Jason Momoa On How Stargate Helped

Jason Momoa as ConanJason Momoa continues to get lots of press thanks to his leading role in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian film remake, and for playing Khal Drogo in HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones. He has two new interviews, at Huffington Post and DenOfGeek, with the latter being especially long and illuminating. There he speaks in detail about the filming experience both for Conan and Game of Thrones, noting he hates horses, loves playing the “bad good guy”, and won’t mind if Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t like his portrayal of Conan. He credits his four years on Stargate Atlantis with preparing him to play Conan and Drogo, even though the roles are very different:

How did working on Game Of Thrones compare to Stargate?

Well, there were no horses and I got to wear clothes, for one thing. [laughs] I loved Stargate. I had such a great time and it was such a great training ground. It set me up to play the lead of a movie, you know, so it’s really a phenomenon for four years to be with a family and experiment.

You do a movie, you meet everyone, you go from place to place. It’s like joining a circus. Being on a show for four years, you know everyone. You know the grips. You feel safe and comfortable. You can play with your character a lot. It evolves over a long period of time. It was a great training ground that set me up for Drogo and Conan.

And also, being in that sci-fi fantasy genre, there’s no limitations to what you can do. If I’m sick or drugged out, I can play it like heroin times ten, or crack times 20. You can go to places that aren’t realistic, and that’s fun.

It’s worked out that I’m in these genres and I don’t mind it. It’s fun.

Visit DenOfGeek to read the entire interview!

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Stargate Universe: 2.15 "Seizure" (Atlantis Crossover)

Robert Picardo as Richard WoolseyDavid Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay

Richard Woolsey and Dr. Rodney McKay are involved in politics
and science in SEIZURE

Tonight at 10 PM ET on Syfy—and later this week in Canada and Australia—is Stargate Universe episode 2.15 “Seizure,” written by Remi Aubuchon and directed by Helen Shaver.

This episode has been called the “Atlantis Crossover” because David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star as Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey, respectively, but the city of Atlantis is not being highlighted in the story. Instead, the planet Langara is visited by McKay, Woolsey, and Col. David Telford as they negotiate to use the planet’s naquadria-powered Stargate to send supplies to Destiny. This planet’s name should sound familiar to SG-1’s Jonas Quinn/Corin Nemec fans, as this is the former team member’s home world. Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi stated that “there should be” a mention of what has become of Quinn after his world was overtaken by the Ori in the SG-1 episode 10.07 “Counterstrike.”

Langaran Stargate
Langara's Stargate Facility (MGM)
Another major guest star in tonight’s episode is Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic), acclaimed stage and film actor, who portrays Langaran Ambassador Ovirda. The Langarans as a whole have recovered from the Ori War, and have even built a more elaborate facility in which to house their Stargate, but Ovirda is wary of Earth’s use of their Stargate to dial the ninth chevron because, admittedly, the previous uses of a planet’s naquadria core have resulted in utter destruction! To mount even greater tension is the threat of the Lucian Alliance who may also wish to use the Langaran Stargate to invade Destiny.

It’s a jam-packed episode that is sure to touch on much of the mythology of the entire franchise, including the newest storyline concerning Amanda Perry and Ginn, who are now part of the crew as avatars! After viewing, make sure to rejoin us here for our episode poll on the front page.

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Stargate Planner: Week of April 4-10

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,   April 4 SGUStargate Universe on Syfy at 10 PM ET with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!
Tuesday,   April 5 Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!

Solutions’ STARGATE PLANNER turns 1 today! 🙂 All of the “back issues” are available by typing “Stargate Planner: Week of” in the Blog’s search box.

Wednesday,   April 6
Thursday,   April 7 Morena Baccarin guest stars in tonight’s episode of The Mentalist at 10 PM on CBS: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Synopsis: “Patrick Jane sets out to prove a beautiful yet manipulative matchmaker shot and killed her husband after his body is found floating in the marina.” Visit CBS YouTube for a preview.
Friday,
April 8
NEW DAY/TIME! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!

