New Stargate spin-off Stargate: Universe has won a renewal from the SyFy Network in the US.
It has received a 20 episode order with a second series scheduled for the Fall season. A mid-season second half will first return in April.
The second half will become more serialised and build on the fractures within the show’s group of spaceship-trapped castaways.
While fans have been divided over the series, Executive producer Robert Cooper noted that the show was dealing with 15 seasons of fan expectations. “Hopefully, as the show goes on, people will appreciate Universe for being its own thing,” he said.
The show also plans to have more scenes set on the ship,instead of cutting back to drama on Earth, and will introduce a full-bodied alien.
“There is a big story point coming up that does introduce an alien race,” Cooper said. “It’s more along the line of a District 9-type alien. Our interaction is handled in a very Universe way; they’re not the typical Stargate alien bad guys.”
The show, which airs on SciFi in Australia, had its Free to Air premiere last night on TEN.
SyFy also renewed Sanctuary for a third season with 20 episodes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter