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August 21st, 2006


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05:26 pm - SciFi strikes again? SG-1 cancelled?
Huh.

Sci Fi’s Stargate SG-1 Said to Be Axed

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And this is announced directly after the airing of the 200th episode?

What the frell, SciFi?!

[I use that particular epithet for a reason.]

Okay, I'm watching the show on DVD, and even though I've been thinking I may stop watching at the end of season 8, and even though the show seems to be coming apart just a tad at the seams (it's 10 seasons old)...that's ridiculous.

They'd better at least give the show a chance to go out well.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:August 22nd, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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Hmmm.

It's true that they always use declining ratings as an excuse, but it's also commonly true that ratings declines can be engineered by hostile channels by (a) rescheduling and (b) lack of promotion, which the article cites.

On the other hand, I have to say that 10 years is a heck of a long time for a non-British TV show. And since I did feel that the series jumped the shark in season 6, I'm not really sad to see it go.
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
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I'm less upset about the actual cancelling of the show (probably should have happened when RDA left the show, if not before--I'm actually going to buy season 6, but probably nothing after that) than I am at the latest proof of SciFi's incompetence/malice. They have a history of declaring poor ratings and then cancelling GOOD shows (you know this, I'm sure), usually with no warning and often in the middle of a season.

Their timing is just--foul. Dammit, a show with the fan base and creative longevity of Stargate SG-1 deserves better treatment than this. *kicks things*
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From:whitemartyr
Date:August 22nd, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)

axe the precious?

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Awwwww. That makes me sad! They better get Sam and Jack together for REAL, no alternate reality fantasies anymore or I'm gonna have to kick their asses...LOL

But seriously (as if the former was not serious!!!!), yes the show is coming apart a bit, but it's still oh.. wah! I don't want to see it go! Stupid SciFi...

*petshersamnjackndanielnteal'c...myyyypreecciiious don't go, fight the power!!!*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 22nd, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
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Ah, yes. True to form for SciFi. I still bear a grudge against the way they treated Farscape (what the frell, indeed).

And ya gotta wonder what's going through Ben and Claudia's minds. That's just . . . not right.

Admittedly, I had a feeling that this season would be their last. And just when I was getting used to the new dynamic and digging the Daniel/Vala snark.



V. (who once again is not signed in on this computer . . . )
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
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And ya gotta wonder what's going through Ben and Claudia's minds. That's just . . . not right.

Augh! I didn't even think of that! Okay, Ben's comment in the retrospective about just being glad he's working...? Creeping me out a little. *pats Ben and Claudia*
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From:jd3000
Date:August 22nd, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
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This is just par for the course for SciFi. Hundreds of fans will never forgive them for heartlessly taking MST3k out at the top of its game.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Did they really? *adds this to her list of SciFi's misdeeds*

Mostly, in my circles, one hears about I-Man, Farscape...(The Chronicle and First Wave, if you liked those). It's nasty to see them trying to cut off a bigger-audience, bigger-ratings show than any of those.
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From:scorptilicus
Date:August 22nd, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Hundreds of fans will never forgive them for heartlessly taking MST3k out at the top of its game.

That seems kind of cold, considering they saved it in the first place.


But it's all good. Cooper said that SG-1 will continue in some way shape or form, though he's not saying how yet.

http://www.gateworld.net/news/2006/08/cooper_isg-1i_will_go_on.shtml
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From:jd3000
Date:August 22nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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That seems kind of cold, considering they saved it in the first place.

They did save it, only to misuse and abuse it and finally throw it away like a paper towel. :-)

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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That seems kind of cold, considering they saved it in the first place.

If so, that makes it a great parallel to what they're doing to SG-1 right now: SciFi rescued it when Showtime dumped it after five seasons, and now they're doing the same thing. *siiiiigh*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 22nd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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They did save it, only to misuse and abuse it and finally throw it away like a paper towel. :-)

Hey, whatever you say. Since I was still fairly young when it ended, Saturday mornings worked fine for me. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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The more I think about it, the more angry I get. *sigh* It's just...why couldn't they at least hold off till this season is over to decide/annouce? Let the season play out (I still have my fingers crossed for that), let them go out with glory? Treat a show that has given SciFi a lot of attention since they picked it up with a little respect?

