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Used in an assignment at university (2003), in a Writing for the Public paper.   Graded A-.

Brief:

I needed to write up an official looking proposal.   It is purely ficticious, just for the purposes of the assignment I used a topic I loved.

Disclaimer:

Please note - I have no connection to the SyFy / MGM show Stargate SG-1.   I am just a fan of the show, the creators, and the people involved in the show, and so used my interest in this area to put together a piece for my Writing assignment at university.

STARGATE SG-1 - Season Eight and Beyond

 

STARGATE SG-1
Season Eight And Beyond

SG-1 cast promo pic
   

Attn:

MGM Chief Executive for Televison;
Sci Fi Channel President, Bonnie Hammer.

Date:

22nd August 2003.
Proposal schedule: February – October 2004.

From:

Beth Manning (assistant to executive producers), on behalf of Executive Producers:
Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson, Double Secret Productions, and Gekko Productions.

   

 

What next for Stargate SG-1?

Stargate SG-1 has been Sci-Fi Channel and MGM’s highest rating programme for the past two seasons.   Season seven of this award-winning show is due to finish production in October 2003, and as this date looms thoughts have turned to the future for the teams at Double Secret Productions and Gekko Productions; what is next for the franchise of Stargate SG-1?

When season seven comes to an end, on screen in February 2004, this will leave a gap in the Friday night schedule for the Sci-Fi Channel.   The impending end of Stargate SG-1 heralds a time with a lack of truly sci-fi shows on television, but does it have to end yet?   With this in mind, taking into account the increase in the ratings, and the amount of loose ends in the storylines left to tie up, Double Secret Productions and Gekko Productions are requesting a green light for an eighth season.

In the two years Stargate SG-1 has been with the Sci-Fi Channel ratings have consistently increased.   The first season with Sci-Fi, season six, had an average rating of 1.68, a slight dip from the 1.7 rating from season five.   While this dip can be attributed to the absence of one of the programme’s core characters (Dr. Daniel Jackson), once viewers got accustomed to the new team dynamics, the ratings returned to their previous levels, and began increasing.   Moving onto season seven, with the return of Dr. Jackson, the ratings continued to increase; the premiere episode garnered a rare 1.9 rating on June 13th, and with only half the episodes screened the average is a strong 1.7, an enviable rating for any show.

While not many series have survived this long Stargate SG-1 shows all signs of following in the footsteps of another highly successful sci-fi series; it has all the right ingredients to develop into a franchise, along the same lines as the Star Trek saga.   With the basic prop device of the Stargate the show has almost infinite possibilities to tap into for plotlines, and there are already more than enough ideas for another 22-episode season. 

With Stargate SG-1 still at the top of its game it will surely continue to retain the solid ratings for another season.   The cast and crew involved in the show’s production are of the highest caliber, as proven with their Emmys for special effects, and Leo and Saturn awards for the actors.   And while SG-1 is an expensive series, the show will continue to gain positive profits for both MGM and the Sci-Fi Channel, with the budgetary requirements being the same as the previous two.   Sales into syndication will also increase profits, as the show is still receiving good ratings for repeats of all seven seasons.   The international market is another source of profits for the Sci-Fi Channel and MGM; Stargate has long been popular in the British, German, Australian and New Zealand television markets, and is gaining popularity in other European and Asian markets.   So rather than searching for a new concept show to fill the gap in the schedule, and profit margins, an eighth season for Stargate SG-1 would give the Sci-Fi Channel and MGM another year to find a replacement.

Beyond Season Eight

Looking past the final season of Stargate SG-1, the suggestion of producing a second feature film of Stargate has been raised again.   The concept has already proven its success on the big screen, with the original Stargate movie being a blockbuster in 1994.   The series, following in 1997 (with ShowTime), expanded the Stargate universe and the concept of gate travel far beyond the original film, and introduced a wealth of new allies, enemies and moral dilemmas.   With Richard Dean Anderson, in the lead role, the show went from strength to strength, and early on showed indications of being a perfect team dynamic to return the concept to the big screen.

Double Secret and Gekko Productions would like to petition the current team of SG-1 writers to submit a number of possible story outlines, to be considered for a feature film of Stargate SG-1.   These writers have clearly shown great talent in writing feature length episodes within the confines of series television.   This can be seen particularly in the premiere episodes for seasons five, six and seven (Enemies/Threshold; Redemption (Pt I & II); Fallen/Homecoming).   And, if the writers are given a little room to move we are sure they will come up with a number of stories for consideration.

With these possible movie stories in hand Double Secret Productions and Gekko Productions, Sci-Fi Channel and MGM, could return to the table in a year’s time.   If season eight goes ahead, this would be the half way point for the season and that would enable ratings to be studied again to reflect on whether a movie would still be profitable for all concerned.   Assuming that ratings were still favorable, the movie storylines would then be available to consider, and once a storyline was decided upon it would go into scripting.   With all the core actors from Stargate SG-1 agreeing to sign on for a movie, filming could begin in February 2005.   The second feature film in the Stargate saga would be ready to be released for Christmas 2005.

Stargate SG-1 has already been translated into an animated series (Stargate Infinity), and a spin-off series (Stargate Atlantis) is due to debut in Fall Season.   This returns to the idea of Stargate SG-1 becoming a franchise, and to that end it would be ideal to look at keeping some plotlines open to possibly translate into a series of movies, again like the series of ten Star Trek movies.   Most television series show declining numbers as they draw to an end, whereas Stargate SG-1’s strong ratings indicate the series is far from running out of ratings winning plots and character development.   The critics and the fans are the best indicators of a shows success and they believe it is too soon for Stargate SG-1 to leave the television screens.   Critics, and fans alike, have also all agreed the SG-1 team would be a welcome addition to the cinema.

Note (2011):

Stargate SG-1 completed 10 seasons, running from 1997 till 2007.  This was followed by two straight to DVD film releases, The Ark of Truth and Continuum, both in 2008.  The 1st spin-off, Stargate Atlantis (SGA), started in 2004 and ran for 5 seasons, ending in 2009.  Then Stargate Universe (SGU) began in 2009, and ended in 2011 after completing it's second season.

Disclaimer:

Please note - I have no connection to the SyFy / MGM show Stargate SG-1.   I am just a fan of the show, the creators, and the people involved in the show, and so used my interest in this area to put together a piece for my Writing assignment at university.

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