The end has come.
It was announced today that SCI FI Channel is not renewing STARGATE SG-1 for an 11th season, but that Stargate Atlantis will continue for a fourth season.
“SCI FI Channel is proud to be the network that brought Stargate SG-1 to its record-breaking 10th season. Ten seasons and 215 episodes is an astounding, Guinness World Record-setting accomplishment. Stargate is a worldwide phenomenon. Having achieved so much over the course of the past 10 years, SCI FI believes that the time is right to make this season their last on the channel. SCI FI is honored to have been part of the Stargate legacy for five years, and we look forward to continuing to explore the Stargate universe with our partners at MGM through a new season of Stargate Atlantis.”
The news comes after a five week spell of poor ratings at the start of season ten and three, but the 200th episode last week provided a much needed boost – perhaps it wasn’t enough.
Stargate exec, Robert C. Cooper, has been quick to comment on the situation.
“As far as the future I can’t comment yet because nothing has been confirmed,” Cooper said. “What we want to emphasize is that the franchise is not dying. SG-1 will go on in some way. We’re just not ready to announce how.”
Whether this refers to the much speculated end-of-series feature film or the show continuing on another network remains to be seen.Â Cooper also said:
“What’s most important is that fans don’t take out their frustration with SCI FI by not watching.Â In fact, what they need to do is watch both SG-1 and Atlantis LIVE and make sure the ratings stay strong.