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Starscapesg1
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I think i speak for SGU and science fiction fans when I say thank you Darren well said!!!

TheDudeDean
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I think you should have a link to Save SGU on the site.

Steve B
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Steve B

Now did you send this to Syfy? I’ve also read an article about a month or two ago and they pretty much said the same kind of stuff you were talking about. The head over at Syfy has complete disdain for the actual Sci-Fi drama and is slowly but surely trying to do what he/she can to kill it and it all makes sense with what we see happening over there. Its sad. Reality TV is a joke. Its so annoying seeing a show on TV that is a clear case of “everyone and their mom can get a reality… Read more »

Geekqinator
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the most clever, and balanced comments, that i had ever read about the science fiction gendere and its relation to scifi (SyFy) Network, i readed and its compells me to register to comment, and i think its, alot considering that when that network start, i was just on the verge of wainting it to get latinamerica, but since SG-1 , cancelation, that i did understand but get me angry any way, you know 10 years, 2 season with a diferent lead character, that in my opnion was brilliant all things considered (richard dean anderson shoes), then Movies, and Atlantis cancellation,… Read more »

Jauh0
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I didn’t think lead-ins mattered. I guess I overestimated the average american viewer, I won’t do so again.

DJFavorite
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Thank you Darren. You have described everything I have felt ever since SGU got moved to Tuesdays. I knew then it wouldn’t be long before it was cancelled. Now with the move for Sancuary. I don’t see them keeping it past the next season (thankfully they renewed it before the Tuesday move). SyFy has almost completely lost me as a viewer. The only shows I’ll be watching after SGU is finished is Sanctuary and Eureka. When they are done, so will I be. They have forgotten who was the reason the station was created for in the first place. Maybe… Read more »

Les_Geddon
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This is the absolute truth, well said.

Thankfully the current owners of SyFy aren’t the former execs of FOX, who happened to cancel so many other great sci-fi series(X-Files, Firefly, etc.), so they’ll read this and come to their senses.

Oh… wait… NEVERMIND.

Sigh… Keep fighting the good fight, Darren. Those of us without as loud of a voice are with you.

Hallnavy
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I have no need to say anymroe, everything has been said. I just want to say…On behalf of not only Stargate fans, but fans of Science Fiction itself….Thank you Darren. Thank you.

Wildstar073
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Here Here! Well said Darren, I couldn’t agree more! I have long lammented the loss of the glory days on “Sci-Fi Fridays”. Lets hope the powers that be at SYFY hear you and right there ship before the loose all of their loyal veiwers. Though with Stargate gone, I’m not sure that is even possible anymore. For me the only shows they have I’m even interested in anymore are Sanctuary and Battlestar Blood and Chrome.

Ipfnd
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Amen

Saxgod
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I don’t think Smackdown can be moved due to the WWE requires it to stay where it is, which lends credence to WHY THE HELL IS SMACKDOWN ON SYFY. The SciFi channel is DEAD and that’s why Stargate is going to die next week. I realized when they changed their name to Syfy Science fiction wouldn’t have a home anymore. Hell I can get better Science Fiction from Chiller. It’s over folks. They screwed us on Stargate and eventually Syfy will flirt with an all unscripted tv weekly schedule. Eventually Being Human and all those other new shows will get… Read more »

Rsanchez1
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I love it, it’s exactly what I was thinking. Syfy didn’t even give SGU a chance to rebound on a better night. For a franchise that has been going strong for 14 years, SGU deserved the chance to go back to Friday’s, even if Syfy would only take one show to follow wrestling. Now, it’s even sadder that SGU is being cancelled, given the awesome episodes that were being aired. This is something that I really wanted to see play out in a third season, but it looks like I won’t ever get that chance, until SGU gets picked up… Read more »

Dr_pants
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We have nobody to blame but ourselves for not being 10 million people. I did my part by being 10 people, but the rest of you just weren’t even trying.

Jim Hutto
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Well said Darren. However I would have been more blunt about. III guess some of us can be diplomatic and other prefer blunt. I have to agree with saxgod though. Science Fiction is dead of Syfy. I already miss the glory days of SG-1, Atlantis Battlestar Galactica. That was when Sci-Fi existed and they lived up to their name. I understand the idea behind ratings and I understand the need for them. However you can not put a great show like SGU against the likes of Castle (an other great show BTW) and other heavy ratings pullers. Its suicide. I… Read more »

Radz
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I actually just sent a link to this article along with some personal opinions to SyFy through their feedback email. I would love to have an email address for somebody on the top though so I can make sure they get it.

