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Actor, Brian J Smith has been leading a prominent career as an American actor,having just finished his first prominent role as the character of Lieutenant Matthew Scott on Syfy’s Stargate Universe for the show’s two seasons.The actor also recently featured on Syfy’s recent movie, Red Faction Origins, which is based on the actual video game franchise as the character of Jake Mason.This particular movie took place after the events of Guerrilla and before the events of the upcoming Armageddon game.
With SGU having concluded its run just a couple of months ago and Smith being kind enough to participate in an interview with us,we discuss the actor’s experience in portraying the character of Matthew Scott,his frank perspective on the factors which resulted in SGU’s cancellation as well as Smith’s thoughts on the suitability of Gauntlet as a series finale to SGU.The actor also reflects on the development of his young Lieutenant Scott and the slightly different hopes which he had for the extent of his character’s development.
Smith also discusses how working on the show influenced his acting career as well as his professional life,reflects on some of his favourite moments working on SGU, and his final message to fans,with the show having drawn to a close.
The actor also reflects on his experience working on Red Factions Origins and contrasts the experience of working on the Red Faction franchise to the Stargate franchise.
Abbas Karimjee:Were you a fan of Science fiction prior to being appointed the role of Lt Scott and how familiar were you with the Stargate franchise,in particular?
Brian J Smith:Wasn’t a huge fan of science fiction,just dabbled when I was a kid.And I think I had heard about Stargate before but I hadn’t watched any full episodes.But I’d say Sci-Fi is my favourite genre to work in,right now.Kitchen sinks are pretty boring after running from aliens for two years.
AK:How did you relate to the character of Lt Scott?
BJS:He was new at what he was doing and so was I.I think we also both felt that we had something to prove.
AK:What was the most challenging aspect of playing Scott and how did you cope with this challenge?
BJS:One of the biggest challenges was the post-lunch sugar coma.They fed us very well on that set,and I learned to pace myself during Season 2.Every day there were these massive cakes,it was crazy.
AK: Science fiction fans have been known for their passion for genre entertainment.What initial concerns did you have from this and how would you describe your overall interaction with the fandom.
BJS:I didn’t have any concerns about it initially because I had no idea what I was getting myself into.Ignorance is bliss,I guess.That being said I enjoyed most of the interactions I had with Stargate fans particularly those who embraced SGU and were supportive of us from the beginning.I think SGU fans felt very protective of the show,like they had to stand up for it and they even stood up for us,which is no easy feat when some dude dressed as a Gauold or Wraith or whatever is waving a staff at you and telling you that you have terrible taste.
AK:Back in December,Syfy announced that SGU’S second season would be its last.What was your reaction when you discovered that the series had been cancelled and in your view,what were some of the primary reasons for which SGU was unable to attract the audience needed for the series to continue?What was your perspective on the decision of the producers to have SGU take the Stargate franchise in a new direction,with a strong emphasis on character relationships and how do you think this affected the presence of long time Stargate fans?
BJS: Well, I was really sad,of course,but Brad Wright and the rest of the producers seemed pretty confident that we’d be back,and they worked their tails off for months to make it happen.But good intentions and hard work don’t always add up to dollars, and in the end money walks.And actually I think we did have a pretty sizable audience and I think we did do a good job of grabbing them.It’s too bad that not enough of them owned Neilson boxes.SGU fans are always asking what they can do to keep science fiction shows like this alive.My advice would be to sign up for the Neilson program.I would also suggest buying DVD’s but we all know how expensive those damn things are,and I sure wouldn’t buy a DVD set when I can watch the whole thing pretty much for free on Netflix or even on youtube.And I’m sure some people were upset that SGU took the franchise in a new direction, but those of us involved were excited by the challenge and ultimately found it very fulfilling to work on the material we were getting.And when I look back on episodes like Time,Human,Twin Destinies,Common Descent I feel that we did work to do be proud of.Different strokes for different folks.
AK:Throughout the second season,Lt Scott was forced to face various unique challenges in terms of his relationship with Chloe who was dealing the effects of her encounter with the aliens,having to deal with Colonel Young’s poor leadership as well as maintaining a relationship with his son on Earth.
What are your thoughts on the suitability of the character’s development over the course of the show?How satisfied were you with this development and had SGU continued,which character dynamics would you have liked to see explored and how would you have liked for his function to have evolved?
