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Sci Fi picks up ‘Stargate’ pair

Net renews space sudsers

Sci Fi Channel has renewed space operas “Stargate SG-1” and “Stargate Atlantis,” picking up 20 episodes of each for premiere next summer.

Both one-hour skeins, alongside “Battlestar Galactica,” led Sci Fi to rank No. 1 among basic cablers on Friday nights over the summer. “Galactica” also is said to be nearing a deal for a new cycle.

Greenlight for “SG-1” takes the show into its fifth season on Sci Fi but it’s 10th overall, making it the longest-running sci fi drama in U.S. history; skein began on Showtime in 1997. Most recent season on Sci Fi averaged 2.4 million viewers per episode.

Spinoff series “Atlantis,” meanwhile, heads into its third cycle. Last season to date averaged 2.3 million viewers. Both “SG-1” and “Atlantis” conclude the second half of their seasons in January with 10 fresh episodes.

Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper exec produce both series. “SG-1” is produced by Double Secret Prods. “Atlantis” is produced by Acme Shark. Both are produced in association with MGM and Sony Pictures TV.

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