Stargate Universe Cancelled After Two Seasons
Indeed we are greatly disappointed to have to report that Stargate Universe has been cancelled by Syfy . The series, which is currently in its second season, will air the last ten episodes in its second half this spring, before drawing to a premature end.
The news of the abrupt cancellation was first posted on Twitter today, where Syfy’s Craig Engler indicated that “Syfy will end its original action-adventure series Stargate Universe when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011,” Engler said. “The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002.
Stargate Universe was to be different from its sister series, Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis in that it was to be more of a character based drama, which although would maintain the long term elements of adventure and humour, would also develop a more darker grittier tone. The series initially received a great deal of negative fan reception as the inception of the series was announced in simultaneous reports to the cancellation of the previous, Stargate Atlantis, causing many fans to be misinterpret the news reports to suggest that Stargate Universe was an intended replacement of this previous incarnation.
Although the series debut received strong ratings, with over 2 million viewers, by end of the inaugural season, the series was merely attracting 1.5 million viewers. In an effort to regain viewership,SyFy made a decision to move the Friday night series to Tuesdays, a night where programs tend to typically attract more live viewers . However, this effort has proven to have gone in vein as the first half of the current second season merely averaged 1.1 million viewers. It should, however be noted that the series scores significantly higher ratings in DVR viewings, suggesting that there is still a strong fanbase for the series. Possible reasons for the great number of delayed viewings include the great competition present from other network series on Tuesday nights.
There has been no news as to the possibility of a fourth Stargate series nor has there been any news on the developments of a SGU movie, to follow the series finale Deliverance, which will air in June 2011 as a cliff-hanger.
To make matters worse, various cast members of the series have reported that they found out about the news from their fans on Twitter and received no prior notice of the cancellation.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire cast and crew of Stargate Universe for their efforts into this series. Indeed, we embraced the new direction of Stargate, which you had helped create and were looking forward to having the series further develop in its exciting direction.We shall remember both the characters and storylines , which the series established and had the potential to further explore, for years to come.Thank you for a spectacular two years and best wishes for the future are extended to all those involved in the series.
What is your reaction to the series’ cancellation?What are your thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise?
UPDATE- Producer, Joseph Mallozzi indicated on his blog, that there still may be a minimal extent of hope , for a third season of Stargate Universe. Though he maintained that such an outcome was unlikely, he did assert that it was possible, saying the following.
“Well, the SyFy cancellation makes it very long odds that we’ll be producing a third season next year. BUT IS THIS THE END? Damn you’re persistent. The honest answer is: I don’t know. No, that’s not entirely true. The truth is I do know some – but only enough to say it doesn’t look good and it’s very log odds we’ll be producing a third season next year – yet still only enough to say I can’t say this is definitely the end. At least for now”.
Further developments on alternative approaches to producing the third season, will be posted on this blog as soon as they are available.