Sci Fi Latches Onto Stargate

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Sci Fi Channel said it signed a deal with MGM Television to produce and air
the next 22-episode season of Stargate SG-1, a show currently seen on
Showtime.

Production on the sixth season -- which was a question mark among fans until
this deal was announced Tuesday -- will begin in January 2002 in Vancouver, and
the first episodes will air next June, Sci Fi said.

The weekly hour-long drama -- adapted from a 1994 film with Kurt Russell --
stars Richard Dean Anderson as the head of a military unit that travels to other
planets through a device called the 'Stargate.' It started on Showtime in June
1997, and it is also in its fourth year of syndication.

Sci Fi already had a deal in place to air old Stargate episodes,
starting with the first season, as a weekly strip in the fourth quarter of next
year.

The network currently airs new episodes of MGM's The Outer Limits, and
it previously aired 22 episodes of MGM's Poltergeist: The
Legacy
.

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