In a somewhat surprising move, SyFy announced today via Twitter that it will be canceling its latest installment in the long-running Stargate franchise. After the remaining ten episodes air this spring, Stargate Universe will be officially canceled.
Craig Engler, SyFy’s twitter man, released this statement via Twitter this afternoon:
Announcement today: 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. The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002. Syfy has a slate of new scripted projects lined up for 2011 including the series premiere of Being Human on January 17, the recently green lit one-hour drama series Alphas and the much anticipated.
As can be expected the SyFy Forum boards are heating up and Mr. Engler is being flooded with tweets from angry fans. I do feel bad for him. It’s shooting the messenger, but can you blame them? SyFy is canceling the last of a long running franchise to…wait for it…pay for new scripted projects including the remake of a currently airing BBC show called Being Human! Aside from the fact that the BBC version of Being Human is not only brilliant it’s also available to fans in the U.S. via BBC America! Not only is SyFy remaking a show that’s currently on the air and working on another season, it’s billing it as a “SyFy ORIGINAL Series.” We’re scratching our heads at that one too. We all know how well remaking a British TV show for American audiences usually goes so our hopes are certainly not high for this one.
This isn’t the first time SyFy has spoiled Christmas for Stargate fans! Have we forgotten the cancellation of the SGU Christmas marathon last year? Check out this article from our friends over at Gateworld. CLICK HERE.
Still, amidst cries from fans for other networks to pick up the franchise, we have to wonder if the Stargate universe will go the way of the Uncharted Territories. What do we mean? Well, remember when SyFy (then known as “Sci-Fi”) canceled Farscape? The buzz was that networks like USA were interested in picking up the rights for the show and continuing it. However, instead of allowing another network to buy the rights for the show, SyFy decided it didn’t want to release the rights to the already aired episodes…WHY? No one knows, but it will be interesting to see if it happens again here.
The final 10 episodes of Stargate Universe will air on SyFy this spring. There’s still no word on any SG:1 or Stargate Atlantis movies.