Flanigan on Season Four Friction

Joe Flanigan (Lt. Col. John Sheppard) talked with SCI FI WIRE about the changes in the cast for Stargate Atlantis‘s Season Four, currently filming in Vancouver.

He mourns the loss of Paul McGillion’s Carson Beckett and Torri Higginson’s Elizabeth Weir, declaring, “My God, this sounds like a funeral.” But, at the same time, he is celebrating the introduction of Amanda Tapping’s Samantha Carter who will be Sheppard’s commander and superior officer as a full-bird Colonel.

Sheppard’s history of conflict with the military’s chain of command apparently gets further explored as Flanigan revealed, “I’m trying to find an area of weakness that we can all exploit with each [other] to create a storyline. And it’s been a little challenging.” He adds, “Drama isn’t interesting when people get along. It’s interesting when they butt heads. [..] When everybody just gets along, it could be a little dull. So we were trying to create some areas where we would have a little friction.”

To read the full article – visit SCI FI WIRE: Flanigan: Atlantis Absorbs Changes.

Shanks on Daniel's Longevity

Shanks for the Memories

Starburst Issue #339, Summer ’06, features Michael Shanks and Joe Flanigan on the cover, and interviews with both. An excerpt of Michael’s interview is available on-line here, including:

…”In terms of the creative aspect, we’ve had a lot of continuity behind the scenes. Brad Wright has been there throughout, and Robert Cooper as well. We’ve had a lot of writers, like Joe (Mallozzi) and Paul (Mullie), who’ve stayed around, and it’s the same with the actors and crew. Most of us have been here a very long time, and that’s where a lot of shows falter. They lose people here and there and the continuity, which is so valuable, goes by the wayside. We also keep a good sense of humour.”

Buy the issue at Visimag.

Old-time fans might remember another interview with Michael also entitled “Shanks for the Memories,” conducted by Thomasina Gibson in 2002. The context and tone of that interview were quite different, as Michael had just left the show. Feel free to relive those times here. 🙁 😉

Sci Fi Magazine Q&A Transcript

We’ve created a full transcript of the already-released February 2006 Sci Fi Magazine Q&A that used questions submitted by fans. Included in our article are all the print and on-line Q&A’s for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, arranged by cast and crew member.

Enjoy the Q&A here!

All Actors Return for New Season

Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis return with full casts, plus one

FROM SCIFI WIRE: SG-1 Adds Black As Regular

Claudia Black (Farscape) joins the regular cast of SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1 in its upcoming 10th season, and the principal cast members of both SG-1 and its spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, have signed on to reprise their roles in the recently announced new seasons, the network said.

Black, who plays the recurring role of Vala in SG-1‘s current ninth season, becomes a regular, joining stars Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks and Beau Bridges, who will all return.

Meanwhile, Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion and Jason Momoa will all return to Stargate Atlantis.

Stargate SG-1 becomes the longest-running SF drama on U.S. television and will mark its 200th episode in the upcoming season.

SG-1 wraps up its ninth season with new episodes starting on Jan. 6, 2006, paired with the final new second-season episodes of Atlantis and new episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

[Thanks to Aurora for the tip — DeeKayP]


MGM Television Entertainment Brings Star Power to Comic Con 2004
Tuesday July 6, 3:03 pm ET
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.