Today, it gives me pleasure to turn this blog over to the all-around awesome Erika Kennair – dog-lover, network point person, and SyFy VP of Original Programming and Development – who finally came up for air to answer your burning questions.  A big thanks to Erika for taking the time to chat – and, of course, for her tireless support of our show. If she was starring in her own series, I would tune in to watch her. Live rather than downloading or dvr’ing.  I’m that big a fan!

Sorry Folks.  The past few months have been incredibly hectic.  Awesome, ridiculously productive, but non-stop.  I’m not sure I’ve been in Los Angeles for more than a few days at a time since July.  Since then, there was Comic Con, I shot a pilot in Toronto, launched new seasons of SGU and Sanctuary, ushered in Smackdown, and had the priviledge of working on webseries, Riese.  Among other things.  In exciting news, I was promoted to Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Syfy in that time period as well.

I’d like to thank Joe for his patience.  Today I pinky-swore that I’d get this Q&A to him tonight.  And I don’t back down on pinky-swears.  So here it is.

“How did you come to be Syfy’s Director of Development?”

EK: I moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles to pursue a Masters Degree in Screenwriting, with a goal to write children’s programming.  While in school I also worked full-time to pay the bills and to learn more about the industry around me.  First I worked in TV Research at Paramount, pulling ratings at 6 in the morning.  It was gruesome to get up that early and then immediately do something detail oriented, but it taught me so much about how television works and what viewers watch in different parts of the country.  From there I went to Twentieth Century Fox as an intern, and my job was to collate the different drafts of scripts.  I paid attention to what kind of changes were being made, and that helped me to really understand the production side of television.  After that I got a full-time job at Fox Searchlight as an Assistant in Post Production.  Not only was Searchlight an AMAZING place to work (Napoleon Dynamite, Water, Millions, Notes on a Scandal), but working in post taught me how to look at a story and fix it once it all that was left to do was rearrange the pieces.  I was there for about 2 years before I graduated from LMU.

By the time I was ready to graduate, I was really torn between pursuing a career in writing, or one as an executive. All I knew was that I loved the creative process, but I still hadn’t found my place in the world.  Within 2 weeks of graduation, I was awarded a Humanitas Prize for a Bernie Mac Spec Script that I wrote.  The specific award was an Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing, in the name of David Angell, who was a writer and Executive Producer on Cheers, Wings and Frasier. Unfortunately he and his wife Lynn, were on the first plane on 9/11.  The Humanitas Prize started a Comedy Fellowship in his name to help new comedy writers get their start.  I was so honored, but at the same time, so unbelievably conflicted, since I had the bizarre urge to be an executive.  So I went on writer meetings, which as Joe can tell you are quite fascinating.  I got a freelance job on a cartoon, which I will not name, and they never paid me, so you won’t be able to find it online.  The job was beyond frustrating.  I got notes that were so hard to understand, my favorite being, “Would a flea say that?”.  So it got me thinking, “If I was on the other side of that desk, I’d let the fleas speak their mind.”   Shortly thereafter, I met the best man in the industry, Ted Frank, who used to be the head of Current Programs at NBC.  He was looking for someone to run the Diversity Initiative for Writers at NBC, scouting new writers for the network.  I called the Humanitas people, said I was going to be switching over to the dark side, and much to my surprise, they were incredibly supportive. David Angell’s career started and stayed at NBC, and Ted Frank was the executive who shepherded David’s shows.  The fellowship trustees were happy that I’d be learning from someone who meant so much to David.  I took it as a sign.

The next three years were amazing, finding new talent, starting a writer’s fellowship, Writers on the Verge and working to launch people’s careers.  Eventually I decided it was time to move on to my next adventure.  Our Human Resources Dept told me that Sci Fi (this was 2008) was looking for an executive.  Um, the Battlestar Channel?  Um, the Channel that had those amazing movies and the channel that tried to launch The Amazing Screw On Head as a series with Bryan Fuller and Mike Mignola??????  So, I calmly went in and met with Mark Stern.  We hit it off, he sent me away with a Eureka first draft, a Sanctuary Producer’s Cut of an episode and a pilot script.  I came back with my thoughts and he hired me on the spot.   Phew – that was a long story.  You guys still there?

