Syfy Picks Up Stargate Universe and Sanctuary

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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.

The network 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” 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.