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Actress,Rachel Luttrell has been leading a distinguished, multi talented career as an actress,singer and dancer. Luttrell experienced a strong musical upbringing which included a great deal of inspiration from her father, who was a former member of the acclaimed Mendelsohn Choir as well as her piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music.Luttrell’s strong background within the television industry is evident from her many past television credits,which include shows such as ER,Charmed and Touched by an Angel.
Rachel’s more recent and most prominent television role was on Syfy’s original series,Stargate Atlantis where she portrayed the Athosian leader and warrior,Teyla Emmagan.Rachel portrayed the character over the course of the show’s five seasons, which aired from July 2004-January 2009.
With the Stargate franchise having drawn to an end earlier this year after the cancellation of Atlantis’ spin off series,Stargate Universe and Rachel being kind enough to participate in an interview with me, we discuss the actress’ initial experience in playing the role. Particularly,we discuss some of the challenges involved in portraying the character of Teyla and how Rachel related to the character.
The actress also shares her perspective on Teyla’s development over the course of the show’s five seasons, her experience on having her real life pregnancy incorporated into the show’s fourth season and Teyla’s conflicted feelings between the father of her child, Kannan[Patrick Sabongui] and Lt. Colonel John Sheppard[ Joe Flanigan].Luttrell also comments on her perspective on the recent announcement that Stargate Extinction ,the follow-up movie to the series has been cancelled as well as her thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise.
The actress also discusses the recent projects which she has been working on since Atlantis ended, including her musical CD which is scheduled for release this September!
Abbas Karimjee:Were you contacted for the role of Teyla or did you audition? Could you please describe the initial experience and any challenges which were involved in the process?
Rachel Luttrell : Oh! I had to audition, and audition and audition.It was a long process.But I always felt connected to Teyla.I initially found the fight choreography challenging but soon grew to enjoy it. Another challenge was to preserve the “other worldly” quality of Teyla.Human but not of Earth.
AK: How did you relate to the character of Teyla ?
RL:Yes. Very much.She resonated with the side of me that is from Africa.I really drew on aspects of my mother’s life and my grand parent’s influence on me as a young child.
AK:The role of Teyla is that of a warrior,which in turn deal of physical activity and action.What challenges did this present to you and how did you learn to cope with this?
RL:I had never fought on camera before. I was a dancer.So, initially the fight sequences were daunting. But I soon began to see them as a type of dance choreography and could break them down that way.I began to enjoy them and certainly thought they were a vital part of bringing Teyla to life.
AK: How do you think Teyla evolved over the course of the show’s five seasons and was there any aspect of the character’s background or personality which you would have preferred to see further explored?
RL:Teyla grew up over the course of the series.She had to make some pretty challenging decisions, including leaving her people in order to further the greater cause of getting rid of The Wraith. She became a mother (which changes everything). If the series had continued I would have loved to have explored her heritage more. The mythology, the history…. I also would have enjoyed seeing Teyla truly in love.
AK:.In season 5 , Teyla pursued a relationship with Kannan, who is the father of her child, Torren.Though the two have a strong connection from Teyla’s time with her people, what are your thoughts on the inner nature of her relationship with Colonel Sheppard, in terms of the possibility of romantic interests between the two? Who would you prefer to see Teyla with and why? What challenges may be associated with your choice?
RL:I believe that Kannan was someone Teyla dearly loved.I believe that he would have been the choice that her parents would have made for her had they been alive.He represented her connection to her people and Teyla desperately wanted to keep that strong.There was already a great deal of guilt for having joined Atlantis and “leaving” them in a manner of speaking.But I think that she did love Sheppard.In a way he was forbidden but longed for.
AK:On the show’s fourth season, Teyla’s pregnancy was incorporated into the show, in order to coincide with your pregnancy. What were your thoughts on the direction which the writers took Teyla’s storyline as a result of the pregnancy and how do you think it further developed the character’s personality?
RL:I thought that the writers did a great job and I will forever be grateful to them for running with my own pregnancy without judgment and with great imagination and care.I think it acted as a way to fully showcase Teyla’s strength and determination. You don’t mess with a mamma bear.
AK:In retrospect,how suitable of an ending do you think Enemy at the Gate was to SGA and how do you feel about the Stargate franchise ending?
RL:Well, I think that everyone involved at the time really did hope and indeed expect a film. So the session/series finale was not meant to fully satisfy. And it didn’t. But all good things come to an end making way for new good. The franchise was an immensely successful one.Unprecedented success, really.And I am very happy to have been a part of it.
AK:Brad Wright recently announced at a Vancouver convention that the Atlantis movie, Stargate Extinction ,as well as other Stargate productions ,including the pending Stargate SG1 film,Stargate Revolution and a pending Stargate Universe movie, has been cancelled.
What is your reaction to the cancellation of the Atlantis film and how did you hope it would tie up both the overall story arc of Stargate Atlantis as well as Teyla’s journey, in terms of her relationship with her people, her role as a mother and a member of Atlantis?
