Long ago, I told myself that whenever Stargate ended, I would take a year off to rest, recharge, and work on the countless personal projects sitting on my ever-growing to write/produce pile.  Paul and I have more than a few pilot scripts we’re looking to go out with and recently closed a deal with a major comic book publisher that will see us bring one of our series concepts to life as a comic book series (before, hopefully, making the leap to either the small or big screen).  I wanted to travel. Take some much-needed cooking classes.  Maybe even start work on that wacky SF novel that’s been percolating in the back of my mind over these past two years.  Understand, I’ve enjoyed plenty of hiatuses, but I can’t remember a time when – hiatus or not – I haven’t been looking ahead, either spinning, outlining, or writing for the next gig be it the back of SG-1 sixth season or the start of SGU’s second.  I’m in a tough line of work.  It’s feast or famine and, more often than not, there’s a lot more famine than feasting going on.  But I’ve been very lucky.  I’ve enjoyed steady employment on a single franchise these past eleven years, something practically unheard of in this industry.  Prior to landing on Stargate, I was similarly fortunate.  No sooner did one job end than another presented itself.  I went from freelancing animation to animation development back to freelancing/story-editing animation to freelancing/producing live-action to Stargate with nary a chance to catch my breath.  It’s been a tremendous ride and I’ve appreciated every job I’ve had, from my very first script (“Patrick Pig Learns to Talk” for The Busy World of Richard Scarry) to my last produced episode (“The Hunt” for SGU’s second season).  Still, the prospect of finally having time off – real time off – was the silver lining on an otherwise dark and dreary storm cloud.

On the other hand, if an opportunity presents itself, it’s tough to say “No, thanks.  I’d rather learn how to julienne carrots.”.  I don’t want to ever take things for granted and assume, hey, I’ll always get another job.  I’ve worked with several people who once thought that way only to have reality set them straight, heard too many stories of once-successful individuals who seemed to disappear from the t.v. landscape seemingly overnight.  I have rules in place to prepare for that famine I was talking about, and one of those rules is: “No reasonable offer shall be refused!”.  Writing that novel would be enormously satisfying, but its working for pay that keeps the doggies in designer rain boots (For the record, my dogs don’t wear rain boots, designer or otherwise, although they have been known to sport colorful bandanas after bath time at the doggy daycare).  Also, I can always learn how to julienne carrots next year.  Or the year after that.  Or, hell I can just check out an instructional video on youtube during my next hiatus.

It’s hard to say no to a job because it’s always great to be employed.  Especially if you know, like and respect the people you’ll be working with, and love the material you’ll be working on.  Which brings me to a conversation I had with Stargate Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Brad Wright today.  Alas, no details to offer (yet!) but suffice it to say he’s battling hard to ensure the franchise (that’s SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU) lives on and that the season two finale of Universe, “Gauntlet”, will not be the end. He’s adopted a clever two-pronged approach that, if successful, will see our awesome crew back at work next year.  Nothing is guaranteed, but it’s great to hear he’s got a plan to make it happen.  And, for the sake of the many, many Stargate fans out there, I really hope he succeeds.

A couple of other opportunities have also presented themselves, one presently small with great potential, another positively huge that would necessitate some major, major life changes.

Okay.  Youtube it is.

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Josh

Thanks for telling us this much. I am really gald to hear that you guys are really fighting to keep this franchise, that has stolen so many days of my life (not like I sad to see them stolen from something like this wink ) alive. Please keep us updated regurally, as I really would like to know what the future holds.

Josh

JulieAloha
JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

Long time since I’ve been online – long story. Finally checked in yesterday and was totally shocked to hear the news about SGU. Now, however, having read the last few weeks’ entries, I will endeavor to hope against all hope that the world of Stargate I’ve come to depend upon is not lost for good and that you will continue to be a part of it.

Merry Christmas!

Smiles, Julie

Narelle from Aus
Narelle from Aus

Sounds like you just took a deep breath.
Every holiday I go on I’m usually in the process of making a decision that has sliding doors potential. Whether it’s sitting in the shallows of the beach of a beautiful place, or having a laugh over a drink, there’s a time when my mind gets to just be and clarity with a feeling of contentment with the decision I just made in that instant hits. It doesn’t mean that what’s ahead is going to be easy, but you go forward, committed, knowing you are at peace with your decision.
I call it the deep breath.
Wishing you only happiness and success in whatever you pursue and will be hanging around to read up on your latest adventures.
Take care and Greetings to your family, human and furry, for the season.

anais33

Petit coucou!!

