Oct 23 2011
Oct 21 2011
The Stargate Archive has recently suffered a database error with our hosting providers and we have managed to restore the most recent backup from June, however have lost over 5 months worth of posts and comments.
We apologise for this inconvenience
Jun 15 2011
Itâ€™s official you can now own a piece of the Stargate Command, after hosting the entire Stargate franchise for the past 14 years the Bridge Studios in Vancouver, is to be the stage for a saddening sell-off from the three series that made countless hours of entertainment for Stargate fans around the world.
The auction is due to take place this coming Friday
May 22 2011
Honestly, I canâ€™t really believe itâ€™s actually over. Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to be a part of a lot of cast and crews over the years, but I can truly say Iâ€™ll always look back on my time on SG:A with a special kind of fondness.
That show was a total dream job for meâ€”shooting in my hometown, sleeping in my own bed every night, working with a fabulous and hilarious cast and crew who made me laugh on an hourly basis, being handcuffed and kidnapped in the woods â€¦ Well, maybe not so much on that last part. Truthfully, I was accepted with open arms into that family, and I will always be so incredibly grateful and proud to be a part of it. And I hope the fans are proud, too, of all of those seasons of television they helped get produced.
Without them, it wouldnâ€™t have gone on as long as it did, and I really hope they know that. Itâ€™s their show more than it was ever ours, and Iâ€™m just so thankful I got to be along for the ride.
May 22 2011
Beau Bridges has been honored by the Theatre communicationsÂ group as of May 17th, the list ofÂ Honorary Committee members also includes Jason Alexander, Ray Bradbury, John Cho, Gordon Davidson, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Fonda, Ed Harris, Neil Patrick Harris, Allison Janney, Jane Kaczmarek, Alec Mapa, Gates McFadden, Laurie Metcalf, Alfred Molina, Chris Pine, PhyliciaÂ Rashad, Tim Robbins, James Roday, Herbert Siguenza, and Noah Wyle. Profiles for each member can be found at the TCG website.
Beau Bridges has appeared in over 60 feature films, including The Other Side of the Mountain, Norma Rae, Heart Like a Wheel, Sordid Lives, Max Payne, and The Fabulous Baker Boys, opposite his brother Jeff for which Beau received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics.
In television, Bridges has received 13 Emmy nominations and won three, along with two Golden Globes, for Without Warning: The James Brady Story, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, and The Second Civil War. His recent guest star roles on My Name Is Earl, Desperate Housewives, and The Closer have all garnered Emmy nominations.
On the stage, Bridges performed in the original productions of The Trial of the CatonsvilleÂ Nine by Father Daniel Berrigan at the Mark Taper Forum, on Broadway in William Ingeâ€™s Whereâ€™s Daddy? and Peter Ustinovâ€™s Whoâ€™s Who in Hell, and Looking for Normal by Jane Anderson at the Geffen Playhouse. Bridges recently appeared with his daughter Emily in Acting: The First Six Lessons, a play they co-authored that will soon be published by Samuel French.
He won a 2009 Grammy for Al Goreâ€™s An Inconvenient Truth in the category of Best Spoken Word Album. He is currently playing Sally Fieldâ€™s boyfriend in the TV series Brothers & Sisters and will soon be seen in Alexander Payneâ€™s The Descendants with George Clooney.
Bridges serves on the Board of the Wishtoyo Foundation, which protects the culture and history of coastal communities and fosters responsibility to our marine habitats through education, community action, and citizen enforcement. He also works with Plan USA, an organization that provides support for struggling communities throughout the world by providing financial aid, education, and awareness.
May 22 2011
The Sites community forums have now been upgraded to the latest stable build which incorporates a number of security fixes and enhancements, we have also updated the verification settings for user registration to reduce the amount of spam on the community forums.
May 17 2011
Theres currently a petition running online where fans can sign to try and pursade MGM to save the franchise.
This petition will need tens of thousands of signatures to possibly help save the franchise and bring the attention to MGM if you want to sign you can do so here
May 13 2011
When MGM decided to bring Stargate Atlantis to an end after five seasons, they did so knowing theyâ€™d transition to a new show in the franchise, Stargate Universe. SGU was a bold new take on Stargate that Brad Wright and Robert Cooper had had in mind for a long time, and one that weâ€™d discussed with them off and on. It first came to us as a pitch many years ago.
Because Stargate SG-1 and had performed so well for us in the past, we felt confident about SGU and committed to a two-season deal for it, as long as the show met certain milestones along the way. Two-season deals are rare in the TV world because they tie up a huge amount of investment (both time and money), but our great track record with MGM and Stargate made this seem like as much of a sure thing as youâ€™ll get in the TV business. That means before any footage was shot or any actors were hired, we knew thereâ€™d be 40 episodes.
The show quickly moved forward and officially launched on October 2, 2009. The debut was watched by a good if not spectacular 2,779,000 viewers. To give that some perspective, Stargate Atlantis debuted with over 4 million viewers, so SGU was more than 25% below that. On the plus side, SGU actually grew in week 2 to just about 3 million viewers before falling into the 2.6 million range where it seemed like it was going to settle. Thatâ€™s a fairly typical pattern for a new series, and at this point the show was doing okay.
In week six viewers dropped to 2.3 million, or 20% off the season high. Itâ€™s not unusual for a show to fluctuate a bit, so as long as it bounced back this wouldnâ€™t be too much of a concern. There was indeed a bit of a recovery the next week, but that was followed by another small drop. Then viewership took a further dip to 1,961,000, or 33% down from the season high. Obviously there was concern at this point, but we were headed into the hiatus and shows often see a bump after a break (contrary to popular belief).
Coming back from hiatus the show in fact grew modestly to 2,088,000 viewers and then added more viewers the next week, hitting 2,153,000. It looked like we were regaining momentum. Unfortunately things stalled there and for the next two months SGU hovered between 2,116,000 and a low of 1,708,000 viewers, below where we could sustain it. So despite the brief post-hiatus bump, after two episodes it settled in at a lower number and we ended up averaging 1,982,000 viewers for season 1.5.
With untenably low numbers and no sign of growth on Fridays where it had now lost 1/3 of its initial audience, we decided to move SGU for its second season. Weâ€™d had tremendous success on Tuesdayâ€™s with our breakout hit Warehouse 13, so we paired SGU with Caprica and moved them to Tuesdays, hoping to introduce both shows to a new audience. As you probably know by now the downward trend continued and ultimately we werenâ€™t able to continue either series.
We moved the final 10 episodes of SGU to Monday nights where weâ€™d just had success with a new show called Being Human, but the ratings remained flat. SGU did finish out its run with a nice spike for the finale, which is something else you also typically see with TV shows (itâ€™s called the â€œterminal spikeâ€ in ratings parlance).
What you see above is simply Syfy and MGM trying to make a great new Stargate series, seeing some initial success, then when it began to struggle, seeing attempts to find a way to keep it going. Youâ€™ve probably read numerous rumors to the contrary. Iâ€™ll look at the most prevalent:
The erratic scheduling killed SGU:
We started the show on Fridays where weâ€™ve had the most success and where it initially did well, and we left it there until it started struggling. When it was clear the show had fallen to unsustainable levels and would not survive on Fridays, only then did we move it to the night where our highest rated show of all time had recently aired.
The hiatus killed SGU:
As you can see from the ratings above, the biggest drop in viewers came before the hiatus, not after. In fact, SGU actually grew around 10% after the hiatus between season 1.0 and 1.5 in its first two episodes back.
If youâ€™d left it on Friday nights, it would have done well:
When left on Friday nights SGU lost 1/3 of its audience and dropped to consistently unsustainable ratings levels. The only hope of keeping it was to move it to another night where new viewers could find it.
You canceled SGU because you hate science fiction:
If we didnâ€™t like science fiction we simply wouldnâ€™t have made SGU. Itâ€™s because we like science fiction that we tried it. Even though SGU was ultimately unsuccessful, we donâ€™t regret trying it. Science fiction shows are the backbone and lifeblood of our network, and we have many in development. Later this year weâ€™ll be debuting Alphas, the Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome pilot is being worked on as you read this, the movie Red Faction starring Stargate Universeâ€˜s Brian Jacob Smith will air next month, 5 of our original dramas will return with new seasons or new episodes this year, and weâ€™re working on many more behind the scenes.
You never supported SGU:
There is literally no one other than MGM who supported it more than we did. We were the only network who gave the show a try and the only ones who committed to making and airing 40 episodes before a script had been written. We invested tens of millions of dollars and thousands of hours of work over many years making and supporting the show.
You canceled SGU in order to make wrestling:
We would have happily kept making SGU regardless of anything else on our schedule if the ratings were sustainable. We donâ€™t discontinue successful shows to make room for other shows â€¦ no network does because no network has a full roster of successful series. SGU was judged solely on its own ratings.
You donâ€™t like Stargate:
We love Stargate. Combined weâ€™ve made 12 seasons of 3 separate series and helped support two SG-1 films. Itâ€™s been an amazing ride and weâ€™re incredibly proud of the cast and crew of all the shows, and thankful to all the viewers who watched.
Note: The ratings I used above are Live +7 numbers, or the total number of viewers who watched the show live and during the following 7 days via DVR. Although advertisers buy based on just the 18-49 segment of these numbers and thus the 18-49 ratings would be much smaller, Iâ€™m using L7 numbers here for convenience as they represent the total audience. The % drops and lows of the 18-49 numbers would be even more significant (i.e. worse) than what the L7s show, but not so much that itâ€™s worth doing all the math for.
May 12 2011
Stargate Universe fans will know Jennifer Spence as her character Dr Lisa Park, her outstanding work has been recognised in this yearâ€™s 2011 Leo Awards, she has been nominated in the â€œBest Supporting Performance by a Female in Dramatic Series Categoryâ€ for her performance in â€˜Maliceâ€™.
Jennifer Spence was the only nomination from the entire Stargate franchise this year, the award ceremony is due to take place at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, on Saturday, June 11, with the Red Carpet/Reception at 4 PM, the Dinner at 6 PM, and the Awards Show at 8 PM..
May 12 2011
Season Two Ratings Summary
|Episode||Viewers in Millions
|Viewers in Millions
|Trial And Error||0.967|
|The Greater Good||1.074|