Sad news my nerd brethren. This is the first autumn since SG-1 premiered in 1997 that there won’t be a new season of Stargate.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Syfy has announced it won’t renew Stargate Universe for a third season, putting an end (for now) to the long-running Stargate franchise on the network.
Are we surprised?
*sigh* I don’t know how I feel. ‘Stargate Universe’ was too serious and dark, too much of a drama. It’s like it wanted to be Battlestar Galactica. It forgot that it’s predecessors (Stargate and Stargate: Atlantis) success derived from being a light hearted adventure series. With that said it was so story and character driven. Yes, the first season wasn’t great, but it finally started to pick up, all those nice little threads started to come together. I think it’s a mistake to essentially shutdown the Stargate franchise. It has served SyFy well for many years.
So instead we get to see another BBC rip-off, another Heroes rip-off, and another failure to cash in on BSG.
Syfy has a slate of new scripted projects lined up for 2011, including the series premiere of Being Human on Jan. 17, the recently green-lit one-hour drama series Alphas and the much-anticipated Battlestar prequel pilot movie, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Stargate Universe will retun to finish its second season in the spring of 2011.