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Langley
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Great piece. My only disagreement is with the anti-SyFy sentiment when it comes to SGU. The truth of the matter is that SyFy committed to 2 seasons of SGU before anything was filmed. The producers knew, ahead of time, that they were getting 40 episodes to film. They also knew, quite early, that it wasn’t doing well. They had the power, in their hands, to wrap the story up neatly by the end of the 40th episode, but *they* chose to end it on a cliff hanger. When the renewal didn’t come (the show wasn’t ‘cancelled’, it just wasn’t renewed… Read more »

Nobycane74
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I would have to say….SyFy is out. There would be no way that they should open dialog with them if this would occur. SyFy burned the Stargate franchise once…no need in subjecting them to it twice. I would honestly say the market these days could easily be Netflix or Hulu. And the latter would be more reasonable as Hulu currently still shows ALL three SG series on their platform. So Hulu could be the best market with that notion. Netflix is possible, but MGM would have to licence the rest of the SG series to Netflix in that case to… Read more »

Langley
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Thanks Darren: I’d still disagree — the guest editorial you link to is also based on the same false premise, that the cable network was at fault for the end of SGU. I’d hate to think that all this network-bashing by fans is being read by other networks, and that would cause them to pass on licensing future SG properties. I’ll also disagree with the presumption that they were going to move away from SGU’s type of SciFi because of WH13. Prior to that they had Eureka and Battlestar Galactica going side-by-side, and from this angle it looks like they… Read more »

ViRGE
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I wouldn’t dismiss SyFy outright, but ultimately I think this is a pretty valid list. There are only two realistic outlet options for a new series on a real budget: a major TV network, or a major streaming service. MGM can’t carry it on its own; their subnets nor their streaming service is big enough for critical mass. With that said, while I suspect most people agree with Darren that Netflix looks like the most tantalizing option, I don’t think the problems should be dismissed out of hand. Dropping 13 episodes all at once is a big problem; viewers quickly… Read more »

Welfam
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One thing I am sure of… if more Stargate means more of the same production quality (in all aspects) that Origins exhibits then I would prefer not to taint the legacy of the show. I have been a torch carrying hardcore fan since the original movie. Origins is bad. The writing… the direction… the budget… And I am still trying to figure out how they are going to justify Catherine going through the gate with her revelation in the original movie that “this is as far as we have ever gotten”. No more prequels!

Kendog52361
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There could be a very convenient “excuse” for why Catherine didn’t mention it. We already know there’s a “Time Copy” of Mitchell in the past, in that exact era, he could easily tell Catherine that she needs to keep this to herself “to preserve the timeline”.

Langley
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Hey Darren: Thanks for the answer! I’ve learned that to ignore what the networks ‘say’ and watch what they ‘do’. They’re nothing if not derivative. In the case of moving away from genre-heavy programming, IMHO they ‘said’ they were doing that because others ‘said’ they were doing it. Their lineup of flagship shows included SGU and Caprica, so they didn’t ‘do’ what they ‘said’ they were going to do. Ditto with the move back to more hard sci fi. The lineup really hasn’t changed *that* much, they just speak about it differently. Ditto with MGM. CBS decide to do a… Read more »

Langley
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(And I’m biased, I know, because I had many good years of employment at various studios around Vancouver because of the orders and $ and commitment SyFy put into shows that were filmed here)

Richard
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The end of the SG franchise is , from my standpoint, a culmination of different factors. To be more specific three big factors : the fans, SyFy and the vibe of tv audience at the time. The fans were rigid and not very open to SGU. The mainstream started to want story, immersion, darker, real. And they got it in 2011 when ironically SGU ended – (shows like True Blood, GOT, Grimm, Hell on wheels, Falling Skies, The Borgias, Alphas,….) Maybe Syfy tought they would hit gold with SGU, but they were to soon and the writers failed in the… Read more »

Emteem
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Is Syfy’s hold on the show over? I remember, I thought, that when SG1 was canceled that the producers couldn’t take it somewhere else (and there were claims of Showtime being interested in bringing it back) because Syfy had a right of first refusal plus veto power in their contract with MGM for anything Stargate related. If that’s still in effect than it’s Syfy or nowhere.

Bazz
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Bazz

Loved SG1……. New stuff yeah sweat but old hat now…? Let go bygonnes?? I’m sure there are stories to be told but the Original stuff pretty much explained all. Like most fictional tv series they run out of ideas.😆 As it finished long live the f—ing Ori!!

Matt from Minnesota
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Matt from Minnesota

I would love to see the next stargate series on netflix it would be easy to access since most of us use it.