Syfy doesn’t seem to be making any friends lately. After the network decided to cancel shows like the Battlestar Galactica spinoff/prequel, Caprica, and Stargate Universe, while adding mind–boggling non–science fiction fare like World Wrestling Entertainment’s Smackdown, former fans aren’t too intent on sticking around.
Now Syfy is adding to the growing number of unhappy fans with news that they will be canceling Eureka after the show’s fifth season ends.
The only good thing for those who watch, is that Eureka isn’t being killed on the spot like so many other shows have been. Production on season 5 is happening right now, and, after a holiday special in December, the 12–episode finale season will run in 2012. So you still have time to enjoy a whole new season before it’s gone forever (and a chance to try and get as many people to watch as possible in hopes of Syfy changing their mind).
The bad news, however, is that Syfy was apparently thinking about doing a shortened 6–episode 6th and final season to wrap things up, but have ultimately decided not to take that route. With only a couple of weeks left filming season 5, producers are now scrambling to figure out a way to tie their storylines together in a way that will please fans.
Here’s the statement released by Syfy:
After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka.
But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end.
We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.
I don’t know what the logic is behind all these cancellations or how Syfy plans to keep viewers returning for new shows, but it’s looking more and more like they’re either going to have to revive BSG or find a way to get their hands on Firefly to win back the hearts they’ve lost.
What are your thoughts on Syfy canceling Eureka?