Star Trek: The Next Generation’s enigmatic Q John De Lancie is headed to another sci-fi series, this time the new season of Torchwood titled "Torchwood: Miracle Day". And in other sci-fi TV news, the Stargate franchise seems to have been completely put to an end (or at least hibernation) with the announcement that all Stargate DVD movie projects (including one with Voyager’s Bob Picardo) have been stopped.
John de Lancie to guest star on Torchwood: Miracle Day
Torchwood Miracle Day is the title for the fourth season of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood coming to the BBC in the UK and Starz in the US this summer. Last night writer Jane Espenson (formerly of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and even an episode of Deep Space Nine) sent out a series of tweets announcing a special guest star for the show, first hinting "He’s de Licious. He’s de Lightful. He’s de Lovely…, then when a follower got the hint she revealed that John de Lancie will indeed be a guest star for Torchwood Miracle: Day.
de Lancie (left on "Breaking Bad" in 2009) to guest star on "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (first promo image right)
This season will shake up the whole show of Torchwood. According to executive producer Russell T. Davies) is "The premise is a miracle happens to the world. The old stay old and keep getting older. The dying keep dying, but no one quite dies. The possibility of death ceases to exist." As TNG’s Q, de Lancie is no stranger to miracles.
Torchwood Miracle Day premieres on Starz on July 8th. Here is a promo.
Stargate Movies Shut Down
Sci-Fi TV giveth and taketh away. We have previously reported that the Syfy series Stargate Universe has been cancelled and the second season (currently airing) will be the last. However, there was still hopes (and discussions) of a continuation of SGU in the form of TV/DVD movies. There have already been two Stargate DVD movies and there has been talk of another SG-1 film ("Stargate: Revolution") and a Stargate Atlantis film ("Stargate: Extinction"), which would have included Star Trek: Voyager’s Bob Picardo. But hope for all those films died this weekend at the official Stargate convention in Vancouver. Gateworld reports that Stargate executive producer Brad Wright told the crowd that MGM has "permanently shelved" all the Stargate projects.
So it appears for now that after 14 years on TV with three series, the Stargate franchise, has come to an end. Or at least an end for now, Wright offered fans this ray of hope “It’s a franchise. Stargate is not over. Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.” Seems like Stargate fans are now where Trek fans were in 2005 after Enterprise was cancelled and before the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie was announced in 2006.
There are just four more episodes of SGU to go. "Common Descent" airs tonight on Syfy. Here is a sneak peek.
Robert Picardo did get once last chance to reprise his role of Richard Woolsey on Stargate Universe. He appeared in the April 4th episode "Seizure", here is a clip.