“On a typical day from start to finish, what is your workload like?”

EK: It really depends on the day and where my shows are in their cycle.  I cover SGU, Sanctuary, Outer Space Astronauts, WWE Smackdown, a pilot called Three Inches, some movie events (the upcoming Neverland) and several projects you may or may not know about that are in development.  It’s my job to be the cheerleader for my series, balancing the show’s wants and needs with that of the network in order to hopefully make everyone happy and get the best ratings possible.  I give notes on scripts and cuts, as well as drafts of projects in development.  Lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of travel for Three Inches, where I chime in on set, much to the director’s delight.  I’ve also been doing quite a bit of travel for WWE Friday Night Smackdown.

When in LA, most days I come in, check my email while eating a breakfast of egg whites and avocado (I know Joe’s Blog likes food talk).  I’lll email out notes that I did the night before at home, and start prioritizing where the biggest fires are.  I am on the phone constantly, talking to my producers, my coworkers in New York, Agents, writers, etc.  At some point, I run down the hall to Business Affairs, and talk important legal things with very smart lawyers.  For lunch, which is usually at my desk, I often go with a bunless veggie burger.  I typically have several meetings during the day, whether that’s meeting new writers, discussing fun things like Comic Con, or hearing pitches for potential new series.  By the end of the day, I drag myself home, and read scripts or watch cuts and write up my notes on those scripts and cuts.  I usually do so with a glass of red wine, my husband and my dogs.  I go to sleep and it begins again.

“What do you look forward to the most in working with the Stargate staff?”

EK: Stargate is such an impressive franchise.  I really admire that people have been inviting this world into their homes for so many years. The entire cast and crew feels like one giant family, which is lovely.  I also really enjoy the challenging logic that Stargate utilizes so well.  Gets a girl’s brain going in the morning.  And of course, talking to Joe.

”What type of shows is Syfy looking to develop, and how does SGA fit into that mandate? I love serialized shows like SGU, Caprica, BSG but I’m not a fan of the reality shows and campy monster flicks.”

KE: Our motto here is “Imagine Greater”, and the way we translate that into development is to find series that really stretch the limits of our imaginations – inviting us into new worlds, and introducing us to rich and fascinating characters.  We look for shows that are entertaining, and while they may or may not hold a mirror to our current society, they contain worlds and adventures our audience can escape into.

SGA was before my time here, but it definitely was filled with adventure, escapism and fun characters.

We appreciate the diversity among our fans.  Whenever I go to Comic Con I always marvel at how many variations of genre fans there are.  Me, I’m a magial surrealism/ghost story/comedy genre kinda gal.

“Is Syfy looking to develop more fun fare like Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven? I loved that Pearry Teo pushed for better production values on Witchville. Will we see Syfy’s original movies move away from the camp and weird animal mashups?”

EK: We absolutely want to develop fun series that entertain our audiences and take them on a ride.

As for our movies, I’m not sure, but I will say that growing up I was a huge fan of Roger Corman and Troma Films, so for me it’s nice to see that legacy live on.  I get that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I dare you to watch the Sharktopus trailer without smiling once.

“Thanks for bringing us great shows like SGU!”

EK: You’re very welcome.  Thanks for watching them!

“Would you mind sharing some highs and lows of being at Syfy?”

EK: I adore working at Syfy for so many reasons, but the biggest reason is that Syfy truly values and celebrates the imagination.  I’ve had some jobs (Purchasing Assistant at an Oil Company) that did not exactly push my creativity, and every day here I’m challenged to think outside of the box, and encourage others to do the same.

I can’t say that I’ve had any real lows so far.  I’ve been extremely lucky to (knock on wood) not have any series I work on be  canceled.  I know that day will come, and I would imagine that will become what I answer to this kind of question.  I suppose the biggest low so far is that our cafeteria has limited vegetarian options.

“How long have you been a fan of Science Fiction and what got you into the genre?”

EK: I can’t remember how long because as far back as I can remember my hair was in Princess Leia buns or I was pretending to be She-Ra.  I wanted desperately to join the Ghostbusters, and kind of still do.  Later I moved onto the hard stuff, R.L. Stine, Time Bandits, and I haven’t looked back.

“What are you some of your favourite foods?”

