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New Guy
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*sigh* I loved Trek but this show is so old, and not likely to drawn in a larger audience for Stargate. It certainly will not attract new viewers to Syfy. I wish that Syfy would buy up Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles and bring it back. That should would have done great business for Syfy. I only wish I would have watched the SCC while it was on network tv so that I could have helped the ratings… alas it took Netflix streaming before I tried it… and I was immediately hooked. That kind of show could bring over a… Read more »

Frank
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Speak for yourself. Some shows are just so classic that they’ll attract audiences to themselves just out of notoriety and then keep those people leading into the next programming. The people who aren’t the generation of “look at something once/twice and never look at it again” will come to watch and old favorite and stay to watch something new.
I think this plan will work out for Sci-fi.
Gah, I can’t get used to calling them Syfy. It’s just so lame.

…and they still need to get rid of everything wrestling related.

Mentat
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As a co-incidence that’s exactly what I’m watching now. Old seasons of STNG. In spite of everything today I’m still the optimist, believing that the future will look more like the Crystal Palace than some dark dingy public toilet.

Kelara
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TNG? As lead in to SGU? They really want SGU dead, huh? Don’t get me wrong, but setting aside the huge “age difference” the tone of those two shows and their basic principles are *so very different*, when it comes to SciFi you might as well call them polar opposites. After watching Picard & crew enthusiastically breeze through space with a 99% ethically sound decision making process, full crew integration and an all round positive attitude, who’d really get the urge to subject themselves to oh so tormented Young & crew drudging trough space against their will, with petty plotting… Read more »

Rob24
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TNG+SGU equals success, If you listen to the exact start of each episode this season you’ll hear part of the DS9 intro song.

Zack
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TNG may be older, but like SG1, I’ve never found it the least bit dated, and I can watch episodes I’ve seen(of either of those two series) over and over. TNG and SG1 (and LOST) remain my all time favs, but I have to say, SGU o hsd started to make a real impact on my viewing regimen. I haven’t missed one episode, and especially this season, – in my opinion, this season’s episodes of SGU are a whole standard higher than previously.
Hope SYFY’s strategy works to add more viewers.

Grif
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lol they couldn’t get voyager?

Overmind One
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This is an interesting development! But I fail to see how airing TNG at 8:00pm is going to help Stargate Universe. I think that even though its 25 years old, TNG will still be able to draw in more viewers than Stargate Universe in the ratings, and that SGU will continue to drop. Does Syfy really believe that airing Star Trek before SGU is going to help SGU? Why would they think that? They will watch Star Trek TNG and then turn the channel when SGU comes on. Im primarily a Trek fan, and I will watch ST:TNG at 8:00pm… Read more »

SG-17
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I’ve watched Redemption so many times on BBC America the past month I do not ever want to watch it again.

Greenfire32
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So….basically…they’re not showing “Last Weeks’s” SGU followed by the “New” episode of SGU anymore? Correct?

So….basically…if I miss “Last Week’s” episode, I’m screwed? Correct?

So….basically…Sci-fi wants SGU dead? Correct?

Leading in with TNG (Catered to older audiences) and following up with SGU (Catered to “younger” audiences) is a horrible idea.

Although I will say that it does seem the whole “Screw you fan base” movement is coming to an end. It seems with SGU’s ratings falling, they want their original audience back. So they lure us in with TNG. Apology NOT ACCEPTED.

Jwillis84
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Really makes a statement that nigh on twenty years later.. there’s nothing better on TV. Is it the writers for TV or just that there are so few writers accepted for TV. One day soon.. I hope that writers themselves or small production houses can produce at least animation quality shows that bring more SciFi books to the screen. Inherit the Stars would make a great mini-series, Foundation would too.. its odd we can pickup a book and play this in the theatre of the mind.. but when its a shared experience we have to go through copyright. Its as… Read more »

AscendedTauri
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Seriously Hulu!? What. the. hell?

Katikatnik
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Well, considering that I’m in their target demo (18-34) and I would prefer to watch ST:TNG rather than SGU… Honestly, what’s mind boggling is the fact that the shows have a completely different tone: ST:TNG is more like SG-1/SGA. Why do they think that a ST crowd would stick en masse for SGU is beyond me. Well, they did use SGU as a lead-in for Merlin, so… I guess, I shouldn’t be surprised.

Nathan
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I wonder which show will have better ratings.

Mythos
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What amazes me is that people are surprised by this. Seriously, whether you’re a fan of SGU or not, the idea that it is doing well in any way is stretching things a bit beyond reality. Syfy has no currently running science fiction shows that are doing well (at least none that I can think of that are in-season – the ones that are doing well have the opposite season structure to SGU & Caprica) so they had nothing current to really use as an in-genre lead-in. It’s not what I would call a great idea but I think it’s… Read more »

Sylvia
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To me it looks like they are throwing stuff up against a wall to see what sticks – they are trying to give SGU a chance, but the moves they have made towards that end have not worked so far, and they are trying something new.

But I just can’t help but get the feeling that Tuesdays on Syfy is now just for shows that are long canceled or soon to be. That is my immediate, gut reaction to the news.

