Hey, know what I got for Christmas?  If you guessed “a really bad burn on my hand” – congratulations, you guessed correctly!  I’m now sporting one major blister.  Thank God for aloe gel.  And, uh, family of course.

Spoke to our mutual friend Martin Gero today.  He says to say hi!  He’s been busy in New York, finishing up work on the third season of HBO’s Bored to Death.  After that, he heads to L.A., then back east to Toronto to start work on his new show, Highland Gardens: http://bit.ly/hnu4K2.  It’s always great to hear from him.  He’s not only extremely entertaining, but he’s surprisingly sane and practical, the perfect person to talk to (and talk sense into me) at a time like this.  By the way, this was the cover of the holiday cards he sent out this year –

Yep, that’s Marty G.  Granted, I haven’t seen him in a while and I’ve heard the stress of the television industry can take it’s toll – but geeez!

The night of their arrival, my mother and sis took it upon themselves to put up the Christmas tree.  As a result, they completed in a single evening the entirety of the fun family-time activities I’d planned to occupy us over the course of several days.

Great.  Now what are we gonna do for the next couple of days?

As promised, a little mailbag:

Abbas Karimjee writes: “Is the possibility of continuing SGU, in movie format, being considered or all efforts currently being devoted to reviving it as a series, for a third season?”

Answer: All options are being considered at this point, but a third season would be ideal.

Abbas Karimjee also writes: “Do you have an idea as to when some further developments on SGU’s future will be known?”

Answer: No, but “positive progress” could be made as early as next week.

Michael writes: “Was anyone in the staff leery of using drones after similar foes like the Replicators appearing on SG-1 and SG-A?”

Answer: Nope.  They’re sufficiently different from the replicators in that, well, they don’t replicate.

Michael also writes: “I noticed a few fans couldn’t get behind the Lucian Alliance becoming such a threat between SG-1 and SGU. What’s you take on their progression throughout the franchise?”

Answer: Much of the Lucian Alliance we saw in SG-1 was inept and, dare I say it, a bit goofy.  They fit in with SG-1’s lighter, more high adventure-driven tone but would have stood out (and not in a good way) in the new series.  As a result, I was initially leery at the prospect of introducing them to SGU but, as so often happened over the course of my many years in the franchise, I trusted in Brad and Robert and, in the end, that trust was rewarded with a terrific story element that not only succeeded as planned (creating the chaos that leads to the Icarus evacuation in the pilot, seeding the mole throughline, and, later in season one, setting up the incursion scenario) but offered up plenty of interesting story material for future episodes (as evidenced in the first half of season two).  The Alliance was always envisioned as a loose coalition of mercenary groups so it made sense that certain factions would have been more capable and threatening than others.

Arctic Goddess writes: “Did you and the rest of the cast and crew have an inkling that SGU would get cancelled? Were you expecting it?”

Answer: Those early season two ratings were admittedly a downer.  The move to Tuesday night was not good for us (and, speaking to the franchise as a whole, the move from summer to fall did us no favors either) and I firmly believe that time-shifted viewing and internet downloads have bled off a significant portion of our younger, tech-savvy audience.  Still, we held out hope and, as production continued on season two, positive word from various places gave us hope that the show would come back for, at the very least, a third and final season (much the same way Battlestar did).  Many of us were shocked by the abruptness of the cancellation decision.

KuroSyamito writes: “is it possible that other network to pick up the series?”

Answer: We’re investigating all possible avenues.

KuroSyamito also writes: “are you gonna create a new stargate related series? or a totally new show?”

Answer: A new Stargate series isn’t even being considered.  As for a totally new show – I can’t speak for Brad and Robert, but I’d certainly love to set up a new (non-Stargae-related) show somewhere down the line.  But given recent developments, I’m thinking that won’t be for quite a while.

Major D. Davis writes: “4) Say all this doesn’t pan out…. Does Gauntlet at least give some closure and resolution…. Or is it an all out cliffhanger?”

Answer: Your first three questions require answers I can’t give at this point.  Regarding Gauntlet – hard to say.  Most would probably consider it a cliffhanger while I would consider it a touching, bittersweet end to the series (if it comes to it).

“5) Whats your favorite 2.5 episode?”

Answer: I’d go with Guantlet, our season finale.

“6) What can us fans do to ensure SGU gets another season/movie and that SG-1/SGA gets their movies?”

Answer: Honestly?  Watch the show, pay for your downloads, and purchase the DVD’s if you’re so inclined.

Paloosa writes: “1) How can we fans contact MGM to let them know that Stargate (SG-1/SGA/SGU) still has a huge and lucrative fan base?”

Answer: Again, letters and emails are nice and all but, at the end of the day, the studio is more likely to look at things like iTune and DVD sales when making a decision.

“2) I think you mentioned that if there were another Stargate show, that you wouldn’t be involved?”

Answer: There are no plans to create or move forward on a new series.  We love the one we have now.

