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Four Added to Cast of Stargate Universe January 16, 2009 2:11 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sci Fi, Stargate Universe, Television.
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scifichannellogoThe SCI FI Channel has added four to the cast of the networks upcoming original series Stargate Universe.  The four are Justin Louis, David Blue, Brian J. Smith and Jamil Walker Smith.  The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)


Robert Carlye Cast in Stargate Universe December 16, 2008 2:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, News, Sci Fi, Stargate Universe, Television.
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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.


“Stargate Universe” Greenlit; Will Premiere As Two-Hour Movie in 2009, Followed By Weekly Series August 22, 2008 12:43 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sci Fi, Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Television.

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 kick off with a two-hour movie in 2009, followed by a regular weekly run in the summer. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series. The news comes just a day after the confirmation that Stargate Atlantis would not be renewed for a sixth-seasonorder.  The two-hour movie that was also confirmed yesterday will still go forward.

The goal with the new show is to involve more space-based action than was shown on the two prior series:

“We’ve had great success with ‘Enterprise’ repeats on Monday night, and there’s clearly an appetite for space opera as ‘Battlestar’ goes away,” Sci Fi president Dave Howe said. “There’s an opportunity to keep the space opera as part of our programming strategy.”

“This is an opportunity to reinvent this franchise and make it relevant to a new generation,” Howe said. “We really don’t want to be more of the same. It’s going to build clearly off the existing franchise but with a cast that gives it a younger vibe.”

Said co-creators Wright and Cooper: “In ‘Universe,’ we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humor, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home. Above all, we believe the Stargate itself remains an enduring icon with infinite potential as a jumping-off point for telling stories.”

Here’s a complete description of the new series (and click after the jump for the full press release):

After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate’s ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by The Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion, but never completed.

What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never ending mission, as the Stargate Universe crew discovers the ship is unable to return to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.

The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny’s original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship’s navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures.