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Yesterday, news broke that David Hewlett (Rodney McKay in Stargate Atlantis) was possibly making a Stargate Universe movie using the sets he purchased (the shuttle + others) when the show was cancelled.  Well, according to GateWorld.net, we were getting a little ahead of ourselves.

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https://twitter.com/GateWorld/status/279601088246714369

So the movie is not Stargate related and is a different sci-fi movie all together, just reusing whatever set pieces he owns.  Though I am disappointed that SGU isn’t returning any time soon, I’ll still gladly watch whatever Hewlett is putting together.  It may be the sci-fi-comedy project he mentioned a year ago called StarCrossed (source).  Or, it may be Debug, another project he mentioned earlier this year (source).  Whatever it is, the project is filming in February 2013.

I’ll update with more information as it becomes available.

-Tom

UPDATE: http://ftlnews.com/2012/12/14/new-david-hewlett-sci-fi-project-is-not-stargate-related/

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David Hewlett, the actor who played Rodney McKay on all 3 Stargate shows tweeted the following yesterday:

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https://twitter.com/dhewlett/status/279282394018762752

Later he followed up with this:

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https://twitter.com/dhewlett/status/279290999367417856

I’m going to assume/ hope that this is about a Stargate movie and not his own project (Starcrossed) using the SGU sets (which I would still watch though).  If so, then it is most likely the movie which Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper had been planning to make after the show got cancelled but was shelved because they couldn’t get their act together in time (source).  Or maybe it is a different Stargate movie that will properly end SGU and SGA?  I don’t know but I am super excited to find out what’s up with this.  Hewlett bought much of the SGU sets after its cancellation and had them put in storage so a return to the Destiny in some way seems very possible now.  I guess the franchise may not be dead after all!

What do you think is going to happen?

-Tom

I’ve mentioned several times in the past that the current tv ratings system is flawed.  I figured I’d expand on that with a quick explanation.  Basically, Nielsen is a company that monitors tv shows based on number of viewers.  But the TOTAL amount of viewers is not exactly what matters.  What DOES matter (at least for major networks like FOX, CBS, NBC and so on) is the number of viewers in the key demographic range of 18-49 because those people are most likely to buy the products they see in the commercials between shows.  For example, though Harry’s Law had a great total audience number, it’s 18-49 rating was very low as the show had a much older audience.  It was cancelled earlier this year after 2 seasons.

But the problem with Nielsen system is that the tv viewing habits have evolved considerably in the last decade with the growth of the internet.  This can help explain why there is so little sci-fi out there these days on tv.  Most sci-fi fans are fairly tech-savvy and this often means that they are more likely to record their favourite shows and watch them a day or week later, stream them online (through legal or illegal sources) or even torrent them.  All of these methods of watching the show do not count for much of anything because they aren’t a live tv audience who is forced to sit through the commercials that fuel the industry.

For example, in the letters to Netflix and MGM that were posted yesterday as part of the Save Stargate Universe letter writing campaign, they mention that SGU has great DVR ratings and was one of the top torrented shows while on the air.  That shows that though there was definitely an audience for the show, they were watching it in a way that just happens to not make Syfy or MGM money.  That is why Netflix is a great option for serialized genre shows that people often like to watch all together like a 22 hour movie and not once a week for a year because they don’t care what you are watching and when you do it, as long as you pay for a subscription.

In conclusion, the Nielson system is flawed and outdated.  They have to start including online viewing into their ratings totals because the consumer’s habits are evolving and Nielson is stuck in the past of “appointment-based” viewing.  We are now in the on-demand era and they need to adapt.

Also, yesterday, news broke that Nielsen is also rigged as apparently they are “manipulating viewership data in favor of channels that are willing to provide bribes to its officials.”  No surprise there…  You can read about that story here:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nielsen-sued-billions-manipulated-ratings-355829

Any questions?

-Tom

The Save Stargate Universe group on Facebook (with over 76 thousand people in it) is beginning a letter writing campaign to both MGM and Netflix to try and convince them to bring SGU’s crew out of stasis and put them back on Destiny for a third season.  You can check out the event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/205797526202559/

Its very simple, they already have 2 letters written for you to send (one for Netflix and one for MGM) full of evidence for why the show would likely be very successful on Netflix instead of the traditional (flawed) TV model fuelled by live audiences.  All you have to do is mail them both and share the event page with other Stargate / sci-fi fans!

SGU is one of my favourite sci-fi shows ever and the way it ended (along with the Stargate franchise) really bothers me.  I would love to see it return and unless SYFY gets their shit together, I think Netflix is our best chance at seeing that.  So give this campaign a chance.  You never know, maybe Netflix will listen to us.  They listened when people begged for Arrested Development season 4 years after the original series had endeed and now that is currently in production for release online sometime next year!

-Tom

Remember the original Stargate movie starring James Spader and Kurt Russell that kickstarted the TVshows?  Well, creators Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are now interested in making sequels to that film, almost 20 years later.  Devlin said to the Hollywood Reporter,

Stargate has always had this empty hole.  When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”

Hmmm, but after 3 different TV shows (SG1, SGA and SGU) expanding that universe immensely, it will be interesting to see whether they set their new Stargate films in the same universe or not.

Though I thought the TV shows were MUCH better than the original film, I think this is great news!  If those movies can be successful, maybe MGM will see that there is an audience for another Stargate show or maybe they will complete the SGA and SGU movies that they had at one time promised us!  At this point, any Stargate news is good news!  Now lets see what is announced at Comic-Con this week.

-Tom

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