BJS:I just wanted Scott to have a more defined and inclusive role in what happened in the story,and I actually think most of the cast felt that way about their own characters at some point.It’s not about screen-time or stuff like that,but I think we could have explored the unique talents of the crew and really put those talents to use so that if something happened to someone, their death wouldn’t just have sentimental value but would actually be crippling to the mission.I’m not saying he should save the day every time,but I always wondered what his critical contribution was and I think fans did too.I remember once at a convention or something some guy came up and was like,“I don’t think you’re a bad actor, but I don’t get Scott.He doesn’t do anything useful.”I can’t say I disagree.I don’t think emotional impact is enough. They really did a bang up job handling the death of Riley and making his death and the way he died important in the unraveling of Colonel Young.I always had the uneasy feeling that if Scott died,sure the crew would be sad for a few episodes, but ultimately there wasn’t anything that he was doing that fifteen other people couldn’t do just as well, if not better.It wouldn’t have affected the course of the mission.And yeah, looking back on it,I’d consider that to be a problem.But I was confident going into Season 3 that this would start to shift, but as you know we nevergot to explore it further.I honestly thought the show went out with a whimper,and it’s a shame because there was so much left undone.
AK:What are your thoughts on the SGU’S series finale, Gauntlet? How well of an ending do you think it served for SGU and the Stargate franchise,in general?
BJS:Like I’ve said before -it worked as a brilliant season finale,probably one of the best season finales you’re likely to see.But it’s probably the most insulting series finale in the history of science fiction,especially to our fans who had invested in this journey and deserved a better ending than putting the crew to sleep and stranding Destiny in space forever.Nobody is to blame,it’s just the way the cards fell.Well,a lot of people are going after SyFy,but SyFy is a business and not an artist sanctuary.They work for Diet Coke and Downy, and when Neilson tells Ronald MacDonald that not enough people are watching his new fish filet commercial in between acts of SGU he’s going to take his business elsewhere.That’s the way it’s always been,unless you’re HBO.But I can understand now why some fans and even networks are continually wary about getting involved in long-arc storytelling in science fiction because those stories rarely get finished.I know the guys had an ending planned out.We just didn’t make it to the finish line.
AK:Brad Wright recently reported at a Vancouver convention that SGU would not return for the planned TV movie,which would wrap up the storyline.
What was your reaction when you discovered this and why do you think the movie was not approved?Are there any additional details which you knew about the movie,which you would be able to share?Had the film been approved, what kind of conclusion would you hope would be in store for the crew of destiny and for Scott ?
BJS:I wasn’t surprised when I heard the news.It had been months since we wrapped the TV show,and the further away you get from the wrap date the less your chances are of going further.But we all immediately started emailing and calling each other,trying to find some closure. I wasn’t privy to the specifics as to why the bottom fell out. I would have loved to see where the background radiation story was going.I thought it was a promising idea because it brought up a lot of questions regarding science and religion,big questions, and that’s the kind of science fiction that really turns me on. I didn’t have any specific hopes for Scott.I think the writers knew where they were taking him eventually and I just enjoyed the ride.
AK: Reflecting on your experience on SGU, what were some of your favourite moments working on the show,either onscreen or off-screen?
BJS: Location shoots.Getting up early in the morning and driving with my coffee and my dog out to some beautiful place near a mountain or a river and doing a good day’s work out in nature.The stuff we did in New Mexico was the most fun I’ve ever had,and I get pretty nostalgic thinking about it now.It seems like it was forever ago and I miss that sense of going on a field trip with your closest friends and doing what you love to do.
AK:How has SGU affected both your career as well as your personal life,in terms of living in Vancouver and the friendships you formed?
BJS:Lots of memories,way too many.Maybe I should write a book.That’s what I’ll walk away with most,all those little moments in between set-ups,during lunch,traveling somewhere.
We had way too much fun,and man those two years went by way too fast.Maybe that’s the best thing I learned from the show-don’t take these kinds of experiences for granted, because they are rare and they are over in the blink of an eye.One day someone is cutting your hair for free or playing a prank on you or asking if you’re gonna eat the rest of your fries (that was usually Jamil), and the next day you’re schlepping around town going from audition to audition in the pouring rain. But hey, that’s the life I signed up for, and you’re always chasing after those kind of moments. That’s why you do it. You just can’t let it break your heart.
AK:Stargate Universe took the franchise in a bold,notable focus on character relationships and the ongoing issue of survival.In retrospect,how do you think the show and the character of Scott,in particular will be remembered as?
BJS: I don’t know.It’ll be different for everyone.I hope people look back on it as a high-quality, well-shot,well-written,well-acted show that had the balls to take itself seriously.Cute and quirky and light is very mode right now and that seems to be the way to create a hit, but I ultimately, in the long run, respect shows that don’t go for the easy laugh or the cheap effect.I think time will be kind to SGU.
AK:With Stargate having drawn to a close,what message would you like to covey to fans?
BJS:Just heartfelt thanks.You guys are troupers.
