The weekly interview series “Dial the Gate” is going out with a bang. The extra-long third season of the show concludes this weekend with special guest Michael Shanks, who played Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1.
Shanks will appear live on Sunday, October 29 starting at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. in the U.K.).
Taking over the role of the optimistic archaeologist from James Spader, Shanks joined Stargate in 1997 at the age of 26. He appeared as a regular cast member in nine of the show’s ten seasons, taking a year off in Season Six (but putting in several guest appearances). Shanks also co-starred in the two SG-1 movies, and put in guest appearances on both Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.
His credits post-Stargate include the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope, mini-series Unspeakable, Hallmark movies like Christmas Homecoming, and the Gordie Howe biopic Mr. Hockey. Fans have also spotted Shanks in guest appearances on Altered Carbon, Virgin River, The Good Doctor, and more.
The interview will cap off a full weekend of brand new live shows including conversations with Elisabeth Rosen (Friday at 2:30 pm PT), who played Cadet Jennifer Hailey; Kendall Cross (Saturday at 12 p.m. PT), who played reporter Julia Donovan in a recurring role; and SG-1 writer Heather E. Ash (Sunday at 12 p.m. PT), whose credits include episodes such as “Foothold,” “Learning Curve,” and “Rite of Passage.”
“Dial the Gate” streams both live and pre-recorded interviews with the cast and crew of the Stargate franchise free on its YouTube channel. The show launched in 2020 and reaches the end of its third season this month. GateWorld also partners with “Dial the Gate” to bring fans news and clips from the cast and crew each week.
Created and hosted by former GateWorld co-editor David Read, the show aims to be an “oral history” of Stargate’s film and television production. Past guests range from Stargate feature film co-writer and producer Dean Devlin to TV producers Jonathan Glassner, Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, and Carl Binder; directors Martin Wood, Peter DeLuise, and Andy Mikita; actors Joe Flanigan, Teryl Rothery, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, and Gary Jones; and many others in its more than 230 episodes.
Shanks will be the show’s third guest from the main cast of SG-1, following past conversations with Corin Nemec and Christopher Judge.
Season Four of “Dial the Gate” will premiere with new interviews in 2024, after a hiatus. While you wait for Sunday’s show, here is GateWorld’s own conversation with Michael Shanks and wife Lexa Doig (“Carolyn Lam”) back at Gatecon 2018!