy cancelled SGU!?”  Hewlett puts in a guest appearance on SGU in the back half of the final season, which will air on Syfy this spring.

David’s sister Kate Hewlett (SGA‘s Jeannie Miller) wrote: “So … today marks the end of the Stargate franchise? Very sad indeed if that’s the case. SGU was a damn good show with a kick-ass cast.”

“Ack with SGU being canceled and being shut down, today is grim!” wrote Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible, The Guild).

Condolances to the cast and crew of Stargate Universe -- and thanks for a great two years!

“Condolences to all my SGU buddies,” added Eureka‘s Neil Grayston.

“So bummed for my friends at SGU,” Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) said. “Horrible news. I have no doubt that your next endeavors will be amazing. You guys are awesome. Much love.”

Former Stargate Atlantis writer/producer Martin Gero weighed in, as well, saying: “What a bummer. I thought the second season of SG:U was some of the best Stargate ever. Sad for that amazing team.”

Executive producer Carl Binder said that he learned the news via e-mail, about an hour before it hit Twitter. Calling it “like a punch in the gut,” he capped off the day’s developments nicely, so we’ll give him the final word: “Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. And to the cast and crew of SGU, thanks for making this the best job I’ve ever had.”

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • I think this is just disgusting, these companies cannot be allowed to do that sort of thing. Stargate Universe was a brilliant show, it’s not our fault it got bad rating on a bad network on a bad day.

  • Making an announcement to the world before even announcing it to the cast and crew. Man that is a low blow Syfy!

  • No more Stargate ???
    It’s not a reason !!! It’s to us, now, to make live Stargate as long as possible !!!
    Make know Staragte to all person you know. Go to conventions, make fan-films, make props exhibitions, dess up….

    French fans are very very disappointed too for this news… :-(

  • There has to be somewhere where we can PROTEST this ridiculous decision! We have to get someone to pick this show up. Syfy is STUPID to cancel such an excellent show! What the heck do we do???

  • Could the show still be rescued the same way SciFi saved SG 1 after Showtime canceled it?

  • Could it be that the actors weren’t told first because MGM may be looking to set up the show elsewhere and they didn’t want to create a panic among the talent and have them sign up to do other things?

  • Say what you want, whether you hated the show or loved it (I loved it) the way SyFy broke the news to the cast and crew is about as low as I’ve ever seen a network stoop to canceling a show.

    The fact that news of the cancellation and how it happened is spreading like wildfire around the internet can NOT be good publicity at all for SyFy, look at how even former Stargate series cast members are reacting like David Hewlett and his sister. I hope that how this happened will really damage SyFy’s reputation in the industry and make anybody think twice before putting a new show on SyFy.

  • I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from a network that considers professional wrestling to be a cornerstone of its science fiction lineup.

    It’d be great to see some sort of grassroots effort pick SGU up and run with it, without being too focused on return-on-investment and that sort of thing. As always, though, the problem is getting money on the front end to get things started.

  • Hey guys, I hate Syfy for this too. Believe me. This was lower than announcing it at thw 200 episode party, and I didn’t think SyFy could get lower than that. However, let’s not forget to support our friends while they are still stuck with Syfy. We all need to watch SGU live when it returns to show SyFy how big of a mistake they have made. We also need to all tune in to Sanctuary to support Amanda Tapping, Ryan Robbins, and other Stargate alums. Heaven forbid Sanctuary be next to the chopping block. It’s fate is not yet determined.

  • HarryH523

    I just found out on Twitter too from darthvader, then immediatly jumped over here. This is a sad day for all. SGU wasn’t my cup of tea but I watched and admired what they were doing. Best wishes to the cast, and crew.

