Getting ‘Stargate’

Stargate Origins, the fourth TV series in MGM’s venerable Stargate sci-fi franchise, is set to stream on a new subscription site, Stargate Command. The site itself will launch this fall, with the 10-episode prequel series also promised for this year.

MGM said Stargate Command subscribers will receive “the most comprehensive collection of Stargate content ever offered in one place, an unparalleled community experience, and [a] behind-the-scenes look at the first new Stargate production in years.” Pricing for the service was not revealed.

In addition to Stargate Origins, MGM’s official announcement hinted that Stargate Command may become home to the nearly 400 episodes of the first three Stargate series: Stargate SG-1, which ran first on Showtime and then Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) from 1997-2007; Stargate Atlantis (Sci-Fi, 2004-2009) and Stargate Universe (SyFy, 2009-2011).

Those three series are now available in their entirety to Hulu subscribers. Stargate SG-1 can also be seen Monday through Thursday nights at 8 pm ET/PT over Comet TV, which you can stream for free online, via Roku and Apple TV apps, or watch over-the-air (go to www.comettv.com and enter your zip code to find your local station.)

For Stargate newbies, executive producer Brad Wright provides a franchise primer in this short video, from 2010:

If that convinces you to binge all the Stargate series from the beginning, here’s the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1 to get you started:

Stargate Origins, slated to start filming in August, will focus on a young version of the character Catherine Langford, who “embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness.” Langford was played by Viveca Lindfors in the 1994 Stargate movie that launched the franchise, and then by Elizabeth Hoffman in several episodes of Stargate SG-1. Casting for the new series has not yet been announced.

To receive updates about Stargate Origins and Stargate Command, visit StargateCommand.co.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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