Today has brought news from a variety of sources that the SyFy Channel has canceled its low-rated but very excellent (in this humble viewer’s opinion) series Caprica.
Speaking about the cancellation, Mark Stern, Executive Vice-President of Original Programming said, “We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series, Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” The show will stop running new episodes as of this week’s (October 26th, 2010) episode, with the remaining five episodes of the season to run at some point early next year.
Now, I am not a television executive, and I can understand that with its numerous effects shots and fairly large cast, this can’t be a cheap show to produce, and if the numbers aren’t there, the numbers aren’t there, but for crying out loud SyFy, what the hell are you thinking?!? I really shouldn’t be surprised though. This is the same network that pushed Battlestar Galactica to an early end. This is the same network that sent Farscape to a premature death. This is the network that has entirely too many hours of wrestling on to still call itself SyFy. (Whatever the hell SyFy means anyway.) This is a network that has always pushed the bottom line over any dedication to quality.
And it’s not like I haven’t seen this happen before. The sad fact of the matter is that quality does not equal money, and all too often the things we love most are the things which are taken from us too soon. I’m sure every one of our readers has a show or comic that was canceled before they wanted it to be. More often then not, if there’s a battle between money and quality, money will win every time. And it sucks. It sucks big time. And we can write letter campaigns, and send emails and sometimes it works. Chuck fans were able to get the show renewed twice. A nation of Star Trek fans got new interest in the property after decades off the air. A small collection of fans were able to keep Spider-Girl in print for longer than anyone, especially Marvel, thought possible. But more often than not, it doesn’t work, and the shows we love get canceled.
The real shame is that Caprica was really just starting to get into the meat of the story. Just like Battlestar, it was some of the smartest writing on television and while it may not have had as many action scenes as Battlestar had, it was loaded with interesting characters and exciting ideas. And I guess fans of the franchise have at least one more series to look forward with the Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. And I have lost the only remaining reason to even bother heading towards SyFy’s way while channel surfing. So farewell for now Caprica, I’ll be back to finish up with you next year, and then I never have to watch the stupid channel you’re on anymore.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly, Deadline]