Engage! Stargate Universe is getting a new lead-in show this week, as Syfy plans to drop the 8 p.m. repeats of last week’s episode.
The cable network will air fan-favorite, two-part episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., starting October 19, according to Syfy’s online schedule. This will lead into its primetime line-up of new episodes of Syfy’s original dramas Stargate Universe (9 p.m.) and Caprica (10 p.m.).
The October/November line-up includes:
October 19 – “Redemption” (Parts 1 and 2)
October 26 – Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers (31 Days of Halloween promo)
November 2 – “Unification”
November 9 – “Time’s Arrow”
November 16 – “Chain Of Command”
November 23 – “Birthright”
November 30 – “Descent”
Re-airing SGU in the 8 p.m. time slot had the advantage of helping more casual viewers keep up with the show’s ongoing storylines, but also the disadvantage of not attracting any non-SGU viewers to the channel and hoping they’ll stick around for the new episode at 9 p.m. — the traditional function of a lead-in show.
For those relying on those 8 p.m. reruns to catch last week’s episode, you can still set your DVR for 2 a.m. on Monday night / Tuesday morning. Episodes can also be purchased to watch commercial-free at iTunes or Amazon.com.
Hulu, meanwhile, currently indicates that only the first three episodes of SGU Season Two will be available on the site the day after they air. Assuming that bears out this week, Tuesday’s “Pathogen” may not be available until around October 27.
Tune in Tuesday on Syfy for a brand new episode of Stargate Universe at 9 p.m. (8 Central)! Read all about the upcoming episodes in GateWorld’s Season Two episode guide.