‘Eureka’ Has Been Canceled By NBC’s Syfy Channel

by on August 9, 2011

in Entertainment

Syfy TV Cancellation News

Foreboding news gang. Despite the glowing news last week about how as far as Syfy is concerned, Eureka would go on forever, the tune has suddenly changed and Eureka has been canceled.

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Instead of a 6th season already pre-ordered, EW is reporting that Syfy is ending Eureka when it concludes the 5th season. What Eureka fans have left, will be the holiday episode and 12 regular episodes in 2012. (Remember, Syfy’s parent network is NBC. NBC is now run by Comcast.)

In hopes of keeping you around until the end, Syfy says the 12 eps of season 5 are some of the best they’ve seen. The sales pitch isn’t necessary. The core fan-base of Eureka fans will not only stick it out until the end, they’ll be letting the network know how they feel.

This means no more Sheriff Carter, (Colin Ferguson), Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Jo (Erica Cerra), Henry (Joe Morton), Fargo (Neil Grayston) or any of the other cast of characters we’ve come to enjoy on a weekly basis.

I’m betting Eureka fans are nothing but pissed off. (Yes, I said if for you guys.)

From One Frustrated Fan’s Perspective

I got a long email from a reader that I’m going translate here:

Syfy channel has slowly been chipping away at each good, quirky or entertaining sci-fi television series from a few years ago and replacing them with reality TV or ghost story shows. I mean how many ghost investigation shows can the public really digest?

It seems that the cadre of core Syfy fans from yesteryear that were left had all their favorite series stuffed into one of the worse ratings nights of the week. And that’s where they were left to fester until slowly, but surely, their programming has been removed from them, as IF BY DESIGN, since Howe took over.

It looks like our favorites are shoved into the cattle pen that leads to the meat market, where they’re fully expected to be shuttled off.

So what do we have left to get canceled? Warehouse 13, Alphas & Haven (If you ever caught on to them), Merlin… which for me, I now only have two shows left: WH13 and Merlin. And I can only bide my time until they go too. Otherwise, all the different nights I would have tuned in to watch on Syfy have gone by the wayside.

I can’t contest a single point in the above note. For this writer, I have Merlin.

Remember Who Causes Cancellations

Now putting frustration aside, fans have to sit back and keep one serious aspect of this crappy situation in mind… Nielsen families and the subsequent TV ratings are the ones that dictate the demise of a TV show. And as far as I can tell, Nielsen families come home and don’t want to be engaged beyond the story that is presented in a single episode. This mentality, is what I feel what makes reality TV such a hit.

If you’ve ever watched reality TV, each episode is about 20% recap and 20% preview of what’s going to happen on the other side of the commercial break or next episode.

As far as the more discerning TV watching fans, we have to make do with what we can, when we have it and not take any good programming for granted. It NEVER lasts more than a season or two, with the rare exception now and then.

When Will The Eureka Rescue Campaign Start?

Now the scary part is, if fans start to organize a rescue program, what in the bloody heck are you going to mail in to NBC/Syfy? You can’t mail in anti-matter reactors. They cost too much to ship. Maybe Sheriff’s badges? (Just buy the cheapie plastic kind that don’t cost too much money on you!)

To wrap up this tirade, Eureka has been cancelled. Season 5 is it’s last and there will be no short 6th season.

[ insidetv.ew.com: eureka-cancelled ]

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

daveo August 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

Comcast would rather pocket any cash made from programing than have to pay for actors and special effects.

Bob August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I have been watching Eureka from the beginning, it is a very good “SCI-FI”
entertainment. There is really no good reason to cancel it. The Nielsen families and their TV ratings are a farse, what gianormous bunch of bull. I was choosen to be a Nielsen families and I turned it down what a big waste of time, logbooks to fill out for every hour of the day, every day of the week. I doubt very much if they are at all acurate. I also interviewed to be a technician at Neilsen, needless to say I do not work there. It looked to me something wrong was going on there and I did not want to be a part of it.
Now to the networks, it seems to me networks can not stand success, and ego has alot to do with it. “You did something really good and I cannot stand it because it’s not mine, so I am going to mess it up”. Like a bunch of kids fighting over the ball. I knew the channel itself was in trouble the day they changed the name to something that makes no sense. Everyone know what “Sci-Fi” (Si-Fi)means and stands for, but we do not have a clue what “Sy-Fy” (Se-Fe) means. For me that was the beginning of the end of this channel and their move away from science fiction to what ever that garbage is they show. What the hell is so REAL about reality television? What does NBC stand for anyway ( Not a Broadcasing Company)?

