It’s official. Syfy announced on Twitter that it has cancelled Stargate: Universe. (PopCultureZoo has the full statement.) With MGM unable to pull together the financing for the SG1 and Atlantis movies, this effectively brings the Stargate franchise to an end.
The Stargate franchise has had a show on-air since 1997. SG1 had a 10-year run that still does very well in reruns. Stargate Atlantis had a solid 5-year run, as well. However, Syfy’s lovely habit of running awesome events for each series and then announcing that series’ cancellation steadily eroded the fan base.
With the darker tone of SGU, the show struggled even more to win over fans of the earlier shows. However, the second season has shown dramatic improvements and was starting to gain some people back. Still, it never was able to gain the critical Neilsen live numbers that the advertisers like to see.
Statements coming in from Twitter-land:
DavidBlue Crap. Just heard the news as well. Apparently, nobody decided to tell us ahead of time. My rep heard it online. Seems they cancelled #SGU…Look out for the back half. Really proud of it. Shame, b/c where they leave Eli is frakkin’ cool. REALLY wanted to see where it went…
JewelStaite The end of an era! So sorry to hear about the canceling of Stargate Universe. And to the cast: You are all FABULOUS. I wish you many jobs!
scalzi To the folks who were concerned: I’ll be fine — I do have that other job writing books, you know. And that’s going well.