Sylvia
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Darren, do you think SGU was getting enough viewers to continue, even when it was on Fridays? I don’t think it was. I agree that if there had been a Sci Fi Friday type of thing where SGA continued/SGU/Sanctuary all aired together, SGU would have fared better. It would have given it more time to find itself, as evidently these seson 2 episodes are much better than the season 1 ones were. But hanging out there, all by itself and not capturing the audiences imagination in that first year was it’s downfall. Since it was the only SG on it… Read more »

Syfygyrl
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A well thought out article. It was a pleasure to read and even better: it is true!
Long live SciFi!

Lspacediva3
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Thanks, Darren, for putting into words what so many of us are thinking. The alarm bells started going off when the name changed to SyFy and have grown louder ever since. If it weren’t for Eureka and Sanctuary, I would never watch the channel at all, and I fear for them too. That being said, the viewers who are out there not making the good life choices seem to be driving the bus right now..

Fadetoone
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Didn’t SciFi have wrestling on Tuesdays for several years anyway? Guess they wanted the Friday one instead?

Sylvia
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@Darren, I suppose the producers of shows will have to learn to make cheaper series than SGU, in order for Syfy to be happy with lower ratings.

But would we want to see Stargate made on the cheap? I’m not sure how they could do it. It is why there are so many crappy reality shows. A drama that generates profit with one million people watching would, necessarily be low on SFX, name actors and set locations. Someone who could produce a cost-effective scripted sci-fi show that was good would have my undying gratitude!

Xxxevilgrinxxx
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Well said, Darren, but I believe it’s falling on deaf ears as far as SyFy’s concerned. It’s terrible not only for the existence of scripted science fiction but for the little brains out there, starved for a weekly dose of powerful what-if’s and could-be’s. It’s those brains we lose. Wrestling never sent anyone into space, no matter how hard they throw.

Nickblack2010
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Awesome Darren!! Well Said!

AscendedTauri
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AMEN DARREN!!!! We ALL should push for this!! How can this end now with NOTHING for a resolution!? Give us SOMETHING, my gosh!

In3d
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Also, remember Tremors, the Series!!!

I really enjoyed that show, even though they went off the beaten path sometimes. I was so hoping they’d bring back some movie actors for cameo’s. I miss that series too!!

Jova007
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I normally just read the posts here but I had to register just to say that this one is barking right up the exact same tree that I have been ever since it was cancelled. Sci Fi has gotten into a routine of murdering its originals in favor of garbage like wrestling (which has nothing to do with Sci Fi!). Despite that, it would thrive on any night; it doesn’t matter. Why SciFi can’t figure that out is beyond me. SGU was one of the most thought provoking of the series. It used real life theory and spun it in… Read more »

Leann_Walters
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THANK YOU DARREN!!! Thank you for saying what I am sure many people have been saying every since wrestling showed up on SciFi or SyFy. Thank you!

Steelbox
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You, my boy, Darren are 100% correct with your statement. It doesn’t belong with SyFy. How i would like for Canada’s Space to be available worldwide.

Syfyguy
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its obvious.

they changed their name to get OUT of sci-fi.

they want be just another network and air whatever makes them money. we were asked to ‘Imagine Greater’. …apparently Wrestling is greater.

Yxelione
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Nicely said, but I highly doubt anyone from SyFy will read it, or actually take something from it. It’s a shame that we lost Stargate because of their idiotism, and it’s a shame we will lose Sanctuary because of the exact same reason. Unfortunately, this obviously is the path they’ve taken, I don’t think there will be any changes. Oh, and Farscape was cancelled too in case you already forgot… just saying. What I don’t understand, though, is why didn’t MGM try to make a deal with Canadian SPACE and British Sky One together? Why does it have to be… Read more »

GMarsack
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Completely agree with this article. The sad part is, there will be nothing worth watching on TV at a normal hour after next week. It’s a sad day in the Stargate world… :(

Jim
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Well said Darren!! And THANK YOU. Unfortunately,as someone said it IS falling on deaf ears and why?Because the contents of heads those ears are on are empty.As you said,they ARE hurting themselves in the longterm by insisting on this self-destructive path.Smart business decision making on part of a former SciFi would be able to keep it’s original audience and then expand it some more for the sake of a $$.That would benefit all.As it turns out smart is too much to ask,just as is fair and loyal,or respect toward it’s long term viewers etc. And although I don’t think all… Read more »

Stryse
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So Say We All!

If they return to what made them great, I will happily return my viewership to those programs that brought me to them in the first place, and that they haven’t cancelled yet (not to mention some of the new ones that looking interesting).

There is a reason I tend to avoid investing my time in shows on network television, and Darren articulates it pretty well in his opening paragraphs.

Skasticks
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While all this is true, @dr_pants is right. All the “die-hard” Stargate and BSG fans who shunned SGU and Caprica are a huge part of the problem.