Richard Hanssen August 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

It like all the good shows are canceled and only the junk make it!!!

Too Bad August 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

At least now I can mark my calendar for the exact day I remove SyFy from my channel line-up. Tuning in to watch Eureka also got me watching Warehouse 13, Alphas and several other shows preceding/following Eureka. None of these shows are worth watching without Eureka accompaniment. Sorry SyFy, you just lost a single, professional, male age 25-35 with disposable income to spend on DvDs, merchandise and the non-essentials your advertisers pitch. I’m sure advertisers will flock to your network now that you have turned your attention to the already over saturated ghost show and wrestling markets. Perhaps you should stick to advertising for prestigious business schools like the University of Phoenix rather than hiring their graduates as your programming executives?

Tim Miller August 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

A tweet from TVBTN pointed me to
Amy Berg’s twitter feed @Bergopolis

She had this to say:
“Everyone is asking why. It’s simple, really.
We are the network’s golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, #Eureka is an expensive show to make. And we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy’s new parent company. Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn’t make the numbers work.”

She seems to be spouting the company line. Well, who can blame her. Best not to burn bridges.

However, I take from her statement that the show was profitable, just not profitable enough, and NBCU which has a new owner, COMCAST, wanted to make cost cuts, in other words pay less for the show. I bet a lot of negotiations went on behind the scenes before the final decision was made.

I wonder if Craig Engler will as always blame the actors for making too much money. Tweet this under #thingsneverchange.

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) August 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

Paul: Oh Crap… didn’t think about having to tell the wife.

Tim: if they were getting 6 mil viewers and advertisers were paying more, and the actors were making more, well, you do the math on that one. It’s a business and the bottom line dictates a lot of what decisions are made.

I think they just want to put more reality TV in place of these programs. It seems apparent that sci-fi isn’t paying Syfy’s bills as well as they’d like. Not to mention that when they brought Howe on board a few years back, if you look at what he did to make the BBC entities better, I saw the writing on the wall and none of this is a surprise to me. He’s about diversity and tapping new fan bases, not established fan bases. If established fan bases were paying the bills, things wouldn’t change and they wouldn’t have needed to hire in Howe. But it wasn’t and he came with a game-plan to change things up and make the net more profitable.

It’s disappointing, but not a surprise.

Paul August 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

Good points there Tim, maybe they are trying to put people off so they can then say that they made the right choice by not making any more episodes

Tim Miller August 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

I find it hard to believe it was ratings. There may be a little more to it than that. For example TNT’s ‘Saving Grace’ ended because Holly Hunter decided it was time to move on. Now ‘The Closer’ is in its final season because Kyra Sedgwick decided the same thing.

It could be that Colin Ferguson feels the same way. Whatever the reason, Syfy doesn’t feel the need to explain themselves to the viewers and they handle the resulting anger badly.

Some missed the fact that they announced Eureka was ending when they announced the 6 episode order instead of 12 for season six. The only thing new is the cancellation of those 6 episodes.

The real question is: why announce anything about a season six when season 5 is a full year way?

Paul August 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

On the bright side I will be able to just downgrade my cable package as I was only buying the higher package because it included Syfy and BBC.

Well they moved the BBC news and show nothing but top gear all week, i keep it for Dr Who but I will just have to catch it online or wait for it on netflix.

Now they cancel Eureka, I can take or leave wh13 and I love alphas but I dont think that will last long..

Oh and as far as being pissed off.. you aint kidding, I dont want to be the one to tell my wife, Eureka is the one program she actually stops everything for.

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