RL:I am not at all surprised by the announcement.Although the movie would have been fun and deeply satisfying.It would have been nice to see that Teyla had managed to find some marriage between her people and her love of her Atlantis team.There was such a huge “dot, dot, dot” at the end of the final episode and so many questions could have been answered.
AK;How has being a cast member of SGA, impacted your career as well as your personal life, in terms of the various friendships you formed?
RL:I made some life long friends. And it never hurts to say that you were on a successful series for five seasons in terms of my career.
AK:What do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at some point?
RL erhaps.Anything is possible.
AK:What message would you like to convey to fans ,as the Stargate franchise draws to a close?
RL:Just know how grateful each and every one of us who were lucky enough to be involved in the franchise are to each and everyone of you for your support.It was a pleasure serving you!
AK:What recent projects have you been involved ,which you would like to /share with viewers and what future plans or aspirations do you have for your career, both as an actress and as a singer?
RL:I have been working on a CD for over a year and a half now and it will FINALLY be available September 2011!Yeah!I am still auditioning for shows and movies.Any number of those may bare fruit soon.And I am writing some pretty fun screenplays at the moment that I hope to see produced soon.I would like to be involved in all aspects of this industry from acting to directing.
AK:What activities do you enjoy during your spare time?
RL:Being with my son doing, anything!Writing.Singing.Going to the movies.Going to the stables to watch my boy ride.Hiking.Hanging out with dear friends and family….
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.
Take a read through, for a brief excerpt and the promotional features for tonight’s new episode of SGU, The Hunt, which shall air at 10:00pm on Syfy. Canadian viewers should note that the episode will air on Space on Tuesday, April 12 @ 10:00pm.
An alien abducts two crewmen during an off-world expedition, and a rescue team is dispatched to save them. Meanwhile on Destiny, the discovery of a new store of technology causes trouble for Brody[ TV Guide]
The team is attacked and members taken captive by an alien creature while exploring a planet.[ Space]
What speculations do you have about the episode? Why would the creature capture TJ and what will she experience during her time as a captive? What technology does Brody discover and what issues will result from its discovery? What impact will the discovery have for those on board ?
Take a read through below for a brief excerpt and look at the promotional features for tonight’s episode of Stargate Universe, entitled Seizure. The episode features Stargate Atlantis alumini, David Hewlett[ Dr. Rodney McKay] and Robert Picardo[ Richard Woolsey] as well as guest star, Victor Garber.
Homeworld Command tries to convince an ally they suspect might be infiltrated by the Lucian Alliance to let them use their planet to dial Destiny. Meanwhile, Rush (Robert Carlyle) is trapped in a simulation created by Amanda Perry (Kathleen Munroe).- Space Channel
Rush slips into a coma in the neural interface chair, and Amanda connects with him in the ship’s matrix, but Ginn informs Eli of a problem with that scenario. Elsewhere, Dr. Rodney McKay’s plan to dial the ninth chevron address hits a snag. TV Guide
What are your thoughts or speculations for this episode?Are you looking forward to seeing the Atlantis alumni? What will become of Rush and will Rodney’s plan succeed? Will the Lucian Alliance be prevented from invading Destiny once again or is history destined to repeat itself. Sound off in the comments section , to share your thoughts.
Actress Julia Benson has been leading a distinguished career,having recently been involved in Syfy’s feature film,Earth’s Final Hours and having played the role of the vibrant,independent and emerging character of Lt.Vanessa James on Syfy’s,Stargate Universe.
With Stargate Universe currently airing in its final episodes and Julia being kind enough to participate in an interview with us, we took the opportunity to chat with Julia about her experience with the fandom, her perspective on the new direction which SGU brought the Stargate franchise into , how Julia related to the character of James the actress’ perspective and on how the character of James has developed over the course of the show, Julia’s thoughts on the cancellation of SGU and much more!
Being a Vancouver based actor,I was fairly familiar with the Stargate Franchise.
I hadn’t really watched much Sci-fi before getting cast on SGU.Although,I did get into Firefly,which I can’t believe got cancelled,I loved it!
I had previously done an episode of Stargate Atlantis, and had a great time! Stargate has been a huge part of our industry for so many years so it’s weird to not have a Stargate show currently shooting
2. 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?
I think Sci-fi shows are lucky to have the kind of fans they do. All of the fans that I have had the chance to meet in person have been fantastic. I try to interact with people on my facebook fan page and twitter.I will be going to my first convention in June- so I am excited to meet some more of our fans then!
3. Stargate Universe brought the Stargate franchise into a new direction, with a greater focus on character driven relationships and an initial emphasis on the crew’s challenge of surviving in space. What was your opinion on the franchise’s new direction and what are your thoughts on the writer’s initial emphasis on establishing the backgrounds of the series’ characters. How do you think this initial focus has impacted the storytelling of SGU 2.5?