Kelara
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I wouldn’t say people are “up in arms” about it. The thought process behind the move is clear (set up well received same genre show before, hope for large spillover effect). It’s just that out of pretty much every Star Trek show, TNG is probably the one most unlike SGU. Being German I have no clue if your SyFy channel also owns airing rights for DS9, or Voyager, or even TOG, but any of those would have been closer to SGU -tone wise- I believe. As such, I find the move a little courious, a lot amusing and am really… Read more »

Rac80
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Too flippin’ funny…I was “too old” and not “hip enough” for SGU so they are putting on a show my generation LOVED prior to it? I see it could go either way…they may get a slight uptick this week from the TNG viewers who hang around, but once they see tSGU they will flip the channel. I intend to be watching these TNG eps (they are some of the best of the series) BUT I can guarantee that no one in my household is going to ahng around for sgu. I gave it a five ep chance at the beginning…bored… Read more »

ScoobyDoo
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Pulling SGU at the 8pm slot is just more bad news for SGU.

Psw
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SGU’s repeats obviously got very bad ratings at 8pm. Syfy expects from TNG better ratings. That isn’t a good sign for SGU.

ScoobyDoo
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@Psw

No it’s not good for SGU. I agree.

Kosh
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I’m also finding it incredibly ironic that they wanted SGU to be targeted at a younger audience, yet now are leading it with TNG O_o I also am losing myself in the complexity of the differences between TNG and SGU in terms of Sci-Fi, drama, atmosphere, etc. What still bugs me the most out of all of this is that the SG community warned them as loudly as we could soon as we started hearing about these changes towards drama etc. They should have done many more readings and focus groups with fans and even random peoples to see if… Read more »

Mentat
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If they can’t get 2 back to back current episodes to stick, I guess that puts an end to any consideration of a SGU marathon this Thanksgiving weekend. If they don’t watch it they will be running exclusively in that 2AM timeslot. And episode 15 with Rodney and Woolsey is a looong ways away.

@ Kosh, you don’t know how many times I’ve asked that question since the premier.

Tekrelm
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This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time! I don’t want to disparage TNG (because it’s a wonderful show), it’s just that it’s 23 years old and they think it’ll pull in more ratings than only week-old episodes of their flagship show, SGU. The funniest part is that they’re probably right! I know which show I’D rather watch.

J-Whitt987
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I wonder why they haven’t decided to try SG-1 or SGA as a lead-in to SGU. If they really want the fans of those two shows to watch SGU that would be the way to do it. I know a lot of SG-1/SGA fans won’t watch, but that doesn’t mean much. New people could watch the lead-in and stick around for another show with the same name.

Personbot
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@J-Whitt987
They probably don’t want to lead in with an SG1 or SGA episode because it is highly likely that either show would out perform SGU in the ratings.

StevenKo
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At least they’re trying something. We can’t still hope/believe that ratings will just be higher on Tuesdays, but I’m certain that the ratings would be a lot higher in the summer. I think that SG-U really materialized as worthy of the SG name in the second half of season one, after many of us stopped watching it. (The long break really hurt last year and if they do it again, it will hurt again.) Most of the episodes of the first half of the first season of TNG were pretty bad, but for us old folks, we were just grateful… Read more »

Anquietas
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Borderline amusing: I have to agree that they are as diametrically opposed as could be thought possible. How does this lineup sound for the weekday primetime through 2AM block? ST: Voyager SGU Lost in Space (Classic) Lexx Planet of the Apes (Series) Gigantor Random-70s B Sci-Fi Movie or one of Christopher Lee’s Dracula films TV execs must get their jobs as prizes out of a cereal box. Seriously, their is no continuity between the programmes on SyFy’s scheduling, and between this, the marathon sessions they love to run, the monotonous (and overly-frequent) commercials and constant station IDs, not to mention… Read more »

Stella_pegasi
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Well, this is amusing. I agree with the person who said they are throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. I love Star Trek and I watch reruns of all of the Trek franchises. I might even watch the STTNG on SyFy on Tuesday nights, then turn the channel. A positive upbeat show with a message, cheesy or not, is much more appealing than an angst ridden, dreary drama full of unappealling characters. Poor SyFy; looks like more wrestling in their future.

Yesman1701
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One thing that hasnt been mentionaed here is that it doesnt matter what the lead in show because 20 million viewers are watching NCIS at 8pm which i’m sure has several sg-1/sga fans watching it because like those 2 shows, it has interesting characters who actually have a pulse. I love TNG, but up against new NCIS eps, its no contest.

Jonytk
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No no no Scyfy u are doing it wrong!!, My father, as most people, just turn on the tv and watch anything, like House or NCIS. If you put last week SG-U people will be engaged and continuing viewing the show no mather what’s in the other channels. SGU it’s just like Lost they leae you wanting more, but a casual viewer was annoyed with lost as they couldn’t keep track of the argument, the same is happenig here, there are lots of people that don’t know about the ancients or the plot, they just want a self-contained episode, by… Read more »

SGU Online
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it’s lovely to watch again the best TV show ever made

Thank you!