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More Cancellation News, Comments...

The Solutions Blog is one of the places I go to look for updates, and they are doing a good job of rounding up coverage of all this:


New up there today are links to E! Online's article ("In a statement long on plaudits (i.e., “worldwide phenomenon”) and short on specifics, Sci Fi said it was canceling SG-1 because, well, it just was.")... Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune ("A shabby axing for an interstellar show.")... a very brief statement by MS...

And, of most substance, a link to TV Guide Insider, with the first statements from Brad Wright: "While executive producer Brad Wright tells TV Guide his "dream is to take SG-1 back to the feature it began as," we are now hearing that MGM may produce a series of TV-movies based on the mother-ship series." (n.b. I would feel better if the article confirmed from whom it was hearing the latter -- from BW? From Pryor at MGM, whom it then quotes? Or...?)

"Pondering the idea of at least one movie, Wright says that the show's finale — the last 10 episodes should begin unspooling around March — "should be a very satisfying end to the season, but not necessarily an end to SG-1 by any means."


ETA: From the Province, more words from RCC:


"Cooper says a good guess would be an SG-1 miniseries, made-for-TV movie or even a feature. Good news for the 200-or-so crew that work on the show."

ETA2: Be sure to go look at fantasygoat's post today.


Aug. 23rd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'd still rather see it on for another season, but I'd be really up for the mini/movie thing if they could get RDA to do it. The Team back in all their glory would be the best possible outcome ever.

On the other hand, I also feel sort of nervous about it, like if we just let it all go... somehow the mini/movie thing might never materialize and suddenly everything will be gone and we'll have to rely on season 10 as the actual end. Which... meh.

But yes. Think positively because it sucks to feel depressed about a TV Show.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'd still rather see it on for another season, but I'd be really up for the mini/movie thing if they could get RDA to do it. The Team back in all their glory would be the best possible outcome ever.****

It would have to be the original four IMO. I wouldn't watch it otherwise. What would be the point?
Aug. 23rd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, I meant the original four as the best outcome. But I'd watch the current incarnation if RDA didn't want to do it. It's not the same, but I'm okay with them.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
RDA would be like the icing on the cake!

I just think a movie/miniseries has a greater chance of having RDA and the rest of the cast if their schedules jived. I wouldn't mind another season, but I don't think it's going to happen.

I just want them to sign these people for possible something before they find other jobs and can't do it.
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not quite sure how that process works. I mean, signing them to do a movie/mini now, when the scheduling of the making of that is not yet settled. Hmm. Well, I guess we'll find out -- because it really, really does look like that's the direction it's heading in.
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I would watch it no matter what, for the sake of completion.
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
In a very limited way, I can tell you why it matters to me even if it's not Original Four.

Even if Jack's not there, he's still there in the universe. So on an in-story level, I tend to think of it as, what we see happening on the show, the story, still matters *to him*. Most particularly because Daniel's there, of course. But on a general level, as well. He's still in the fight, somewhere.

My preferred focus isn't S9-S?, of course. Fic-wise, I mean. But I have this completionist streak in me. I *want to know*. Particularly when there is always this chance (likelihood, even) of Jack popping back up in canon.

So if there were a movie/mini that was being made for the sake of giving the overall plotline a better ending than the end of S10 permits, I'll watch it for that sake of completion, even if it turns out for whatever reason that the Team isn't reassembled and RDA wasn't able to do it (or was only able to do a quick cameo). No, it won't be quite as enjoyable to me. But I'd still want to know how it went.
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)

One of my problems with wishing for a S11 (although yes, in truth, that may be the best way to really finish telling the story) is that it only postpones the end of the show by a little bit. At most, truly, I ever only saw the show going one or two more years, even with the new life injected in it.

And that's where my realism kicks in. What network is going to pick up a show on those terms? I already really can't figure out what network is likely to pick it up at all.

So part of my lack of focus on a S11 is sort of self-protective.

Whereas, for a handful of reasons, the movie/mini option seems fairly realistic to me. It addresses budgetary problems (which are very real). It is an option that has been used successfully in the past, even the recent past. And it provides even greater flexibility -- as I remarked above, for a movie/mini, I can see them getting RDA and other guest-stars back, *and* having the time to tell a story that doesn't shortchange the expanded cast. As we were discussing earlier -- I don't for a moment think that RDA was considering coming back full-time for S11. But I can *totally* see him signing up for a projected of limited duration like this.

(I am extremely interested to see whether his presence -- IF THEY PROMOTE IT -- in the SGA two-parter, and in The Shroud or whatever SG-1 ep he does later, results in a similar ratings spike to what we saw for "200". I'm not betting on as high a spike, to be honest. I think a good bit of "200"'s spike was because of wide promotion -- IMAGINE THAT!!! -- and because it was an overall EVENT, and people were curious about all of it. It's the SGA eps and that other SG-1 ep that will indicate whether "the return of Jack" has ratings-increasing power on its own. I personally think that it probably does have *some* ratings-increasing power, I just don't know how much. But I have a feeling it is probably enough to make both Bridge and MGM aware that if you're doing a movie/mini, you absolutely try to get RDA involved in it if at all possible.)

Based on the success of the Farscape mini -- I am not feeling that, if we let the S11 idea go, we'll lose the shot at the movie/mini option. I think we would do well of course to communicate our enthusiasm *for* that, definitely. But the sense I get is that everyone involved, from MGM to Bridge to SciFi, is *already* fairly happy with that idea. SciFi knows that it's a successful, cheap alternative to buying a whole season. I just... I don't see it dying. Not when Farscape has provided the example of the successful model.