“3) If the SGA movie is a go, would you still be involved as the writer and/or producer?”

Answer: I’m sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the SGA movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely.

Mike McGinnis writes: “Is there any chance of the SGA movie anymore if you guys can’t save SGU?”

Answer: See above.  Contrary to what some may think, the cancellation of SGU is very bad news for those looking forward to an Atlantis movie.

dodoalda writes: “What’s gonna happen with the set in Bridge studios?”

Answer: That set isn’t going anywhere.  It will remain standing until all avenues have been exhausted.

Dara Lundy writes: “Would the people on the Destiny ever have got new clothes?”

Answer: Make sure to check out the back half of season two when it airs.

Dioxholster writes: “If you write that book will it be sci-fi?”

Answer: It will.

“How are SGU’s DVD sales? are they as good as SG-1′s?”

Answer: Don’t have the sales figures but DVD sales have been down across the board for several years now as more and more consumers opt to download their programming instead.

Airelle writes: “Ok my question is how are you doing Joe, really??”

Answer: I’m doing well – if not a little stressed at the prospect of having to make some major decisions in the coming weeks (if not days).

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“Much of the Lucian Alliance we saw in SG-1 was inept and, dare I say it, a bit goofy. They fit in with SG-1′s lighter, more high adventure-driven tone but would have stood out (and not in a good way) in the new series. ”

See, I didn’t see them fitting in with SG-1 at all. Perhaps Stargate Command, but that wasn’t the name of the show. They were an embarrassment to the franchise. (Worst Line Evah: “Damn you, Cam Mitchell!”) I actually liked what I saw of the Lucien Alliance in SGU. Unfortunately, all it did was irritate me that the Alliance was finally the decent enemy it should have been on SG-1. (They’d have been a much better enemy than the mind-numbing Ori). What should have been an enjoyable turn-the-show-around for me episode of SGU was spent kvetching about wasted opportunies and too little, too late for SGU.

Tim
Tim

Is there a possible schism between MGM and SyFy? From the public reaction to the cancellation, SyFy didn’t seem to feel it was important to tell anybody involved before announcing it to the public. The tone of your posts seems somewhat angry rather than saddened.

I get the impression Stargate is finished on SyFy forever. Would the positive news be moving the franchise to another network, say like reuniting with Showtime or moving to a channel like TBS?

Alfredo De La Fe

All of your posts referencing gifts of ice wine reminded me that I still had several bottles I had purchased on my last trip to Canada (5 years ago) which I intended to give away as gifts. AWESOME stuff, it literally changed color to a deep, rich gold/copper from the yellow it once was. I thought it had gone bad, but it tastes even better than I remember!

Thanks for the reminder.

Abbas Karimjee

Thank you for answering my questions.

I had one more question.

1. You mentioned that Stargate Extinction has been shelved indefinitely. However, is there still a chance that Stargate Revolution may eventually be produced?

Thanks a lot and best of luck in the decisions you may have to make.

riley

Merry Christmas Joe, and to all of the readers. Had a nice, quiet Christmas Day yesterday. Ate too much fruit. We did an assortment of olives, cheeses and fruit for Christmas dinner. The dips were unfortunately disappointing however the Delice de Bourgogne was nicely ripe and stinky, and the St Agur and the aged chevre went down well. Ate far too much rockmelon, pineapple, raspberries and blueberries, though. Normally more of a savoury fan, I must have been having one of my rare fruit fits! Hope you all have a nice meal.

Major Davis
Major Davis

YAY MERRY CHRISTMAS…. The SGA movie got put on hold. razz

Major Davis
Major Davis

…….again

Portia
Portia

Since sgu’s been up against the ropes for months now and it’s cancellation wasn’t an utter surprise based on ratings, how could it’s cancellation affect any recent plans for the SGA movie? Any “progress the SGA movie had made in the past month” would have already had to take into account that sgu wasn’t doing very well in ratings. Why then would such plans be tied into sgu’s fate, when that fate already looked dim? Such a business plan seems utterly irrational, or indicates an unbelievable degree of naivety considering how experienced you all are in the industry. Your response was perhaps intended to be facetious? Otherwise, it makes no sense….?

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

The prospect of a renewal may have taken a shot when those first numbers for the show’s second season came out but, as I pointed out, that initially dim view brightened as the weeks progressed. Furthermore, the prospect of a dedicated Atlantis movie has always been contingent on a number of things, among them a financially sound model for investment predicated on the strength of the franchise. The cancellation of Universe deals a blow to the strength. Furthermore, any focus that may have been aimed at making the SGA movies now that MGM is once again moving forward into production will now be redirected to SGU.

DP
DP

I never saw the Lucian Alliance as goofy. SG-1 just chose to be goofy toward them.

A gang of thieves writ large? They’re just a federal gov’t w/o all the pageantry of democracy.

