Sci Fi Channel announced that it has ordered a second season of STARGATE ATLANTIS and a ninth season of STARGATE SG-1. The network has ordered 20 new episodes of each show from MGM Television Ent., and production on both is set to begin in March 2005 for summer premieres.
STARGATE ATLANTIS debuted in July and drew more than 4.2 million viewers, breaking ratings records. The second season will bring back stars Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, David Hewlett, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell and Paul McGillion.
With a ninth season, STARGATE SG-1 will tie Fox's THE X-FILES as the longest-running sci fi drama series on American television history. MGM is in talks with the series original cast members for their return.
Robert C. Cooper and SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright will continue to serve as exec producers on both series, which are distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
The remaining new episodes of SG-1's current eighth season and ATLANTIS's first season will return in January 2005, along with the series premiere of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.