AK:You starred as the character of Jake on Syfy’s Red Faction Origin aired on Syfy last month.Could you please describe how the role of Jake was different from your previous roles,such as that of Lt Scott?Also,in terms of production, how would you compare working on a TV show of an established franchise,such as Stargate to working on a movie,such as Red Factions,which is also a part of a great franchise?Which do you prefer?
BJS: Well, SGU had the disadvantage of fan expectation.The only expectation regarding Red Faction was that it would suck.So people were actually surprised that some thought went into Red Faction and that we tried to tell a good story and not just blow stuff up.That being said,Stargate had lots of financial heft behind it, and I guess that’s the benefit of coming out of an established franchise.But Red Faction was an experiment and we shot that film on a very tight budget.Michael Nankin is the single best director I’ve ever worked with,and watching him create what he created with very little resources was a real lesson in directing.Directing is easy when you get unlimited takes,months of prep time,millions of dollars for special effects.Spielberg would have had a nervous breakdown.Michael Bay would have cried.The challenges he had to overcome were unbelievable.There was a medic on set who gave him the Bulgarian equivalent of Thera-Flu when he was getting a cold and he was actually fighting to stay awake all day.He somehow got through it, but that should give you some idea of what he was up against.And he also approached the story in an emotional way every single day,he was fully invested,which really isn’t easy to do when the set is falling apart and one of your actors is so ill that they can’t work and you’re running on five hours of sleep and the set medic has basically drugged you.He’s a real-life bad-ass.He taught me that who you choose to be when you’re faced with the impossible defines you.
AK:What upcoming projects are you working on which you would like to share with viewers?
BJS:I’m enjoying a much-needed break right now.It’s been a crazy couple of years,so I’m taking this time to get back in touch and get inspired again.Time to re-fill the well and find out who I am as a guy,not just an actor
Actor Peter Kelamis has been leading a distinguished career within the Canadian entertainment industry,having recently portrayed the character of Dr.Adam Brody on Syfy’s Stargate Universe,over the course of the show’s two seasons.
With SGU having concluded its run last month and Peter currently in an exciting point in his acting career,we took the opportunity to discuss the actor’s experience in playing the role of Adam Brody.Peter particularly discusses how he related to the character of Brody as well as some of the challenges involved in the role.The actor also shares his thoughts on how well SGU’S series finale,Gauntlet served as an end to the show,his perspective on why SGU was cancelled and his thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise.
Abbas Karimjee:Were you a fan of Science fiction prior to being appointed the role of Adam Brody and how familiar were you with the Stargate franchise,in particular?
Peter Kelamis: I was a huge Sci-Fi fan and had appeared in 2 Episodes of SG-1…”Space Race” and “Smoke And Mirrors”.I was very excited to be a part of a new SG Series.
AK: What was the most challenging aspect playing Brody and how did you cope with this challenge?
PK:The biggest challenge by far was some of the Science related dialogue. All the theories were based on scientific fact and theory soo…I had to look like I knew what I was talking about…It took a lot of extra memorizing…
AK: How did you relate to the character of Brody?
PK:I instantly related to Brody…a character, much like the others, being forced into a situation beyond his control.As the Series went on and his comedic quirks came out…I really enjoyed portraying him even more.
AK:How do you think the character of Brody developed over the course of the show’s two seasons and what aspirations did you have for the character?
PK: The Producers and Writers found out I was a stand-up comic,they began giving me more comedic freedom in scenes…and I loved them for it.I was looking forward to playing Brody for years to come, but unfortunately that was cut short…very disappointed.
AK: What are your thoughts on the SGU’S series finale, Gauntlet?How well of an ending do you think it served for SGU and what were your hopes for how the show would have continued ,had it been renewed for a third season?
PK:I thought “Gauntlet” was poetic and haunting, especially since I knew the show’s fate when I finally watched it. I think we had some amazing possibilities ahead…it is a real shame that we didn’t get to continue our story. The Producers gave us a “Heads Up” as to where the story was headed…and I was looking forward to it.
AK:Back in December, Syfy announced that SGU’S second season would be its last.What was your reaction when you discovered that the series had been cancelled and why do you think SGU was unable to attract the audience needed for the series to continue? What was your perspective on the decision of the producers to have SGU take the Stargate franchise in a new direction, with a strong emphasis on character relationships and survival?
PK:I loved the Producers decision to take the show in such a bold new direction.It was amazing.There were a number of reasons as to why SGU was cancelled and none of them good ones as far as I am concerned.You can argue time slots, anti-SGU campaigns,the flawed Nielson system, but ultimately I suppose there is no SINGLE reason.
The news came as a great shock to myself and the rest of the cast. I found out, like most of them, through Twitter…not the best way to find out your show was cancelled. I have to look at those two years as positive otherwise I will tear up and get emotional.I had THE best time, with THE best people possible around me to share it…I will cherish it always.Not to mention the awesome Fans of the show that I still converse with on Twitter and Facebook.
