Archive for August, 2006

SF Classics: Gojira, This Island Earth

August 31, 2006

For the very first time, the first Godzilla movie,

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TVonDVD: Housewives; Threshold; Surface; The Incredible Hulk; Amazing Stories

August 30, 2006

Some of the most interesting TVonDVD releases include: the uneven but still wildly entertaining

The Sentinel, Double Indemnity, On A Clear Day

August 29, 2006

One of this week

Stargate Worlds Game Gets Unreal Engine3 Technology

August 29, 2006

In an August 28th press release, Stargate Worlds Game developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment (CME) announced that they have come to a licensing agreement in which CME will use Epic

The Sentinel, Double Indemnity, On A Clear Day

August 29, 2006

One of this week

Stargate to close: Sci-Fi Channel cancels record-breaking Stargate SG-1

August 28, 2006

News of the cancellation of the long-running science fiction series, ‘Stargate SG-1’, now in its tenth year, has been confirmed. Multichannel News reported on 21 August that the SciFi Channel had decided shortly before the airing of the record-breaking 200th episode on 18 August that they would not renew the show for an eleventh season. On 21 August, SciFi issued the following statement: "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’." All may not be over for SG-1, however. MGM, which produces the show, is continuing to explore the possibility of taking the series – which originally aired on Showtime – to yet another outlet.

"MGM has a tremendous amount of confidence in ‘Stargate’ and we are vigorously working to continue the franchise," studio spokesman Jeff Pryor said. "This is not the end of the ‘Stargate’ franchise. This is just the end of ‘Stargate SG-1’ airing on the Sci Fi Channel."

‘Stargate SG-1’ Executive Producer Robert Cooper has confirmed the commitment of those behind the scenes to take the show into the future.

"We’re working very hard to make sure there’s a companion to ‘Atlantis’ when we start back up in February. It’s premature to make an announcement as to what that companion might be. But you know, we thought ‘Stargate’ was dead in the past." Possibilities include an SG-1 miniseries, made-for-TV movie or even a feature.

Although the show’s ratings have declined this season, Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming for Sci Fi, stated that creative and economic issues were behind the cancellation.

"It’s done a great job, rejuvenated with the additions of Ben [Browder], Claudia [Black] and Beau [Bridges], but we think we’ve come to the end of those stories. We really felt like it was the right time to segue out, for the show not to overstay its welcome. We would look for opportunities for some or all of the members [of SG-1] to appear on Atlantis," Stern said.

After ten years, ‘Stargate SG-1’ is undoubtedly an expensive show to produce at a reported $2m per episode, even though sharing crew and facilities with its spin-off show, ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ has benefited both productions.

MGM’s efforts to find a new home for ‘Stargate SG-1’ might be blocked by legal technicalities. According to Stern, under the terms of SciFi’s contract, the network’s decision to cancel the series prohibits MGM from making any new episodes of the show to air on US television.

But, Stern has also stated, "If MGM came to us for less," Sci Fi would be interested in more ‘Stargate SG-1’ fare, whether in the form of episodes, movies or miniseries." He would not disclose the network’s license fee to MGM and MGM in turn has declined to comment on the legal issues.

Meanwhile, fans of ‘Stargate SG-1’ have launched campaigns and petitions in an effort to demonstrate to the SciFi Channel, to MGM and to potential outlets just how popular the show remains – even after reaching its record-breaking 10-year, 200-episode milestones.

© Carole Gordon 2006

The 2006 Emmy Awards: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [At Least, Not This Year]!

August 27, 2006

After years of hearing the moans and groans of television fans and critics all over North America, this year The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences revamped their voting procedures to give more programs [and their stars] a shot a being nominated for an Emmy. When the nomination dust cleared, there were a few new faces in the room

STARGATE COMES TO iTUNES

August 23, 2006

Fans of the highly popular scifi series STARGATE SG-1, now in its tenth and TV history making season, and STARGATE: ATLANTIS, now in its third season have a totally new way to access them. Yesterday MGM announced that current episodes of the hit science fiction/adventure series will be made available for purchase and download from the iTunes Music Store (www.itunes.com).

The first five episodes of STARGATE SG1 season ten and the first five episodes of STARGATE ATLANTIS season three are now available for download and subsequent episodes for both series will be available within 24 hours after airing on the SCI FI Channel.

“By making these popular series available through iTunes we’re able to extend the reach of the MGM brand and the STARGATE franchise,

World’s Funniest Commercials: And Now A Word From… Pretty Much Everyone!

August 23, 2006

TBS may have branded itself

Inside Man: Spike Lee’s A Heist Flick That’s Not A Heist Flick and Poseidon: Wolfgang Petersen’s Capsized Ocean Liner

August 22, 2006

Trust Spike Lee to find a script like Russell Gewirtz