Syfy renews Stargate Universe and Sanctuary

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Syfy announced it was renewing its new series Stargate Universe for a second season and it was also picking up Sanctuary for a third season. Both series were given orders for 20 episodes, which will begin airing in the fall.

Sanctuary is currently in the midst of airing its second season, while Stargate Universe is on hiatus between the first half of season one and the second half, which will air in April. Universe has been controversial with Stargate fans, who've shown a mixed reaction to the franchise's new direction.

"We're dealing with 15 seasons of expectations with a certain fanbase," executive producer Robert Cooper told the Hollywood Reporter. "Hopefully, as the show goes on, people will appreciate Universe for being its own thing."

He also revealed a new alien race will be added to the show. "There is a big story point coming up that does introduce an alien race," Cooper said. "It's more along the line of a District 9-type alien. Our interaction is handled in a very Universe way; they're not the typical Stargate alien bad guys."