AK: With SGU having been cancelled as a TV series, Brad Wright engaged in a series of negotiations for SGU to continue on either in the form of a TV movie or as miniseries. At a recent convention in Chicago,Wright reported that the negotiations were unsuccessful. What was your reaction to this and what do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at a later time? Why or why not?
PK:I know for a fact Brad tried his best to get a movie deal to finish our story.It didn’t happen, but not due to lack of effort.I don’t know if the Stargate Franchise will continue or not…The crew of the Destiny is in stasis for 3 years…maybe at that time a Network will pick up the show and bring us back…we are after all frozen, not dead. Stranger things have happened in T.V.Maybe we come back in three years and Bobby Ewing steps out of the shower and kick starts the whole thing?
AK: Reflecting on your experience as a cast member on SGU, what are some of your favorite moments, either on – screen as Brody or behind the scenes?
PK:There are probably too many to mention…whenever we would film a scene in the Mess Hall, with all the cast present…we would get into soo much trouble cus we would be laughing our asses off too much.I truly miss the comradery in a big way.I laughed solid to for two years.My sides still hurt.
My favorite Brody moments were probably the “2001” “Numa Numa” sequence in “Hope” and the “Get off my lawn” grumpy Brody in “Epilogue”…with a million more in between.
AK: How has being a part of SGU impacted your career as well as your personal life, in terms of the friendships you formed?
PK:I have been recognized from my work on SGU in strange places…The Las Vegas airport subway tram, a cold beer and wine store, a cigar shop in Victoria..etc. And each time, I am truly caught off guard. As far as career goes, it has definitely opened up some doors and I hope to start working on a series project soon. As far as personally, I have gained an entire cast members list of awesome new friends. I love those guys, and gals, a great deal.
AK:With SGU currently being the last chapter for the Stargate franchise, how do you hope both the show and the character of Brody will be remembered?
PK:I hope people think I did the role justice and brought something of myself to it. I hope I made them laugh, at times get emotional…all in all, I hope they believed that Brody was real and that I somehow made them care about him. That would make me feel good.
AK:What message do you have for fans as SGU draws to a close?
PK:-I thank all of the Fans of SGU for watching and enjoying the show…your outcries of support are amazing.On the final night when Twitter was lit up with “Standing Ovation” comments…I would lie if I said it didn’t bring a tear to my eye.I have yet to appear at any SGU Convention, but hope to get invited in the near future. I cannot wait to shake a few hands and share a chat or two about this great experience with people one on one.
AK:What other acting projects have you been involved in,which you would like to share with viewers and what future aspirations do you have for your acting career?
PK:I am currently splitting time between Vancouver and Los Angeles, but with more of a focus on L.A. right now.We have a home in both cities.I am excited about the possibilities that L.A. has to offer and my Management there is amazing.I know they will steer me into another great role on another great show very soon…I can’t wait.
Indeed, fans of Stargate Universe can now purchase the complete second and final season of the series on DVD. Stargate Universe – The Complete Final Season on DVD, was released earlier this month,in North America on Monday, June 6 2011. Viewers, should, however, note that there have been no plans for the edition to be released on Blu Ray. The DVD set consists of 5 separate discs and is currently retailed at a price of $49.98[USA] and $59.98[CA].
The video is available in Anamorphic wide screen and both audio and subtitles are available in English – 5.1 Dolby Digital as well as Spanish English – 5.1 Dolby Digital.
In addition to the complete final season, viewers will have the chance to explore the following special features:
- Episode Commentary Tracks
- Robert Carlyle Directs
- Andy Mikita Directs
- Eli’s Mom Comes on Board
- Brian J. Smith’s First Fight
- Crashing a Shuttle
- The Seed Ship With Joe Mallozzi
- Saying Goodbye to Sgt. Riley
- Lou Diamond Phillips on Guest Stars
- Lt. Scott Gets Hit By A Car
- Inside Cloverdale with Brad Wright
- How to Get Sucked Into Space
- SG-U Welcomes You to New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands
- Deconstructing Destiny
- A Day in the Life of Jamil Walker Smith
- Transplant Day
- Sitting Down with Mike Dopud
- Bringing the Bridge to Life
- Louis Ferreria Vs. Colonel Young
- Pitches: A Journey of Friendship and Discovery
- Behind the Season 2 Finale – Gauntlet
Have you purchased the edition? Reflecting on the second season, which moments or episodes were your favorite? Which was your favorite special feature?Why? Sound off in the comments section!
Actress Jennifer Spence has been leading a distinguished career as a Canadian actress,having played the recurring role of the brilliant yet chatty scientist, Dr. Lisa Park in Syfy’s Stargate Universe.
