SciFi Channel keeps up the fast tracking

Most sci-fi fans often feel maligned by Aussie networks, which have traditionally gotten cold feet with some of their favourite shows.

Network programmers regularly dismiss sci-fi as a niche genre that has traditionally worked well for them in late night slots.

In October, the SciFi channel will fast track the new season of Stargate Universe.

The latest spin-off will air as a two-hour telemovie, just hours after its US premiere on Friday, October 9th. Robert Carlyle plays Dr Nicholas Rush, the head of a team of explorers who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack.

Like many who have gone before them in the sci-fi genre, these desperate survivors are unable to return to Earth. Lost in space, perhaps?

Carlyle is best known for his feature films, including The Full Monty and Trainspotting, but he did appear in 24: Redemption.

Stargate co-founder Robert C. Cooper says, "When we first spoke to Bobby on the phone, he said, 'I don't see myself as the typical Stargate guy', and we said, 'we're trying not to make the typical Stargate'. We want an actor who is not the hero and not the villain, and more of a very flawed and complex person."

The SciFi Channel will continue the series each Friday night at 8:30pm, hot on the heels of its US screening. The channel was also popular with viewers after it fast tracked the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica's final season earlier this year.

In November, SciFi will also screen the fourth Annual Scream Awards which celebrate sci-fi, fantasy, horror and attracting Hollywood's hottest stars and directors.

Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, it airs in the US on October 27th and to Australian viewers on Saturday, November 7 at 9.20pm.

Last year's event included special tributes to Tim Burton, Wes Craven and Sir Anthony Hopkins -- who will it honour this year?

Stargate Universe premieres 8:30pm Friday, October 9th, and the fourth annual Scream Awards airs 9.20pm Saturday, November 7 on SciFi.

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