Merci pour tout le super travail accomplie durant ces onze année!!!! J’espere que vos futurs projets vous motiveront autant que stargate!!

Pleins de gros, bisou!!
Bonnes fêtes!

Ps: le bonnet pingouin vous va très bien wink

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

I’m still up…I was just laying here in the dark..thinking about what Brad said…thought I would just take another peek at your comments via my phone…AND here you are.

Apparently you have been busy posting a blog EARLY. Wow…♥ஜ☆LOVE♥ஜ☆ your attitude. I guess it is necessary to find happiness in your line of work.

Being a fan..it is easy to take for granted…the “unemployment” issue. While we complain (at times rather loudly) about our likes and dislikes of a show…we forget the entire team works in the environment of “temporary only”… Amazes me that all of you deal so well under the stress.

It is a love of that creative genius that swirls around in your head that makes me passionate about sci-fi. You have a gift…

I feel much more resolved and the sadness has left. I didn’t want to enter Christmas on such a heart tugging note with SGU. Please thank Brad for making a statement…thank YOU for adding your thoughts. ♥ஜ☆ThankYou♥ஜ☆ for the Stargate magic I have come to love and will continue to love and enjoy always.

Best to you Joe,
Always,
Cheryl smile Yes…a happy face again.

Michael B.
Michael B.

Hey Joe,

Just a random idea: what about Netflix? They’ve been trying to get streaming rights to tv series, and I figure they would pay to host a tv series like SGU. I hope that there is a season 3, because waiting for a third stargate movie when the having to wait for a SGA movie would be too sad.

It would be a awesome Christmas miracle if SGU gets a season 3!

Merry Christmas and a blessed life!
Michael

P.S. More on the Netflix idea. If season 3 was only released by them, then those that wish to see it would get subscriptions to Netflix, and that is how they get their money back. (I would get a subscription just to see the show.)

Jim S.
Jim S.

First of all good luck with whatever the future holds (though personally I really really hope that its more Stargate!).

And way to go making us all go INSANE while waiting for more details!

Merry Christmas Joe and good luck!

Bailey
Bailey

Well, Joe – Good luck with whatever comes to pass. I hope that things work out for the best, no matter which direction you choose to take your life.

I just hope that you (and we) are not kept in suspense for too long. If it turns out that Brad can’t make things happen, it will have been precious time lost that you, the cast and crew could have used to find other opportunities. I always hate it when things are not clear, it’s like ripping a bandage off really slowly…

But since I live in hopes that one day we will see an SGA movie, I am going to hope that Brad can find a way to make that happen as well as keeping the other two shows alive for their fans.

Do what you have to do though, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as I guess they say.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you, your family and your pups!

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

That was so awesomely cryptic. I love your blog.

grin

Firefly
Firefly

It is so familiar to me to think of one year off, to do things I always wanted but had not time. But you so right about “No reasonable offer shall be refused!” We all need hiatus to find inspiration but what I realised throughout years is when you preparing to do a break, another interesting opportunity makes you move forward. In your case, as a huge SGU fan, I hope that moving forward will mean running SG franchise ahead to end the great story you started! Good luck!

Sandra
Sandra

All the best for the future wherever it leads (hopefully Stargate will continue in the future.)

It is already Christmas Eve here in Oz so may I wish you, your family (2 & 4 legged) friends and all your readers a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. It is always interesting to read this blog and the comments from regular contributors.

E
E

It’s good to hear/read that Brad is still fighting for Stargate. To be honest, I saw no light in the end of the tunnel after SGU cancellation news. You’ve got my support, no matter what. After all, you’ve been entertaining me for years with 17((hopefully) plus) seasons of Stargate.

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Hi Joe,

Your heartening words are the best Christmas present ever. Thank you! I know I’m not alone in hoping that Brad’s perserverance pays off on all Stargate fronts, and the news today about MGM only makes what looked like a dreary TV future seem somewhat more sparkling this holiday season. So thank you. Thank Brad. Thank everyone who’s working so hard to make this happen.