With SGU having recently drawn to a close after two seasons and Jennifer being kind enough to participate in a interview with us, we decided to take the opportunity to discuss playing the role of Lisa Park, the actress’ experience in interacting with fans as well as her favourite episode of Stargate Universe. We also discuss what Jennifer’s reaction to SGU’S cancellation has been and the factors which she thinks contributed to the show’s end. We also discuss the actress thoughts on what her hopes for Dr. Park’s relationship with Sergeant Ronald Greer [Jamil Walker Smith] were as well as her thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise.
Jennifer also talks about her recent work on a feature film with her finance entitled, Down River and the actress discusses her role on anAmerican documentary series, Exes & Ohs and her hopes for the show’s future as well as her work on a recent pilot presentation supervised by SGU’S Visual effects Supervisor,Mark Savela.
Abbas Karimjee:Were you a fan of Science fiction prior to being appointed the role of Dr. Lisa Park and how familiar were you with the Stargate franchise, in particular?
Jennifer Spence: I always fear answering this question cuz I hadn’t been a fan of science fiction prior to Stargate to be honest! But SGU proved to me that it was possible for science fiction to be moving, funny and realistic – everything that I ever wanted as an actor in order to tell a story of what it means to be a human being..
AK: How did you relate to the character of Park ?
JS: I related a lot to her nerdiness, her desire to do the right thing and her need to prove herself.
AK: What challenges were associated with portraying the character of Dr. Park and how did you overcome this?
JS:I think the biggest challenges associated with playing her had to do with the sex scenes I did in season 1 – always a bit nerve-wracking but ultimately fun to do! Also in “Blockade” as part of the fire and water in the dome sequence, I had to put my head under water while still in my space suit helmet and water would always seep in. So I had to keep myself submerged as long as I could during a take while water filled my helmet! Fear of drowning was definitely with me but knowing I could just stand up at any time and open up the helmet was what allowed me to overcome the challenge. Bam Bam (stunt coordinator extraordinaire) also talked me through it and made me realize I was in control.
AK:How do you think the character of Lisa Park has developed over the course of the series and what aspirations did you have for the character?
JS:I was so happy to see the aspirations I had for her actually come into play over the 2 seasons! I think she came more and more into her own and found her own strength of character and value as an individual and as a team-mate. She proved her worth to both herself and others.
AK. What was your favourite episode of SGU and why?
JS:I can honestly say I’ve loved every episode and each for different reasons – part of the excellence of the whole team we had. One episode that I think is one of the best hours of TV you’ll ever see is “Epilogue”. When we got this script (penned by the fabulous Carl Binder) we knew how incredible it was and also how ambitious it was but the whole team far exceeded all expectations and created this mini-movie of sorts that left me sobbing in the way that the last episode of Six Feet Under left me sobbing! Just because it all comes down to that same basic stuff: love, connection, family, friendship, leaving your mark, faith, action, survival, doing your best, the journey of being a human being.
AK: Science Fiction fans have been known for their great passion and loyalty towards genre entertainment. What have been the various ways in which you have connected with fans and could you please, briefly describe your experience in interacting with the fandom?
JS:Science fiction fans are the best! They’ve all been so supportive of us and the show and I’ve loved chatting with them on Twitter and seeing them when we did the Innerspace special on Space channel and on Canada AM. After the last episode of season 2 aired, fans of the show tweeted hundreds upon hundreds of standing ovations. I was blown away by that. I’m really looking forward to meeting more of these folks in person when I go to some conventions. First up Starcon!
AK: Back in December, Syfy announced the cancellation of Stargate Universe, once the show concludes in its current second season:What was your reaction when you discovered that the series had been cancelled and why do you think SGU was unable to attract the audience needed for the series to continue? What was your perspective on the decision of the producers to have SGU take the Stargate franchise in a new direction, with a strong emphasis on character relationships and survival?
JS: My reaction when I heard we got cancelled was shock then anger then grief. I remember Patrick Gilmore and I were chatting on the phone right after I heard and we were commiserating on experiencing the feeling one gets when a relationship ends. Denial. Anger. Negotiation. Etc.
I don’t think I can ever fully know why the show was unable to attract the audience it needed for the series to continue. I do know it wasn’t a question of quality – that’s for sure. I think the biggest factor that influenced the numbers was when we got moved from Friday nights to Tuesday nights on the weekly TV schedule for season 2. We then had to compete with loyal, long-time viewers of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Glee” and so I think a lot of folks either missed SGU altogether and downloaded it later or PVR’d it. Either which way weren’t favorable to our ratings. It’s unfortunate because the Nielsen ratings system is no longer an accurate ratings assessment in this day and age with the way technology is. But my understanding is that it is still the predominant way of the industry.