An Officer and a Movie hosted by Lou Diamond PhillipsLou Diamond Phillips hosts the next installment of the new feature on the Military Channel called An Officer and a Movie. Tonight’s installment (8 PM ET) is Heartbreak Ridge. From the Military Channel’s press release: “Hard-living Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. Approaching retirement, he returns to his old Marine Corps unit to train a young reconnaissance platoon. His training and their skills are tested when the U.S. enters into war in Grenada. Providing expert commentary for Heartbreak Ridge is Bronze Star recipient for his actions in Iraq, Maj. Timothy S. Brady, Jr. (USMC). Maj. Brady planned more than 25 battalion orders for the conduct of combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom including the execution of combined ‘heliborne’ assault operations.” There will be reruns of the feature, so check out the airing schedule at the ‘An Officer and a Movie’ homepage.

Saturday,   April 9 Joe Flanigan stars in Syfy’s Original Movie Ferocious Planet, premiering at 9 PM ET. This movie used to be called The Other Side and is about when “[a]n experimental device malfunctions, transporting a group of observers to another dimension. The group must repair the machine in order to return home while fending off bloodthirsty creatures.” The DVD is available on pre-order at Amazon.com with a release date of June 7 (Region 1).

Make a Movie Like SpikeJamil Walker Smith wrote the screenplay, directed, and starred in his independent film Make a Movie Like Spike. This movie will be screened at 2:30 PM at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. Synopsis: “Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald, two best friends from Los Angeles, videotape their last 36 hours before shipping off to Afghanistan. One hundred days before Obama’s inauguration, these young men have joined the Marines together to face the obstacles and circumstances that seem to overwhelm their passage into manhood. Luis wants to be a filmmaker and Ronald wants to travel the world and raise a family. Through the lens of Luis’ video camera, they capture their friends, family members and the places they call home in order to remember who they are and where they come from. In their darkest hour, they turn on the video camera for the last time and document the final moments of their journey home. They soon realize that their dreams and promises of a new life mean nothing in a place called War.” Visit the movie’s Facebook page for more information and additional links.

Corin Nemec will be representing Stargate at the Salon Collexion convention in Macon, France, this weekend. Check the con’s website for more information.

Sunday,    April 10

News Notes

Stargate Universe News

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe (SGU actors are currently being added).

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of February 7-13

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,   February 7 All About A BoyClaudia Black returns as Guru Sona in the 90210 episode “All About a Boy” tonight at 8 PM ET on The CW. TV Guide’s summary: “Teddy discovers who’s blackmailing him; Navid learns the truth about Adrianna and her baby; Emily plans to ruin Annie’s audition for a play; Naomi hosts a party in honor of her spiritual guru; Ivy is anxious about returning to the water.”

Today is David Nykl‘s birthday!

Tuesday, February 8 Starting at 8 AM ET, Syfy will be having an 8-episode marathon of SGU’s Season Two, beginning with “Intervention” and ending with “Malice.” To complete the Stargate experience, SG-1’s “Forever In A Day” will show at 5 PM ET, and SGA’s “Be All My Sins Remember’d,” at 2 AM ET.

Rainbow Sun Francks is part of the regular cast in Season Two of The Listener (as well as SG-1 guest star Peter Stebbings), which premieres tonight at 10 PM ET on Canada’s CTV. The show will be released internationally in March. Visit Francks’s homepage at CTV, which profiles the actor and his character Corporal Dev Clark, a communications expert for IIB. In the Season Two premiere, “Toby Logan is still haunted by guilt over the murder of his friend Detective Charlie Marks and the disappearance of his mother – has resolved to stop fighting against his mysterious gift and use his telepathic abilities to help others. When he revives a woman (Rekha Sharma, V) who nearly drowned, her amnesia gives him the perfect opportunity. But unbeknownst to him, she’s tangled in a case of corporate espionage and murder, and she might not be the victim he presumes. As he sets out to help her remember her past, she’s also being investigated by Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) of the IIB, who has taken a special interest in Toby’s connection to the woman and uncovered his more than coincidental history with a number of major criminal cases in the past.”

Wednesday, February 9 Arctic Blast PosterTonight at 8 PM is the Syfy UK premiere of Arctic Blast starring Michael Shanks. There will be repeats on February 10 at 10 PM and on February 13 at 9 PM (Source: MSOL). For more information about this movie, visit IMDb or Imagination LLC.
Thursday,   February 10
Friday,   February 11
Saturday, February 12 Paul McGillion, Kavan Smith, Chris Gauthier, and Nicole de Boer lead the cast in Syfy’s original movie Iron Invader at 9 PM ET. The storyline: “Alien bacteria brings a giant metal monster alive.” This movie was previously titled Metal Monster and Iron Golem.
Sunday, February 13

News Notes

Stargate Universe Press

  • SGU’s VFX team didn’t take home the VES Award on February 1 in the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series category. Instead, the award went to the team at Caprica.

