BREAKING NEWS: "Stargate: Universe" has been picked up for a second season!

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John Scalzi, the creative consultant for Stargate: Universe has mentioned in his blog that he's been signed on for the second season of the series, and is already hard at work looking at scripts and offering feedback.

There may have been an official announcement prior to now, but if there has, I haven't heard about it until Mr. Scalzi mentioned it just now. He goes on to say

I’m very glad to continue in this gig because on a personal level it’s one of the most fun gigs I’ve had. Krissy has noted to me that when I talk to her about what I do on the show, the expression I get is almost exactly like that of a ten-year-old boy talking about a favorite toy. I won’t deny it, although maybe I’d quibble that it’s not a toy, it’s a seekrit club I belong to, in which we build spaceships out of cardboard boxes and aliens out of stuffed animals and then go zoom zoom zoom around the neighborhood.

By which I mean: One of the things I like most about it is that it is actually collaborative. Most of what I do is largely me sitting off by myself, so doing something where I get work from others, do my part and then send it off to someone else is a good creative experience for me. Especially when I really like the end result, which I have with SG:U.

Just to put this in context by way of contrast, Syfy has blathered on quite a bit about how they love Caprica and are in it "For the long haul," despite it's bleeding ratings (Episode 1: 1.6 million viewers; Episode 2: 1.4 million; Episode 3: 1.1 million; Episode 4: 970,000).

I have to say "Well done" to Syfy for this one. SGU hasn't performed like they'd hoped it would, but I have to appreciate their (Unexpected) desire to let the show develop and find its niche. It's not entirely surprising, of course - Caprica is obviously a dying bird, whereas Stargate has always been very good to Syfy, even though Syfy hasn't really been good to Stargate - but just the same, it's a good decision, and thanks, guy!


Special thanks to Ginrummy for pointing me to this information!