Sci Fi Channel has finally made a press release, which you can read HERE. Carson Beckett will return in Season 5 for five epsiodes.
From the Press Release:
Robert Picardo, whom Stargate fans will recognize as International Oversight Committee rep “Richard Woolsey,” joins the Stargate Atlantis cast this season as Woolsey assumes command of the Atlantis expedition. The team, led by Lt. Colonel Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), Teyla (Rachel Luttrell), Ronon (Jason Momoa) and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite), must adjust to his unique leadership style.
Fan favorite Paul McGillion, will return for five episodes to reprise his role as the beloved “Dr. Carson Beckett.” Amanda Tapping (“Colonel Samantha Carter”), who remains a fixture of the Stargate universe, will appear as a special guest star in several episodes this season and Stargate SG-1 star Michael Shanks (“Dr. Daniel Jackson”) will appear as a special guest in episodes as well.
As a campaign we’re extremely grateful to have Carson back where he belongs in Season 5, at least for a while. We give special thanks to executive producer Joe Mallozzi, and the executives at Sci Fi and MGM who had a hand in the decision. Thank you all very much for listening to your fans!
Of course we’d campaigned for a bigger presence than five episodes, and we will continue to hope that as the season progresses, that number will increase. Only time will tell, of course.
Many thanks to all the fans who have joined this campaign and worked so tirelessly. We’ve done all a fan campaign could do, and then some!
Stay tuned for any further developments, and keep an eye also on Joe Mallozzi’s blog for more insights.