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redlily
May 7th, 2009, 11:59 PM
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Stargate SG-1 fans have been holding their heads high since the show entered the Guiness Book of World Records a few years back (story), boasting the title of the longest-running science fiction show in North America. (Only the original Doctor Who ran longer.)

The series produced 214 hours over ten seasons (1997-2006).


Meanwhile, however, another Vancouver-made genre show has been quietly creeping up on Jack O’Neill and his team. The CW’s young Superman supershow Smallville is currently finishing up its eighth season, and has already been renewed for a ninth (EW.com). That will bring it up to a tie with The X-Files (in the season count), and hot on the heels of SG-1 for the record.

So is Smallville going to tie or beat SG-1’s record?

Stargate SG-1 produced 22 episodes per year for seven seasons, then 20 per year for its last three. Smallville has stayed at 22 episodes per year, with Season Seven shortened to 20 only because of the writer’s strike.

After Smallville’s 2009-2010 season, then, the show will have produced 196 episodes. If it continues on to a tenth season, it will tie SG-1 in the season count and surpass it in episodes — 218 if the network orders a full, 22-episode season.

Future prospects for the CW show rely heavily on signing lead actor Tom Welling. The eighth and ninth years have proven that the show can lose major cast members (Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk, a.k.a. Lex Luthor and Lana Lang) and even its executive producers and keep going strong.

Smallville airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. (7 Central) on The CW in the United States. Season Nine begins this fall, and future contract negotiations and a tenth season renewal decision should come next spring.

Tidus
May 8th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Hope so, I hope it does over take SG1, it's always cool if series keeps going.It's always sad when a series end with alot of unanswered questions. Plus the stargate universe is coming out soon, which is great for us SG1 fans.

sic's mom
May 10th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I hate to say this, but God I hope not. I loved this show since the beginning, but the last two seasons I could have done without. For me at least this last season has just gotten so bad. For me I think it would just be better if Clark would just finally decide to be who he is supposed to be and maybe have a Superman show take over. All the angst if finally getting on my nerves. I really liked it when he was younger, learning all his powers and who he was, but that is done. Move on already.