The first season of Stargate Universe is “in the can,” as they say in the ‘biz.
Principal photography wrapped on the show yesterday, capping off eight months of filming Season One’s 20 episodes. Among the last cast members to leave the set were Alaina Huffman (“Tamara Johansen”), David Blue (“Eli Wallace”), Brian J. Smith (“Matthew Scott”), Patrick Glimore (“Dale Volker”), Jennifer Spence (“Lisa Park”), Peter Kelamis (“Adam Brody”), Haig Sutherland (“Hunter Riley”), and Julia Benson (“Vanessa James”), consulting producer Joseph Mallozzi said on his blog.
And not everyone is guaranteed to survive “Incursion,” the show’s 2-part season finale.
Meanwhile, post-production on the second half of the season continues into 2010.
What about a return trip for Season Two? Syfy has not yet announced whether or not it will renew the show, but expectations are high. The show has been doing well in the ratings, at least outperforming Sanctuary and last year’s numbers for Stargate Atlantis.
SGU is currently the U.S. cable network’s second highest-rated program, after Ghost Hunters, and its highest-rated drama, according to TV by the Numbers, with more than 2 million viewers on Friday nights (Live + Same Day).
Word on the renewal could come at any day, with at least preliminary ratings in for five episodes now — fully one-quarter of the season.
In Vancouver, the show’s writing team has already started spinning stories and assigning episode slots for Season Two, Mallozzi said. The season finale will be penned by Paul Mullie, with Mallozzi, Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper and Carl Binder also adding to the first five.
New episodes of Season One should air into December, then take a break until March or April. (Syfy will begin airing the Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica, in January.)
Don’t miss this week’s brand new episode of Stargate Universe on Syfy! “Water” airs at 9 p.m. (8 Central).