The Stargate franchise may soon add another to its family
Taking a page out of the Law & Order and CSI handbooks, MGM Television is considering a third Stargate series to run concurrently with veterans Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. This is according to MGM TV executive vice-president Charles Cohen.
On the heels of the upcoming 200th episode of SG-1, whose 10th season begins July 14th on the Sci-Fi Channel, Cohen is discussing a feature film derived from the series. That film would then dovetail into a third Stargate show. However, that doesn't mean that SG-1 would end for the movie to appear. In fact, Cohen believes that the movie could run while the series was still producing first-run episodes.
According to Cohen, Stargate SG-1 represents the same sort of franchise on television as the James Bond series does; while it is good financially it also keeps their name in the marketplace. He proves this by putting more money into new episodes, hiring new people such as Beau Bridges, Ben Browder and Claudia Black (both formerly of another Sci-Fi channel show, Farscape), and bringing back old favorites like Richard Dean Anderson's Jack O'Neill.
Stargate SG1, which was based in the 1994 Stargate film that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader (Boston Legal) premiered on Showtime back in 1997 then moved over to Sci-Fi Channel after five seasons. It is currently in the record books as the longest-running, scripted, made-for-cable television series broadcast in the United States. SG-1's companion, Stargate Atlantis, will enter its third season this July.
An extensive interview with Cohen, as well as some of the SG-1 cast, can be found at Multichanel.