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Sci-Fi closing the Stargate

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When one door closes, a window opens. When one gate closes, then what?

Sci-Fi channel has pulled the plug on more seasons of Stargate: SG-1, which at 10 years is the longest-running science-fiction series ever on US TV. The network ordered another season--the fourth--of the show's sister series Stargate: Atlantis.

Stargate: SG-1, which aired its 200th episode on Friday, premiered on cable network Showtime in 1997. It ran for five years before switching to the Sci-Fi Channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's producers never liked the fact that Showtime demanded full frontal nudity be worked into the episodes.

The Stargate series are based on the 1994 film Stargate, which told of the discovery by scientists of a dimensional vortex. Kurt Russell starred as the leader of a team of soldiers and scientists who step into the stargate and experience fantastical adventures of romance and derring-do. The movie was directed by Roland Emmerich, who went on to make Independance Day, Godzilla, and Day After Tomorrow.

SG-1 has averaged 1.95 million viewers this season, as opposed to 2.55 million during season nine. The three unaired episodes of SG-1 will come to Sci Fi in 2007.

The series starred ex-MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson in the Kurt Russell role. Anderson left Stargate two years ago.

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