Canadian Produced TV Series “Stargate SG-1” Films
Landmark 200th Original Episode

Former ‘Stargate SG-1’ star Richard Dean Anderson returns to show for special guest appearance

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver produced television series Stargate SG-1 is now shooting its 10th season, earning the show the notable distinction of being the longest running drama series ever produced for cable television and the longest-running science fiction series on television in North America. This ten season run surpasses the duration of The X-Files and every iteration of Star Trek. Richard Dean Anderson, former star and executive producer of Stargate SG-1, returns to the series to film its historic 200th original episode.

Production on this bi-centennial episode runs until April 21. Anderson, who is reprising his role as General Jack O’Neill, will be joining other original cast members Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks, as well as SG-1 newcomers Ben Browder, Claudia Black, and multiple Emmy Award winning Beau Bridges.

Stargate SG-1 has been seen in over 100 countries worldwide in almost every language. The success of the Stargate franchise is far-reaching, producing a successful spin-off series (Stargate Atlantis), worldwide conventions, a catalogue of merchandise, a theme park ride, action figures, novels, comic books, its own magazine, and an online game now in development. Its DVD sales have topped 30 million worldwide and is MGM's second largest home entertainment franchise after James Bond.

Canadian executive producers / showrunners Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper are notably excited about shooting the landmark 200th episode. “Longevity in the television business is not a common occurrence,” explains Cooper. “To be here ten years later is a great accomplishment and we are grateful for the extraordinary talent of our cast, writers and crew, many of whom have been with us from the beginning.”

Adds Wright, who also co-created the award-winning series, “Being able to take the show on such a long run is a great privilege, and being able to do that here in Canada with a crew that is almost 100% Canadian is something I’ve been working towards my whole career.”

Stargate SG-1 centres on the Stargate, an ancient portal that allows instantaneous travel across the galaxy. The 200th episode, appropriately titled “200”, has been written by all 7 of the series writers. The story focuses on the SG-1 team serving as advisors for a television series that bears remarkable similarities to the goings on at Stargate Command. As they pitch various storylines to the producer, based on their many adventures over the years, the team discovers that truth really is stranger than fiction...but nothing is stranger than the machinations of Hollywood. In addition to Anderson, “200” will feature a guest appearance by fan favourite Willie Garson (Sex & the City).

In Canada, Stargate SG-1 airs nationally on Space: The Imagination Station, Citytv, A-Channel, Movie Central, as well as French language channels TQS (Television Quatre Saisons) and Ztélé. In the US, Stargate SG-1 is directly related to the huge success of its broadcaster, the SCI FI Channel, averaging more than 2.2 million viewers per episode. The series has led the Channel to its position among the top 10 cable networks in the country, as well as giving it top billing on Friday nights for young adults.

In addition to the 200th episode, Richard Dean Anderson will also be making special guest appearances in a number of other episodes for both SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

Stargate SG-1 is produced by Double Secret Productions, in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Television.

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