The third chapter in the Stargate television franchise embarks through the gate on Friday, October 2, Syfy Channel officially confirmed in a press release today.
“Air” (Parts 1 and 2) will premiere as a 2-hour movie event at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (8 p.m Central). The following week, the show will stick with the 9 p.m. time slot. Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary will follow at 10 p.m.
Here’s how the network describes the show in the most recent press release:
Syfy’s upcoming one-hour series, Stargate Universe follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
Set to premiere in October 2009 with a two-hour special, the series stars Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), Lou Diamond Phillips (Che, La Bamba), Ming-Na (ER, Vanished), Alaina Huffman, Louis Ferreira, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith with special guest stars, Grammy nominated recording artist, Janelle Monáe, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Gary Jones and Carlo Rota.
Edgier and younger in tone, Stargate Universe will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. The two-part premiere is being directed by Andy Mikita (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1) and lensed by Rohn Schmidt (The Shield, The Mist). Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, serve as executive producers and writers on the new series. Stargate Universe is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
Also on Syfy’s fall schedule: Destination Truth (Season Three) premieres September 9 at 9 p.m.; Scare Tactics returns October 6; Ghost Hunters will air Wednesdays throughout the fall; and Warehouse 13 continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. through September.
We’re counting down the final weeks till the new show premieres! For more on Stargate Universe, including episode details, spoilers, photos, character descriptions and more, head over to GateWorld’s SGU Launch Center.
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