I’m glad and grateful the producers and writers took the Stargate franchise in a new direction with SGU. Relationships, character and survival are what it’s all about for me and they created an outstanding show that will stand the test of time.
AK:With SGU having been cancelled as a TV series, Brad Wright engaged in a series of negotiations for SGU to continue on either in the form of a TV movie or as miniseries. At a recent convention in Chicago ,Wright reported that the negotiations were unsuccessful. What was your reaction to this and what do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at a later time. Why or why not?
JS:I was really grateful to Brad for his efforts. As I’m sure you’ve heard already, the SGU team is a family so we were all eager to work together again. I was really disappointed to hear the movie wasn’t a go but I still have this faith that we will all work together again in some form or another. I think the Stargate franchise will continue to be successful with DVD sales and like I said before, SGU will stand the test of time. I don’t know if there will be a revival. That’d be awesome but we just can’t know that at this time.
AK:In the final season, Dr. Park further develops a romantic relationship with Sergeant Ronald Greer, while being unaware of Dr. Volker’s romantic feelings toward her. Who would you have preferred to see Park with and why? What are your thoughts on who she may have ended up with, had SGU continued?
JS: I think I would have liked to continue to watch her relationship with Greer evolve just because they were so different yet like most everyone else in this world simply wanted love and intimacy. I thought it was also a nice symbol of the possibility of harmony between the 2 different camps: military and civilian.
AK:Reflecting on your experience as a cast member of SGU, could you please share some of your favourite memories of working on the show, either from on screen or off?
JS:Aw man, there are too many to list! I think one of the biggest thrills I got was when we got to travel to New Mexico to shoot “Malice.” Not only were we in the most beautiful surroundings and getting to experience some life experience/travelling on the side but I was so happy to have a close scene with Bobby. My parents have always been huge fans of his as have I and so the fact that I was acting with Bobby Carlyle in the desert was just so effing awesome!
AK:What message would you like to convey to viewers of the series, with SGU having drawn to a close?
JS:Sounds cheesy but gratitude. Gratitude and love to all the viewers and fans for joining us and supporting us on this journey. So glad they enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed making it. We’re proud of the show and it means so much to know it has been appreciated.
AK. Have you been working on any other acting projects which you would like to share with viewers and what aspirations do you have for the future?
JS: I’ve been working on a feature film with my fiancé called “Down River” which has been a hugely inspiring and creatively satisfying experience http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/reelman/archive/2011/03/21/memories-are-made-of-this.aspx
In terms of the future I would love for another show I did called “Exes & Ohs” to get a 3rd season. The 2nd season will air in the USA June 29th. Stay tuned for details! Besides that, I would like to continue playing roles that challenge me in the best ways possible. I recently shot a presentation pilot called “Echoes” created by the brilliant team of Mark Savela (visual effects supervisor on SGU) and Ken Kabatoff (production assistant on SGU and independent film producer/writer/director) that did just that. I play a woman who is forced by circumstances to become a strong, solid leader and it feels awesome to take the journey with her and stretch myself. I’m super excited about it and we’re hopeful of it getting picked up by a network. It was fun too to have all these scenes with the dreamy and talented Mike Dopud (Varro on SGU)! Most of the team that worked on it were SGU crew so it was wonderful to be surrounded by family once again. http://www.gateworld.net/news/2011/05/savela-sgu-vets-pitching-new-sci-fi-series-echoes/
Indeed, after much anticipation for SGU’s continuation in the form of a movie, producer Brad Wright announced in last week’s Chicago Con that plans for the SGU Movie had been cancelled. “We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen,” Wright said during his stage panel today. “It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning.
Though Wright was certain as to the end of SGU, he did assert his satisfaction which both the series and the franchise in general had achieved. To demonstrate such sentiments, Wright indicated that “It was a great ride and I felt really good about [SGU] and about Stargate in general,” Wright continued. “When something’s been a part of your life for 15 years, it kind of takes you over.”
Wright also confirmed that the long awaited, Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis movies, Stargate Revolution and Stargate Extinction have been cancelled. The movies, which had been written over a year ago had been continuously delayed to due to MGM’s financial issues as well as issues in the economy.
Though there is currently no foreseeable future for Stargate, Wright remains optimistic as to the franchise’s future,“It’s a franchise. Stargate is not over,” he said. “Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”
What is your reaction to this news and why do you think the franchise was unable to continue? What aspect of the cancellation has you the most disappointed and what do you think will become of Stargate? Sound off in the comments section!
Take a read through below for an official excerpt and promotional features for the impending episode of Stargate Universe, Hope.Be sure to tune in for the episode on Monday, March 29 @ 10:00pm on Syfy.Ginn resurfaces in Chloe via the communication stones, creating a dilemma for Eli and Rush to solve; Greer becomes a kidney donor after Tamara diagnoses Volker with end-stage renal disease[ TV Guide].
