By now, I assume you’ve all heard the news. This will be Stargate Atlantis’s fifth and final season. I’m disappointed but not surprised. We came into this year knowing that renewal would be a longshot. With 100 episodes under our belts, rising production costs, and the US dollar’s steep decline, the odds were stacked against us. Still, we’d heard no definite word either way and if SG-1’s surprising 10-year run taught us one thing, it’s that anything is possible. The circumstances that contributed to SG-1’s longevity were very different but, back then, we hadn’t expected it to get a sixth season pick-up either. Furthermore, with our strong premiere numbers and the equally impressive showing of the ensuing episodes, some of us were, if not exactly upbeat, then cautiously optimistic. We watched. We waited. And, finally, received word the other day.

We told the cast first, then headed down to set and broke the news to the crew. These are people who have given so much of themselves over the show’s five-year run and we felt it only right that they hear it from us rather than finding out about it elsewhere.

It’s been a bittersweet couple of days. On the one hand, I’m sorry to see the series end but, on the other hand, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. 100 episodes is pretty damn impressive feat and, as evidenced by the quality of recent stories and the uptick in the ratings, we’ll be going out on a high. Even though I see a lot of anger directed at both MGM and Sci Fi, the fact is we couldn’t have done it without their support. And we’re going to count on that support as Atlantis continues its adventures as a movie franchise.

Episode 20, Enemy at the Gate, will mark our 100th episode and, contrary to online speculation, we will not be ending things with a cliffhanger. Regardless of whether we got the pick-up or not, we had always planned a clean conclusion to our 100th episode, one that would hopefully leave fans satisfied yet eager for more. And that “more” will come in the form of the Stargate Atlantis movie…

 

About a month ago, with so much uncertainty about the future of the series, Rob Cooper pitched out the idea of shooting the SGA movie at the end of this season. His thinking was that if the series did end, we would have a movie in hand. If, however, the series was picked up, the “SGA movie” (codenamed Project Twilight) would simply become the opening two episodes of the show’s sixth season. Alas, this notion never got past the consideration stage and, as a result, we won’t be rolling right into it as planned. On the bright side, however, the network has greenlit the movie and we do have a terrific idea in mind. Obviously, I can’t say much about it at this point but suffice it to say that it should include the entire cast in addition to a certain gaunt and pallid flowing-locked guest star. And, if it proves anywhere as successful as the first two SG-1 direct-to-video features, you can be assured that this will be the first in a long, long line of Stargate Atlantis movies.

Like my grandmother used to say: Whenever a gate closes, a hyperspace window opens…

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Jess
Jess

Glad to hear that the 100th ep won’t be a cliffhanger. I didn’t want to wait for a year or so for the conclusion.

paul
paul

i’m sorry to hear about the series getting canceled i wish you and paul had taken over sooner

look forward to the movies and any future you and paul do together

Rob
Rob

Sad that it had to end, but as you say it had a good innings. Does this mean an imminent announcement of Stargate:Universe and will you be involved in that?

Jon K.
Jon K.

Hey Joe,

Though its not over yet, I’d like to pass along my thanks to you and the rest of the cast and crew for providing 5 greats years of entertaining television and I can’t wait to see what is in the future for the stargate universe as a whole.

Diane Renee
Diane Renee

Heartbreaking that it’s ending. I actually cried when I read it..
Such an amazing cast and crew.. will be missed so much!! I wish you all the best, Joe.
I’m glad the last one won’t be a cliffhanger though.

Nancy
Nancy

I’m sorry that the show is ending, but very excited about the upcoming film! Thank you for letting us know!

shansgrl
shansgrl

Joe, I have to say that all the fans appreciate all the hard work the cast, crew, writers and everyone involved have put into the show. It’s been an incredible 5 years and a hell of a ride.

I must also say that we are not taking this lightly, nor are we taking it lying down. There are still stories to tell, and we want to see them.

AV eddy

Hi Joe,

Thanks for posting early tonight and thanks for the info. Wow, your grandmother was quite ahead of her time, eh? Cool. smile My grandmothers, whom I love and miss very much, would’ve told me to get off my butt and do something. Sorta the same thing. wink

I am glad, amidst the sadness and frustration, SGA had a five-year run. Not ready to “thank” MGM and Sci-Fi right now, but I’ll get there. Linzi is my current inspiration for looking on the bright side. smile

Glad to know our favorite tan-challenged guest star will make it onto the DVD. I’m sure Das will be doing a cartwheel or two. (Can I watch?)

I’m going to finish my wine and eat my dinner now. Nothing fancy, but with S2 SGA on my TV, even leftover ham is a gourmet meal.

Fan-love to you, the crew, and the cast!

eddy

Rose
Rose

Joe,

I can’t express my disappointment in this news. I never had any interest in SciFi shows until Stargate Atlantis and at this point, I don’t imagine I’ll have any after the show is gone. TV movies are well and good but nothing can replace seeing the characters you’ve grow to love in 43 minute installments every week.

I suppose we should say thanks to the SciFi Channel and MGM for giving us five years of Sheppard and McKay and company but truthfully, I’m feeling pretty bitter right now.

Please express my gratitude to the cast, crew and writers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Best,

Rose

morjana

Bravo, Joe, and to everyone at Stargate! Thank you all so very much for all your hard work.

Best wishes to everyone!

Morjana

Shai
Shai

‘Should’ include the entire cast? Oh, the uncertainty. Didn’t the cast sign up for 6 years? Does that include movies? Or will there be just the one with (possibly) the current cast? Either way, one or even two movies cannot equate with 20 episodes. This is devastating news.

