In what is pleasing news for fans of Stargate Universe and Sanctuary, it’s been announced that Syfy is renewing both shows for a second and third season, respectively. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, each series has been handed a 20-episode order and we will see new seasons for both of these programmes airing sometime in autumn next year.
SGU is currently in its midseason hiatus and will be returning to screens in April 2010; on average it pulls in 2.6 million viewers an episode. Sanctuary is still in its second season and is still enjoying healthy viewing figures of 2.2 million a week. Speaking about the renewal of his series, SGU’s executive producer, Robert Cooper, said the following: “We’re dealing with 15 seasons of expectations with a certain fan base. Hopefully, as the show goes on, people will appreciate Universe for being its own thing.”
In a pleasing development Cooper also outlined the introduction of a new alien race to the series: “There is a big story point coming up that does introduce an alien race,” Cooper stated. “It’s more along the line of a District 9-type alien. Our interaction is handled in a very Universe way; they’re not the typical Stargate alien bad guys.”
Update: SciFiNow managed to interview a spokesperson from Sky, who had this to say about Stargate’s season renewal: “Sky1 is thrilled that Stargate Universe has been renewed for a second season. The first season has been a huge hit for us, reaching an audience of over 1million each week. We’re looking forward to the show going from strength to strength in Season two.”
To find out more about what’s going on in these two series, head over to SciFiNow’s spoiler section and get clued up.