SCI FI WIRE, 09:00am ET, 11-May-04

Joseph Mallozzi, co-executive producer of the SCI FI Channel original series Stargate SG-1, told SCI FI Wire that there will be a lot of new developments as the series begins its eighth season. “We’re looking at the return of an old villain and sort of a Freddy vs. Jason-type throwdown, a big villain-vs.-villain conflict on a cosmic scale,” Mallozzi said in an interview. He added: “There will be a big change for a main character, O’Neill [Richard Dean Anderson].”

Mallozzi, who was recently in Los Angeles to collect SG-1’s Saturn Award for best syndicated/cable television series, said that the end of the seventh season saw a few character upheavals as well. “One of our established characters [left] the show at the end of season seven,” he said. Mallozzi declined to indicate who would be leaving, but, he added, “there will be lots of changes for all of our characters.”

Mallozzi also said that the series was in no danger of running out of ideas. “It all hearkens back to the fourth season on the show, when we were looking ahead at season five and saying, ‘We’re all out of ideas. I don’t know how we’re going to come up with ideas for season five,'” Mallozzi said. “Amazingly, the longer the series goes on, the easier it is to come up with ideas, because you’ve got the backstories. You’ve got past episodes you can draw off of for future episodes. The longer we go, the more stories we have. I’m looking ahead to seasons 12 and 13.”

Stargate SG-1 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Season eight commences July 9. The SCI FI Channel spinoff series Stargate Atlantis premieres July 16.