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

SBS

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E

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Randomness
Randomness

I think it’d be really cool to see SGU on another network, it’s not a bad show. It just didn’t appeal to Syfys audience, it could however appeal to audiences of another channel.
Best of luck with your efforts to save SGU.

Dmitri
Dmitri

SG и SGU смотрят, любят и ждут не только в Америке, но и в России тоже.
Happy New Year

JoanieC
JoanieC

Hi Joe,

Delighted to see that Jelly is on the mend, and I just wanted to wish you all the best for the holiday season, and of course a healthy happy New Year.

I don’t doubt for one minute that you will continue to go from strength to strength, and that your career will continue to flourish, because you are a very talented and hard working guy who deserves to do well.

As an SGA fan, I am of course interested in what you were saying about the franchise, and I can only hope that the long awaited film will finally be made. Still, also being a realist…I won’t hold my breath!

J
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garyhyslop

Thank you so much Joe, for keeping us up to date. And please thank Brad for us for his efforts in trying to keep things going. I can’t imagine the work and effort that must be going into that. Here’s hoping for the best. And regardless of any success or not on renewal, I think you can count on our support whatever your personal decision is.

Also, a hearty Merry Christmas to you and yours!

german_2

Hi, Joe!

Ex-USSR’s fans of Stargate give you a huge thanks. We believe and hope that the franchise will live on. And GOOD luck to all of us!

Sneaky Jedi
Sneaky Jedi

Joe,

I must say I have enjoyed all the Stargate Series. I was really dissapointed to see that SGU was cancelled by SyFy. I really hope you find an alternative channel to carry many more series. Maybe something like: Stargate – return of the Ancients razz

I think there is still so many stories to be told, and many gaps to be filled … especially when dealing with millions of years of Ancient history (pun intented).

Well, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your stories have really enriched our imaginations, and given us way more than just entertainment.

Regards,

Nathan.

P.S … if you ever need a consultant to give you better real world computer coding snippets for your shows, just shout smile As a programmer … they lacked a little wink (Yes I paused to read them!)

@iom666
@iom666

First of all, a big thanks to Joe for all the wonders and the thrills of Stargate. I had a blast, with SGU in particular. SGU had the courage to be different and to take risks.

Second, an advice from someone that has now been ‘on vacation’ for 2 years (1st year voluntary, second ahem not really :/ ).
In your house, you need to set up a special desk with ‘work things’, projects … ideas, scripts …
Just a desk in your path. So just enjoy your year off, watch TV, read books, go out … but always keep an eye on that desk (it’s in the way so that should be easy). Sit down at the desk when you’re tempted, but you should not force yourself. Basically, you will be having a nice vacation, relaxing, but still have your mind occasionally gliding over those things.

You know that is sometimes how creativity works, by not touching at things at all (understand actively) but just having it under your eyes when you feel like it. By themselves, like by magic, some things will put themselves into place… with time… It’s kind of allowing something to bloom but with no force or time imperatives.

Take care and thanks again for the good Stargate times

Lisa R
Lisa R

Thank you for sharing what Brad Wright said. It gives me hope during this Christmas season. Please know that whatever happens I wish everyone involved with the Stargate franchise all the best in whatever they choose to do, but…..the best present I could possibly have for Christmas or the new year would be to see Season 3 of SGU produced!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!!!!

Oreol
Oreol

Oh my God! Thank you, thank you, thank you for fighting for SGU’s third season. It’s hard to explain it, but I kinda knew SyFy’s cancelation was not the end of the story. And I don’t mean it was denial – actually it felt like premonition. A premonition about SGU’s brighter future on another network.

Merry Christmas to all SG creators, actors, and fans!

Simon
Simon

It’s really encouraging that you guys aren’t just lying down and taking the cancellation as finite, it’s that kind of attitude that endears me to the Stargate franchise, and will no doubt make me keep a keen eye out for whatever comes from you after Stargate.

I’m new to reading your blog, but think I’ll be stopping by a lot more regularly in the new year to see what’s going on.

Have a great Christmas and a great New Year!

Nicholas T.
Nicholas T.

Dear Joe,

I am so happy to hear that Brad is working hard to make things right (no pun intended), or should I say Wright. I knew he would do something. Is there anything that we, the fans of Stargate, can do to help? Perhaps write letters to someone in particular at Syfy? I have been so preoccupied with this situation that I feel like I need to do something to help.

Buon Natale!
Nick