Sci Fi Channel has ordered new seasons of the original series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Production on 20 new episodes each will begin early next year in anticipation of premiering next summer. Heading in to its 10th season, SG-1 is now the longest-running sci-fi drama ever made for US television; Atlantis is heading in to its third season.
The Stargate series are based on the 1994 Roland Emmerich movie Stargate, which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader as a heroic army colonel and scientist, respectively. Along with a team of soldiers, they jump through a mysterious "gateway" that transports them across the galaxy to a place that looks a like Egypt. Upon arriving at this "space Egypt," they thwart an evil alien (Jay Davison) who is attempting to dominate the galaxy using the Stargate.