EK: I’m a vegetarian, but as Joe can attest to, that doesn’t stop me from eating.  I love avocados and eat them with anything I can.  I’m also a huge fan of spinach and sweet potatoes.  On the bad for you front, I have a weakness for hors d‘oeuvres and caramel.  About once a week I have veggie sushi rolls, and whenever I’m in Vancouver I have to get a Veggie Terimayo Hot Dog from Jappadog.   I recently went to Toronto, and discovered that the Four Seasons has an amazing Egg White Omelette, and that the restaurant George has incredible vegetarian options.

“Would you mind sharing some of your favourite authors?”

EK: My favorite book in the world is Love in the Time of Cholera, I could read it every day.  I know it’s kind of cliché, but Catcher in the Rye is a very close second.  I love authors who pull you in, and make you feel like an accomplice (Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde).

“Are you an animal lover? And what is your favourite animal?”

EK: I’m a vegetarian who has two recscued dogs (Harry and Faye, pic Below).  As you can guess, I’m a sucker for dogs, but there really isn’t an animal I don’t like.  Maybe bees and wasps.  Yeah, I kinda hate those.

“Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, which out the 3 is your favourite series and why?”

EK: Well, I definitely have a soft spot for SGU since I was with it from the beginning.  My favorite SGU episodes are Time,  Malice and Divided.  My favorite SG1 eps are 200, Window of Opportunity and Grace , and my favorite SGA eps are Tabula Rasa, 38 Minutes, and Vegas.

“What direction do you see the Syfy channel heading in the future?”

EK: I think we’ll stick with this name for a while.  Personally, I’d love to see some comedies on the channel, and I wouldn’t mind something a little spookier than we’re used to either.

“Do you believe in the existance of Ghosts, as Syfy is big on the whole Ghost Hunters thing, what do you think of the 3 shows currently on your network?

EK: I do believe in ghosts.  I was raised Cuban Catholic in New Orleans, so I’m not sure if it was possible for me not to.  Ghost Hunters is one of our biggest series, and I definitely get the appeal.  My favorite of the three is Ghost Hunters International because I can watch it and pretend I’m traveling.

“What happened with Legend of the Seeker?, if anything did happen, fans around the world have been mailing networks requesting this series be picked up by Syfy, as it averaged around 2.2 million viewers on ABC, why wasn’t this picked up? Was the asking price by ABC/Disney too high? The show is currently im limbo with no one wanting to pick up, do you think you could make a miracle happen Erika? I think you’d have to agree itd be perfect for the Syfy channel.”

EK: I am constantly impressed with the level of dedicated that LOTS fans have for the series.  It’s definitely an entertaining show, and I have to admit I kind of wish I was Cara.  Honestly, I wasn’t a part of the decision making process, but I can say from experience that sometimes not enough love in the world can save a show that needs a new network.

“When can we expect to start seeing promos for the new show on Syfy?”

EK: Do you mean SGU?  I expect right after Comic Con.  We have one amazing trailer that will premiere there.  Ha, this answers shows how long ago I started answering these.  Sorry.

“You still oversee the Writers on the Verge program, right? Do you just deal with the Finalists or do you have any say in who is picked (do you read the submissions)?”

EK: Sadly, I no longer oversee WOTV.  Syfy let me finish out the cycle that was happening when I came over here, but after that they put a new person in my former position, the lovely Karen Horne.  When I was there I read every single essay and resume, the first 5 pages of every script, and all of about 50% of the scripts.

“In the program, do you ever see college-aged finalists? People from all over the country?

EK: We take all kinds.  Youngest Finalist had just graduated College.  Several Finalists have come from out of state.

“Are you a dog or a cat person, or both?”

EK: Dogs rule, cats will be tolerated after copious amounts of allergy medication.

“What are your views on our ‘non-acceptance’ of the demise of SGA?”

EK: I respect that view.  It took me a very long time to accept the demise of several series, Freaks and Geeks and Dead Like Me among others.

“What is your favourite part of the job?”

EK: I love so much of it, but I’d have to say my favorite part is working to make every episode the best they can be.  I’m always ready to dig deeper and push further.

“Do you get to travel a lot?”