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1 and Atlantis.

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of January 31-February 6

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,   January 31 Claudia Black makes the first of three episode appearances as Guru Sona in the 90120 episode “It’s Getting Hot in Here” tonight at 8 PM ET on The CW. TV Guide’s summary: “Emily sabotages Annie’s relationship with her friends when the girls go on a weekend getaway; Dixon interrupts Debbie and Ryan’s romantic dinner; Silver and Navid continue their affair; and Adrianna goes to the tabloids with an exclusive story.”

HULU has scheduled today to be the last day to offer all episodes of Stargate SG-1.

Tuesday, February 1 VES Awards are being given out tonight. Good luck to our VFX team!
Wednesday, February 2 Michael Shanks‘s Arctic Blast is being released on DVD for rental in Australia today. The movie is currently airing on Canada’s Movie Central as well.
Thursday,   February 3 Jamil Walker Smith‘s 80-minute war drama Make a Movie Like Spike premieres at the Santa Barbara Film Festival at 8 PM. Smith wrote the original screenplay and directed the film. From Little Plow Films: “Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald, two best friends from Los Ange­les, video­tape their last 36 hours before ship­ping off to Afghanistan. One hun­dred days before Obama’s inau­gu­ra­tion, these young men have joined the Marines together to face the obsta­cles and cir­cum­stances that seem to over­whelm their pas­sage into man­hood. Luis wants to be a film­maker and Ronald wants to travel the world and raise a fam­ily. Through the lens of Luis’s video cam­era, they cap­ture their friends, fam­ily mem­bers and places they call home — to remember who they are and where they come from. In their dark­est hour, they turn on the video cam­era for the last time and doc­u­ment the final moments of their jour­ney home. They soon real­ize that their dreams and promises of a new life mean noth­ing in a place called War.” For more information about this project, visit its Facebook page or the Little Plow Films‘ projects page.
Friday,   February 4 Alaina Huffman in SMALLVILLEAlaina Huffman returns to Smallville in the episode “Collateral” at 8 PM ET on The CW. The storyline: “The VRA releases Clark, Oliver, Lois and Dinah, who all have flashbacks of Chloe’s involvement in their capture. Trust becomes an issue when Chloe returns to town and Dinah fears she is now a traitor.” Pictures of Huffman in her role as Dinah may be seen at 411 Mania.
Saturday, February 5
Sunday, February 6

News Notes

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1 and Atlantis.

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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David Hewlett Begins Blogging at Blastr

Rodney McKay in GHOST IN THE MACHINE
David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay (MGM)
Stargate star David Hewlett has joined fellow SGA star Jewel Staite as a guest blogger at Blastr, formerly known as Sci Fi Wire. Visit My ‘hilariously unhappy’ life as Dr. Rodney McKay for his first post.

Highlights:

I thought I might start by introducing myself, but then I realized that if you don’t know who I am (star of film & television—legend in my own mind), then I’m not sure I want you hanging about. The reality is that any highly intelligent, attractive, world-changing, leader-types should already be following me on Twitter!

Then again, who am I to pass up an opportunity to talk about myself …

A lot of hair ago, I showed up on the set of Stargate SG1. Thanks to some fantastic writing and the support and patience of the lovely and talented Amanda Tapping, I became Doctor Rodney McKay. Rodney’s snarcastic genius and lack of social skills seem to have appealed to a lot of people. I like to think that McKay is what a grumpy Grover would look like in the role of C-3PO. Rodney showed up for another episode or two of SG1 and then went on to five wild and wonderful years on the hit show Stargate: Atlantis. During the run of SGA I wrote and directed my first feature film A Dog’s Breakfast. I married my wife Jane (twice in fact). My son Sebastian (“Baz” as we insist on calling him) was born the day after we wrapped season 4 (I was still peeling pieces of 10,000 year old Rodney McKay makeup off my face while Jane was in labour). I am Stargate’s biggest fan for life.

In the hopes of having something to complain about in future blogs I welcome any and all questions (that I like) right here on Blastr. And I also welcome you all to follow me on Twitter, where I do my utmost to make my mind-numbingly dull life sound wildly interesting and potentially life threatening … try me!

