"Stargate" stays open with new series
.Howe said the new series will reinvigorate the franchise by
targeting a younger audience.
"This is an opportunity to reinvent this franchise and make it
relevant to a new generation," Howe said. "We really don't want to be
more of the same. It's going to build clearly off the existing
franchise but with a cast that gives it a younger vibe."
Said co-creators Wright and Cooper: "In 'Universe,' we plan to keep
those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as
adventure and humor, while breaking new ground in the relationships
between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far
from home. Above all, we believe the Stargate itself remains an
enduring icon with infinite potential as a jumping-off point for
Also on Thursday, Sci Fi announced an order for a two-hour "Atlantis"
movie in lieu of a sixth-season order. Airing two-hour movies of such
franchises as "Stargate" and "Galactica" and quickly releasing the
films as stand-alone DVDs has been a successful strategy for the
network. But the news depressed "Stargate" fans, who saw the long-
running sci-fi television franchise, like "Star Trek" a few years
back, being retired as a weekly series.
"SG-1" ran for 10 seasons, launching on Showtime in 1997 and moving
to Sci Fi after its fifth season. The spinoff "Atlantis" premiered in
2004 and will mark its 100th episode this year. Friday night airings
of "Atlantis" have averaged more than 2 million viewers per episode.