Joe Flanigan as Lt. Col. John Sheppard, Jewel Staite as Dr. Jennifer Keller, Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey, Jason Momoa as Ronan Dex, Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan, David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay

Stargate Atlantis is officially canceled. It is with great regret that we have learned today that this will be the last season for Stargate Atlantis. After the season ends, the network plans to have a a two-hour Stargate Atlantis movie to wrap things up.

According to the show’s writer, Joseph Mallozzi, the reason behind the cancellation was, you guessed it, money. Here is what he had to say on his blog:

Ultimately, it comes down to the numbers – less the ratings and more the bottom line. The longer a show is on the air, the more expensive it is to produce. Throw in the resurgence of the Canadian dollar, once pegged at 63 cents to the U.S. greenback, it now hovers at par, an approximate 37 cent bump which adds a significant hit to the production budget.

I believe it is a shame that even successful SciFi shows like Stargate Atlantis get cancelled. It is not like we have a lot of shows out there that we can rely on to take over. I know there is some buzz that maybe there might be a completely new Stargate franchise with the rumored Stargate Universe but let’s be real here. If Stargate Atlantis got canceled because it became expensive to shoot, what is to say that the same wouldn’t happen to Stargate Universe.?

At the rate things are going, they might start shooting shows in China to save on costs…and I am not even kidding people.

What do you guys think of Stargate Atlantis being canceled?