EK: Yes I do.  I’m in Vancouver about once a month, NY every few months and I spent the last month in Toronto.  Smackdown has expanded that travel to all parts of the country.

“Ohhh I just checked your twitter and see that you hail from New Orleans. That is one place I am definitely going to go, could you please recommend a couple of your favourite restaurants?”

EK: Fantasy New Orleans eating day: Breakfast at Commanders Palace, Lunch at the now non-existent Mystic Pizza, Dinner at Café Lebanon or Five Happiness, and drinks at the Columns.  Then of course, late night Beignets from Café Du Monde.

“@Ms. Kennair – Can you please use your talents and influence to push for an Atlantis movie, and can you please push for Teyla and John becoming a couple in that movie?”

EK:: MGM is the one in charge of movies, but if it comes up, I can definitely see where Teyla is at these days.

“Is there any way, any way at all, to fund an SGA continuation as a Movie of the Week (you could put MegaBug Wraith in it!) or as a mini-series?”

EK: Sadly MegaBug/Wraith hybrids don’t really test well.  I would think a nice Sharktolucian or a Pirahnarreplicator may do better.

“How important is the Stargate franchise for Syfy channel?”

EK:  The Stargate franchise is extremely important as it’s our longest running franchise, and it is pure science fiction.

“Question for Erika: How old are you? You don’t look very old in the picture Joe’s been showing us. Also, just what does a Director of Development do?”

EK: I get that one quite a bit.  I just turned 30.  My mom got carded until she was in her 40s, so I’ve decided it’s a good thing.  Thanks.

And this just in!  Check out this outtake from SGU’s “Awakening”.

48 thoughts on “October 29, 2010: SyFy Vice President of Original Programming and Development Erika Kennair Answers Your Questions! + A Stargate: Universe Outtake (at the bottom of the entry)!

  1. RE: outtake – 😆 😆 😆

    Thanks for the snickers, Joe, and Tel, and creepy guy!

    das

  2. I Love the out take, that is so adorable of LDP and delayed reaction for the alien,,thanks..

    Terrific Q&A from Erika, she is uber talented and pretty also. Thanks Erika for taking the time to answer questions. Cute pups.

  3. PS: that shouldn’t be an outtake…stuff like that should be in the show…I mean, if yer goin’ for realism, and all. 😉

    das

  4. Hey Erika!!

    Thank you for the great Q and A. I recognized one of my questions. It was the one about restaurants in New Orleans, and I will definitely add those places to my Restaurants to Try List.

    Congratulations on the promotion!!

    Thanks for taking the time!!
    Kymm

  5. Hi,

    Excellent Q&A!

    Also, everyone is invited to visit my SGU Season 2 news post at http://abbaskarimjee.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/stargate-universe-season-2-current-information/ for the latest news on the current season, international schedule info for the entire season , descriptions of upcoming episodes, promotional trailers/ sneak peeks for upcoming episodes ratings, weekly trivia, weekly episode discussion guides,photos and much more.

    Be sure to also comment on the post to be apart of the discussion!

    Thanks!

  6. Great Q&A. Thanks Erika for taking the time to do this. And don’t worry about looking young, it is a good thing.

  7. Thank you to Erika for doing the Q&A – it was very interesting! And yay- she likes my favorite episode of all time – Vegas! 🙂

    Notice she didn’t say they couldn’t do a SGA movie of the week or mini-series, just that they’d have to change the villain!

  8. Hi, Erika! Haven’t had time to read the Q&A yet, but just wanted to say: Thank you for championing SGU! It’s my favorite series this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to cramping for a third season!

    Thanks again!

  9. Nice interview, but the outtake just totally left me rolling with laughter, and forgetting everything I had just read. Truly priceless. Thanks for a great laugh.

  10. How tall is Erika?

    And are you sure she is out of high school?

    She looks awfully young.

    I bet she still gets carded when she orders an alcoholic beverage.

    Thank you Erika for your answers. Very interesting and information.

    And Erika please pass this on to your husband — An appearance of Canary in Smallville is long overdue.

  11. Joe,

    Great Q&A! Thanks.

