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Stargate Universe will premiere this fall

Thursday - January 15, 2009
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The SCI FI Channel will premiere its new original series and heir to the Stargate franchise, Stargate Universe, this fall, GateWorld has learned.

Original plans were for a summer 2009 premiere, which traditionally has been the premiere window for new seasons of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Showtime and SCI FI, along with other networks, originally targeted the summer months — despite lower overall television viewership — in order to avoid competing with the big network premieres in the fall.

In recent years, however, cable networks have proved that they can go toe-to-toe with the broadcast networks, and channels like SCI FI now program original series year-round. Last fall, Stargate Atlantis aired the second half of its season, alongside the very successful October launch of Sanctuary.

While fans will have to wait a bit longer to meet Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and the new Stargate team, the move could be strategically very smart for the new series. TV viewership is higher (if also more competitive) in the fall, and the extra lead-time will certainly allow the network and the studio the chance to do an even bigger promotional push.

Whether this later premiere means the network will air all 20 episodes in a row, or take a mid-season break (in addition to the holiday break), is still anyone’s guess.

Stargate Universe begins filming in just 20 days. Keep your browser locked on GateWorld for more updates!




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  • Drat, I enjoyed watching SGA and Sanctuary back to back. Was hoping to do the same with SGU and Sanctuary.

  • Darren Sumner

    Sanctuary is probably a fall premiere, as well — so the chances are good!

  • I was looking forward to seeing the premiere over the summer. Then again, if the future is like the past, they will leak the premiere by June. :)

  • It makes no difference because it will be leaked in the summer anyway….

  • I hope people watch the episodes not just the leaked illegal versions. I can’t wait to see it.

  • I’ve heard that Sanctuary starts in Summer. Just a rumor though, nothing official. On the one hand, I’d like to see them back to back, but on the other, I’d like to see Sanctuary as soon as possible!

  • It doens’t matter… hope they can do the whole first season. Hell no!

  • Well, according to http://news.popstar.com/Article/624 not only is the premier of Universe moving to the fall but the Atlantis movie is being postponed as well. So pessimist that I am, makes me wonder if there’s more to this than meets the eye, none of it good. Personally I’m indifferent to the fate of Universe, but if the Atlantis movie(s) that the series was supposedly cancelled to make way for never happens, that’ll be a disappointment to say the least.


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