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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Stargate SG1 Cancelled

SCI FI Channel confirmed that it will not renew its record-breaking original series Stargate SG-1 for another season, but will pick up its spinoff series Stargate Atlantis for a fourth year. SG-1 aired its 200th episode on Aug. 18, and the SF series is the longest-running SF show on American television.

SCI FI issued the following statement on Aug. 21: "SCI FI Channel is proud to be the network that brought Stargate SG-1 to its record-breaking 10th season. Ten seasons and 215 episodes is an astounding, Guinness World Record-setting accomplishment. Stargate is a worldwide phenomenon. Having achieved so much over the course of the past 10 years, SCI FI believes that the time is right to make this season their last on the channel. SCI FI is honored to have been part of the Stargate legacy for five years, and we look forward to continuing to explore the Stargate universe with our partners at MGM through a new season of Stargate Atlantis."
-- SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

Honestly, it makes sense. The show was starting to get that "how can we threaten Earth again" kind of repetition. The characters have gone on so long they've bordered (if not collapsed upon) retcon. Atlantis is at least a galaxy away and might make for some new avenues (although I don't know how I feel about these "new" replicators ... again ... retcon).

The 200th episode was absolutely brilliant though and showcased much of the drama and comedy that's made the show great over the years. Thankfully we do get SciFi Channel at the new place, we'll just have to figure out how to record the shows.

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