    Here is an SGU question for you:

    It seems like you’ve been writing about how many of the episodes are coming in longer than expected and that obviously the writers and editors have to figure out a way to reduce the run time. You also have some great actors guest staring in the Lucian Alliance roles. Their characters thus far seem a little under utilized, only appearing for a few lines here or there. Is the Lucian Alliance story being trimmed down and left on the cutting room floor to accomodate the A story?

    It seemed there was a lot of build up before the season started about Robert Knepper’s performance on SGU, with praise coming from the regulars in various interviews. I particularly remember one interview where Louis Ferreira praises Knepper’s work and villany. I guess with the hype, I’m a little disappointed by the minimal screen time he’s been getting. Thus far Simeon seems like more of a trouble maker / bully rather than someone to be feared. Is this a result of editing, leaving dialogue on the cutting room floor, or are we going to see Simeon featured more heavily going forward?

    rfvDevil

  12. Erika and Joe

    I would be drawn back to syfy and SGU if you even Made A miniseries out of SGA with Joe Flanigan as Shepperd and the other cast members.

  13. EK. When are you going to put Joe Flanigan in another tv show. I would like to see him as a regular.

    If you and MGM make SGA a mini-series with Joe Flanigan as Shepperd and the rest of the regular cast. Alot of fans from this side would watch. Also if you crossover Joe Flanigan to SGU to reprise his role as Shepperd and Pair him with Teyla I among the fans could be drawn to SGU.

  14. that was hilarious. Please sir, can we have some more outtakes? That one NEEDS to be in the dvd extras. Thank you for sharing it with us

  15. @Erika wow 30… really? I dont suppose you’re interested in slightly overweight, bearded irish-australians with a computer game addiction? no… not all you say. =sigh=

    @Joe. As of Cloverdale, what is the total elapsed time for members of the destiny crew since they entered the gate in the first episode.

    *** Possible Spoiler ***
    Aftermath – wow what an episode. Robert C. Cooper, is a legend. I would buy a t-shirt that says “Robert C. Cooper is my master now” That scene where Riley is killed by the col. I may have had a man tear moment. I’m not admitting to anything, but it could have happened. Holy shoots that was an emotional moment, i mean extraordinary well written, directed and acted. Bravo all.

  16. Wonderful Q&A, it was good to hear/read how important Stargate is to Syfy. Maybe it’ll help SGU in the long run. 🙂

    And loved the outtake, haha. That should’ve been in the episode… just after BW and RCC names and before rest of the credits start to roll. Would’ve been perfect.

  17. This outtake is fabulous. The gestures of the aliens when he understands, with his eyes and his hands, priceless.
    Like we say in French: “Je suis mort de rire”.

    Bu I’m asking: Only that little scene with a VFX finished must already cost something, no ? And this is made just for the fun, isn’t it ?

  18. I’d be delighted if you could watch this feature film on society’s treatment of animals:

    http://www.earthlings.com/

    I think it could really enlighten you to the reality of what really goes on and what you’re supporting. I know you care about your pets so I think it’d really be amazing if you could watch.

  19. Coucou =) comment ça va ?

    Moi très bien, contente d’être en week end! ça fait du bien de se lever tard de temps en temps^^!

    Merci pour ces photos, et les Q&A! LOl la video est fun!! =P

    Cette apres midi je vais au salon du jeux video de Paris, lol en fait c’est surtout pour aller voir le stand du jeux d’HP7 ^^!

    Je repasse demain !!!
    Bisou !!!!!

  20. Erika and Joe
    You did not answer the question about John Shepperd just Teyla. You had the fans looking forward to the movie SGA Extinction and let them down. If you can order new episodes of Battlestar Galactica you can do the movie and order new episodes of SGA. The fans want a Shepperd pairing. I have stopped watching SyFy. When A Good Day For It and The Other Side air on SyFy I will watch, but that is the only time I will watch SyFy. I now watch CBS NCIS, NCIS LA and USA BURN NOTICE, in fact I record the two NCIS’S because I work that night and on Thursday watch BURN Notice.

  21. Great Q&A, surprised she answered every question I made. Well except 1 lol. 9 of those questions came from me.

    @that sometimes not enough love in the world can save a show that needs a new network

    Personally I think when it came to Legend of the Seeker it came down to cost more than anything. Like a. If you want Seeker you need to pay for the production costs. Which is likely why no network picked the show up.