Why has Ginn resurfaced so long after her body initially died? How will Rush and Eli address this issue and what will become of Ginn?Will Volker’s procedure succeed and will both, him and Greer survive the occurrence?How will cope with the deands presented by the surgery, given her limited medical training? Be sure to share your thoughts and speculations in the comments section, below.
Take a look at Canada’s Space Network’s trailer for SGU 2.5, which will make its debut on the network on Tuesday, March 8 at 10:00pm eastern standard time, with Deliverance. The brief 30 second trailer, features some of the previous scenes from the current second season, before giving fans a peak at some of the excitement to come in the final 10 episodes of the series.
Among this excitement, is the long-awaited confrontation between Sergeant Greer and Chloe as well as yet another dispute between Dr. Rush and Colonel Young after another opportunity to return home arises.
Take a look at the trailer directly below and share your thoughts in the comments section!
Indeed, the day following SyFy’s announcement of SGU’s return date in the USA, Canada’s Space Network, has announced that SGU 2.5, will debut on Tuesday, March 8 2011 at 10:00pm eastern standard time.
This new time slot marks the change from Friday nights to Tuesday nights.
Though SGU scored relatively poor ratings in the USA, which resulted in the series ‘ cancellation, the show has generated record breaking ratings for Space. A reason for the change in the timeslot is unknown.
Read the brief excerpt description of the first episode of the second half of the season, Deliverance, which was provided by the network below. Please note the description does contain spoilers and those who wish to maintain a strong sense of surprise, should avoid further reading.
The final 10 episodes pick up from December’s jarring cliffhanger, where the Destiny encountered two warring races and an ally thought dead returned. In the Season 2.5 premiere, “Deliverance,” the Destiny is now locked in a battle with a Drone Command Ship and surprised by the arrival of the aliens that abducted Rush and Chloe.
What do you think of the new time slot, in terms of ratings? What storylines, exploration and character dynamics do you think or at-least anticipate that the series will explore before it draws to a close.
Why do you think the aliens , who captured Rush and Chloe have returned?What is their relation to the Drones, if any? Do you think that Chloe has fully transformed and what are her true motives? Are the Urinis still the allies of those aboard Destiny and what role do you think they will play towards the current battle? How will the crew respond to the crisis which they are facing? Sound off in the comments section to start the discussion/ speculation!
Indeed, Stargate Universe will return with its final episodes , on Monday, March 7 at 10:00pm eastern standard time on SyFy. The news was first issued via SyFy’s program scheduling .
The move to Monday nights, brings the series out of the typically , highly competitive Tuesday nights, where SGU scored considerably poor ratings through the first half of its current second season, which of course resulted in the series’ cancellation. The show will now be airing immediately after the recent hit series, Being Human, which airs at 9:00pm on Mondays and premiered in January, with the accumulation of almost 2 million viewers.
The second half of SGU will of course continue on from the cliff-hanger left in Resurgence and the first episode is entitled, Deliverance.
Take a look at the initial schedule March 2011, below.
News regarding the debut date for the second half of Stargate Universe on Space[Canada] and Sky One [ UK] has yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, producer, Joseph Mallozzi continues to keep fans apprised, on his blog, as to the developments which producer, Brad Wright ha been making with his negotiations with MGM, to have the series continue in some form. It has, however been made clear by Mallozzi that a third season is not a possibility.
“Still no definite word on the Stargate front,” Mallozzi said. “Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet. Not a bad sign just … no sign. There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now — but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes. To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up — alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play.
“Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general)
Keep up to date on these developments, on our SGU Cancellation Page.
What are your thoughts on the new time slot, both in terms of your schedule and in terms of the effect on ratings? What do you think is in stire for the future of SGU? Sound off in the comments section below.
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 , 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.
However ,since this announcement was made, producer Brad Wright has been exploring alternate options to continuing the series, with officials at MGM. As a result, there is renewed hope as to the future of the series. Follow the updates below, for progress on the efforts to have Stargate Universe , continue in some format.
December 22 2010“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”.
We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” Wright, who expressed, his gratitude for fan support, after his recent series of ongoing discussions with MGM officials , also added the following in his interview.
