Stargate Atlantis may be coming back earlier than expected
A few weeks ago we reported that a fifth season of Stargate Atlantis would be airing on the SciFi network sometime in the fall, just as the fourth season did back in 2007. Well, it now seems like the premiere of the new season will be moving up a couple of months.
A number of online resources, including Gateworld, TV Guide, and the personal blog of Atlantis executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, are reporting that the show will be premiering in July. "The decision on the Season Five premiere date rests with SCI FI," Mallozzi writes in his blog, "However, I'm hopeful that fans won't have to wait until the fall to see the resolution of our Season Four cliffhanger."
Why the change in schedule? Five words: Writers' Strike and Battlestar Galactica. SciFi had planned to air all 20 episodes of BSG during the spring and summer. But, with only half of those episodes completed due to the strike, it looks like the last season of the series will not complete its run until 2009.
This leaves the network in a quandary that may need to be filled by Atlantis, since it will have enough original episodes to air in the summer. See, the strike took place during the show's normal production hiatus. Yet, during that time, writers were able to work on scripts for the show. By the time the strike ended Atlantis had begun filming. The slot can also be filled by new episodes of Eureka, which also dodged the strike bullet due to its production cycle.
Should the premiere of Atlantis move to the summer, fans will only need to wait a scant four months to see the fate of McKay, Sheppard and Teyla as well as the introduction of a new administrator for the city. The downside to this is that there will be a September to January hiatus until the show returns. Personally, I'd rather see Atlantis on during the summer then during the extremely busy premiere month of September, particularly since there is very little original scripted programming airing on the broadcast networks at that time. Let me know what you think in the poll and the comments below.
|No, wait until September.||29 (2.8%)|
|Don't care either way.||59 (5.7%)|