I think that all great shows focus on character- that is the heart of storytelling. The circumstances that characters are put in just teach you more about characters, so I love the direction that the writers took SGU. It’s great to explore where the characters came from as it helps the audience understand why the characters react the way they do in different situations.
4. How have you related to the character of Vanessa James?
I think that Vanessa has both strength and vulnerability. She can be one of the guys but also has a softer side; those are qualities that I definitely relate to.I also think that in difficult situations she wants to do what is right and even though it doesn’t always work out how she planned, she always gives it her all.
5. What has been the most challenging aspect of playing the character and how have you coped with this challenge?
I have really enjoyed all the aspects of playing Vanessa James; I particularly loved working with Bam Bam (James Bamford) on stunts. You have to be so focused and precise while at the same time stay in the moment as an actor. I have crazy respect for stunt actors, the things they do on set are mind blowing and…they make us look good! I would love to play another role that has some fighting and stunt work as it is a ton of fun.
6.In the season one episode, Pain, viewers had the opportunity to learn that James still had strong romantic feelings for Lt Matthew Scott and had to cope with a great sense of abandonment, given that he moved into a relationship with Chloe. Why do you think James has had such difficulty in overcoming the loss of Scott and do you think her attitude regarding Chloe and Matthew Scott’s relationship has evolved?
James had real feelings for Scott, plain and simple. He was messing around with her for one reason and she was there for another. I think that being stuck on a ship with someone you care about and having to watch them fall in love with someone else is awful. It makes it so much harder to get over when there is no distance.These things take time, and James takes it!
7. How do you think the character of James has developed since the series inauguration what aspirations did you have for the character
James went through a lot in the first season. There is a Kino scene that was only released on the DVD and it is a nice description of her journey throughout the first season. Since the beginning she has really been dealing with 3 things; trying to get home, her feelings for Scott, and her constant desire to find her place in Young’s eyes.I think that in season 2 she settles into her role on the ship. She is a bit harder and she may have finally let go of Scott…you’ll have to wait and see.
8.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? How do you feel about the series ending this season?
I am definitely sad that SGU got cancelled. We had a really great thing going and I am grateful for the experience. But nothing in our business is permanent so you just have to appreciate what it was and move forward.
Our fans have been incredible since the show got cancelled and we all really appreciate the support, hopefully we get to make a movie to finish up our story! It would be so great to work with the cast and crew again.
9. Could you please give us an idea as to the challenges and adventures for the crew of Destiny in the second half of the season?
Some crazy stuff happens….spoiler, spoiler, spoiler. That is all I can say- WATCH IT!!
10. Which episode in the second half of the season is your favourite? Why?
Epilogue is a very cool episode and it was so much fun to shoot. There are a lot of “changes” that we all go through as characters…should be lots of fun for the audience.
11.Although Stargate Universe has been cancelled as a TV series, producer Brad Wright has been negotiating with MGM to continue Destiny’s journey, in the form of movies or another medium. What are your thoughts on this and would you be willing to reprise as James? What type of role would you like the character to play in achieving the end of Destiny’s mission?
Shooting a movie with everyone would be a dream. It would be great for the fans to have an ending and it would be really nice for the characters to get closure. I want to see James kick some serious alien butt!
12. What message do you have for fans of the series, as SGU draws to a close?
Thank you for all of your support over the past two years; it has been an awesome experience. I look forward to meeting some of you at conventions!
13. Are there any other acting projects which you have been working on, which you would like to share with viewers?
I have a couple of things coming up, but my most exciting venture is a project that my husband, Peter and I have with Ryan Copple (Riese). Details are in the final stages but I will be updating everyone on my Facebook page when things are locked down. This is a big year for us shooting our own work! Also, I starred in a movie with fellow SGU cast mate Robert Knepper called Earth’s Final Hours that will air on Syfy later this year!
Though Hulu initially indicated that new episodes of Stargate Universe would not be available until 30 days after an episodes’ initial broadcast on Syfy, it seems that is no longer the case as the recent episodes, Deliverance and Twin Destinies are available for free viewing.
Though there is still question as to whether this is merely an oversight or if rights have actually been attained, whether Hulu posts the coming episode, Alliances, will give viewers a greater degree of certainty.
Readers who are greatly behind on the show or merely wish to re-watch old episodes, should note that the site provides streaming of the final three episodes in the first half of the current season.
Readers, who do not want to deal with the advertisements associated with the free viewing of Hulu or are outside of the US, episodes for 2.99 in high-definition or 1.99 in low definition from iTunes @http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewTVSeason?id=392363582&s=143441&uo=4&partnerId=30&partnerId=30&siteID=2cvd55rHd.s-JsSK3hXm.KdCcN_8tdKqmw
Do you watch SGU Online ?Should this be the case, which site do you watch the show from and why?
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 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.