A Solutions source has confirmed that both Michael Shanks and Christopher Judge have signed for Season 9 of Stargate SG-1 while writer and producer Joseph Mallozzi promises on the SG1Solutions Forum that we’ll see Daniel and Teal’c “front and center as we kick off a new year of SG-1.”
Michelle’s convention report on the July 10-11 Creation Stargate Convention in Burbank is up for your enjoyment. There are reports on all of the actor talks complete with images, and a gallery. It will take a bit of time to load if you’re on dial up.
Online entertainment news site IESB.net reports today that “Final details are being worked out but it seems negotiations are in the works” to have Stargate SG-1 lead actor and Executive Producer Richard Dean Anderson co-stars Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Christopher Judge at San Diego’s Comic Con.
IESB suggest that fans continue to ‘watch this space’ as details for this year’s Comic Con are being finalised.
Comic Con International will be at the San Diego Convention Centre the weekend July 22-25, with a preview night July 21. Check out the official Comic Con website for more information.
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The Casts of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis to Mingle With Fans at Annual Gathering
LOS ANGELES, July 6 /PRNewswire/ — Fans attending this year’s Comic Con convention in San Diego are in for an unprecedented treat, as stars of television’s longest-running sci-fi series, Stargate SG-1 (tied with The X-Files), will introduce fans to the genre’s newest stars, the principal cast of Stargate Atlantis, at a special panel presentation beginning at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 24.
Stargate SG-1 cast members confirmed to attend the convention include series stars Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Christopher Judge, who will be joined onstage by series creator Brad Wright and executive producer Rob Cooper.
Immediately following the SG-1 panel, attendees will meet the stars of Stargate Atlantis, Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell and David Hewlett, who will be joined by director Martin Woods. This back-to-back panel presentation is an unprecedented opportunity for Stargate fans to hear from the stars and creative executives behind both series.
Then, at 3:00 pm on Saturday, stars of both series will meet fans and sign autographs at Comic Con’s designated “autograph site.”
Stargate Atlantis will premiere on SCI FI CHANNEL with a special two-hour movie event beginning at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 16, and will settle into its regular timeslot at 10:00 pm the following Friday, July 23. The Eighth Season premiere of Stargate SG-1 will take place at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 23.
Actor Christopher Judge, who plays Teal’c on the show, was interviewed 9 July by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune “Christopher Judge: “Cantankerous”.
JUDGE on this season’s stories.
It is a different feeling this year, we three [Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks and Judge] are really getting a chance to really carry a lot of stories, we’re being exposed to stories that are new to [our characters] and as an actor, it’s wonderful. When you have something that’s successful, it’s always a gamble to stir the pot. But one thing we do have is fans that really care about our characters, so I don’t think it’s as big of a gamble as it would be for other shows.
On his favorite moment so far this year.
There’s a great line where Daniel comes over to Teal’c’s apartment and admires the décor, and Teal’c says something about the fact that he’s discovered a lot of shows on TV having to do with home design and decoration.
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Christopher Judge, who plays Teal’c in SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1, told SCI FI Wire that his character will get to do a lot more in the upcoming eighth season—including talk. “Teal’c will talk more than he has in the previous seven years, and it’s really weird having to learn all these lines,” Judge said in an interview during a break in filming on the show’s set outside Vancouver, B.C. “It’s just a gabfest, you know?”
Fans will also get to see a softer side of the no-longer-taciturn Jaffa warrior, Judge added. “Lots of romance for Teal’c this year,” he said with a smile. “There’s a new character who I don’t know what the future of it will be. … It kind of pans out in [a future] episode, but then, ultimately, it doesn’t really work out in the end, but it’s still kind of out there what’s going to happen. … And of course, Ishta is coming back this year,” he said, referring to the Jaffa character played by Star Trek: Enterprise’s Jolene Blalock in last season’s “Birthright,” an episode that Judge wrote. “She’s just a wonderful actress to work with, and we just got along really, really well. And she was well received by the fans and everything, so when I pitched another episode, it was … basically green-lit right away.”
Judge wrote the new episode, “Sacrifices.” But unlike castmate Amanda Tapping (Maj. Carter), Judge downplays any desire to direct an episode of SG-1. “No, no,” he said. “I have no desire to direct Stargate. We’re too hardheaded. [I’m a] Leo. I would get too frustrated. And it’s … kind of like I would love to direct something else, but I think it would be hard to direct people that you know so well. And, especially, I’m not as easygoing when I direct. … I would feel weird about it.” But Judge added that he’s interested in writing more, including episodes of the spinoff series Stargate Atlantis. “Yeah, I’ve talked to [Atlantis executive producer] Brad [Wright], so I think I’ll be writing one, if not two, Atlantises. And I actually think I am going to at least run it by him about maybe directing one of them.”
Christopher Judge, who plays Teal’c on SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1, told SCI FI Wire that his character undergoes one notable change in the upcoming eighth season: He grows hair. “Yes,” Judge said in an interview during a break in filming on the show’s Vancouver, B.C., set. “It took a lot of years of begging and groveling for me to finally get it, but yeah, … that will be the most obvious change, definitely.”
Judge, who is not naturally bald, said that seven years of shaving his head daily took its toll. “I got really tired of it,” he said. “Just shaving my head every morning. And by three quarters of the way through the season it was really painful to actually shave. So, you know, this is very welcome. Very welcome. Hopefully the fans will like it.”
Judge added that it took a little persuasion to get the show’s producers to allow such a dramatic change to his character’s appearance—and he even tried a more radical look. “It first was at least considered when there was going to be all the changes this year,” he said. “I’d done a bunch of conventions and had cornrows [during hiatus], so I talked to [executive producer] Rob Cooper before I left, and he said, ‘OK, maybe so.’ So I kind of unveiled the cornrows at the conventions. So we got here [when filming resumed], and it was the Friday before the Monday we started shooting, and pictures were sent down to MGM. And they didn’t like it. So I had to shave the cornrows. But this is what’s left.”
Judge’s hair is now closely cropped. “Believe me, I’m grateful for it,” he said with a smile. “I think it was time for it. You know, I mean eight years for this character to be on Earth? I just think that was the next move toward his … final assimilation. So yeah, I think the timing is right.”
So how will the show acknowledge Teal’c’s new do? “Nothing’s said about it until we find [star] Rick [Dean Anderson, who plays O’Neill] in … the first episode of the season. And he comes out of the little chamber and says, ‘So what’s with the hair?’ In typical O’Neill fashion.” Stargate SG-1 begins its eighth season on July 9.