    It didn’t help with Tribunes financial problems as they were Seekers sole benefactor. And sadly it didnt live up to their expectations.

    It’s a shame because if it were on Syfy it’d likely get figures close to, or around Warehouse 13s.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer all our questions Erika =]

  22. Oh and thankyou to you Joe for taking the time to host the Q&A, get things set up and things like that. Great Job 🙂

  23. Interesting News flash. Apparently Spyglass Entertainment is one step closer to takeover the MGM lion.

    However a lawsuit that Lionsgate Entertainment filed against Carl Icahn for manipulating the stock price of both Lionsgate and MGM might murky things up again. Icahn supposedly make public statements against a Lionsgate and MGM merger while acquiring stocks in both companies.

  24. Ping pong balls 😀

    I finally managed to watch Cloverdale here in Canada and am more than pleased to say it exceeded my expectations and then some. I haven’t watched a single episode of SGU that has disappointed me yet but Cloverdale just knocked it out of the ballpark. It has to be some of the tightest writing I’ve seen in a TV show in a long time and perhaps the only thing that even comes close to it for me is the show “Oz”. I’ve never been in a position where I could say thank you to someone that delivered a TV show before but now that I have that opportunity, I want to thank you, sincerely.

  25. FINALLY! I was so busy with school last week I didn’t have time for your blag 🙁 So I spent the morning catching up 😀 I hate being busy, especially when it’s school…

    Anyways great Q&A! Interesting answers.

    So I have a few questions..

    1. I record SGU on my DVR, but I also watch it live while it’s recording. Am I counted for the watching it live or for dvr’ing it?

    2. If I’m counted for dvr’ing let’s say I watch the show live at 6:00 and then record it at 9:00. Would I be counted for both or what??

    I only ask because I want to do my part to boost the ratings because even though SGU isn’t the BEST it’s still a very good show.. And besides if it gets canceled before I find out what Destiny’s mission is, someones gonna get it! 😉

    3. Before SGA was canceled did you guys have any ideas as to what episodes you were going to do for the 6th season? And if so, could you tell us any of them?

    Please and thank you 🙂

  26. If Spyglass takes over. I hope they and SyFy will finally do the movie. Or even better have a new SGA only have it on earth and have Shepperd in civilian military part of intelligence like NCIS or CID. If not on SyFy another network like NBC/Universal.

  27. I agree with Shadow Step; if Mae Jemison can do a Trek cameo then a cutie Erika Kennair should get one too. Erika and David Blue look adorable together. I can see it now; Eli’s flashback to college crush…!

    Gosh darnit I forgot all about this Q&A, I should have asked about Being Human!

  28. Hi Mr M!!

    Thank you to Erika for a great Q and A!!!

    As I mentioned before, I am (at the mo) exploring all avenues for the future. One of these, like some here, includes writing.

    As you also know, I am over on Twitter.

    A great guy to follow over on Twitter is Frank Delaney (www.twitter.com/FDbytheword)

    Frank (as you may know) has been a judge of many literary prizes including the famous Booker Prize.

    In any case, Frank holds a Twitter literary competition every so often. It’s taxing, in that you have to get your point across in 140 Characters or less!!

    I entered the “Creepy Hallowe’en Competition”….and won!!

    Check out the entry and the other winners.

    http://blog.frankdelaney.com/

    You can see all the winners there. Interestingly, (and flatteringly) I see Chris Cleave is also listed as a winner. Cleave’s book (The Other Hand) was a favourite general fiction read of mine last year….which was a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award!!

    So….as I mentioned before, all possibilities are being explored in this chapter of life.

    Best to all at The Bridge

    S’n’T

    PS: The Outtake was FABULOUS!!! Brilliant! Well done LDP and Mark Savela and crew!!!

  29. please reveal the plot lines that where going to be used on SGA,because as production said they where planning the sixth season……………..new enemies or new firends…………………or Atlantis/Destiny encounter perhaps?

  30. erika and David blue,look so perfect together………sorry if this comment looks bad or wrong is just the romantic truth.

  31. Joe;

    1) Are you guys (Paul, yourself Brad ect) being kept up to date with the MGM situation and how it’ll effect Stargate’s feuture particulary SGUs?

