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"Stargate Universe" (SGU) on Syfy is the latest addition to the "Stargate" franchise, following in the path of its predecessor series "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis."

When a secret military research base is attacked on "Stargate Universe," a small group of civilians and military personnel escape through the Stargate to a ship that is locked on course through deep space.

"Stargate Universe" follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown path and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must discover the secrets of the ship's Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

Edgier and younger in tone, "Stargate Universe" will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime "Stargate" fans and first-time viewers alike. The series stars award-winning Scottish actor Robert Carlyle ("Trainspotting," "The Full Monty") as Dr. Nicholas Rush, an acclaimed and respected scientist who will gamble the livelihood of many for the advancement of science itself. The series also stars Ming-Na ("The Joy Luck Club," "ER") as Camile Wray, Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba," "Stand and Deliver") as Lieutenant Telford, as well as David Blue as Eli Wallace, Alaina Huffman as Master Sergeant. Tara Johansen, Louis Ferreira as Col. Everett Young, Jamil Walker Smith as Master Sergeant Ronald Greer and Brian J. Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott.

The two-part premiere of "Stargate Universe" is directed by Andy Mikita ("Stargate Atlantis," "Stargate SG-1") and lensed by Rohn Schmidt ("The Shield," "The Mist").

Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright, of "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis," serve as executive producers and writers on the new series. "Stargate Universe" is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.



STARGATE UNIVERSE (SGU): FACTS

Network: Syfy
Genre: Action
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 2, 2009
Seasons: 1
Production Company: MGM Television Entertainment





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