Next week is a big one for the television industry, as all of the major broadcast networks in the U.S. will hold their upfront presentations to showcase their 2010-2011 schedules. That means we’ll finally hear which of our favorite shows have been renewed or cancelled, and which of the new pilots have been picked up to go to series.
There are plenty of Stargate veterans in the mix this year, so of course GateWorld is keeping an eye on all the breaking TV news! Here is where things stand right now (in alphabetical order). We’ll update the list again next week as the official announcements are made.
What you really remember Adam Baldwin for is Firefly‘s Jayne Cobb. But he also played the short-lived but memorable role of Colonel Dave Dixon in the Stargate SG-1 episode “Heroes, Part 1.” Baldwin is a fixture as John Casey on NBC’s Chuck, which the Peacock Network has reportedly renewed for a 13-episode fourth season (Ausiello Files).
Status: Looking Good
Ben Browder (“Cameron Mitchell”) plays college football coach Red Irvine in this series about the world of competitive cheerleading (story). Word has it that the show is among the frontrunners for The CW.
Status: Probably Dead
Beau Bridges (“Hank Landry”) played Jim Rockford’s father in this pilot for NBC. The buzz was good for this one, but Deadline Hollywood reports that execs found the pilot lackluster and won’t be picking it up as a series. Dermot Mulroney played Rockford; Firefly‘s Alan Tudyk co-starred.
While Smallville doesn’t have any Stargate actors in major roles, it does share the Vancouver talent pool — so it’s tough to go a week without spotting a familiar face. The CW gave the show an early pick-up for its tenth season, which will tie Stargate SG-1 for the longest-running genre series in North America … and knock it out of the record books for the number of episodes produced (story). SGU‘s Alaina Huffman (“Tamara Johansen”) returns as Dinah Lance / Black Canary in the season finale this month (as does Michael “Hawkman” Shanks), and could be back next season.
One of ABC’s hopefuls for the 2009-2010 series, V aired four episodes in the fall before taking a monster break to avoid the Olympics. It returned to fairly unimpressive ratings this spring, and many thought its chances of renewal were low. But it seems you can’t keep a surreptitious alien invasion down — V will be back for 13 episodes next season (TV Squad). It co-stars Morena Baccarin (SG-1‘s Adria) as Anna, the leader of the Visitors. Lexa Doig (“Carolyn Lam”) also has a recurring role as Dr. Leah Pearlman.
What did we miss? If you know of any other Stargate actors in regular or recurring roles on a network show or a new pilot, let us know!