Stargate Universe Canceled, Several Cast Members Learn Via Twitter
Responding to a report on Deadline, Syfy SVP Craig Engler shared on Twitter that SGU will sign off after airing “the final 10 episodes of its second season” this spring.
The Stargate franchise — born of the 1994 feature film and comprised of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002, Engler noted.
Many SGU cast members were rather surprised to learn of their show’s axing via the Internet, including on Twitter. “Crap. Just heard the news…. Apparently, nobody decided to tell us ahead of time,” David Blue (who plays Eli) said on Twitter. “My rep heard it online,” the actor said.
“To find out #SGU is canceled 1st from my tweeps is the power of twitter,” Ming-Na tweeted. But the ER alumna — who went on to individually thank dozens of her Twitter followers for their condolences — said, “I rather liked learning it from my tweeps. More comforting, really!”
Indeed, after a bit of mourning, several SGU stars spent the evening using Twitter to give props to everyone involved in its two-year run.
“It was an honor to work with one of the most talented casts in my experience, & the hardest working & loving crew,” said Blue. Shared Julie McNiven, “I had such a wonderful time working on the show and wish everyone the best.”
James Bamford offered “Much LOVE to EVERYONE involved in the SG franchise. It has been an honor and pleasure working alongside you all,” while Mark Savela declared himself “very blessed to work with the best cast and crew ever.”
“Thanks for all the kind words, everyone,” tweeted executive producer Carl Binder. “And to the cast and crew of #SGU, thanks for making this the best job I’ve ever had.”
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What awaits fans of SGU when the final 10 episodes arrive in the spring? “Look out for the back half. Really proud of it,” Blue teased. “[It's a] shame, b/c where they leave Eli is frakkin’ cool. REALLY wanted to see where it went.”
Ming-Na, meanwhile, promised viewers “a lovely ending!”
Syfy’s Engler followed up his bad news tweet with the promise of “a slate of new scripted projects,” including the January 17 premiere of Being Human, the recently greenlit drama series Alphas, the prequel movie/backdoor pilot Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, and new seasons of Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven.