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Robert Carlye Cast in Stargate Universe

carlylerobert-121608Robert Carlyle (24: Redemption) has been cast as Dr. David Rush in SCI FI Channel’s new series Stargate Universe.  ‘SGU’ is the third installment in the network’s successful cable franchise and comes from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper.  Both producers will write and executive produce the new series.  The show is expected to receive a 20-episode first season order.

“We couldn’t be more excited to set Robert Carlyle for Stargate Universe. He brings a depth, intelligence, and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise, ” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming for SCI FI & Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy

bsgposter-121608SCI FI’s new 10-part Battlestar Galactica web-series is now online. The Face of the Enemy premiered last Friday afternoon and will be posted on at 12PM Eastern every Monday and Wednesday up through the on-air return of the series on January 16, 2009.

“The Face of the Enemy” follows the action and suspense inside a stranded Raptor carrying a group of passengers, including Lt. Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani) and a Number 8 Cylon (Grace Park). When passengers suddenly start dying in alarming ways, fear, panic and chaos erupt within the confines of the small ship as suspicion grows that there is a killer among them. Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh) and Brad Dryborough (Lt. Hoshi) also star.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Friday, December, 12: Chapter 1
  • Monday, December, 15: Chapter 2
  • Wednesday, December, 17: Chapter 3
  • Monday, December, 22: Chapter 4
  • Wednesday, December, 24: Chapter 5
  • Monday, December, 29: Chapter 6
  • Wednesday, December, 31: Chapter 7
  • Monday, January, 5: Chapter 8
  • Wednesday, January, 7: Chapter 9
  • Monday, January, 12: Chapter 10

SCI FI also released a new poster advertising the new season of Battlestar Galactica. Which I have posted to the right. Click to enlarge

Watch the first two episodes after the jump.

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SCI FI Greenlights Caprica; Will Premiere in 2010

The SCI FI Channel has greenlit the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.  The network has already produced a two-hour backdoor pilot, and plans are to air the show in early 2010, with production set to begin around the middle of next year.

Caprica stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, and will […]

Battlestar Galactica Season Four Promo

A new promo for the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica has gone live.  The teaser is called “The Epic Journey”.  Watch it below.

Battelstar Galactica returns with the second half of its fourth and final season on January 16, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT.

David Tennent Leaving Doctor Who After 2009 Specials

The rumors about whether or not David Tennent will be leaving Doctor Who can now cease.  BBC has confirmed that the actor will indeed be leaving the series at the end of the 2009 specials.

Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.

“When Doctor Who […]

SCI FI Greenlights New Ghost Hunters Spinoff

The SCI FI Channel has given a green light to yet another spinoff of its popular Ghost Hunters franchise. The network ordered a pilot of the new show, titled Ghost Hunters: College Edition (working title).  The series will feature a group of college students, led by seasoned investigators, searching for the paranormal in haunted […]

Doctor Who Preview Will Be Shown During Children in Need Special

The yearly charity event Children In Need will have a special treat for viewers this year.  The first two minutes of the Doctor Who Christmas special, titled “The Next Doctor”, will be shown on the BBC special this November 14th.

Source: BBC

SCI FI Channel Records Best-Ever Summer

NBC Universal has announced via press release that the SCI FI Channel has recorded its most-watched summer ever.  Over the summer, the network broke records for total viewers (1 million), young adults aged 18-34 (253,000), men 18-34 (143,000) and among the women demos of 18-34 (110,000), 18-49 (278,000) and 25-54 (310,000).

Leading the way in terms of individual programming were Eureka with an average audience of 3.1 million viewers thus far, Ghost Hunters International (2.6 million), Scare Tactics (2 million) and Saturday Night Original Movies (2 million).

The full press release follows after the jump.

