Science Fiction: August 2006 Archives

Darren Sumner argues that SciFi just wanted to get rid of the show in a long process of remaking themselves as a non-scifi network.

Also, check out the Save Stargate SG-1 campaign. Given that this cancelation is from the network only, and MGM and the producers want to keep SG-1 going, this has a real chance of succeeding.

My original post on the cancelation is here.

Update: This strikes me as junior high pettiness. Basically, it amounts to : "If we can't have it no one can. Well, we can have it, but we don't really want it. But that doesn't mean we want anyone else to be able to have it." They may be well within their legal rights to do this, but insisting on your legal rights is often inconsistent with basic moral decency, and this seems to be a pretty clear case of that.

I have to say that I really, really dislike the idea that people might have to have a good computer-based media system to watch the 11th season if they make it for download only. It would be pretty awful if the only way we'll be able to watch this is on a notebook computer screen with tiny speakers and no way to save them except on CDs that can't be watched except on a tiny screen. Even worse is that you'd have to pay for it beyond the exorbitant prices cable already costs. Ongoing stories would be nice, but if it's not on TV then they lose a huge audience that wouldbe able to watch them if they did TV movies or mini-series. Doing a whole season at its usual expense seems such a waste if it would be download-only.

Stargate SG-1 Canceled

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Who besides CBS would cancel one of a network's best and most popular shows, simply because it wasn't doing as well as it was last year (but still doing much better than almost anything else they show)? The SciFi Channel has done it before without even that excuse (with Farscape when it was even at the height of its popularity), and now it's done it again with Stargate SG-1, the show that you would expect them to show some gratefulness toward given its having put them (and cable original programming in general) on the map in terms of ratings successes. It can't be just about ratings, because Atlantis is doing only slightly better.

They've made one bone-headed decision after another in the last couple years with their original programming, and now they decide to do some nice blame-shifting by canceling one of their best original shows. They decided after the good ratings of Eureka to try for original programming every night. Most of the tripe they've been showing now isn't going to last more than a couple months. A lot of it isn't even scifi, even in the broadest sense of the term. Pro wrestling? It's definitely fiction, but where's the science in it? But then they had John Edward on years ago, so I suppose that's not much different. The formula that worked was to have their best stuff on Friday nights starting at 8:00, without Monk opposite the opening show that now starts at 9:00, an hour after most people have been watching some other channel. If they had wanted SG-1 to do well this year, they could have done a much better job. This was as bad as UPN putting Enterprise opposite Stargate in its final year and then canceling it because of bad ratings (which were still better than almost any other original scifi show on cable).

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