The sideways quote depends on what had been planned. If they had focused on a movie then a miniseries or a renewal would be a step sideways.
The miniseries idea makes a lot of sense because it would give MGM money from the airings and money from DVDs a few months after. Space, Sky, etc would likely all buy the rights to a miniseries to air.
I don't see how SGU could possibly be continued as a show with its current ratings unless someone pegs the low numbers completely on the cancellation. An exec could decide to take a risk on it for one more season based on how great creatively 2.5 has been so far. And we're not talking about it coming back in the fall anyways. If it does somehow get renewed then it's likely to move back to the summer counterprogramming schedule that Stargate used to be on.
That could be something SyFy or someone else might be willing to try if they don't have new programming to fill up next summer's lineup. Could decide to show Stargate while other shows are on hiatus. They could decide to run SGU in Sanctuary's timeslot when Sanctuary is not airing new episodes. It all will depend on if they think that could get them more revenue. That Friday night slot is where it is most likely to be successful. SyFy may want to keep original programming running behind WWE Smackdown as much as possible to prevent bleed off to other networks. They lose about a million viewers when Smackdown leaves the air, but repeat episodes see an much greater bleed.
And Stargate has been very successful for SyFy in the past. If they completely dump SGU will it mean that they will not have right of first refusal for any future SG series?
It could be a change from a DVD movie to a TV movie(s).
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I really don't think they will and I don't know the nature of the deal that has given them the first chance to pick up new Stargate shows. While SGU has its ratings problems, other networks would like SGA and SG1 style numbers and could be interested in future series.
I just want SGU to continue, at least a little more, in some form. At this point, I just don't care which. Miniseries, TV movie, straight to DVD release, comic, book. Any of those would be fine with me.
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Another possible option?
YouTube looking at providing original content, though SGU would not qualify as low cost. I doubt that this would be a direct option, but it does show that there are other options out there.
We've been told that they want to have some future direction for SGU announced around the time the season ends. That's five more episodes to go, so the middle of May we might hear something.
The quote about SGU was on Joe's blog before 2.5 began airing. It was a few weeks after the cancellation became official. I never bookmarked it, but I do recall reading it. That was the timeline and Wright is still trying to put everything together. My guess is that the door opened for firm pitches to show what would happen in SGU films. Then Brad likely would have to prove funding for the projects - MGM will want to make some money on them. The question will be what can be recovered in licensing fees, online sales, DVD sales, etc.
This one from March 5 speaks of "movies" - so I assume from that that the pitch is to have more than one SGU film to close out the Destiny's mission.
since they are battling so hard- have they considered going on WWE? maybe friday night smackdown? that would be a battle to watch..
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am i the only one who thinks they arent really fighting that hard anymore but are just saying so to keep fans happy? i think the writers want to move on to new projects now.
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I seriously doubt that Mallozzi would bother fabricating news on his blog, or Brad Wright would give fake interviews just because they were worried about upsetting the fans. Brad isn't going to put his career on hold just so he can pretend to a few people on the internet that he's pushing for a continuation. We're really no even close to being that important.