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“Stargate Universe” Greenlit; Will Premiere As Two-Hour Movie in 2009, Followed By Weekly Series

Cheer up Stargate fans, the long-running franchise, which began with a film in 1994, then became a TV series (Stargate SG-1: 1997-2007) and another series (Stargate Atlantis: 2004-2009 ) is getting a new spin off.  MGM and SCI FI have announced that a go-ahead has been given on Stargate Universe. The new show will […]

“Stargate Atlantis” Canceled; Movies Planned [Updated With Press Release and New Chart]

UPDATED ON AUGUST 22ND AT 4:00PM: Because some wondered how the other SCI FI shows have fared, I’ve gone ahead and posted a chart detailing the ratings of Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka as well as Stargate Atlantis.  Check it out by clicking this link.

UPDATED ON AUGUST 21ST AT 2:45PM: I’ve attached the press release from SCI FI confirming the cancellation and announcing the two-hour TV movie (then video release).  Check it out after the jump.

The SCI FI Channel is ending Stargate Atlantis after five seasons on the air, that according to a report by Multichannel News.  There is still good news, however, as MGM and SCI FI will continue the straight-to-video venture that has proven successful thus far with the first Stargate TV franchise Stargate SG-1, which has already had two movies released on DVD to financial success.  The movie will air on the network in 2009 and then be released on DVD (and presumably Blu-ray as well).

Airing in 10-episode blocks since its premiere in July 2004, the series has seen declines with each string of episodes, until the later half of last season.  Its current viewership level of a little over 2 million viewers (includes a mix of live and delayed ratings data per Multichannel’s report) and a 1.22 household coverage rating (Live+Same Day only) through the first five episodes of this season is an increase over the comparable season four start.  However, it’s still barely half of where the show started off at (4.2M viewers and a 3.2 household coverage rating) for its series premiere in 2004.  Season five’s household rating average of 1.22 is 15% higher than the beginning of season four.

Nevertheless, and regardless of the fact that it picked up viewers when Live + 7-day ratings were factored in, a show with a respectable budget going into its sixth season of production on a cable network available to more than 80% of the nation should be attracting a larger audience.

In the meantime, fans can appreciate that SCI FI has decided to air the season straight through, foregoing their hiatus between 10-episode halves (I suppose that announcement was a hint at things to come huh?) as well as an extended life through straight-to-video movies:

“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. “The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise.”

Other than it being announced that Stargate writers and producers (and current show runners) Joseph Mallozzi (who has a blog you can check at this link and confirmed the cancellation in this comment on his site) and Paul Mullie will write the first Atlantis movie script, there is no information about what the movie would be about, how many of the cast members would participate and who would direct.’s report of the news indicates that MGM will make an official announcement on Thursday, so perhaps will get some more details at that point.

I know cancellations are hard to handle for some people but keep in mind that this is a business and sometimes regardless of how much you enjoy a show, the economics don’t warrant it staying on the air.  At least it got five seasons,much more than several other series even get a chance at.  Plus in this age of DVD and Internet entertainment there’s always the opportunity to revisit the material in some other form.

Also, Wright and Cooper are developing a third TV series in the franchise — called Stargate Universe –- and pitched it to the network in late 2007 (read a report on that from an April 2007 article here).  SCI FI has made no announcement regarding that proposed new series.

I’ve included a chart below tracking the entire run of the show via the household coverage rating (click to enlarge).

Note: Two-hour episodes/nights are counted as one rating.  All data based on live or live+same day ratings.

Ratings for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka (click to enlarge)

My complete analysis, including a season-by-season breakdown, of the above chart follows directly after the jump.

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SCI FI Announces 2-Hour “Battlestar Galactica” TV Movie

The SCI-FI Channel has announced that they’ll be airing a brand new Battlestar Galactica TV movie in 2009, following the conclusion of the series’ final 10 episodes.  The movie will then be released on DVD.  Series star Edward James Olmos will direct and Jane Espenson will write.  Shooting begins at the end of this month and so far the cast includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell.  More cast should be announced in the coming weeks.  Here’s the synopsis (the press release follows after the jump):

Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas). In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn’t account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.

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“Stargate Atlantis” to Return in the Fall

Some good news for Stargate Atlantis fans.  In past seasons, its been common practice for SCI FI to air its original series in two batches of 10 episodes.  That looks to be changing this season as it appears Stargate Atlantis will be returning with its last 10 episodes of season five in the fall, […]