Hewlett’s Twitter is at http://twitter.com/dhewlett. Here at Solutions, we have a David Hewlett homepage, and you can always follow his conversations on Twitter via our Stargate Twitter Superfeed. Make sure to watch Stargate Universe when it returns to Syfy in the spring to see Dr. Rodney McKay in action once again in the episode 2.15 “Seizure”.

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Mallozzi: "Things Are Looking Positive"

Close-up of the SGC insigniaYesterday, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi gave an update on Brad Wright’s attempts to continue the Stargate franchise, which includes SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe:

I was in the office yesterday to watch the Day 1 Mix of The Hunt. Great stuff! Anyway, while there, I talked to Brad. Needless to say, he’s been working hard to ensure we all get the opportunity to work with Mark [Savela, VFX Supervisor] in 2011. Nothing definite as of yet to report but a minor hurdle was cleared. Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.

We spent a couple of hours in the late afternoon discussing the potential game plan if all goes well – and, if all DOES go well, I can assure you that it’ll be very, VERY exciting for all.

More news as it becomes available.

Hopefully sooner than later!

Wright stated that he had not given up on the franchise and that he and MGM were working on a plan to somehow continue the story that they had started. Not only had they planned to have five seasons for Universe, but they also have two scripts waiting for the SG-1 and Atlantis movies, Stargate: Revolution and Stargate: Extinction, respectively, both of which have been delayed due to economic woes.

In the meantime, Syfy still plans to air the final ten episodes of SGU’s Season Two starting this spring (most likely in April).

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Stargate Planner: Week of January 10-16

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,   January 10
Tuesday,   January 11
Wednesday, January 12
Thursday,   January 13
Friday,   January 14
Saturday, January 15

Corin Nemec will be appearing at the Salute to Supernatural convention in San Francisco, CA, today.

Box art for Stargate ResistanceStargate Resistance shuts down today:

Dear Valued Customer,

On November 16, 2010, the License Agreement between Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, Inc. and MGM Interactive, Inc. expired. As a result, Cheyenne will no longer be able to offer Stargate Resistance for sale to new customers. However, in the best interests of our customers, game play will be provided for a period of 60 days (until January 15, 2011) to customers who purchased Stargate Resistance prior to November 16, 2010. Look for more information as it becomes available.

Their official website has already been shut down.

Sunday, January 16

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

  • Franchise – Executive producer Joe Mallozzi wrote in his weblog, “I spoke to Brad about the future of the franchise. We discussed ‘the plan’, Universe mainly, but also talked SG-1 and Atlantis. No word on progress yet but, given the recent holidays, that’s to be expected I suppose. Hopefully, we’ll receive some positive news next week.”

Stargate Universe Press

It should be noted that whenever spoilers come out for SGU, they are placed in the episode guides in the Stargate Wiki without much fanfare here in the News Blog. To keep on top of such updates, visit the main page of the Stargate Wiki to see the “Recent Updates” list of links.

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1 and Atlantis.

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of December 27-January 2

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,   December 27
Tuesday,   December 28
Wednesday, December 29
Thursday,   December 30
Friday,   December 31
Saturday, January 1 Happy New Year 2011
Sunday, January 2

News Notes

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1 and Atlantis.

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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SGU Cancellation Lessens Possibility of Atlantis Movie

SGA-S5-Atlantis-above-EarthIn the Christmas Day entry in his weblog, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi posted a fan Q&A, what he calls his “mailbag,” that follows up on the recent cancellation of Stargate Universe by Syfy and its impact on the rest of the franchise, especially on Stargate Atlantis.

“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.”

Mallozzi and writing partner Paul Mullie have already written the script for Stargate: Extinction, a story that originally took place soon after the events of “Enemy at the Gate.” The timeline will have to be tweaked just slightly to place the events to follow the appearances of Robert Picardo and David Hewlett in the SGU episode “Seizure,” which will be aired after SGU returns to Syfy for its last 10 episodes on that network in Spring 2011 (possibly early April).

Ratings for the first half of Season Two were not sufficient for Syfy to renew the series. “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.”

When asked if another network might pick SGU up for a third season, he replied, “We’re investigating all possible avenues.” All possible avenues, however, are limited. “A new Stargate series isn’t even being considered.”

As far as what the fans can do to support the franchise, and perhaps bring about the production of Stargate: Extinction, Mallozzi suggested, “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.”

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