The Sci Fi Channel has given a fifth-season renewal to Stargate: Atlantis, according to Variety, commissioning 20 new episodes.

"Atlantis truly came out from under the shadow of its sister series this year and proved that it's a hit in its own right," said Sci Fi's Mark Stern, exec veep of original programming. The show's predecessor, Stargate SG-1, ran for 10 seasons on Sci Fi before completing its run last year.

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Stern said Sci Fi is in "a good place" when it comes to scripted original series, anticipating lots of buzz for the final 22-episode season of Battlestar Galactica, now in production.

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