*righteous anger*
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From:feliciakw
Date:August 22nd, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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It's just...why couldn't they at least hold off till this season is over to decide/annouce? Let the season play out (I still have my fingers crossed for that), let them go out with glory?

Well, I seem to have read somewhere that they'll end with 215 eps. If last Friday was ep 5 of the season, as someone has said, then they'll get 20 eps for season 10 (not the "standard" 24 eps . . . is there even a "standard" season length anymore?). Still, by announcing it *now*, hopefully the writers will have a chance to tie up loose ends and indeed let the show go out with a little glory. Not like they did with FS . . . where they told everyone, like, the day before the sets started coming down, and ending the show with a "To Be Continued" then putting up a title thanking the cast, crew, and fans for 4 great years . . . *breathe in . . . breathe out . . . * Did I mention something about a grudge earlier?

Treat a show that has given SciFi a lot of attention since they picked it up with a little respect?

*snort* This is SciFi. You know. The channel that replaced its flagship series (i.e., Farscape) with Tremors: The Series. Puh-lease. Honestly, I think there's someone somewhere who gets paid to think of ways to get a show cancelled. Hm . . . wonder if there's been a change in TPTB at SciFi . . .

And don't get me started on I-Man.

Bitter? Who, me?

< /sarcasm >
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, I seem to have read somewhere that they'll end with 215 eps. If last Friday was ep 5 of the season, as someone has said, then they'll get 20 eps for season 10

Well, I'll belive it when I read it myself. :-P

And I think most *shows* have a standard season-length, it just varies from show-to-show (usually between 20 and 24 episodes).

Still, by announcing it *now*, hopefully the writers will have a chance to tie up loose ends and indeed let the show go out with a little glory.

*crosses fingers* We can only hope. I don't know, it seems so early in the season to announce it, still; not quite 1/3 of the way in? They can't be much more than half-way through filming for the season. Pardon me if I'm a little paranoid when it comes to SciFi's cancellation policies. :-)

Honestly, I think there's someone somewhere who gets paid to think of ways to get a show cancelled. Hm . . . wonder if there's been a change in TPTB at SciFi . . .

Presumably not, since it was the same people (mostly) who were responsible for cancellations like Farscape and I-Man. Seriously, if looks could kill... *glares at SciFi execs*
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From:scorptilicus
Date:August 22nd, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
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The Gateworld article certainly implies that they'll finish the season. They just didn't renew it for an 11th year. We'll get our final 15. And then some more of something.
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From:scionofgrace
Date:August 22nd, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I don't think they're just ending the series at 200. Shows have to be renewed before the new seasons can be filmed, and now would have been when they would've started scripting and shooting the new season. So I'm assuming we'll get a full Season 10, and then...

::fumes::
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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No, I'm pretty sure they're still shooting season 10 right now. SG-1's schedule is offset from a lot of productions because they begin airing in July instead of Sept, but even if a lot of the season is scripted, I'd bet you they've still got at least 10-12 eps left to shoot.

As long as they don't just get shut down out of hand (which is what happened to Farscape), we should still have the rest of the season.

It's just previous experience that has some of us twitching.
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From:scionofgrace
Date:August 22nd, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
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See, I was thinking that in Season Ten, the show was pulling itself back together and moving into a new era...

And yes. That was the right epithet. How can they kill SG-1 like that? The last natural ending-point was Season Eight, not now.
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 22nd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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See, I was thinking that in Season Ten, the show was pulling itself back together and moving into a new era...

Well, seeing as I haven't gotten that far.... :-) I'm 6 episodes into season 8, and from where I sit, it's slipping down hill slowly. Only 1 of those 6 is one I'd want to watch again ("Zero Hour"). And ep 200 was hysterically funny, but could have been so much more coherent an episode. I'm picky with SG-1, because we all know when they do mediocre stuff, they *could have* done so much better.

Of course, now I won't get the chance to ever watch SG-1 live, will I? Oh well. Par for the course. Haven't really been current with a scifi show since Star Trek: TNG. Heh.

How can they kill SG-1 like that? The last natural ending-point was Season Eight, not now.

Exactly! *throws up hands in exasperation*

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