Ilian
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Hi everybody!!! I am from Bulgaria, Europe!!! I m glad finally to be a part from GATEWORLD family!!! In my country Wrestling is wathing from the people between 8 and 20/max/ years old, ad it s airing sat and sun days on a comedy channel in 11.00 and 12.00pm!!! I think it s a biiiiggg shame Sy Fy to airing it esspeccialy in prime time! For shows like a Face off and Ghost…. even not to speak!! In our sy fy channel airing only science fiction no programs for CARTOONNETWORK :-O!!! Even i ve never ssn the program of SY… Read more »

Spacen
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Wow, Darren. You put into words all that I feel. It sounds silly to my friends, but I mourn the end of this great franchise. I am truly saddened by the poor choices made by Syfy. Like many great scifi fans, I have kids and I have a demanding job. Tuning in during the week is so difficult if not impossible. Forget competition from the networks. Nothing on TV can compete with my son’s sports or the many other activities pre-scheduled on weeknights. TV will lose every time. I always catch up on my DVR but it’s not always the… Read more »

Hoss.macian
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So Say We All!
I am so ticked beyond words that they pulled SGU. It was there. I loved my Friday nights with SG1. Sam says something smart, Daniel gets in a bind, Jack says something witty, Tel’c raises an eyebrow. But SGU was an actual drama with VERY diverse characters and plots and they just killed it. Last weeks episode where it showed the “alternate them’s” development was brilliant.
Friday night is what built that network and they are alienating the people that supported them. Well written article!

StargateDominator
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We should all BOYCOTT Syfy For cancelling SGU!!!They shall fall like they made SGU fall!!!
Who’s with me?! RENEW SGU OR YOU WILL FACE THE SAME FAITH SYFY.

Sonic_Death
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As someone who was an avid follower of the WWF/WWE, I know that Smackdown is taped, whereas Raw is a live show. Since Smackdown is typically taped on a Tuesday, they would have no issue moving the show back to Thursday night, where it was for its first 6 years. I believe the move to Friday was originally a way to boost ratings for them when they were experiencing a slump, but as noted in the article, I’m confident that the fans would follow the switch. SGU is a lost cause at this point, and there’s no bringing it back,… Read more »

Tb1342
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Darren, VERY well written and professionally backed up with their own numbers… I love the old Scifi channel and am not boycotting the channel for this one show, but their actions overall….Not investing my time and attention in another show on this channel…I would love to see BBC America expand their SCFI lineup…

Eagleeyes
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Yes and it’s all fake crap

DUCK NG
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That was one of the better written articles I have seen in some time, my only question is, why is this not in a petition type of article so that we may sign it.

PhillySpartan
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Science fiction is to SyFy channel, as music videos are to MTV. This world is going bonkers. Science fiction content is going to be a serious non-factor with no viable entity soon. SyFy is totally losing any credibility they have left. Shoot their programming is so wacky they just began airing Starblazers on thursday nights. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up watching and loving Starblazers and it’s a mad classic (FIRE WAVE MOTION GUN!!) but what current generation viewer is gonna give it the time of day or any respect with its extremely dated visuals? Stop the crazyness and… Read more »

Ocdtrekkie
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I have also forwarded this letter to [email protected]

Anyone who agrees with it should. 1000 people saying the same thing, will ensure someone up the chain reads it.

JoeTheDragon
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Well with comcast running NBC now there may be some big changes in the works.

I can see G4 and SYFY becoming one channel.

versus is going to be renamed and may become show some of the stuff on the universal sports channel (right it’s a sub channel but there are roomers of it going HD but It can’t as a sub channel)

so the new g4 can become versus 2 and pick alot of the hunting, bull riding , WWE, ninja warrior type shows.

chiller can become syfy 2 or syfy movie channel.

PhillySpartan
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Forgot to mention that Darren is 100% with his views on this one. Well said sir!

Moonshadow
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a very good read indeed.

don’t worry.

SYFY or scifi or however they call themselves now will die with Stargate and Sanctuary.

they killed off one of the best shows of the moment.
and the shows are taking syfy with em.

Brandinmcgee
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Well said. thank you for this. I’ve been saying similar things while watching SGU. To end a 17 year (to my count) franchise the way SyFy did. Is in my personal opinion, an absolute slap to the face of SG fans… Just saying.

Sylvia
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@Syfy (VP Craig Engler) tweeted the following to Gateworld today: @GateWorld I think the real issue is that running on Fri, straight through, 1/3 of the audience who tried by ep 3 left by ep 6. @GateWorld Typo…by 7. Then we saw a promising recovery in 8/9, then a big drop at 10, then another small recovery after hiatus for 11/12 @GateWorld Hard to say. By that point I think everyone who was going to sample the show had watched & made up their minds. @GateWorld It’s frustrating because the audience grew from 1-3…not a lot, but any growth during… Read more »