MELorne-Süper-Fän
MELorne-Süper-Fän

With entire Cast, do you mean Mr.’s Kavan Smith & Paul McGillion will be included in that SGA Movie???

Will you still use this wordpress account to make us laugh? Yeah? smile

P.S.: I am watching SGA only for 12 Months now, why is it always that a certain Series/Fandom closes whenever I find it and have fun in it?!?!?!

Bryan
Bryan

Hi Joe,
I’m a long time reader but a first time poster. I just wanted to say thanks for an amazing run on Atlantis. I know it’s not necessarily the end of the road for Atlantis, but still, it stings. Thank you to you and the cast and crew for giving us five wonderful years of new adventures through the gate. If Ark of Truth and Continuum are the caliber of work we can expect for the Atlantis movie(s), I can definitely say that this fan will be looking forward to it.

Best of luck!

A quick question that’s been nagging me though… In last weeks “Ghost in the Machine,” how did they pump all that water out of the city? Are whole sections flooded out again?

nashira
nashira

This really sucks. Really, really sucks. However, I’m thankful for SGA. Thanks to you, Mr. Mallozzi.

naamiaiset
naamiaiset

Well the series had a nice run… but sadly, it has ended too soon. sad

Best luck in future projects.

Yasmin
Yasmin

I am sad to see the end. I was starting to enjoy SGA once more this season. I enjoyed GitM tremendously.

Thank you for some great episodes and original characters. Hope you do consider bringing TH back for the movie. Same goes for Paul M.

Good luck to you, the cast & the crew.

Yasmin

tamijb
tamijb

Sorry to hear about the show ending.

If Stargate: Universe is ago will there be any cast members from SGA or SG1 in the series?

Will you also be apart of the series?

Will you keep this blog going when the show ends so we can stay in contact and know whats going on for the movies and the new series?

Is there is a chance we can save the show if all of us write petition letters to MGM?

As one mentioned before did they not consider the other countries, Canada, UK, and Australia?

Cathain
Cathain

Joe,

I have to say, Stargate Atlantis is my favorite show, I’m always online checking out the new news, I wear t-shirts on campus and my desk is surrounded with books, DVDs, action figures and just about everything else Stargate I can get my hands on. Hearing about the news yesterday, I was shocked, saddened and I didn’t want to believe it was true. Today however, I have to say thank you.

Thank you Joe, the other writers, producers, the staff and the cast for giving us five amazing seasons, each one better than the last. I will miss the show, the fantastic actors, amazing writers and everyone who made Stargate Atlantis possible. The show has brought me such joy, and though I still can’t imagine my Friday nights after “Enemy at the Gate” airs I will always have the five seasons (and hopefully many movies).

Keep up the good work as the season comes to an end grin

While I’m at it, I do have a question. I found a behind the scenes photo from “Ghost in the Machine” where Joe F. is wearing his famous big fluffy jacket, which begs the question, are the sets really that cold? Or is the jacket just something Joe really digs?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Thanks for the information. Despite the odds, you do understand that many of us will attempt to get the PTB to reconsider their decision. It may not work, but I for one will see to it that they do not benefit financially from their decision. The timing was at least good enough to prevent me from dropping another two hundred dollars on Stargate Atlantis products.
An online friend has stated she plans to send a card to thank cast and crew. I’d like to second that idea, and invite others to do so. I think it would be terrific if we could get enough cards sent to stretch around the studio itself. That being the case, Mr. M. is there a person to whom we might address the cards? I don’t want to unduly disrupt the continued functioning of the studio in the mailings.
To Kaziwren: thanks for the laugh. “click” indeed.
To pg-15. Ok on the real lemons. But several suggestions have been offered. and I think people can decide what they like to use best. But someone at MGM and Sci Fi are getting lemons in one form or another…and yes I’m going to be polite.
AlexEmanuele. Loved the lemon candy idea. I picked up a pound today from my local shop, and will be sending that along with my first letter. I’m just checking on who to address stuff to (not asking you for names Mr. M; this is a project for those of us who wish to tackle it).
The news so upset me I forgot to check on the sequel to Orphan’s Tale. On the plus side, I got the third part of Abercrombie’s trilogy today, so I’m set on reading. Trying to finish off this month’s horror offering by Monday. The world comes crashing down, and we continue on with our routines….

Shaney
Shaney

The only way the “MOVIE” will succeed is if you bring back Torri.I’m telling you-the Only way. Oh and I’m all for the Ronon and Teyla marriage. It’s only natural. lol

Cathie
Cathie

It is a real shame that Stargate Atlantis got canceled! It was & will always be a great show! I just want to say a huge thankyou to you & all the cast & crew for bringing us such wonderful storylines. I for one am going to miss my favourite show Stargate Atlantis.
I am happy that you are going to do SGA movies though! I will be waiting for them.

Good luck on your future endevours!

Take care & happiness always!

Cathie

Lindsay
Lindsay

*mourns*

Icarus
Icarus

Man, I am so sorry. I hope everyone in the cast is doing as well as can be.

Of course the SGA fandom is going apeshit, but hell, there’s always fanfiction and cons to keep the fans active between Stargate Atlantis movies.

Sandra Lee
Sandra Lee

Thanks for the explanation, I and I’m sure many people appreciate it.
Stargate Atlantis interested me a lot more than SG-1 and I hoped to see it develop as far. It’s a great show and I look forward to collecting any movies or SGA related DVD’s in the future.

NZ_Jackie
NZ_Jackie

I am still not sure I like the idea of SGA not getting a Second Season…though I will say the movies are an ok idea…

NZJ