  • sighs how low can people get, learning about a shows cancleation should be heard by the production first. not to be posted on twitter…

    I sinceraly hope this isnt the end for the franchise, i hope they will make a 4th show, on another channel and also make some SGU movie to complete the storyline.

    mayby some more guns and explosions the next time, since its seems to be what resonates with todays audiance!!! screw personal relations and compelling story telling!!!…. sighs

  • Thank you SyFail Network for bringing on more reality shows and more wrestling. I’ll be sure NOT to watch…

  • I’m sure the producers and MGM knew about the cancellation before the announcement, that they didn’t tell the cast and crew is on them.
    Sucks for them that they found out that way, that was cruel.

  • Wow…I wasn’t a fan of SGU (too much like BSG for me) – but really, SyFy?

    I’m thinking we should start taking bets on how much longer it’s going to be before the SyFy network collapses completely. Here’s a hint to TPTB – you don’t cancel successful shows (like anything with “Stargate” in the title), and you don’t include wrestling in your programming schedule (we all know it’s fiction, but it’s a little lacking on the science portion). And you don’t make the cast and crew find out via Twitter!

  • Hey guys, just an FYI: Syfy does not contact the actors directly. They tell MGM, who tells the Agents, who passes that info on to the producers/actors/crew. Carl Binder received a message prior to the announcement so Syfy did tell them in advance, it’s just someone dropped the ball. Either MGM or the Agents did, if they found out via twitter. Gateworld, please get your facts right.

  • It was NOT SyFy’s obligation to tell the cast and crew, it was Brad Wright & Co.’s. According to the mod of’s forum, the cancellation was announced internally two days ago. SyFy waited 24 hrs. before announcing it via Twitter. Not their fault that Wright and Co. couldn’t be bothered to call the cast and crew.

    Please, stop blaming SyFy for everything, peeps!

  • […] day. RIP, Stargate: Universe. They took you from us before your time. H8 U, SyFy. Apparently they didn’t even have the decency to let the cast know ahead of time. This was written by admin. Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010, at 3:37 am. Filed under legit, […]

  • Maybe SyFy isn’t to be blamed for cast and crew finding out about the cancelation vie Twitter,but it has stooped so low on all other possible levels ,that something has to be done about that disgusting disgrace of a network!
    Let’s all let them know how we feal,let’s be heard,let’s boycott it..their programming and business decisiones are already killing the network,they’ve already turned it into a ruin,a shaddow of it’s former’s almost as they were doing it on purpose,someone has been sent to ruin the network..happens in todays business world,especially cruel tv industry.So,even that is not out of the realm of possibillity.
    Let’s “help”them in bringing the network down,if they want it so badly,but let’s do it ASAP..before they can squeezze more money out of the dying tv network and do everything in our power..we all have a voice and present viewership they depend to kill off the dying horse!To end it’s sufferring..

  • At this point Syfy Channel has almost nothing to offer. I do like Warehouse 13 and Eureka, but to me they are not on the level of SGU, Caprica, BSG, SG1, or SGA. The best show left on the network is Sanctuary. I suppose it’s just a matter of time before they choose to get rid of it too. I should probably just stop watching now. I know that’s not right, but that’s how I feel. I don’t give a damn about the wrestling or the stupid reality shows. I am disappointed and actually disgusted at what Syfy Channel is turning into. I could look forward to BSG: Blood and Chrome. But what’s the point. They’ll just cancel it after 10 or 15 episodes. I have been a fan and supporter Syfy Channel for many years, but I’m just about done…

  • @Alexandria7 and katikatnik:

    Oh please! Carl Binder indicated that he learned barely an hour before the announcement went public. The producers barely had enough notice themselves to even formulate a plan and a strategy. I mean think about it… you get news on the 16th of December, how do you think that makes your talent feel for the holiday season? You don’t just call them up and say, “Hey, I got news you’re fired, sorry about that. Gotta run… got others to fire as well!” That sort of thing doesn’t go over well.

    So spare me your SyFy forum moderator nonsense… that’s all just smoke and mirrors and defense to clean up the mess as far as I’m concerned.

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