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Syfy Renews 'Stargate: Universe,' 'Sanctuary'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 14th 2009 10:30AM
There's good news and bad news for fans of Syfy. The good news? 'Stargate: Universe' and 'Sanctuary' have both been renewed. The bad news? Still no word on 'Pterodactyl 2.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy (or for those old school TV fans out there, Sci Fi) has picked up 'Stargate: Universe' for a second season. The series, which is the third ongoing in the 'Stargate' franchise (following 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate: Atlantis'), has averaged 2.6 million viewers so far in its freshman season, which is slated to resume in April.There's good news and bad news for fans of Syfy. The good news? 'Stargate: Universe' and 'Sanctuary' have both been renewed. The bad news? Still no word on 'Pterodactyl 2.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy (or for those old school TV fans out there, Sci Fi) has picked up 'Stargate: Universe' for a second season. The series, which is the third ongoing in the 'Stargate' franchise (following 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate: Atlantis'), has averaged 2.6 million viewers so far in its freshman season, which is slated to resume in April.

Those figures were more than good enough to ensure a return engagement for the series, which follows the adventures of a group of explorers stranded on the far side of the universe; 'Sanctuary,' which was also picked up for a third season and which tells the story of a secret haven for monsters and aliens, is averaging 2.2 million viewers so far this season.

While both shows have been picked up for full 20 episodes seasons, their renewal was no sure thing, as SciFi has a spotty record when it comes to picking up shows. Fan favorite and critical darling 'Battlestar Galactica,' for instance, drew a similar number of viewers (2.4 million for the finale), yet was denied a fifth season by the network, which was wary of production costs. This frugal mindset has often led the network to turn to cheaper forms of programming in the past, including such infamously bad TV movies as 'Ice Spiders,' 'Mansquito' and 'Pterodactyl.'

For now, though, it appears as though the change in name from SciFi to Syfy has come with a corresponding change in philosophy. While that may have come too late to save 'Galactica,' it's right on time for fans of 'Stargate. But they shouldn't get too comfortable just yet. Because somewhere out there, Coolio is still training for another shot at those rubber dinosaurs.

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