Michael Shanks 5th Online Charity Auction Commences

A second spin-off – “Stargate Universe” – due to hit the airwaves, with cameos and appearances by original cast members. A third DVD movie in the pipeline – and a DVD movie for the first spin-off, “Stargate: Atlantis” – also on the drawing board. A re-mastered re-release of its original series pilot. More novels from Fandemonium Books. More audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. What began back in 1996 as a spin-off from a feature film, a little series called “Stargate: SG-1” continues to make its mark on television history.

With the DVD release of the re-mastered pilot – “The Children Of The Gods” – imminent, Michael Shanks Online, the official website for actor Michael Shanks (http://www.michaelshanks-online.com) is launching their fifth annual online auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Mutiple Sclerosis Society Canada, the charity supported by SG-1 actors Michael Shanks and his wife, Lexa Doig.

With a collection of memorabilia to attract even the mildest of “SG-1” fans – including some of Shanks’ own scripts from the series – the auction will also appeal to a broad range of science fiction afficionados, featuring items from past and current popular series such as “Supernatural”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Star Trek”, “Torchwood”, “Farscape” and the “SG-1” spin-off, “Stargate: Atlantis”.

Included among the many items available for auction:

* Michael Shanks’ signed, personal “SG-1” scripts (with hand-written notations), plus scripts and call sheets from his appearances on the USA Network series “Burn Notice” and the Fox Network series “24”

* Stargate DVDs signed by the original movie’s stars, Kurt Russell, Mili Avatal, Erick Avari and Alexis Cruz.

* Photos, posters, DVDs and action figures signed by – among others – Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”), Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”), Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett and Paul McGillion (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Sean Astin (“The Lord Of The Rings”) and Gareth David Lloyd (“Torchwood”).

* “SG-1” team and individual photos, DVDs, and more, signed by Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Ben Browder and Christopher Judge, among others.

In the last four years, the Michael Shanks Online auctions and related fundraising efforts have raised just over $81,000 U.S. for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This year’s auction, which includes items donated and/or signed for the auction by Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig, Kurt Russell, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black, Amanda Tapping, Jeffrey Donovan, David Hewlett, Christopher Judge and Scott Bakula – among many others – promises to be even more exciting than the last. The auction will also include items donated by such organizations as the University of British Columbia, Insight Film Studios, American Cinema International and Creation Entertainment.

The first 20 of approximately 200 items will be launched on Monday, June 8 2009, with additional items added each day.

For further details, and for links to the auction items from June 8, check the Michael Shanks Online website