    2) Are you worried that cancelling Caprica will have a negitive effect on SGU?

    3) Can you tell us what it was like to watch Robert Carlyle direct ‘Pathogen’? The man got a PHANOMINAL performance from all concerned, espc David Blue

  32. Great Q & A Erika, I think I asked a question…I have no idea though..

    Loved the outtake…very clever…bravo LDP and the VFX dep.

    So Joe, how did I miss this video….it’s the cutest ever!!!!

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2954049348680636418

    For the record I didn’t yawn, although if I was in the room it might be different….although come to think of it if I was in the room I might be a tad distracted…lol

    Cheers, Chev

  33. This was a very informative interview. Thank You.

    And very curious for more info regarding ‘Three Inches’, such as when in 2011 it’ll be airing and if it’ll be more than the 90min pilot.

    Looking forward to seeing my two fave, former vampires James Marsters and Kyle Schmid in this ‘Three Inches” series… And I know so are many other fans of both actors!

  34. That is what I want to know. Are you being kept up to date about the MGM situation?

    Erika, Joe, Paul Mullie, Brad and Robert if you had ended season five of SGA with the pairing of John and Teyla or Shepperd/Todd like alot of Shepperd fans you would not be having these problems. I see next week you are showing reruns of SGA. I am recording them and when Joe Flanigan’s movies A Good Day For It and The Other Side come out next year I will watch. If you could get Joe Flanigan on another tv show as a regular on SyFy I would watch. If you had even crossed over Joe Flanigan to SGU as a guess star to reprise his role and finished pairing his character Shepperd with someone the fans including me would have been happy and would be watching SGU.

  35. If you are not doing the EXtinction movie, why are you showing trailers of it on yutube. You need to make it and let there be a good ending for SGA and stop letting the fans down.

    I just read where Creditors have approved the take over by Spyglass.

  36. I am like Antonio I want to know about 6th season. Also like I said if you can cross over David Hewett and Robert Picarde to reprise their roles even if it is just guest staring, you can do the same with Joe Flanigan and the actor who played Todd.

  37. Good interview. If I could ask a question of the “suit,” it would be this. Why is Syfy now delaying for 30 days the appearance of Sanctuary and SGU on Rewind and Hulu?

  38. I don’t know exactly where to post this, but here goes, Mr Mallozzi, seeing as how SyFy abandoned our beloved franchise and snubbed our continually endearing show, will you not appeal to the fans to pre-order episodes for a possible season 3. I know it would mean compromising the overall creativity of the production team, and it would also mean that fans would essentially have a further reach into creativity seeing as how certain episode ideas they’d pay for and others if it isn’t their bag, they’d ignore. But, essentially, Stargate Universe would be saved, and you and your team would usher in a new era of Programming which would lead to more interesting ways to make money for the show. Imagine if you will kind sir, Since Sir, you are an esteemed Gentleman and a scholar, Episodes of SGU watched on a specially made media player, which cycles through watermarks of advertisers. And at a later date, if the fans don’t like the watermarks, you would encourage the fans if they don’t want to see advertisements, then they could just purchase the HD episode for the regular 1.99, or those that can’t pay that much for whatever reason, could continue to watch it online with this specially made media player laden with advertisements in the form of watermarks which would glide across the screen. I plead with you sir, because I’ve been a fan of the franchise since I watched it on NTV way back in ’98. And even though I despised the choice of replacing SGA with SGU, and hated the first season of SGU (save for a few episodes, one of which is Time), I, being a fan of the franchise, had no choice but to rally to the aid of the series. And season 2 thus far, has made that choice infinitely easier, since, it’s surpassed my expectations, and made me at times giddy with prospect. Do it now, Please kind sir, before you lose the actors and the sets. Save our franchise, The Power is Yours!

  39. Erika and Joe

    There was no reason to cancel SGA. It was good in the ratings. SyFy should never have canceled it. Also there is no reason to not do SGA movie even though SyFy canceled SGU. This is another excuse for not doing the movie.

  40. I quit watching SyFy except for reruns of SGA and when the 3 movies Joe Flanigan is doing come out next year, I will watch, but other then that no SyFy for me. I will be recording on FOX A change In Plans with Joe Flanigan.

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