Stargate Atlantis has been renewed for a 5th season, which began production in February, 2008 & is scheduled to air July 11, 2008.
Actors Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa and David Hewlett have been confirmed to be returning for the fifth Season.
Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) will not be a regular cast member in Season 5, but will return as a special guest star for 创...several episodes.创 Actress Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) will be returning and has been promoted to series regular.
The season will feature 2 new characters, Captain Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta) and Alison Porter (Nicole de Boer). Captain Alicia Vega, who will be a new member of the Atlantis expedition磗 military contingent, will be introduced in the season opener 创Search and Rescue创 and will be a member of an all-woman recon team by the episode 创Whispers创. Alison Porter will be introduced in the episode 创Whispers创. Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) will join the show as a regular cast member and become the new commander of the Atlantis Expedition.
He will appear in 14 of the 20 episodes for the new season. The season will also see Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) return for five episodes and Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) appear in at least two episodes. Despite earlier plans, Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir) will not be returning for the fifth season.