“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he said, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget[http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2010/12/brad-wright-on-stargate-universe-we-havent-given-up.html ]
December 25 2010All options are being considered at this point, but a third season would be ideal.[ producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog]
January 4 2011:I spoke to Brad about the future of the franchise. We discussed “the plan”, Universe mainly, but also talked SG-1 and Atlantis. No word on progress yet but, given the recent holidays, that’s to be expected I suppose. Hopefully, we’ll receive some positive news next week.[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/january-5-2010-yes-and-no-and-yes-but-no-and-stargate/]
January 10 2011: No developments to report on the Stargate front, but I’m hopeful we’ll receive some news this week[ producer , Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/january-10-2011-the-top-10-food-t-v-personalities-that-kind-of-get-on-my-nerves/]
January 12 2011-I was in the office yesterday to watch the Day 1 Mix of The Hunt. Great stuff! Anyway, while there, I talked to Brad. Needless to say, he’s been working hard to ensure we all get the opportunity to work with Mark in 2011. Nothing definite as of yet toreport but a minor hurdle was cleared. Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.[producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/january-12-2011-stargate-production-update/]
January 26 2011-There’s also the fact that if things move as quickly as I think they will[ in regards to an opportunity presented by former Stargate co creator, Robert C Cooper, it will make both Paul and I unavailable for any other projects-poised-for-production. Was hoping to hear something definite on the Stargate front before week’s end (or certainly before January 31st).http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/january-24-2011-hey-look-whos-in-town/
January 28 2011-Still no word on the Stargate front. Sorry, gang. When I do hear, either way, I promise you’ll be the first to hear. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog.
January 29 2011-"Still no definite word on the Stargate front although I am being cc’d on the various emails concerning meetings, etc. Alas, a third season looking less likely, but there are other scenarios that would allow us complete this incredible journey". Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/january-28-2011-just-wake-me-up-if-i-have-to-go-to-toronto-lunch-with-ryan-still-no-word-in-case-youre-wondering-clearing-my-dvr/. What are your thoughts on this? Are you disapointed at the unlikely prospect of a third season?What other form would you most like to see the journey completed in and how would you like to see Destiny complete its mission?
January 30 2011-Speaking of buzz – I exchanged emails with Brad today and he reports another major hurdle has been cleared. Almost there, Stargate fans. Again, this is show business, so even the most promising of scenarios can go sideways fast (and dead-end scenarios turn around just as quickly). Nothing is written in stone but things are looking MUCH better now than they did last week when things looked much better than they did the week before. Meetings are still ongoing and I, like most of you, am really beginning to feel antsy. Hopefully, by the time we head back into the office for the Day 1 Mix of Blockade, we’ll have something more substantial to discuss. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/january-30-2011-ready-for-t-o-cautiously-optimistic-things-i-made-recommend-me-a-bat-book/
February 6 2011- Meanwhile, for all those wondering – which I assume is A LOT of you – the Stargate situation remains fluid, and the tidbits of information I’ve received continue to sound very promising for a conclusion to the SGU story (in addition to a few more goodies). It’s slow but positive progress. Hopefully, I’ll know more this Tuesday when I go in to watch the Day 1 mix of Blockade and Day 2 mix of Common Descent.Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog@ www.josephmallozzi.wordpress.com
February 9 2011-Still no definite word on the Stargate front,” Mallozzi said. “Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet. Not a bad sign just … no sign. There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now — but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes. To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up — alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play.
“Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general)
February 26 2011-For now, I believe the plan is to strike the sets on Stage 6 (the cave and Homeworld Command which were doubtful to be used moving forward anyway). The standing sets (the Destiny corridors, observation deck, gate room over on Stage 4 and the bridge, shuttle, and mess over on Stage 5) will remain standing until we hear definite word that we will not be proceeding with production on any movie(s). And, sorry to say, no news to report on that front.
Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog@http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/february-25-2011-i-think-yogurt-very-mysterious-always-likids-on-the-tops/.
March 3 2011
“Hopefully, by the time [the season finale, 'Gauntlet'] airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two,” he said.
“If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny‘s mission, then ‘Gauntlet’ will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion. If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and ‘Gauntlet’ does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken — and left to wonder what could have been. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @ http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/march-3-2011-gauntlet-the-dish-on-that-super-secret-restaurant-and-lunch-at-refuel/
March 5 2011-What happens to the SG Set at the end of SGU? are most of the writer’s and producer’s already gone to other projects??”
Answer: The sets are still standing as Brad and co. await word on possible movies. As for the writers/producers – some have moved on, some stand ready to start work on a continuation of the storyline should they receive the green light.
April 1 2011To those of you asking about Stargate – I have no new info for you. From what I hear, Brad hasn’t given up the fight and there’s still hope for a proper ending to the SGU story. So, until further notice, the gate remains. [ Joseph Mallozzi, on his blog]
What are your thoughts and reactions on SGU’s cancellation? What possible alternatives are there for keeping the series on air?Which possibility do you think has the most chance of being successful?Comment on the effect which the current cancellation has had on Stargate Revolution and Stargate Extinction. What changes do you think, need to be made , for SGU to succeed as a series?Share your thoughts in the comments section below.