DP
DP

I’ll bet a more independent 3rd season of SGU has a chance of being picked up by SyFy once it’s owned by Comcast for a bit. Long enough for a certain amount of attrition. It’d at least be picked up under syndication if the channel keeps ties to science fiction.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I’m glad you had a nice visit with your family. Sorry you got burned. Aloe does help wonders. Do you have the plant? If you break open a stem, it does much better than the bottled jell.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

oops, I meant gel roll .

Portia
Portia

Doesn’t the continued relatively strong sales of the SGA DVDs indicate that the demand for an SGA movie is there, supporting the idea that this would be a sound investiment. SGA ratings, comparied to SGU, where pretty sound at the time of it’s cancellation, and many of those fans are still represented in the SGU fan base, so the number are still there.

PBMom

Poetic huh, getting burned at Christmas, in more ways than one? (Tinge of bitterness still at the cancellation). Hope both situations get better soon.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and the pups and Akemi. So that is how you managed the holidays? You imported the family instead of making a second trip (smart move).

If you look at how our US presidents age after being in office a short time, it is no surprise at all what has happened to Marty G.

Ultracurious
Ultracurious

“Answer: Honestly? Watch the show, pay for your downloads, and purchase the DVD’s if you’re so inclined.”

Space runs SGU weekly on-line, including some commercials…how does this figure in? Does (gladly) sitting through the commercials from a network site count as “paying” for an episode?

majorsal
majorsal

so… if/when the 3rd sg1 movie is going to be made, will you then start answering questions for sg1? :/

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Given the fact that the bottom has fallen out of the DVD market, the studio is not going to risk moving forward based solely on three year old sales figures.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

It’s still Christmas here in North America, so Merry Christmas! to everyone in the blog family. grin

Hope you had great celebrations with family and/or friends. Having time away from the normal routine is wonderful. Now if I can just remind self to get. ready. for holidays. EARLY. next year, I won’t be this *flop* tired. Think I’ll dial back my ambitions about working extra hours and doing all the mailing, shopping, and baking in the same month. smile It was very good, though, to spend time with family.

Aw, Joe, the holidays and hiatuses (sp?) always seem to seem to be a time of uncertainty. Especially this one! We hope that you get what you want, because we want it to: the continuation of SGU. Otherwise, you have a good mindset of preparation, in having other projects on back burners, including the philosophy of refusing no reasonable offer. You have been blessed, because you have always been able to work. I don’t think that is going to change. It’s heck getting from the hair-raising, not-knowing part to the next step, though. We’re here for ya.

What’s Paul’s take on all of this?

Oh, forgot to ask… Are you, Mamma, and Sis going to be testing the recipes for the blog recipe contest? There are some family activities for ya! Tell Akemi hello from us, too.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

That is, we want it, too.

Montrealer
Montrealer

@Tim

It’s my understanding the manner of the the SGU cancellation announcement by Skiffy (AKA SyFy) was forced on them by a leak to deadline.com , who flashed it on the Internet. Forcing Skiffy to confirm on Twitter about the cancellation almost immediately. Presently companies have some hard choices to make after a premature leak/release of any major business decision/events. Since the Internet will distribute that leak/release globally within moments.

jreeths
jreeths

This is something I’ve always wondered about viewing numbers: does the repeat viewing count?

What I mean is, if I watch SGU at 11pm when Syfy repeats it instead of 9pm, am I still counted as a viewer?

I especially wondered about that this past fall as I had a Tuesday night class that did not get done until 9:30pm, so I could not possibly watch SGU when it aired at 9.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

I understand that… but so far, atlantis has proven itself financially successful, and is still doing well….. If SGU does get back on track, would Extinction still be shelved?

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

I think I can answer if you get counted if you watch the show at 11:00 pm instead of 9pm I would have to say no unless you are a nielson family. Am I correct ?
I really hate the fact that Neilson has such a small amount of sample viewers. How can they possibly have a number of viewers that is acurate ?
I imagine that the majority of stargate fans are young men , possibly single guys that would never be counted in a neilson rating!

As far as a question to you joe:
(I always ask questions, but you never have answered sad
)
I know that there are numerous countries that play SGU. So why would SYFY not ordering a season 3 make it unable to film it ? I imagine there has to be eneough money coming in from other counties to pay for the show on its own without SYFY. Plus I am sure that there are plenty of other US networks that would love to buy a TV show that has a built-in audience. I really dont thik SYFY did much to advertise the show well, and they really put you guys in a bad spot on tuesday ( Just look at how Sanctuary is doing on Friday) . Your show on a major cable station or even a major network would definatly bring in a larger audience.
I myself think the CW network would do an excellent job with the show. that network seems to cater to the “target audence” that we always hear about.

Mats
Mats

Damn, how is it posible for me not to get that news for 10 days.

Oh well, thx for about 5 years of great entertainment(I started watching Stargate in 05) The things that bugs me the most is that we won’t get to know what happends to atlantis and SG1. But then again SGU was starting to grow on me.

Anyway, good luck mr. Mellozzi. I wish you all well.(I won’t even remove your RSS feed from my reader)