Robert posted about this yesterday, but here is the official press release:
IT’S A DOUBLE PICK-UP FOR SYFY AS NETWORK GREENLIGHTS SEASON TWO OF STARGATE UNIVERSE
AND SEASON THREE OF SANCTUARY
Production Commences Winter 2010 in Vancouver On Both Series –
Slated for Fall 2010 Premiere
New York, NY – December 14, 2009 – Syfy has greenlit production on a second season of Stargate Universe (SGU) and a third season of Sanctuary, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Syfy & Co-Head, Original Programming, Universal Cable Productions. Sanctuary, the network’s groundbreaking new hit series and SGU, the highest rated premiere of the Stargate franchise in four years, has ordered 20 new hours for each series. SGU and Sanctuary commence production in Vancouver, BC in winter 2010 with a new season premiere slated to debut on Syfy fall 2010.
SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them
Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, serve as executive producers and writers. SGU is produced and distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
Sanctuary, one of television’s most groundbreaking and innovative series, films almost entirely on green screen, employing stunning visual effects. Sanctuary was the first television series in North America to use the RED camera exclusively.
Sanctuary follows the adventures of the beautiful, enigmatic and always surprising Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), a brilliant scientist who holds the secrets of a clandestine population — a group of strange and sometimes terrifying beings that hide among humans. Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with Syfy and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. Season 3 of the series will be executive produced by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie and Tricon Films.
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