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Stargate Atlantis may be coming back earlier than expected

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 10th 2008 10:04AM

Atlantis may be coming back sooner than you think.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.

Do you think season five of Stargate Atlantis should premiere in July?
Yes952 (91.5%)
No, wait until September.29 (2.8%)
Don't care either way.59 (5.7%)

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stargate should have an other chapter or book.. like Hatchet.. in the end brian gets saved... wat would happened if earth wasnt saved... atlantis was the last hope.. a different ending.. atlantis wasnt destroyed but it had no chance of destroying the hive.... Just stargate atlantis should go on.. sometime you just have to believe in your creations. the creators not believing in yourself... this could be the biggest hit in years.. people should have the vote.. in with case iv looked at sites that have votes and 91% of them chose the show must go on.. so just think about it... imagination is wat u people need.. thats wat ppeople lack now a days.. imagination.. i may be 12 but life needs a litttle imagination... thats exacly wat stargate gives.. imagin yourself in John sheppard feet.. thats imagination...... just think about season 6... please

February 18 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dont get y it should be cancelled... who nows someday there may be real stuff like that wouldnt we wanna learn about it know.... and dont u all think that everyone who likes it deserves a ending after the ending.. wats a movie without a after life of them in atlantis... maybe they get more ZPMs and find more secrets and new weapons.. an epilooug... just Stargate Atlantis needs to think about it.. Season 6.. and maybe someone special gets hurt and leaves

February 17 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can clearly remember when SG1 season 7 premiered in July some years a back it was awesome. Me thinks they should set July as the date again; it would work wonders.

April 06 2008 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It doesn't matter when Sci-fi moved things around. Sci-fi Channel's ratings hit a peak and then were going to drop off anyways.

However who cares about this years season finale, it sucked.

March 10 2008 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mack Swift

I'm tore up about this. See, during the summer, particularly on Friday-Sunday; I'm out on the Harley. It's nice out, warm out, the ladies are running around. I just can't seem to sit down and just watch a TV show in the nice summer months. Granted, I have Tivo and really only watch one or 2 shows overall, but still.

And that January to September hiatus just bites. Show the whole season in it's entirety.

March 10 2008 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Atlantis airs in July it will return to its original cycle of airing 10 episodes in July, but still waiting until late January to air the back 10. So the good news will be fans won't have to wait as long for the conclusion to the last episode of season 4, but will have to wait longer than the mere month fans did this season for the back 10.

March 10 2008 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sci Fi once had a successful night of television on Fridays. Early on with hits like Farscape put together with Stargate SG-1 followed later by SG-1, Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica. When they broke that up and started moving their series all over the place the series started to suffer. These series belong in the summer and early winter because otherwise there's just too much competition from the networks; and that not good for the series or Sci Fi.

March 10 2008 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, Alex Levilne had posted a July date on his blog on SciFi, yet a day later, that sentence mysteriously vanished. A trade paper (TV week or MultiChannel, forget which) mentioned the July date, but so far there's been confirmation from SciFi. I think they're planning on summer airing, but, I also think it's up in the air.

I'd prefer it in the summer, as I don't care for it being against brand-new prime time network fare, but will take it whenever it airs.

A lot may depend on how other Skiffy shows are produced, and if (fingers crossed it doesn't happen) an actors strike occurs.

March 10 2008 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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